Spicy Shrimp Lettuce Wraps
These Asian-style lettuce wraps are filled with a sweet and spicy mixture of shrimp, cabbage, carrots and red bell pepper. They make a quick, light meal. Be sure to use a lettuce variety that has a delicate leaf. Crisp varieties like romaine and iceberg tend to snap when rolled.
- 1 lb medium cooked shrimp
- 2 heads red or green leaf lettuce
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1-1/2 tablespoons Chinese black vinegar (see notes)
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon sriracha (see notes)
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 2 cloves garlic, very finely chopped
- 1-1/2 tablespoons fresh ginger, very finely chopped
- 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper (about 1/2 medium pepper)
- 6 cups finely shredded cabbage
- 2 carrots, coarsely shredded
Remove shells and tails from the shrimp and set aside. Separate the whole lettuce leaves, wash, dry thoroughly and place on a serving platter.
In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, rice vinegar and hot sauce and set aside.
Heat the vegetable and sesame oils in a large skillet or wok over high heat. Add the garlic and ginger and stir-fry for 1 minute. Add the red pepper and cook until softened, 1 minute longer. Add the shrimp and continue cooking just until heated through.
Add the cabbage, carrots and sauce, tossing until well combined and cabbage is slightly wilted. Remove from the heat. Using a slotted spoon to drain off excess liquid, transfer to a serving dish.
To eat, take a lettuce leaf, place some shrimp mixture in the center and roll up like a sandwich wrap.
Makes 4 servings
About the ingredients ~
Chinese black vinegar is made from aged and fermented glutinous rice. It has a mild acidity and a full, slightly sweet flavor. It's usually available on the ethnic food aisle in most grocery stores, but if you can't find any, substitute balsamic vinegar and add 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce.
Sriracha is a hot sauce made in Thailand. It's a combination of chilis, garlic, sugar, vinegar and tomatoes with the consistency of ketchup. It has a great flavor and is very versatile. It should also be easy to find in the ethnic food section of the grocery store but if you need to, substitute any regular hot sauce.