Turkey Lettuce Cups

The meat mix is full of really light and aromatic flavours and is served in little baby gem lettuce leaves, making the lettuce cups perfect finger food!


  • 1 tblsp sunflower oil
  • 250 g turkey (mince)
  • 3 garlic cloves (finely minced)
  • 1 red chilli (finely chopped)
  • 1 tblsp fish sauce
  • 1 tblsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tblsp caster sugar
  • juice of one lime
  • 8 mint lives (finely chopped)
  • 5 spring onions (finely chopped)
  • the leaves from 2 baby gem lettuces
  • thai sweet chilli sauce to serve


  1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a high heat and add the turkey, breaking it up with a spoon as it cooks.
  2. Fry for 2-3 minutes or until the mince is tender and browned, then add in the garlic and chilli and fry for a further minute.
  3. Add the fish sauce, soy sauce and sugar and stir through, frying for another minute.
  4. Finally add in half the spring onions, mint and the juice of one lime. Fry until the spring onions are just tender.
  5. Remove from the heat and allow to cool until just warm.
  6. Place 1 heaped tablespoon of the aromatic turkey in each baby gem lettuce leaf, top with a drizzle of Thai sweet chilli sauce and a garnish with the remaining spring onions and mint.


Donal's tips: Pick up ingredients for Asian store cupboards at Asian markets where you can buy in larger in quantities. Use rice vermicelli noodles, which take a few minutes soaked in boiling water to cook and are a super cheat's super ingredient.


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