I looked high and low for tofu lettuce wrap recipes and could not find one single recipe on the web that hit the spot, so I made up my own. This is delicious and, although it takes a little preparation, it's totally worth it. Serve with some Chinese-style hot mustard.


Recipe Summary

40 mins
15 mins
1 day 3 hrs
1 day 3 hrs 55 mins
16 lettuce wraps


Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist
Cooking Sauce:
Special Sauce:


Instructions Checklist
  • Place tofu in an airtight container and freeze for 24 hours. Remove from container and thaw, at least 3 hours. Squeeze out excess moisture with your hands or place tofu on paper towels and lay a heavy cutting board on top.

  • Whisk 1/4 cup soy sauce, brown sugar, 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar, and sherry together in a bowl to make the cooking sauce.

  • Whisk water, white sugar, 3 tablespoons soy sauce, hoisin sauce, oyster sauce, 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar, and chile-garlic sauce together in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Add 1/4 teaspoon cornstarch at a time and whisk until thickened, 3 to 5 minutes. Store special sauce in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

  • Chop tofu roughly into small pieces. Heat 1 teaspoon sesame oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add tofu when oil is hot; stir-fry until tofu is browned, about 5 minutes. Set tofu aside in a bowl.

  • Heat remaining sesame oil in the skillet over high heat. Saute onion and garlic until browned and any excess liquid is absorbed, about 2 minutes. Add mushrooms, water chestnuts, and bamboo shoots. Cook over medium-high heat until any excess liquid is absorbed, 2 to 3 minutes. Add cooking sauce to the skillet and stir. Add tofu to the skillet. Cook until sauce is thickened and all vegetables are tender, 2 to 3 minutes more. Remove from heat.

  • Place radicchio, bean sprouts, noodles, peanuts, carrot, and green onions in individual bowls. Place tofu mixture in a serving bowl. Arrange lettuce leaves on a large plate. Put special sauce in a serving bowl with a spoon. Assemble by placing 2 to 3 lettuce leaves on a plate, topping with tofu and garnishes, and drizzling the special sauce on top.

Cook's Notes:

Try chile-flavored sesame oil if you like it spicy.

You can use the same amount of fresh mushrooms in place of canned, if you prefer. Shiitakes mixed with creminis are great.

Use Bibb lettuce in place of romaine, if you prefer.

Nutrition Facts

292 calories; protein 13.3g; carbohydrates 41.6g; fat 10.2g; cholesterol 0.1mg; sodium 1284mg. Full Nutrition