Spicy Asian Shrimp Lettuce Wraps.
Crisp bibb lettuce loaded with shredded carrots, cool cucumber, chopped cilantro, sliced scallions and jalepeno topped with grilled shrimp and crushed spicy jalepeno chips. These lettuce wraps are the perfect fresh and flavorful summertime appetizer or entree.
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What’s your favorite type of lettuce wrap? Not surprisingly, we are all about the seafood lettuce wraps. Yes, shredded chicken and taco meat are great served up in them too, but nothing beats a lettuce wrap packed with a combination of fresh crisp veggies and seafood – especially grilled fish, scallops or shrimp. And summer is the best time to do lettuce wraps because they are a light, crisp and refreshing meal or appetizer – perfect for the dog days of summer. And, all of the cooking is done on the grill. The only thing you’ll need to do in the kitchen is prep the veggies and marinate the shrimp.
Even though we grill year-round, as many hearty New Englanders do (yes, even in the snow), our grill has been working overtime. Why?
- Kitchen mess is minimized.
- The smell of seafood (which we cook every other day) doesn’t waft throughout the entire house.
- The kitchen (and house) stays cool. During the evening hours, the oven is off limits because Adrian refuses to have the AC and oven on at the same time. During the day though, when this mamma is recipe testing, that’s a different story. But shhhh that will be our secret.
- Grilling seafood – especially shrimp and scallops takes mere minutes – like 5 minutes. That means there’s more time to hang out and enjoy company – or, in our case, less time for pre-dinner toddler meltdowns. Dinner is ready ASAP. Big perk.
One of our all-time favorite recipes is make-your-own fresh spring rolls. BK (before kids), Adrian and I used to make them a few times a week. Now, we do it less often, because it’s easier for the kiddos to eat cooked veggies vs raw, but as they (mainly Lexi) gets older and can more easily eat raw carrots/etc, we’ll be making them more often.
Lucca actually seems to prefer raw veggies over cooked veggies, especially if he has a dip or sauce to go along with them. This recipe is similar to spring rolls in that in that everyone can assemble their own lettuce wraps – what they want and how much they want. Lucca loved adding veggies to his lettuce wrap, rolling it up and stuffing the entire (gulp) thing into his mouth. Lexi, who now growls when she wants something we are eating that she can’t have yet, was growling and yelling at the top of her lungs to get a bite of these. Soon, baby girl, soon.
To make these Spicy Asian Shrimp Lettuce Wraps, you’ll marinate the shrimp for a quick 10 minutes. Don’t be scared by the list of marinade ingredients, you likely have everything already in your fridge. Then, you’ll grill the shrimp and serve them up with a bunch of fresh veggies – Bibb lettuce, shredded carrot, sliced cucumber, cilantro, scallions and optional jalapeno. Once you assemble the wraps, or your guests make their own, top with crushed Simply7 Jalapeno Lentil Chips. Then serve with lime wedges and a simple dipping sauce made with seasoned rice vinegar and hoisin sauce.
The jalapeño chips have just enough kick to them, but they aren’t over the top spicy. They have a nice lentil flavor with a fresh spiciness from the jalapeno. They are too spicy for Lucca and Lexi, though (ages 3 and 1), so if your little ones are very small like mine, use another Simply7 variety for their wraps, like the Sea Salt Lentil Chips. What will make these wraps really spicy is the additional jalapeno or sriracha if you chose to use either or both. You could always add avocado or sour cream, if you want the spicy but need a cooling factor.
These lettuce wraps as an appetizer will serve 8-10. For an entrée, it will serve 4. Serve it alongside brown or wild rice and maybe a side of grilled pineapple.
Spicy Asian Shrimp Lettuce Wraps
Crisp bibb lettuce loaded with shredded carrots, cool cucumber, chopped cilantro, sliced scallions and jalepeno topped with grilled shrimp and spicy jalepeno chips. These lettuce wraps are the perfect fresh and flavorful summertime appetizer or entree.
FOR THE SHRIMP
- 1 pound frozen wild caught USA shrimp (21/25 count), thawed, peeled and deveined
- 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon seasoned rice vinegar
- 1 teaspoon Sriracha
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
- 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
- metal skewers or wooden skewers that have been soaked for 30 minutes
- 1 head bibb lettuce
- 1/2 english cucumber, thinly sliced
- 1 cup shredded carrots (we used part of a pre-shredded bag)
- 1/2 bunch cilantro, roughly chopped
- 1 bunch scallions, white and green parts, thinly sliced
- 1 jalepeno, seeded and thinly sliced optional, for serving
- 1 lime, cut into wedges for serving
- 2 cups Simply7 Jalapeño Lentil Chips, crushed plus more for serving
FOR THE DIPPING SAUCE
- 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
- 2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
Combine hoisin sauce, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sriracha, honey, sesame oil, ginger and garlic in a medium bowl. Whisk to combine. Add shrimp. Let marinate for 10 minutes. Thread shrimp onto skewers. Discard marinade.
Preheat grill to medium heat. Clean and oil grill grates. Grill shrimp for 2-3 minutes on each side or until shrimp just turns opaque and is cooked through. Don’t overcook. Remove from grill.
Place shrimp, lettuce leaves from bibb lettuce head, cucumber, carrots, cilantro, scallions, jalapeno, lime wedges and crushed chips onto a large serving platter.
Making dipping sauce by whisking together hoisin sauce and rice vinegar in a small bowl.
Assemble lettuce wraps by adding cucumber slices, carrot, shrimp, cilantro, scallions and jalapeno to lettuce leaves. Top with crushed chips. Serve with lime wedges and dipping sauce.
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