Thai inspired lettuce wraps with sweet chili sauce

The filling for these lettuce wraps is inspired by the Thai dish kua gling. It’s spicy and flavorful, and serving it with sweet chili sauce takes it to a whole new level. The recipe for the filling is inspired by Pai from Hot Thai Kitchen. Give this recipe a try and if you post to Instagram, use the hashtag #plantbasedartist! I’d love to see your creations!


Lettuce wraps:

1 tablespoon grated galangal*

2 tablespoons grated lemongrass**

1/2 teaspoon lime zest

1 spur chili, finely chopped (about 2 tablespoons)***

1 teaspoon miso

1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric

1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper

1 tablespoon oil

12 oz tofu, drained and crumbled

1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce

1 teaspoon sugar (or desired sweetener)

4-5 lime leaves, cut into fine ribbons (chiffonade)

lettuce (I used butter leaf)

your favorite veggies (such as carrots and cucumber)


Sweet chili sauce:

1 spur chili, finely chopped (about 2 tablespoons)***

1.5 tablespoons rice vinegar

3/4 cup water

2 teaspoons cornstarch

2 tablespoons sugar (or desired sweetener)

1 teaspoon ground ginger (optional)

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons roasted, ground peanuts



Prepare the curry paste for the filling by combining the galangal, lemongrass, lime zest, red chili, miso, turmeric, and black pepper. A mortar and pestle is ideal for this, but if you don’t have one, simply mix the ingredients together in a small bowl or food processor.

Heat oil at medium heat in a wide pan. Add the curry paste and saute for about 1-2 minutes or until fragrant. Add the drained and crumbled tofu and cook at medium/high heat for about 5 minutes. Add the soy sauce, sugar, and lime leaves, and cook for an additional minute. Adjust seasonings to taste.

Prepare the sweet chili sauce by whisking together all of the ingredients in a small saucepan. Simmer on medium heat for 2-3 minutes or until thickened. Add water as necessary until desired consistency is reached. Add the ground peanuts just before serving.

Fill your lettuce cups with the tofu filling, chili sauce, and desired veggies and enjoy!



Galangal, lemongrass, and lime leaves are classic Thai ingredients widely available at Asian grocery stores. I do not recommend using substitutions, but you can try leaving them out or using different ingredients if necessary.

*substitute ginger if unavailable

**I find it easiest to freeze lemongrass before grating

***substitute your favorite type of red chili or bell pepper for a less spicy version


One thought on “Thai inspired lettuce wraps with sweet chili sauce

  1. Lettuce wraps are super messy, but they are utterly delicious! Sometimes I even prefer them MORE than salads! This Thai-inspired dish looks wonderful. I make a similar scrambled tofu recipe all the time!


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