Whether you're a meat lover, vegetarian or vegan, these tofu lettuce wraps have tons of flavor and you're going to love them.
Tofu Lettuce Wraps Recipe
Tofu can be a bit tricky to make well, which is why many people don't ever develop a taste for it. And to be honest, it doesn't have much of a taste to begin with, so seasoning is absolutely necessary!
After learning to make these teriyaki tofu lettuce wraps, I'm confident that I could enjoy tofu on a much more regular basis.
The trick to this tofu dish is the way the tofu is prepared. It comes in a big block that is usually soaking in some water within the packaging. The trick is removing a lot of that excess moisture by placing the tofu under paper towels and placing something heavy on top to squish as much water as possible.
It's also really important to cook it in small cubed pieces. Once those tiny pieces are fried up, they might as well be chicken with how much great flavor there is in each bite! You'd never know.
Why You'll Love this Recipe
This is a great vegetarian or vegan meal even meat-lovers will adore, for a few reasons:
- Tofu wraps are a completely vegan meal. If you are looking for new vegan recipes or cooking for guests that are vegan, this is a great recipe to try out!
- Tired of heavy dinners and want a light meal? Tofu lettuce wraps are a wonderful healthy recipe that won't weigh heavy on your stomach.
- You can absolutely use this recipe for all of your meal prep plans. It reheats really well!
Put these ingredients on your grocery list so you don't forget anything:
- extra firm tofu
- head of lettuce
- teriyaki sauce
- soy sauce
- rice wine vinegar
- ground ginger
- sriracha sauce
- sesame seeds
- shredded carrots
Substitutions and Variations
You can use low sodium soy sauce or coconut aminos to reduce the amount of sodium in this tofu lettuce wraps recipe. You could also use my stir fry sauce for even more flavor.
Get creative with your garnishes and toppings, it doesn't have to be limited to just sesame seeds and shredded carrots! Dice up some green onions or bell pepper, give a drizzle of peanut sauce, or even add a dash of red pepper flakes.
Butter lettuce, iceberg lettuce and romaine lettuce are the best lettuce choices for these wraps. Make sure you get a head of lettuce that is extra fresh so you have crisp lettuce leaves.
Not a fan of tofu? Use ground chicken, ground beef or ground turkey in its place!
How to Make Tofu Lettuce Wraps
Make these PF Chang inspired tofu lettuce wraps in just a few simple steps:
Begin by cutting the extra-firm tofu in half lengthwise, then into ¼" thick slices. Lay the tofu onto a cutting board and place paper towels on top of the slices.
Grab a heavy object and place it on top of the paper towels. Let it sit for a couple of minutes to squeeze out as much excess water as possible.
Discard the paper towels and add cubed tofu and a bit of oil to a large skillet. Cook over medium heat, using a fork or meat masher to break the tofu into small pieces while cooking.
Once tofu begins to brown, add teriyaki sauce, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, ground ginger, sriracha sauce and cornstarch to the pan. Cook until the sauces thicken and everything is well combined.
Break apart the head of lettuce into individual pieces for the wraps.
To serve, spoon the tofu mixture into the lettuce wrap. Then sprinkle with sesame seeds, shredded carrots and any other desired toppings.
Asian Lettuce Wrap Toppings
If you are making lettuce wraps, here are some other ideas for things you could fill them with:
- ground turkey stir fry
- ground chicken
- ground beef
- sriracha, to taste
- shredded carrots
- sesame seeds
- sweet chili sauce
- rice noodles
- green onions
- chopped cilantro
- chopped Thai basil
- toasted peanuts
- toasted cashews
- bean sprouts
- diced cucumber
What to Serve with Tofu Lettuce Wraps
Make some dairy-free blueberry oatmeal muffins for dessert!
How to Store Leftover Tofu Lettuce Wraps
Store leftover crispy tofu separate from the head of lettuce. Place leftover tofu in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. You can also freeze cooked tofu for about 3 months if stored in an airtight container or freezer bag.
If you have any leftover lettuce pieces or head of lettuce, wrap it in paper towels and store in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator.
Tips for Success
Here are some tips and tricks for making this recipe:
- If you find that your tofu filling is a little too runny, add a touch more of cornstarch until it thickens up.
- Keep the lettuce pieces really cold right until you build your tofu lettuce wrap. The colder the lettuce the crispier it is.
- Adjust the level of sriracha to make it milder or more spicy, depending on your preference.
Lettuce wraps will save you quite a few calories and carbs! They are a much healthier option and perfect if you're counting calories or on a diet.
Tofu is made from soybeans and is a very low carb food. It is actually high in protein and very filling. Tofu is a great meat replacement if you are on the keto diet as well as a vegan diet!
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- 16 ounces extra firm tofu
- 1 head of lettuce
- 2 tablespoons teriyaki sauce
- 1 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- 1 tablespoons Sriracha sauce
- 1 teaspoon sesame seeds, optional
- shredded carrots, optional
- Cut tofu in half lengthwise, then cut ¼-inch thick slices.
- Lay flat cutting board, place two paper towels on top of slices and place a heavy object on top, like a saucepan.
- Let sit for 3-5 minutes for the paper towels to absorb the liquid. Discard paper towels.
- Add tofu to the frying pan with a little cooking oil on medium heat.
- Using a fork, break tofu into tiny pieces as it cooks.
- Cook until tofu begins to brown.
- Add remaining teriyaki sauce, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, ground ginger, cornstarch and sriracha to pan and stir to combine. Cook for a few more minutes, then remove from heat.
- Break apart a head of lettuce and rip lettuce pieces in half if they are too large.
- Spoon tofu mixture onto lettuce wrap. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and carrots if desired. Serve immediately.
Make sure to remove excess liquid from tofu before cooking.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 2 wraps
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 149Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 694mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 5gSugar: 5gProtein: 14g