Sweet and Sour Pork in Lettuce Cups

Serving Size: 4
Total Time:

Season the pork that goes into lettuce cups with an appealing mix of flavors, including lime juice and zest, fish sauce and honey.


  • 2 Tbsp canola oil
  • lime wedges, for serving
  • thinly sliced scallions, for garnish
  • 1 head butter lettuce (6 ounces), leaves separated
  • freshly ground pepper
  • kosher salt
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp finely grated lemon zest
  • 0.5 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp Asian fish sauce
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Pound ground pork
  • 1 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped


  1. In a skillet, heat the canola oil. Add the onion and stir-fry over moderate heat until softened and golden, 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the pork and cook, stirring occasionally and breaking up the meat, until browned, about 3 minutes. Stir in the honey, fish sauce and sesame oil and cook, stirring, until no traces of pink remain in the pork, about 2 minutes. Remove the skillet from the heat. Stir the lime zest and lime juice into the pork and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Arrange the lettuce cups on a serving platter. Fill with the pork and garnish with scallions. Serve with lime wedges.

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Recipe Credit: Todd Porter and Diane Cu
Image Credit: Christina Holmes