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Tofu Shiitake Lettuce Wraps

These Tofu Shiitake Lettuce wraps are one of my favorite vegetarian meals to make - they are so easy to cook and they pack the BEST savory and sweet flavors. Perfect for an appetizer, or a light lunch or dinner!
Prep Time50 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Servings: 4 (3 wraps each)


  • 1 package extra firm tofu (14oz)
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 10-12 romaine heart leaves
  • 2 tsp avocado oil
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 inch ginger, thinly sliced
  • 2 green onions
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 8 oz shiitake mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 can water chestnuts, sliced (8oz can)
  • 4 oz shrimp (optional)
  • shredded carrots, for garnish

For the sauce

  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter (I like to use chunky)
  • 1 tbsp honey



  • Pat dry the tofu. Crumble the tofu and set it in a bowl lined with paper towels to remove moisture. (If you can, do this about an hour in advanced.)
  • Heat an oven to 350 degrees. Roast the cashews for 10 minutes, shaking the pan half way. Set aside and let cool.
  • Wash the romaine hearts and lay out, or pat to dry.
  • In a small sauce pan, add all the sauce ingredients. Bring to a simmer and stir to combine well. Set aside.
  • Chop the garlic, thinly slice the ginger, and chop the green onions. Separate the whites from the green. (Greens will be for the garnish)
  • (if using shrimp) Heat 1/2 tbsp avocado oil in a cast iron. Place the shrimp in the pan, and sear 3 minutes per side. Cut into chunks.

To prepare the filling:

  • In a large stir fry pan or wok, heat avocado oil.
  • Add garlic, ginger, whites of the green onion, and red pepper flakes. Stir fry for 1-2 minutes, until fragrant.
  • Add shiitake mushrooms, tofu, water chestnuts and if using, shrimp.
  • Add sauce and stir well. Stir fry for another 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and top with roasted cashews.

To serve:

  • Fill the romaine hearts with the filling, and garnish with green onions and shredded carrots.


I recommend this for a light lunch or dinner. It can be a complete dinner, if you aren't a big eater. Or I would recommend serving alongside with rice!