Spicy mince & lettuce cups

Contains pork – recipe is for non-Muslims only
A Thai inspired-dish which is quick, simple, cheap and low fat – yet still feels special and is full of flavour. A great pre-dinner nibble

  • Prep:10 mins
    Cook:15 mins
    Ready in 25 minutes
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 253
  • fat 6g
  • saturates 1g
  • carbs 23g
  • sugars 22g
  • fibre 0g
  • protein 29g
  • salt 1.73g


  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • large piece fresh root ginger, peeled and grated
  • 2 garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 red chilli, deseeded and finely sliced
  • 500g minced chicken, turkey or pork
  • 85g light brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • juice 1 lime
  • 2 lime leaf, finely shredded
  • mix of iceberg lettuce, Little Gem and cos leaves
  • large handful mint and coriander leaves, very roughly chopped
  • handful toasted peanuts, roughly chopped
  • 2 shallots, finely sliced into rings
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges


  1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan. Fry the ginger, garlic and chillies for 1 min. Add the mince, then cook on a high heat until golden brown, breaking it up with a wooden spoon as you go. Sprinkle over the brown sugar, fish sauce, lime juice and shredded lime leaves, then cook everything down until sticky.

  2. Tip the mince into a serving bowl, then serve with a bowl of lettuce leaves for wrapping the mince in; the herbs, shallots and peanuts for scattering over; and the lime wedges for squeezing.

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