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Grilled Thai shrimp lettuce wraps recipe is your about to be favorite! These healthy wraps are so light and refreshing, they’re the perfect healthy appetizer or quick dinner fix, all in 20 minutes. With a sprinkle of rice vermicelli, a dip of spicy peanut sauce, and juicy grilled shrimp, you’ll wonder you didn’t make this sooner.
Thai shrimp lettuce wraps
These Thai lettuce wraps are SO GOOD.
They’re the kind of wraps that are perfect in the middle of the day, in the middle of the night, for breakfast, AND for dinner.
When you’re looking for an easy snack that doesn’t skimp on taste, this is it.
That Thai spicy peanut sauce is everything. It’s that perfect balance of spicy, sweet, sour, and sweet – that’s what Thai food is all about.
The smoky, charred flavor of the grilled shrimp is perfect with a side of fresh vegetables like yard long beans, crunchy cucumbers, and Thai eggplants.
Rice vermicelli (khao poon) adds an extra layer of texture and freshness – it’s easily available at any Asian grocery store.
Best thing? You get all this crunchy, spicy, fresh-goodness without any guilt. These spicy shrimp lettuce wraps are low-carb, keto-friendly, healthy, and all sorts of good.
Tips for Thai lettuce wraps
- Don’t overcook the shrimp: Grill the shrimp until just pink and slightly charred for a smoky flavor. Keep an eye on the shrimp as they grill, they cook quickly and can easily become rubbery.
- Use fresh, quality shrimp: I usually recommend large black tiger shrimp, but for these lettuce wraps it’s best to use small or medium-sized shrimp so they can easily fit in your wrap.
- Choose the right lettuce: Butterhead lettuce leaves are wide and great for stuffing with grilled shrimp and rice vermicelli. Other great choices are boston bib lettuce, iceberg lettuce, and romaine hearts.
- Provide dipping sauces: This recipe comes with a spicy peanut sauce. Don’t skimp on it, it’s where most of the flavor is at.
- Adjust the heat: Adjust the amount of chilies in the dipping sauce to your taste. If you’re not fond of spicy food, feel free to use a mild type of chili or simply remove the seeds.
For the exact measurements, please scroll down to the recipe card at the end of this post.
- Shrimp – The grilled shrimp (goong yang in Thai) add a smoky note to the wraps. They’re a great protein-rich pick for keeping things light and healthy. Make sure to go for small to medium-sized shrimp.
- Lettuce – Opt for varieties like butter lettuce or romaine for their pliable, yet sturdy leaves that hold all the goodness in.
- Coriander & green onions – Coriander adds bright, citrusy notes and green onions bring a mild crunch and onion-like flavor.
- Rice vermicelli (khao poon) – Rice vermicelli is a staple in Thai wraps. They’re fresh, light, chewy, and adds that authentic Thai touch to your meal. For a low-carb, keto-friendly option, simply leave them out.
Spicy peanut sauce
- Coriander root
- Peanut bar – We don’t use peanut butter in Thailand. Instead, we use peanuts for making authentic Thai peanut sauce (nam jim tua), or peanut bars for making Thai spicy peanut sauce (Thai peanut bar sauce – nam jim tua tad).
- Fish sauce
1. Devein the shrimp, optionally peel them. Heat your grill over medium and cook the shrimp for 2 minutes on each side, or until they turn pink and slightly charred. Remove from heat.
Make spicy peanut sauce
2. Crush chilies, garlic, and coriander root. Pound in the peanut bar. Mix in fish sauce, water, and lime juice. Mix well and let the flavors mingle before serving.
Assemble your wraps
3. Wash and dry lettuce leaves.
4. Place cooked shrimp and rice vermicelli in the center of each leaf.
5. Add vegetables and herbs as desired.
6. Spoon peanut sauce over the fillings.
Here’s what you’ll need to make these Asian shrimp lettuce wraps:
- Granite mortar and pestle to make the spicy peanut sauce.
- Grilling pan or charcoal grill for grilling shrimp.
Try different filling variations to transform your Thai lettuce wraps into something brand new.
- Grilled chicken: Marinate chicken breasts in a blend of Thai spices and then grill them to juicy perfection. For a chicken marinade idea, see my Thai chicken wings recipe.
- Grilled pork: Try filling them with moo yang (Thai grilled pork) for a juicier bite.
- Larb salads: Stuff them with a filling of Thai minced salads, like Thai pork larb and larb gai salad.
- Grilled fish: Fill your lettuce wraps with pla pao, an authentic Thai grilled fish.
- Vegetarian: Use firm tofu and marinate in the same spices as you would do meat and grill or pan-sear for a crunch.
- Vegetables: Fill your wraps with carrots, bell peppers, and cucumbers.
How to serve lettuce shrimp wraps
Arrange the lettuce leaves on a large platter. Place the dipping sauce in the middle, add fresh vegetables and set out dishes of your fillings and garnishes. Keep the rice vermicelli in a separate boil.
Optional: Add bird’s eye peppers or red pepper flakes and fresh lime wedges for extra spice and tangy notes.
Dipping sauce ideas for serving
This Thai food blog has many ideas for what to dip your shrimp lettuce wraps in:
- Thai spicy peanut sauce recipe
- Vinegar dipping sauce
- Thai sweet chili sauce
- Thai green chili sauce
- Thai hot sauce recipe
- Mookata chili sauce
How to store and make ahead
Your Thai shrimp lettuce wraps with peanut sauce can easily be stored for later use.
Here’s how to store and make them in advance for your party to save time on the big day:
- Separate components: Store the grilled shrimp, fresh vegetables, dipping sauce, and other ingredients in separate airtight containers in your refrigerator.
- Store lettuce: Wrap lettuce in a dish towel (or paper towel) and place it in the crisper drawer of the fridge. The towel will absorb any excess moisture, which extends storage time.
- Store rice vermicelli: Transfer your leftover noodles to a zip-lock bag and store them in the fridge.
- Reheating: Reheat the shrimp in a grilling pan, but be careful not to overcook.
- Make ahead: Grill shrimp in advance, prep the dipping sauce, and slice your fresh veggies. Store everything in your fridge and assemble just before eating.
Frequently asked questions
Can I make these vegetarian?
Yes, feel free to grill tofu, tempeh, or even mushrooms for a vegetarian substitute.
How spicy is the traditional peanut sauce?
The spiciness can vary. You can easily adjust the heat by altering the amount of chilies used in the recipe.
Are Thai shrimp wraps gluten-free?
Rice vermicelli is naturally gluten-free. Most fish sauce brands are gluten-free, but some brands like to sneak in some gluten-free containing ingredients.
Authentic Thai appetizer recipes
- Authentic Thai chicken satay with peanut sauce
- Tod mun pla recipe (Thai fish cakes)
- Goong tod (deep-fried prawns)
- Miang kham recipe
- Thai chive pancake
- Thai corn fritters
Grilled Thai Shrimp Lettuce Wraps Recipe
These grilled Thai shrimp lettuce wraps are completed with a traditional Thai spicy peanut sauce. They're the perfect starter for your next party!
Spicy Thai peanut sauce
Devein the shrimp, optionally peel them. Heat your grill over medium and cook the shrimp for 2 minutes on each side, or until they turn pink and slightly charred. Remove from heat.
Make peanut sauce
Crush chilies, garlic, and coriander root. Pound in the peanut bar. Mix in fish sauce, water, and lime juice. Mix well and let the flavors mingle before serving.
Wash and dry lettuce leaves.
Place cooked shrimp and rice vermicelli in the center of each leaf.
Add vegetables and herbs as desired.
Spoon peanut sauce over the fillings.
- Amount Per Serving
- Calories 288kcal
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat 0.57g1%
- Total Carbohydrate 57.3g20%
- Dietary Fiber 3.9g16%
- Sugars 17.24g
- Protein 14.06g29%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
- Use the nutrition card in this recipe as a guideline. Nutrition is peanut sauce excluded, as this recipe is mostly about the wraps.
- Shrimp: Use small or medium-sized shrimp. Adjust the serving amount to your taste. I counted 6 shrimp for each person (2). Add vegetables to taste.
- Peanut bar: This kind of Thai peanut sauce is traditionally made with peanut bars, which are readily available at Asian markets or Asian grocery stores. If you can't find them, you can order something similar at Amazon.