Recipe // Spicy mince & lettuce cups

Everyone has a go-to meal, don’t they? You know, the one meal that you always have the ingredients in your fridge/cupboard and consume on a weekly basis?

Well my go-to meal is Spicy Mince & Lettuce Cups from BBC Good Food and I am slightly obsessed. This Thai inspired dish is quick, easy to make, cheap and low in fat – the perfect combo!

spicy mince cups

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ServesĀ 2


*1 tbsp sunflower oil

*Large piece fresh root ginger, peeled and grated

*2 garlic cloves, crushed

*2 red chillies, deseeded and finely sliced

*500g minced chicken, turkey or pork

*85g light brown sugar

*2 tbsp fish sauce

*Juice 1 lime

*2 lime leaves, finely shredded


*Mix of iceberg lettuce, Little Gem and cos leaves

*Large handful mint and coriander leaves, very roughly chopped

*Handful toasted peanuts, roughly chopped

*2 shallots, finely sliced into rings

*1 lime, cut into wedges


  1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan. Fry the ginger, garlic and chillies for 1 min. Add the mince, then cook on a high heat until golden brown, breaking it up with a wooden spoon as you go. Sprinkle over the brown sugar, fish sauce, lime juice and shredded lime leaves, then cook everything down until sticky.
  2. Tip the mince into a serving bowl, then serve with a bowl of lettuce leaves for wrapping the mince in; the herbs, shallots and peanuts for scattering over; and the lime wedges for squeezing.


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  • ErinMay 2, 2014 - 9:11 pm

    This looks FANTASTIC! We’re going for less carbs these days too so it would be great for that as well. Thanks for sharing, definitely will try it next week!ReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyMay 3, 2014 - 1:09 pm

      Let me know what you think xReplyCancel

  • Oh So GawjessMay 4, 2014 - 11:01 am

    These look yummy but i would have to omit the fish sauce!


    • Steph@HelloBabyMay 6, 2014 - 7:33 am

      You can’t taste it when its in the dish honestly! xReplyCancel

  • Champagne and ChutneyMay 5, 2014 - 5:09 pm

    Yum! And it so simple too! And healthy! Think I might have found what I am going to be cooking for supper :)


    • Steph@HelloBabyMay 6, 2014 - 7:33 am

      Let me know what you think!ReplyCancel

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