Seven Spice Pork Lettuce Wraps Recipe

Max Falkowitz

You can size up these patties to make full-on pork burgers, but I prefer smaller ones to wrap in tender lettuce and dip in a garlic-laced soy dipping sauce. Be careful not to compress the meat when forming the patties; they should just hold themselves together. Leftover dipping sauce can be served over rice or stir fried with leafy green vegetables as a side dish.

Recipe Facts



Active: 20 mins
Total: 20 mins
Serves: 4 servings

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For Dipping Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce

  • 4 clove garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger

  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar

  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil

For Pork Patties:

  • 1 1/4 pounds ground pork

  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon seven-spice powder (shichimi togarashi)

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil

  • 1 tablespoon neutral oil

  • 8 butter or Boston lettuce leaves


  1. Combine all ingredients for sauce and set aside at room temperature while preparing pork.

  2. In a bowl, combine sesame oil and seven spice powder. Add pork and gently fold spice oil in, taking care not to overwork or compress meat. Gently form meat into eight 2.5-ounce patties and liberally sprinkle with kosher salt on one side.

  3. Heat a heavy skillet, ideally cast iron, on high heat for several minutes, or until a drop of water immediately sizzles in pan. Swirl in neutral oil and add pork patties, salted side down. Liberally salt other side of patties and let cook undisturbed for several minutes, until a dark crust forms, before flipping. Cook patties until just no longer pink in the center, 10 to 11 minutes, and set aside to rest.

  4. To serve, wrap each patty in a lettuce leaf and pass dipping sauce at the table.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
451 Calories
34g Fat
5g Carbs
31g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 451
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 34g 43%
Saturated Fat 10g 48%
Cholesterol 100mg 33%
Sodium 1831mg 80%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 31g
Vitamin C 4mg 21%
Calcium 54mg 4%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 614mg 13%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)