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Weeknight Thai Laab Recipe

Easy Thai Laab that has morphed into an easy weeknight version. Sausage, fresh herbs and Thai spices create a fresh and robust classic Thai dish.

Easy and fast version of this Thai classic. Delicious!

This abbreviated version is fast and full of flavor thanks to some creative substitutions. Enjoy this any day of the week.

Bangkok at night includes crowds meandering through the streets with waves of savory and spicy aromas permeating every street corner.  Couples and friends locked in their own little world, enjoying ‘pai-tio’, the practice of simply walking around to watch and see, which includes being a spectator in the kitchens of some of the best street chefs in the world.  The creations include several variations of fried rice, coconut pancakes, grilled meat satays, soupy noodle curries, green papaya salad, fresh fish cakes, teas, coffees, the list goes on without end.  Thai food can be simple or complicated but always delicious.  The cuisine reminds me of both Chinese and Indian, in the same recipe, the best of both, on the same plate.

Easy and fast version of this Thai classic. Delicious!

This recipe is inspired by Victor Sodsook
‘Issan-Style Chopped Meat Salad with Toasted Rice Powder’ recipe.  I made it once exactly like the recipe except without the rice powder only because I couldn’t find any. This dish is delicious just the way it is but it over the years it morphed into a recipe that became easy and very edited by Mr. Craftiness.  Instead of 1/2 tsp of Thai chili powder and 1 lb of boneless, skinless chicken breast we use a pinch of cayenne and 2 lbs of Italian sausage (1 lb hot & 1 lb mild).  Sounds strange, I know, I hope Victor never finds out, I believe I committed an international culinary crime.  The result is, of course delicious or I wouldn’t post this, and easy, weeknight easy.

Easy and fast version of this Thai classic. Delicious!

While Laab is traditionally served wrapped in a lettuce leaf, Mr. Craftiness likes it over rice.  Your choice, both are very good.

Try other grains in this recipe like Quinoa. Don’t know how to cook Quinoa? Check out this article How to Cook Quinoa – The Ultimate Guide!

CONFUSED ABOUT THE DIFFERENT CHILI POWDERS? I’ve got the details in my article What is Chili Powder?

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Easy and fast version of this Thai classic. Delicious!

Weeknight Thai Laab Recipe

Yield: 8 Servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

An easy Thai classic served over rice.


  • 1 lb hot Italian sausage without casing
  • 1 lb mild Italian sausage without casing
  • 1 cup of fresh lemon juice
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • 1 cup of loosely packed fresh mint, finely chopped
  • 1 bunch of cilantro, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbs brown sugar
  • 4 Tbs fish sauce
  • 6 scallion, finely sliced
  • Medium pinch of cayenne


  • Cooked rice or large lettuce leaves


  1. Cook sausage in large skillet over medium heat until cooked through.
  2. While sausage is cooking prep and add the remaining ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  3. When sausage is cooked, add to mixing bowl, toss well.
  4. Serve over rice or wrapped in lettuce leaves
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 447Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 24gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 1556mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 1gSugar: 7gProtein: 23g

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Saturday 10th of April 2021

This was so easy to make and l love the mint flavor combined with the other ingredients. We ate the meat wrapped in lettuce which tasted so refreshing.


Sunday 11th of April 2021

We grow mint just for this recipe:) It makes a great ground cover, but not directly next to grass. Glad you liked it, I like it with lettuce too!

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