Asian Pork Meatball Lettuce Wraps

asian pork meatball lettuce wrap with fresh cilantro and sliced jalapeño on a small grey plate.

Asian inspired pork meatball lettuce wraps make a fun, fresh, and nutritious family dinner in just 30 minutes! With easy Asian meatballs and a delicious peanut sauce, they’re a fun change-up from everyday meals. (dairy-free, gluten-free option)



For the meatballs:

  • 2 tsp fresh ginger or ginger paste
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 green onions
  • 1 small jalapeño or serrano pepper
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1 tbsp low sodium soy sauce (use tamari or coconut aminos for gluten-free)

For the Lettuce Wraps:

  • 4 oz thin rice noodles (use brown rice noodles if you can find them!)
  • All-purpose Thai Peanut Sauce
  • 1 head butter lettuce (or iceberg lettuce)
  • Shredded purple cabbage
  • green onions, chopped
  • Radishes, sliced thinly
  • Raw red onion or pickled red onions
  • Jalapeno or serrano pepper, sliced
  • Avocado, diced
  • Fresh herbs: cilantro, mint, Thai basil
  • Chopped peanuts



  1. Heat oven to 425°F, placing a cast iron skillet inside to preheat.

  2. Finely chop ginger, garlic, green onions, and jalapeño. A mini food processor makes it really easy if you have one.

  3. Mix chopped veggies and soy sauce into ground pork. I use my hands. 

  4. Scoop or roll pork mixture into one-inch meatballs. Place into the preheated cast iron skillet and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the meatballs reaches 160°F.

  5. While meatballs cook, prepare rice noodles according to package directions and make the peanut sauce. 

  6. Wash lettuce and chop any vegetables you are using. Arrange everything on a platter for serving.

  7. Once meatballs are done, place in a serving dish. Serve everything family style so that each person can build their own lettuce wrap.


  • For gluten-free, use coconut aminos or tamari in place of soy sauce.
  • You can use cooked brown rice or quinoa in place of noodles if you like. For a lower carb option, leave off the rice noodles.
  • Meatballs can be made up to 2 days in advance and kept in the refrigerator, covered, until ready to bake. 
  • Peanut sauce can be made up to 2 days in advance and stored in the refrigerator.
  • For juicy meatballs, avoid over-handling them, and always use a meat thermometer to check for doneness to avoid overcooking. Ground pork is done when the internal temperature reaches 160°F.

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