Asian Lettuce Cups

Asian Lettuce Cups with Spicy Ground Turkey are a quick and easy meal that is Keto friendly. In just 20 minutes, you can have a slightly sweet and savory easy lettuce wraps on your dinner table that is delicious and filling!

Making this recipe keto friendly was not hard to do. It already used lettuce wraps as the serving vessel. After replacing the sugar and bean paste in the recipe, this already low carb recipe became keto!

Asian Lettuce Cups with Spicy Ground Turkey

Why I took a low carb recipe and made more changes to it

Because Grumpy is diabetic, I really try to use ingredients that I know are not going to mess with his sugar levels. The original recipe for Asian Lettuce Cups had brown sugar and soy sauce in it. Two things we try to stay away from.

I easily got rid of the brown sugar and substituted Swerve Brown. And, instead of soy sauce, I went with coconut aminos.

I also made sure to buy ground turkey that was not considered lean, and I added sesame oil to the skillet that I cooked the turkey in to up the fats more. All in all, I was very happy with the results of this spicy ground turkey recipe and it can now be a regular rotation on our dinner table.

What ingredients did I use to convert Asian Lettuce Cups to Keto?

What type of lettuce do you use for the wraps?

I like to use Buttercup Lettuce. It is a short and rounded leaf that works perfect for holding any type of filling. You can usually find it as a whole head of lettuce and it will be labeled as such. If you can’t find buttercup lettuce, then you can easily substitute romaine leaves. They will just be a different shape.Butter Cup Lettuce leaves on serving tray

Can I use cabbage leaves instead of lettuce?

Yes, you can substitute cabbage leaves. However, if doing so, realize that the cabbage will have a tougher texture and crisper bite to it than lettuce.

What is the best sugar substitute to use when converting a recipe for Keto?

I like to use Swerve Brown. I have also used Monkfruit Golden. Both will work in this recipe. I do not recommend leaving the sweetener out of the recipe. It balances the saltiness from the Tamari.Swerve Brown Sugar

Why did you add extra fat to this recipe?

If you are Keto, you need the fat in your diet. Because Keto is a high fat diet, I felt that the original recipe needed a little bit of a boost in fats. So, I added some sesame oil to give it a fat boost as well as flavor.

How to make Asian Lettuce Cups with Spicy Ground Turkey

In just under 20 minutes, you can have a delicious, filling keto dinner for you and your loved ones!

The turkey mixture is made with red bell pepper, onion, and ground turkey. I prep the veggies, and then I make the sauce that will go on the cooked turkey while the meat is cooking.

sliced red pepper, onion, and ground turkey in package

For the sauce, mix together the Chili Paste, Swerve Brown, Maggi Sauce, and Rice Vinegar and stir until the Swerve Brown has dissolved.

a small bowl with Maggi sauce and rice vinegar and chili paste with swerve brown in the background

Saute your ground turkey, red pepper, and onions with sesame oil until browned. Once browned, add the sauce to the pan and simmer 1-2 minutes.

pouring sauce into skillet of browned ground turkey

Simmer the ground turkey and sauce mixture for 3-4 minutes. The sauce will evaporate some while it simmers and infuse spicy flavor into the ground turkey.

seasoned turkey meat in skillet

Once the turkey has simmered, turn off the heat and set the pan aside. Prepare your lettuce cups and arrange them on a serving tray. I love these Acacia Wood serving trays from Pacific Merchants!

Butter Cup Lettuce leaves on serving tray

These Asian Lettuce Cups make for tasty appetizers or a main dish meal! Serve them with a little extra maggi sauce to add as desired!

Asian Lettuce Cups with Spicy Ground Turkey

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What to serve with Keto Asian Lettuce Cups

If you want to offer a variety to your dinner table in appetizer form, try these General Tso’s Meatballs! I like to have a sweet treat after the meal to serve and these Keto Coconut Cupcakes make the perfect ending to your meal!

Asian Lettuce Cups with Spicy Ground Turkey

Asian Lettuce Cups with Spicy Ground Turkey

Have these Keto Friendly Asian Lettuce Cups filled with Spicy Ground Turkey on your table tonight and in less than 20 minutes!
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Course: Keto Main Dish
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: Asian Lettuce Cups, Asian Lettuce Wraps, Spicy Ground Turkey
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 217kcal


  • 1 lb package ground turkey breast
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2/3 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 3 tablespoons maggi sauce
  • 2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 Sambal Oelek
  • 2 tbsp Swerve Brown


  • Brown meat on medium heat in peanut oil. Add red peppers and continue to cook about 7 minutes more.
  • Mix maggi sauce, rice vinegar, sambal oelek, and swerve together. Pour over meat mixture. Turn heat to high and toss meat and sauce until well coated and sizzling. Serve in lettuce cups.


Serving: 2wraps | Calories: 217kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 956mg | Sugar: 1g

About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.


  1. bellini valli March 4, 2011 at 11:55 am - Reply

    One of my favourite restaurants makes this dish as an appetizer, they use chow mein noodles as a topping.

  2. Pegasuslegend March 4, 2011 at 12:19 pm - Reply

    looks delicious Shelby!

  3. briarrose March 4, 2011 at 1:46 pm - Reply

    I would have missed the noodles too. 😉 This looks so tasty though.

  4. KAREN March 4, 2011 at 1:48 pm - Reply

    mmmmm…. that looks yummy for any lifestyle!

  5. vanillasugar March 4, 2011 at 4:08 pm - Reply

    yeah but the energy you gain back from not eating carbs is amazing isn't it?
    carbs and sugar kill me.
    this looks amazing Shel!

  6. Pam March 4, 2011 at 4:36 pm - Reply

    I love lettuce wraps – they look fantastic Shelby!

  7. teresa March 4, 2011 at 9:05 pm - Reply

    this looks so wonderful! and i love how healthy it is!

  8. nanny March 7, 2011 at 7:54 pm - Reply

    this looks delicious…
    I love lettuce wraps and now I have a good looking recipe to try, thanks for sharing!
    (ate it with a fork like a man) that's funny! I don't know if my husband will even try this dish…yes i do know…he won't!

  9. bakingbluefinger March 8, 2011 at 10:19 am - Reply

    That looks so tasty Shelby! Good luck on the weight loss!

  10. bakingbluefinger March 8, 2011 at 10:20 am - Reply

    This looks delicious Shelby! Good luck on the weight loss!!

  11. Kathleen March 8, 2011 at 6:20 pm - Reply

    This looks wonderful. I can't wait to try it!

  12. Barbara Bakes March 9, 2011 at 4:27 am - Reply

    I love PF Changs lettuce wraps. I'm sure I'd love your version. Good luck with the South Beach diet.

  13. Tia March 9, 2011 at 6:57 am - Reply

    lovely! looks like a healthy, filling meal! Buttercreambarbie

  14. Leslie March 10, 2011 at 2:12 am - Reply

    Your lettuce wraps make me drool! Ahh yes the South Beach Diet. I was a bitch for the 1st week on it!!!!

  15. Patsyk March 10, 2011 at 5:25 pm - Reply

    This is so appealing to me! I'm going to have to make something like this soon… of course, at least one of my "men" will require noodles of some sort… but, that's ok I just won't make as much!

  16. Lori March 13, 2011 at 1:42 pm - Reply

    I love these kind of lettuce wraps. Looks so good. I keep wanting to make something like this.

  17. polwig March 14, 2011 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    The dish looks amazing and does not need noodles at all. In a few days you will forget about noodles all together, especially if you keep cooking like this.

    • Koh Samui holidays January 24, 2012 at 2:39 am - Reply

      I love these types of food, It's very refreshing and delicious at the same time. Thanks.

  18. Anonymous October 4, 2019 at 11:00 am - Reply


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