For just 5 ingredients, you won’t believe how amazing these teriyaki pork lettuce wraps taste!
Anything that’s topped off with yum yum sauce is bound to be good, right?
What’s in these teriyaki pork lettuce wraps?
Pork of course. Ground pork, to be specific, browned in a pan and then tossed in teriyaki sauce. The teriyaki pork is then spooned into romaine lettuce cups and topped with chopped green onions and yum yum sauce.
What does teriyaki sauce taste like?
If you’re not familiar with teriyaki sauce, or if you don’t have it that often, then you might be wondering what teriyaki sauce tastes like. In general it has a salty, fermented taste with a hint of sweetness. The main ingredients in teriyaki sauce are: soy sauce, wine, brown sugar and sometimes honey, garlic, and ginger. So if you wanted to make your own teriyaki sauce, you could combine these ingredients to taste and come up with a pretty great homemade teriyaki sauce.
However, this recipe is meant to be quick and easy so it calls for store bought teriyaki sauce. Now. Unlike some other sauces, teriyaki sauce quality can really vary by brand. If you opt for a store brand, you get a lot of junk ingredients and you miss out on some of the authentic flavors like ginger, specific types of Japanese wines, and in some cases even garlic. So I recommend you purchase a name brand teriyaki sauce and also check the ingredients list to make sure you’re getting mostly whole food ingredients.
P.F. Chang’s Teriyaki Sauce
I recommend P.F. Chang’s teriyaki sauce. It’s a little more expensive but P.F. Chang’s teriyaki sauce has all the right ingredients. It’s also the restaurant that made lettuce wraps famous. So you can’t go wrong using their sauce. If you’re searching for a recipe that tastes like P.F. Chang’s lettuce wraps, then you might as well go ahead and save yourself some guesswork and just buy their sauce.
Next Up, the Yum Yum Sauce
The sauce with a very coy name often leaves people wondering what exactly is in this magical sauce that makes it so yummy.
Yum yum sauce is made up of a combination of essentially mayonnaise and hot sauce, sweetened with sugar. It also has a hint of mustard and tomato as well. So the end result is a creamy, spicy-sweet sauce that goes great on pretty much anything. It’s a condiment that layers on flavor in the same way you’d top an already delicious burger with mustard and/or ketchup. It’s not mandatory but it sure is well, yummy.
Where can you buy yum yum sauce? Most grocery stores, even the rural stores nowadays carry it. Can’t find it? Shop yum yum sauce on Amazon.
Romain has gotten such a bad rap but as long as you wash it thoroughly, you should be good.
If you’re not keen on romaine or can’t find it, you can also use butter lettuce. Butter lettuce is much more thin and not as crispy but it makes a beautiful presentation because the leaves of butter lettuce naturally form a cup with pretty ruffled edges.
For me though, taste wins out and I prefer romaine. Its ridged structure makes these easy to fill and eat.
If you’re having trouble with your lettuce tearing, try double layering your lettuce leaves.
Try swapping pork for ground chicken, turkey, beef or even tofu.
Choose your favorite meat and go with it! Pork has a very rich flavor that no everyone loves. So if you’re looking for a more mild flavor or simply a lighter option, chicken or turkey are great choices.
You can add to this 5-ingredient recipe to change up the flavor, use up ingredients you have on hand, or just to experiment with customizing this recipe to your liking.
Here are some ideas of things to add that would taste great with the teriyaki and yum yum sauces:
• Shredded Carrots
• Toasted Sesame Seeds
• Nuts — peanuts, almonds and cashews are a yummy match with teriyaki sauce
• Bell Peppers
• Water Chestnuts
Easy Weeknight Dinner or Work Lunch
These pork lettuce cups are seriously ready to eat in under 15 minutes. Probably less if you’re quick in the kitchen. The cooked pork stores well in the fridge and so if you want to pack up leftovers or meal plan, this is easy to heat, assemble and eat for lunch too.
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This easy recipe for Teriyaki Pork Lettuce Wraps was featured on Sweet Little Bluebird!