Ground Pork Lettuce Wraps


At Thai restaurants, Tom Mylan usually requests a double order of larb (or laab), an irresistible appetizer of ground meat spiked with chiles, lime juice, and fish sauce and served with lettuce leaves for wrapping.

Thai Ground Pork Salad
Photo: © Con Poulos
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 2 pounds ground pork

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 2 small shallots, minced

  • 1 large jalapeño, seeded and minced, plus sliced jalapeño for garnish

  • Juice of 1 lime, plus lime wedges, for serving

  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce

  • 1 teaspoon light brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha (chile sauce), plus more for serving

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro

  • 1/2 cup chopped mint

  • 1/2 cup chopped basil

  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

  • 1 cup chopped salted peanuts

  • 1 large head Boston or other leafy lettuce, separated into leaves


  1. In a bowl, mix the pork, garlic, shallots and minced jalapeño. In a small bowl, whisk the lime juice, fish sauce, brown sugar, and Sriracha.

  2. In a skillet, heat the oil. Add the pork mixture and cook over high heat, stirring to break up the meat, until no pink remains, 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the lime juice mixture. Let stand for 5 minutes. Transfer the meat to a bowl; stir in the herbs. Season with salt and pepper. Top with the peanuts and sliced jalapeños. Serve with lime wedges, Sriracha, and lettuce for wrapping.

Suggested Pairing

Like many Southeast Asian dishes, larb combines sweet, spicy, and tangy flavors, making it tough to match with wines unless they're sweet and tangy, too. An off-dry Riesling from Washington state is ideal.

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