Cook With Sprouts Founder: Thai Larb Recipe

What is Thai Larb?

Thai Larb, also known as Laab or Larp, is a popular dish in Thailand and is a versatile and flavorful dish made with ground meat, herbs, and spices. It can be served as a salad or in bite-sized lettuce cups, known as larb bites, for a delicious appetizer. This dish is a perfect blend of sweet, spicy, salty, and sour flavors that makes your taste buds dance.

Here is a Thai Larb recipe that you can easily prepare at home:

Thai Larb salad is probably one of the easiest and tastiest Thai dishes to make. A ground beef dish that originated from Northern Thailand. The larb is sweet from the natural taste of beef and the sugar, yet slightly tart from the lime and fish sauce. The cilantro, mint, ginger and green onion mix adds a freshness and clean taste to the dish.

Your Instructors

In this video, you’ll cook with Kate Rogers, founder of Sprouts Chef Training, and Mikey, a Sprouts Chef Training graduate. Sprouts is a 501(c)(3) charity equipping youth like Mikey to rise from hardship through culinary training and job placement.

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Recipe for Thai Larb


1 lb ground beef (or ground chicken, turkey, tofu, etc.)
3 garlic cloves minced

4 tbsp lime juice
3 green onion stalks minced
¼ cup green onions minced
¼ cup mint minced
¼ cup ginger minced
¼ cup cilantro minced

4 tbsp fish sauce
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp thai chili, minced
4 tbsp water



First, put the ground beef and garlic in a non-stick pan and brown. You can add some coconut oil, but there’s not much need to add extra oil because there’s enough fat in the ground beef itself. On medium flame, flatten the beef out into a pancake shape. Toss and stir with a spatula as needed, optionally adding a touch of honey. When the beef is evenly browned, it is ready. This takes about 5-10 minutes, depending on your stove.

Next, create the sauce by whisking together 4 tbsp fish sauce, 4 tbsp lime juice, 4 tbsp water, and the thai chili. Then, add in the green onions, mint, ginger, and cilantro, whisking to combine. Add in the cooked beef and stir evenly.

Finally, to assemble the wrap, add a couple tablespoons of rice as a base, then spoon the larb on top. Garnish with extra mint, and green onions, and enjoy! Quick, simple, extremely delicious Thai Larb Lettuce Wraps that are ready in less than 30 minutes!


Don’t Be Afraid To Experiment!

This Thai Larb recipe is perfect for a quick and easy weeknight meal or as a party appetizer. It’s also a great way to experiment with different proteins, herbs, and spices to create your unique twist on the traditional Thai Larb dish.

For an extra crunch, add some toasted almonds or peanuts to your larb. Swap out the beef we used here with ground chicken, turkey, and even tofu.

Don’t be afraid to experiment! After all, it’s hard to go wrong with mint, cilantro, ginger, and green onion.


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