Thai Cauliflower Lettuce Wraps

Thai Cauliflower Lettuce Wraps

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Yup, more cauliflower. I can’t help myself. It’s so good! And so versatile! And you will really, REALLY like this one! I promise. Especially if you are a big fan of Thai flavours, which I obviously am. I should actually have a Thai category on the blog! It is definitely my favourite cuisine. If I had to choose a last supper, I think it might be Thai green curry. Or a Penang prawn curry. Or this Thai chicken peanut curry. Gosh, I don’t know. I hope I never actually have to choose!

These Thai cauliflower lettuce wraps have JUST a little bit of heat, but a lot of flavour. You can customize them with so many different toppings, and the peanut sauce compliments the spice just perfectly. We should actually talk about this peanut sauce for a bit. It’s only 5 ingredients, and it’s SO good!

I’m peanut butter obsessed in general, but I’ve always loved the flavor contrast of peanut butter with savory dishes, especially ones with a little bit of spice! Chicken satay, anyone?

If you have made my crispy Mongolian cauliflower, you’ll recognize the method I use to crisp up the cauliflower in the oven. Cornstarch, baby! If you aren’t a fan of cornstarch for whatever reason, you can definitely leave it out and just bake the cauliflower with a bit of olive oil, but I love that extra crispiness.

Speaking of crispiness, have you ever had crispy pork belly!? Sooooooo good. I made it for the first time the other day and it was AMAZING. But this is a story for another day πŸ˜‰

Today, we’re going meatless.

Thai Cauliflower Lettuce Wraps

You’ll find that most lettuce wrap recipes call for butter lettuce, as it holds its shape the best and forms a natural little “cup”. I like a bit more substance to my wraps, for presentation, but also so I can load them up even more with extra filling! For these wraps I use a leaf of iceberg lettuce with a butter lettuce leaf inside. So fresh and crispy!

Etienne always complains a wee bit about my meatless meals, but he was all over these.

Thai Cauliflower Lettuce Wraps

What are you guys up to this weekend? My only plan is to donate blood (woooohoo)! I’m seriously hoping the weather shapes up so we can get outside a little bit. The kids are seriously going stir-crazy and so am I!!

Come on, spring!

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Thai Cauliflower Lettuce Wraps

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Thai Cauliflower Lettuce Wraps

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Crispy, crunchy cauliflower mixed with an assortment of veggies and coated in a mildy spicy Thai sauce, nestled into a bed of fresh, crisp lettuce leaves and drizzled with a sweet n' spicy peanut sauce!Β 

Ingredients

  • 6 cups cauliflower florets (approx. 1 head)
  • 5 tbsp oil, divided (olive oil, vegetable or grapeseed)
  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 1 tbsp grated ginger
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp red curry paste*
  • 3 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 3-4 mushrooms, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced into thin strips
  • 1-2 carrots, juliennedΒ 
  • 1 head butter lettuce
  • 1 head iceberg lettuce
  • 1/4 cup green onions, diced
  • sesame seeds, cilantro, peanuts for garnish (optional)

Peanut Dressing

  • 1/4 cup smooth, natural peanut butter*
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce (or gluten-free tamari)
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp chili sauce
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 3 tbsp water*

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  2. Combine the cauliflower florets, 3 tbsp of oil and cornstarch in a large re-sealable bag and shake to coat thoroughly. Spread the cauliflower onto the baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned.
  3. While the cauliflower is baking, prepare the peanut sauce. In a small bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients, adding more water if necessary to achieve a runny consistency. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired.
  4. Prepare the remaining ingredients by heating the remaining 2 tbsp oil in a large pan over medium heat. When the oil is warmed, add the grated ginger and garlic cloves, sautΓ©ing for 2-3 minutes or until fragrant. Add the curry paste and hoisin sauce and stir to combine. Add the mushrooms and bell pepper and cook for 2-3 minutes. Turn the heat down to low.
  5. Remove the cauliflower from the oven and empty into the pan, along with the carrots. Stir everything together until it is thoroughly coated. Remove from heat.
  6. Prepare the lettuce wraps by placing one butter lettuce leaf inside a leaf of iceberg. Fill the lettuce with about 1/2 cup of filling, and top with green onions, sesame seeds, cilantro and peanuts. Drizzle with peanut sauce. Serve immediately!

Lettuce wraps should be prepared as they are eaten. Any leftover filling can be stored in the fridge for 1-2 days, in an airtight container. Store remaining peanut sauce at room temperature or in the fridge, for 3-4 days.

Notes

  1. I use this brand of red Thai curry paste.
  2. I always use natural peanut butter, but any kind will work!
  3. You want the sauce to be runny enough to drizzle over the lettuce wraps. Add enough water to achieve the right consistency, one teaspoon at a time

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44 Comments

  1. CAULIFLOWER is my FAVORITE!! I want to think that you made these for me hehehe. I love butter lettuce, but agree the crunch of iceberg lettuce is nice for that contrast in textures. Another home run Katherine. Have a great weekend!! XOXO

  2. These are so up my alley! Love all the flavours going on and especially the lettuce ‘cups’. Hubby and I enjoy lettuce wraps and seem to eat so many when we have them. We would devour the whole lot of these! Extra peanut dressing for me please! And, yes, bring on spring πŸ™‚ XO

  3. How gorgeous are these Katherine! And they sound totally packed with flavor! Trade ya some Twix cookies for some of these?!

  4. I love lettuce wraps and anything Thai, so I’m all over these! Using cauliflower is such a great idea — I would devour these!

  5. I have to admit that I was skeptical at first, but by the time I read through the recipe, I was more than curious. These wraps sound really interesting.

  6. Katherine, these look so delicious! So cool that you used cauliflower. The peanut sauce sounds amazing!

  7. I never get tired of ways to enjoy cauliflower (#magicvegetable) and this one looks incredible, Katherine! Can’t wait to try that peanut sauce too!

  8. These cauliflower lettuce wraps look so delicious Katherine. I love cauliflower and with that peanut dressing, it must taste absolutely amazing.
    I hope that you are having a great weekend πŸ™‚

  9. These are wonderful! I can smell them! I’m not vegetarian, but then, I don’t eat much meat, so I can really embrace these more for flavor and texture and happiness!

  10. I LOVE cauliflower! And I want to drink that peanut dressing with a straw, so basically these sound perfect! Have a great week, Katherine!

  11. Love the flavours in this one Katherine! We love lettuce wraps, and I’m pretty sure with the flavours going on here, I could convince my husband to eat cauliflower!

  12. Love cauliflower and love, love lettuce wraps and so love Thai. This is win-win-win in my books!

  13. i’m also a sucker for curry – it would def be part of may last meal! great tip on the cornstarch to make the cauliflower crispy. that peanut sauce looks divine!

  14. Thai is my favorite food, so I know I would love these!! I like to use cabbage for my wraps, it holds up even better than lettuce!

  15. Surely amazing. The Crunch, the freshness and the flavors of all the ingredients and sauce option makes everything so perfect to relishing these Wraps.

  16. This is such a delicious looking recipe, what a great meatless idea! My family would definitely be all over these!

  17. I do love Thai flavours! We went to Thailand on our honeymoon so Thai food always has good memories for me. These sound absolutely delicious and so healthy as well.

  18. I love all of the flavor going on in this dish. I too am a huge fan of cauliflower and its versatility, this is definitely a must try!

  19. I am also peanut butter obsessed! I eat it off of a spoon daily, and always include it in my breakfast. This lettuce wrap is definitely up my alley!

  20. These Thai Cauliflower lettuce wraps look amazing. They would be great for a light lunch. Can’t wait to try these.

  21. I love this idea…so creative and so healthy too! The peanut sauce is perfect for this…now I’m hungry again!

  22. I love these!! Such great flavors and the cauliflower is just perfect. Love that they are stuffed into a lettuce leaf too really lightens things up!

  23. Marisa F. Stewart

    What a great idea to get regular lettuce and then put the Bibb inside of it. And I too like cauliflower with Thai flavor. I can almost hear the crunch of the lettuce and the peanut sauce? A perfect way to finish the cups. A beautiful and tasty light dish.

  24. This looks so light and healthy. I guess this will be my next lunch. πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to give it a try!

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