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Vietnamese Lettuce Wraps with BBQ Pork Meatballs

    These light and flavorful Vietnamese lettuce wraps are filled with BBQ pork meatballs, crunchy vegetables and fresh herbs.

    Vietnamese Pork Lettuce Wrap Recipe

    You guys know how much I love Vietnamese food. I grew up eating Vietnamese food once a week with my family which is why, to this day, I regularly cook Vietnamese food at home.

    BBQ Pork Meatball Lettuce Wrap Recipe

    Whether it’s fresh rolls wrapped in rice paper or a warm bowl of pho, I am always up for the fresh, light, and fragrant flavors of Vietnam.

    Liz Scooping Pork Meatballs

    One of my favorite dishes growing up and eating at Mr. Lee’s Vietnamese restaurant are BBQ pork meatballs. Made with fish sauce, sugar, garlic and shallots, they are delicious served over white rice, wrapped in rice paper or served in lettuce cups.

    Liz Assembling Wraps

    To keep it low carb and high protein, I decided to turn those sweet and salty BBQ pork meatballs into lettuce cups. To serve, I add carrots, cucumber, cabbage, and fresh herbs. Of course, use whatever you have on hand.

    Vietnamese Pork Lettuce Wraps

    To serve, I whisk up a quick batch of Vietnamese dipping sauce also known as Nuac Chom. This sweet, salty, sour and spicy dipping sauce is made with fish sauce, lime juice, garlic, and chili paste, It’s addictive!

    Liz Eating Lettuce Wraps

    Ideal for entertaining or a busy weeknight dinner, I promise these Vietnamese BBQ Pork Meatball Lettuce Cups will be gobbled up in no time.

    No forks required.

    Vietnamese Pork Lettuce Wrap Recipe

    Vietnamese Lettuce Wraps with BBQ Pork Meatballs

    5 stars
    These light and flavorful Vietnamese lettuce wraps are filled with BBQ pork meatballs, crunchy vegetables, and fresh herbs.
    PREP: 20 mins
    COOK: 20 mins
    TOTAL: 40 mins
    Servings: 4


    BBQ Pork Meatballs

    • 1 pound ground pork
    • 1 shallot (finely minced)
    • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
    • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
    • 2 tablespoons sugar
    • 2 tablespoons water
    • ½ teaspoon pepper

    Dipping Sauce (Nuac Chom)

    Lettuce Wraps

    • 1 head Bibb lettuce (leaves separated)
    • 1 cup red cabbage (thinly sliced)
    • 1 cup shredded carrots
    • 1 cup fresh herbs (such as cilantro, basil, Thai basil, mint, etc.)
    • rice noodles (optional)


    • In a large bowl, mix together pork meatballs (ground pork through pepper) and shape into evenly sized small meatballs using a small cookie scoop or large spoon. Heat grill or broiler on high heat and cook meatballs about 4 minutes per side or until nicely browned; remove from heat and set aside.
      Liz Scooping Pork Meatballs
    • Whisk together dipping sauce in a small bowl; set aside.
    • Set ingredients on a large plate or platter including lettuce cups, meatballs, veggies and herbs. Let guests assemble wraps as they wish.


    Note: The number of meatballs per serving will vary based on the size meatball you make. To determine the serving, divide the total meatballs you create by four.


    Serving: 3wrapsCalories: 385.1kcalCarbohydrates: 19.37gProtein: 22.33gFat: 24.39gSaturated Fat: 8.98gCholesterol: 81.65mgSodium: 1950mgPotassium: 750.56mgFiber: 2.57gSugar: 13.48gVitamin A: 8207.47IUVitamin C: 40.27mgCalcium: 84.23mgIron: 2.96mg

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    Liz DellaCroce

    Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families. Click Here To Subscribe to my newsletter:

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