Grilled Shrimp Lettuce Wraps Recipe is a low-carb dish consisting of juicy shrimp, creamy sour cream with seasoning, and bell peppers held together by crispy lettuce.
These lettuce wraps are a healthy alternative to flour-based tortillas – ideal for those following a keto diet or with gluten allergies.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THIS GRILLED SHRIMP LETTUCE WRAPS RECIPE?
Lettuce wraps are popular in many cuisines that can vary in the types of fillings with the use of lettuce wraps instead of bread or tortillas.
The lettuce acts as a liquid-proof base that provides a crispy texture that’s soft and easily pliable. It also provides a carb-free alternative, usually making this dish a healthy option for those wanting to reduce their carbs and lose weight.
ARE THESE GRILLED SHRIMP LETTUCE WRAPS HEALTHY?
Absolutely! These shrimp lettuce wraps are a great source of protein, healthy fats, fiber, minerals, and vitamins.
Using lettuce wraps instead of traditional flour wraps makes these green wraps low in carbs – perfect for those following a ketogenic diet.
HOW SHOULD I STORE THESE GRILLED SHRIMP LETTUCE WRAPS?
These grilled shrimp lettuce wraps are best enjoyed immediately after assembling. I don’t recommend storing these lettuce wraps once assembled, as the lettuce will lose that crispy crunch and become soggy.
If you have leftover ingredients from making these lettuce wraps, store them separately in the fridge in airtight containers for 2-3 days.
Leftover stored shrimp can be added to fresh lettuce leaves with freshly mixed sour cream and bell peppers.
HOW DO I KNOW WHEN MY SHRIMP IS COOKED?
Cooked shrimp will turn pink and opaque. It should take 2-3 minutes per side to cook your shrimp, but this can vary depending on the size of the shrimp. I’ve used Jumbo shrimp for these lettuce wraps, but smaller shrimp could also be used.
It’s best to keep a close watch when cooking the shrimp to ensure they don’t become tough and rubbery.
WHAT’S THE BEST LETTUCE TO USE FOR THESE LETTUCE WRAPS?
I’ve used Bibb lettuce for these wraps, but you can also use Iceberg lettuce, butter lettuce, romaine lettuce, or even cabbage.
WHAT VARIATIONS CAN I MAKE TO THESE GRILLED SHRIMP LETTUCE WRAPS?
- Greek yogurt can be used instead of sour cream.
- Add spices and seasoning to these lettuce wraps, such as smoked paprika, cumin, chili powder, or garlic powder.
- Shredded carrots, sliced cucumbers, and diced tomatoes can be added to these lettuce wraps.
- Mix peanut sauce, hoisin sauce, or sesame ginger dressing into the creamy sour cream for extra flavor.
- Top these lettuce wraps with chopped peanuts, sliced scallions, chopped cilantro, or crispy wonton strips.
- If you don’t like shrimp, fill these lettuce wraps with chicken, tofu, or ground pork.
TIPS FOR MAKING GRILLED SHRIMP LETTUCE WRAPS
- Choose fresh, high-quality ingredients when making these shrimp lettuce wraps.
- You can marinate the shrimp for at least 30 minutes before grilling. Marinating shrimp adds deeper flavor and juiciness. Use a simple marinade of olive oil, garlic, and lemon juice, or experiment with different flavors.
- Make it easier to grill the shrimp by threading them onto skewers before placing them on the grill. This will also help prevent the shrimp from falling through the grates.
- Rinse the lettuce leaves and pat them dry before using them as a wrap. Removing the stem end of the lettuce leaves will make it easier to roll the wraps.