Thai Ground Pork Salad (Larb) Recipe


Thai Ground Pork Salad (Larb) Recipe

This Thai Ground Pork Salad, known a Larb and pronounced Lawb, is an addictive salad of ground meat spiked with chiles, lime juice and fish sauce and served with lettuce leaves for wrapping.


  • 2 pounds ground pork
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 small shallots minced
  • 2 red Thai chili peppers thinly sliced
  • Juice of 1 lime plus lime wedges, for serving
  • 2 tablespoons Asian fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup chopped mint
  • 1/2 cup chopped basil
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup chopped salted peanuts
  • 1 head white cabbage cut into triangles


  • In a bowl, mix the pork, garlic, shallots and thinly sliced Thai red chili peppers.
  • In a small bowl, whisk the lime juice, fish sauce, brown sugar.
  • In a skillet, heat the oil. Add the pork mixture and cook over high heat, stirring to break up the meat, until no pink remains, 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the lime juice mixture. Let stand for 5 minutes.
  • Transfer the meat to a bowl; stir in the herbs. Season with salt and pepper and top with the chopped salted peanuts.
  • Serve with lime wedges and cabbage for wrapping and beer for drinking.

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