Spicy Tofu Lettuce Wraps with Peanut Sauce

June 7, 2012



I am currently obsessed with this recipe. It’s a perfect summer dish that doesn’t require crazy high oven temperatures. You can serve it warm, at room temp, or cold. It also makes great leftovers. And the flavors are deliciously bold. Not to mention the texture. I cannot get enough of the crispy, cool lettuce, sticky rice and crunchy peanuts. I know what I’ll be making for dinner for the next few nights. . . or weeks!

Ingredients: (makes 4 servings)
Adapted from Cooking Light

For the sauce:
1 teaspoons stir fry oil, canola oil or peanut oil
1 teaspoon finely chopped yellow onion
1/3 cup water
2 Tablespoons creamy peanut butter
1 1/2 Tablespoons hoisin sauce
dash red pepper flakes
juice of 1 lime

For the filling:
1 package extra firm tofu, drained and crumbled
1 Tablespoon stir fry oil or sesame oil
6 spring onions, sliced thin
3 Tablespoons soy sauce (to taste)
1 Tablespoon fresh grated ginger
pinch of sugar
1 teaspoon Sriracha (more if you like it really spicy!)
1 cup chopped cucumbers
1 cup grated or chopped carrots
2 cups cooked sushi rice
1/2 cup unsalted peanuts
1 head of Bibb lettuce, washed

Directions: Begin by preparing the sauce (be sure to have the rice prepared ahead of time, unless you prefer to cook it while making this recipe) . On medium heat, in a sauce pan heat the oil and onion. Sauté for 2 minutes. Add the remaining sauce ingredients and whisk until smooth. Set aside.


Next, make the filling. In a fry pan, heat the oil and green onions. Sauté for 1 minute. Add the tofu (before adding the tofu, be sure to squeeze out most of the excess water) and cook for 5 minutes, until tofu turns slightly golden.


Next, add the soy sauce, ginger, sugar, and Sriracha. Cook for another minute or two and then remove from heat. Add in the peanuts, carrots and cucumbers. Toss to combine.


Stuff each lettuce leaf with rice, filling and a dollop of peanut sauce.


Serve with additional Sriracha and soy sauce if desired. Cilantro garnish would also be a nice touch.


This peanut sauce is pretty amazing. I imagine it would be good on practically anything.

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Nicole August 27, 2012 at 5:08 pm

I just made this over the weekend and it was so good! So good in fact, that my husband and I ate the entire thing in one sitting :)

Thanks for the recipe! We will be making it often!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods August 27, 2012 at 9:07 pm

Wonderful! I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe and thanks for letting me know!

Janee June 14, 2012 at 7:39 pm

This looks yummy!

Homer June 11, 2012 at 8:35 am

This looks like a great summer dish! I assume you can serve it cold also? If so, it would be perfect for picnics.

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods June 12, 2012 at 7:50 am

Yes, it’s especially tasty chilled.

Amberly June 9, 2012 at 4:08 am

Wow, incredible timing on this. I’m going to a dinner party tomorrow night and the host is serving chicken lettuce wraps, so I was just going to eat side dishes. Now I can make this for the party and – it looks delicious!

Have a great weekend!!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods June 10, 2012 at 8:15 pm

Thank you, Amberly! I hope you enjoyed the recipe.

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