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April 29, 2024

Vietnamese American Lamb Larb Salad in Lettuce Cups  


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Prep Time

10 min

Cook Time

20 min

Total Time

30 min



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● 1 lb ground American Lamb 

● 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 

● 2 cloves garlic, minced 

● 1 shallot, finely chopped 

● 2 tablespoons fish sauce 

● 2 tablespoons lime juice 

● 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar 

● 1 tablespoon chili paste or sriracha (adjust to taste)

● 2 green onions, thinly sliced 

● 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro 

● 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint 

● Salt and pepper to taste 

● Butter lettuce leaves, lime wedges, fresh mint, fresh cilantro, chopped toasted peanuts, for serving


1. Saute aromatics: 

Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. 

Add minced garlic and chopped shallot to the skillet and cook until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes. 

2. Cook lamb: 

Add ground American Lamb to the skillet, breaking it apart with a spoon, and cook until browned and cooked through, about 5-7 minutes*. 

3. Combine sauce ingredients: 

In a small bowl, whisk together fish sauce, lime juice, brown sugar, and chili paste until the sugar is dissolved. 

Pour the fish sauce mixture over the cooked lamb in the skillet and stir to combine. 

Cook for another 2 to 3 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together. 

4. Final steps : 

Remove the skillet from heat and stir in sliced green onions, chopped cilantro, and chopped mint. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 

5. Serving: 

To serve, spoon the lamb larb mixture into butter lettuce leaves, creating lettuce cups. Serve the Lamb Larb with the lettuce leaves, fresh herbs, lime and chopped peanuts.


USDA recommends the following time and temperature parameters

Ground Lamb

Internal temperature of 160°F

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2 comments on “Vietnamese American Lamb Larb Salad in Lettuce Cups  ”

    1. That was in error on our end it should only take 20 min to cook so 30 min in total! Sorry about that!