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Instant Pot Asian Lettuce Wraps

These Instant Pot Asian lettuce wraps can be cooked from fresh or frozen, and make a delicious, lower carb meal that the whole family will love!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Korean
Servings: 4
Calories: 207kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground turkey (or ground beef)
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon ginger (finely grated)
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1 ½ teaspoons sesame oil
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 carrot (shredded)

To serve

  • romaine lettuce leaves
  • green onions

Instructions

To cook frozen turkey or beef

  • Remove frozen ground meat from packaging (running under warm water can help loosen it).
  • Place 1 cup of water into a 6 quart Instant Pot (1 ½ cups for 8 quart). Place trivet over water and frozen meat on the trivet.
  • Set the valve to 'sealing', and pressure cook on high for 5 minutes.
  • When the Instant Pot beeps, do a quick pressure release and carefully remove the trivet + meat from the Instant Pot. *It will only be partly cooked through at this point*
  • Carefully dump the liquid from the Instant Pot, and add the ground meat to the Instant Pot with the garlic, ginger, honey, soy sauce, sesame oil, red pepper flakes, and black pepper.
  • Select 'sautee' and cook, breaking the meat up with a spatula, for 3-5 minutes, until meat is fully cooked through.
  • Stir in the carrots and serve.

To cook thawed turkey or beef

  • Add the ground meat to an Instant Pot with the garlic, ginger, honey, soy sauce, sesame oil, red pepper flakes, and black pepper.
  • Put the lid on, set the valve to 'sealing', and pressure cook on high for 2 minutes.
  • When the Instant Pot beeps, do a quick pressure release, and remove the lid.
  • Select 'sautee' and simmer, breaking the meat up with a spatula, until the sauce has reduced and meat is cooked through (3-5 minutes). It should not be too liquidy, but this will depend on the type of ground meat you use. See *
  • Stir in the carrots and serve.

To serve

  • Spoon filling into romaine lettuce leaves. Sprinkle with green onions.

Storage

  • The filling may be stored in the fridge for up to 4 days or the freezer for up to 3 months.

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Notes

* different types of meat will release different amounts of fat in the sauce. If you are using ground beef, expect a fattier sauce. I prefer ground turkey using this method as it does not release much fat at all.
** to make this recipe keto-friendly, swap the honey for 2-3 teaspoons monk fruit sweetener and the soy sauce for Bragg's liquid aminos. However I have not tested cooking this keto version from fresh and am not sure if the pot will come to pressure.

Nutrition

Calories: 207kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 472mg | Potassium: 417mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 2613IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg