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Thai Larb Lettuce Cups
with mango and cucumber salsa

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In Thailand, larb is the name for a super simple dish of finely chopped protein sauteed with a bit of seasoning and tossed with fresh herbs and lime juice. We've given this dish a Cook Smarts twist by serving it in lettuce cups. This meal was last featured in 2021.
Smarts: As you might guess, larb is usually very spicy, so don't hesitate to add extra red pepper flakes or hot sauce if you'd like to serve it that way. 

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Proteins
Cuisines

Ingredients

Metric
Servings:
4
Mango and Cucumber Salsa:
  • Cucumbers - 8 oz, diced
  • Mangos - 2, diced
  • Vinegar, rice - 1 tsp
Thai Larb Lettuce Cups:
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, chopped
  • Soy sauce, low-sodium - 3 Tbsp
  • Fish sauce - 1 tsp
  • Sugar - 1/4 tsp
  • Red pepper flakes (opt) - 1/2 tsp
  • Mint, fresh - 8 leaves, finely chopped
  • Cilantro leaves - 1/4 cup, finely chopped
  • Limes - 1, wedges
  • Lettuce, butterhead - 12 leaves (sub outer leaves from hearts of Romaine)
  • Water - 1 Tbsp
  • Cornstarch - 1 tsp
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Pork, ground - 1 lb
  • Peanuts - 1/3 cup
  • Hot sauce (opt) - for serving

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Prep

  1. Make sauce - Chop garlic. Combine garlic, soy sauce, fish sauce, sugar, and red pepper flakes. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  2. Mint / Cilantro / Limes / Lettuce - Prep as directed. Combine mint and cilantro. Store limes and lettuce separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  3. Cucumbers / Mangos - Prep as directed.

  4. Make slurry - Whisk together water and cornstarch.

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Make

  1. Combine cucumbers, mangos, and vinegar.

  2. Heat a wok or large skillet with oil over medium-high heat. Add pork and saute until nearly cooked through, ~5 minutes.

  3. Add sauce and bring to a simmer. When sauce is simmering, give cornstarch slurry a stir and add it to pork. Stir everything together and continue cooking until sauce thickens and pork is fully cooked.

  4. Remove pork from heat and stir in mint and cilantro. Squeeze half the lime wedges over top.

  5. Assemble lettuce cups by filling lettuce leaves with pork, peanuts, and hot sauce (if using). Squeeze extra lime wedges over top. Serve mango cucumber salsa on the side or spoon some onto lettuce cups if you’d like. Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (24)
Gluten-free (1)
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Paleo (0)
Vegetarian (3)

6 reviews

Added toasted sesame oil. Subbed sliced almond.

By: Alice
Posted: Oct 01, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Would use leaner meat or drain the grease next time before adding the sauce.

By: Jacquelin
Posted: Sep 29, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Enjoyed that the salsa didn’t have a lot of vinegar

By: Carrie
Posted: Sep 29, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Very tasty. Love this flavour profile.

By: Tiffany
Posted: Sep 28, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Family scarfed it down like a bunch of vacuum cleaners!

By: Caroline
Posted: Sep 27, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

3 out of 4 loved this. (Not the boy)

By: Kate
Posted: Sep 26, 2022
Diet: Vegetarian
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