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Stir-Fried Tilapia, Dill, and Scallion Lettuce Wraps

Photo: Brian Kennedy; Styling: Claire Spollen

Hands-on time 15 mins
Total time 35 mins

Serves 4

Inspired by the classic Vietnamese dish Cha Ca La Vong, these wraps are a fun way to serve up stir-fry. Swap in black cod for tilapia if you prefer a heartier fish.


  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 1 pound tilapia fillets, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 4 teaspoons canola oil, divided
  • 12 green onions, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 cup fresh dill sprigs
  • 12 Bibb lettuce leaves
  • 4 mint sprigs (optional)
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice

Nutrition Information

  • calories 357
  • fat 8 g
  • satfat 1.3 g
  • monofat 3.9 g
  • polyfat 2.2 g
  • protein 28 g
  • carbohydrate 45 g
  • fiber 5 g
  • cholesterol 57 mg
  • iron 4 mg
  • sodium 318 mg
  • calcium 113 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine first 6 ingredients in a small bowl. Cover and chill 20 minutes.

  2. Combine cornstarch, turmeric, ginger, and tilapia in a large bowl; toss to coat. Let stand 10 minutes.

  3. Heat a large cast-iron skillet or wok over high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil; heat until just smoking. Add tilapia. Cook, without stirring, 2 minutes. Gently turn fish pieces; cook 1 minute or until done. Place on a plate, and keep warm.

  4. Add remaining 1 teaspoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add green onions; stir-fry 2 minutes or until tops are bright green and bottoms are tender. Add dill; cook 30 seconds. Place about 1/3 cup onion mixture on each of 4 plates; top each with 3/4 cup fish and 1 tablespoon sauce. Serve each with 3 lettuce leaves, 1 mint sprig (if desired), and 1/2 cup rice.

Cook's Notes

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