Using Leftovers: Lamb & Spring Onion Hoisin Lettuce Wraps

Roasting an enormous shoulder of lamb (1.6 kilos) for just three people meant we had a lot of leftovers. More than half, actually! All gently infused with garlic and the merest hint of rosemary.

Some went into sandwiches and some into a beautifully rich and meaty ragu that Pete cooked up.


The rest I turned into lamb and spring onion hoisin lettuce wraps, a quick and delicious mid-week evening meal.


Lamb & Spring Onion Hoisin Lettuce Wraps

Serves 2-3

300-400 grams leftover roast lamb, approx. 1 cm dice
3-4 spring onions, halved lengthways and cut into 4 cm batons
Approx. half a jar supermarket hoisin sauce
1 head iceberg lettuce
Sesame oil, to fry (or any vegetable oil)
(Optional) quarter of cucumber, cut into thin 4 cm batons

Note: I used half a 240 gram jar of Waitrose Cooks’ Ingredients hoisin sauce, which is not as strong as the hoisin I buy from the Oriental supermarket. If using the stronger stuff, reduce amount of sauce by a third to a half and add a tablespoon or two of water, if needed, to help it coat the lamb.


  • Carefully peel the leaves away from the head of lettuce, wash thoroughly and leave to drain.
  • Wash and cut the cucumber and spring onion batons and dice the leftover lamb.


  • Heat sesame oil in a wok or large saucepan and add the diced lamb. Stir regularly.


  • Once the lamb has started to heat up, add the spring onions and continue to fry, stirring regularly, for another couple of minutes.


  • Once the onions have softened to your liking, pour in the hoisin sauce and stir thoroughly, until the lamb is evenly coated and piping hot.


  • Serve by placing cucumber batons and hoisin lamb into a lettuce leaf. Wrap the leaf around the contents and enjoy!


Kavey Eats received a sample box of organic lamb from Graig Farm. For reader discount code, see end of previous post.

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5 Comments to "Using Leftovers: Lamb & Spring Onion Hoisin Lettuce Wraps"

  1. Dominic

    Oooh these are gorgeous. Love leftover lamb. Really reminds me of home and leftover lamb sandwiches are an absolute favourite!


    Sandwiches always a winner, but we had tonnes left from this enormous joint so made sandwiches, ragu and these! 🙂


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