Asian Mushroom Lettuce Wraps


In my last post, I talked about mushroom’s health perks including their immune system benefits. Considering the season, it’s definitely a great time of year to put mushrooms on the menu – often!

Here’s a  recipe, adapted from,  is perfect for entertaining or for a fast family dinner. Double or triple the recipe, if you like.

Asian Mushroom Lettuce Wraps

8 oz   fresh Mushrooms
1 tbsp canola oil
8 oz  ground lean chicken
2½ tbsp grated fresh gingerroot
3  cloves garlic, crushed
2 tbsp sodium-reduced  soy sauce
3 tbsp  hoisin sauce
3 tbsp rice vinegar
¼ – ½ tsp    Asian chile or hot sauce (optional)
1/2 cup    chopped green onions
6    hearts of Romaine lettuce leaves

Garnishes: grated carrot, diced cucumber, chopped peanuts, chopped mint or coriander leaves or peanut sauce.

Finely chop mushrooms in food processor or by hand to yield 3 cups (750 mL). Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat; add chicken breaking up with spoon. Stir in mushrooms, ginger and garlic; cook and stir for 4-5 minutes or until mushroom liquid has evaporated. Stir in soy sauce, hoisin sauce, rice vinegar. Reduce heat and simmer about 4-5 minutes to blend flavours. Taste and add chile or hot sauce if desired. Stir in green onion just before serving.

Present lettuce leaves and a bowl of filling on a platter or tray. Have guests help themselves by spooning filling into lettuce leaves, and garnish as desired; then wrap lettuce around the filling to enclose and eat in hands OR serve filled lettuce leaves open face on a plate and serve with cooked rice or rice salad and steamed snow peas.

Makes 6 lettuce wraps (3 servings)

Note: Reheat in microwave or in skillet, adding a little water if necessary.

Nutrition information per serving
•    Calories:  201
•    Protein: 16 grams
•    Fat: 9 grams
•    Saturated fat: 2  gram
•    Carbohydrate: 11  grams
•    Dietary fibre: 1  gram
•    Sodium: 598  milligrams

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Author:Rosie Schwartz

Rosie Schwartz is a Toronto-based consulting dietitian and writer.

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