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teriyaki tempeh lettuce wraps with peanut sauce

Teriyaki Tempeh Lettuce Wraps with Peanut Sauce

  • Author: Emily Toshiko
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x


Teriyaki tempeh lettuce wraps with peanut sauce are a delicious 20 minute meal for two. This is an easy meal to make when you're crunched on time, but still want something tasty and healthy!


  • 1 tbsp neutral tasting oil
  • 1 tbsp mirin
  • 1 tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sake
  • Pinch of salt
  • 8 oz tempeh
  • ½ english cucumber, cut into matchsticks
  • 2 carrots, cut into matchsticks,
  • ½ red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 head butter lettuce or romaine 

For the peanut sauce:

  • ⅓ cup peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp warm water


For the peanut sauce:

  1. Combine the peanut butter, seasoned rice vinegar, 1 tbsp of the soy sauce and warm water in a small bowl. 
  2. Thoroughly mix together with a whisk or fork until the sauce becomes smooth. Set aside.

For the teriyaki tempeh:

  1. Add the mirin, 1 tbsp of soy sauce, sake and a pinch of salt to a large bowl and stir. 
  2. Using your hands, break apart the tempeh into crumbles and add the tempeh to the marinade. Mix well to ensure all the tempeh pieces are coated.
  3. Heat 1 tbsp of neutral tasting oil into a large pan over medium-high heat. 
  4. Add the tempeh and any remaining marinade. 
  5. Saute for 8-10 minutes until tempeh is evenly browned. Turn off the head. 
  6. To assemble the lettuce wraps, layer the tempeh, cucumber, carrots and red peppers over a large leaf of lettuce. Spoon a dollop of peanut sauce over it. Carefully wrap it up in the lettuce leaf and enjoy!


  • I use natural, no sugar added peanut butter.
  • If the peanut sauce looks too thick whisk in some warm water to thin it out.
  • Romaine lettuce will also work with this.
  • This is messy when eating! If you prefer less mess, tear up the lettuce and turn this into a salad instead of lettuce wrap.
  • Use two layers of lettuce leaves if they are torn or smaller.

Keywords: tempeh lettuce wraps