Spicy Tofu Lettuce Wraps

These wraps are incredibly hearty, filling, carbless and healthy, loaded with tons of veggies – and the best part is that it takes just 20 min to make!

Spicy Tofu Lettuce Wraps - These wraps are incredibly hearty, filling, carbless and healthy. And it takes just 20 min to make!

The start of a new year brings all sorts of resolutions and the attempt for some clean eating before going back to your old ways in 3 weeks. At least that’s how it happens for me.

So as 2013 rolled right in, I decided to make tofu lettuce wraps, trying to make a simple, quick and easy, weeknight meal.

I threw some tofu onto a cast iron skillet…

Spicy Tofu Lettuce Wraps - These wraps are incredibly hearty, filling, carbless and healthy. And it takes just 20 min to make!

…sautéed some veggies…

Spicy Tofu Lettuce Wraps - These wraps are incredibly hearty, filling, carbless and healthy. And it takes just 20 min to make!

…and cooked it down in a spicy Asian marinade before spooning that onto a Romaine lettuce heart.

Spicy Tofu Lettuce Wraps - These wraps are incredibly hearty, filling, carbless and healthy. And it takes just 20 min to make!

I figured this recipe was something I would never revisit again but boy, was I wrong.

Jason started to eat these first since I was busy taking photos. As I kept glancing over to see if he liked it, I realized that he actually loved it. And him being a hardcore meat-and-potatoes type of guy, I never thought in a million years that he’d eat something like this.

He said, “I have no problem eating healthy but most healthy food tastes like crap. Yours doesn’t!”

So there you have it – tofu lettuce wraps that doesn’t taste like crap.

Spicy Tofu Lettuce Wraps - These wraps are incredibly hearty, filling, carbless and healthy. And it takes just 20 min to make!

Spicy Tofu Lettuce Wraps

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 10 minutes

Total Time 20 minutes

Yield 2 servings

Spicy Tofu Lettuce Wraps

These wraps are incredibly hearty, filling, carbless and healthy, loaded with tons of veggies - and the best part is that it takes just 20 min to make!

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1-3 teaspoons sambal oelek (chili paste)
  • 2 teaspoons ginger
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 (12-ounce) package firm tofu
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cups chopped mushrooms
  • Romaine lettuce, for serving

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, sesame oil, sambal oelek, ginger, sugar, rice vinegar and garlic; set aside.
  • Heat vegetable oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add tofu and sear until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes on each side. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
  • Add mushrooms and bell pepper to skillet and cook, stirring frequently until tender, about 3-4 minutes. Stir in soy sauce mixture and cook until sauce has reduced slightly, about 2-3 minutes.
  • To serve, spoon several tablespoons of the tofu mixture into the center of a lettuce leaf, taco-style.
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Comments

  1. deb evans says

    I’m not a huge tofu fan, but made this for my vegetarian daughter. It is wonderful!!! I was not sure it would actually make it to the table after taste tests. My entire family loved
    it, which is quite a feat in my home. Thank you!

  2. Cynthia says

    Hi! Since discovering your blog I’ve been on a mission to make all your (meat-free and seafood) recipes! I used this one the other night when I was in a pinch to bring something to our friends pot luck. I did dice everything, including the tofu, and used green peppers since I loathe red peppers, and it was simply awesome! Your recipes turn out wonderful the first time around, every time! Thanks so much!!!

  3. Sandy says

    I tried this one, and I love, love, love the vegetarian alternative!!!! Although, I also adore the chicken lettuce wraps at PF Chang’s. Your alternative make me proud of you! Given a choice, this recipe wins.

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