Beef Lettuce Wraps

Beef lettuce wraps consist of thinly sliced beef cooked with a flavorful sauce, such as soy sauce, garlic, and ginger, along with fresh herbs and spices like jalapeno and green onions. The seasoned beef mixture is then served inside of fresh lettuce leaves, which are used as a wrap to hold the meat and toppings together.

Beef lettuce wraps are a delicious and healthy option for an appetizer or light meal, and can be customized with various toppings to suit individual tastes.

Asian inspired beef lettuce wraps topped with green onions being picked up with a pair of chopsticks.

How to make Beef Lettuce Wraps?


  1. In a skillet or frying pan, prepare the sauce by combining sake or Asian cooking wine, sweetener, soy sauce, and garlic and bring to a light boil then remove from heat.
  2. In a large skillet, large frying pan, or wok, add sliced beef and cook until browned under medium-high heat.
  3. Next, add in diced ginger, green onions, jalapeno, and sauce. Stir well and transfer to a plate.
  4. Take a spoonful of the seasoned beef mixture and place it into a prepared lettuce leaf. Roll and enjoy.

Extra Flavors

Feel free to drizzle a touch of toasted sesame oil and some red pepper flakes onto the beef mixture after cooking for some extra flavors! Also adding some pieces of kimchi pairs very well!

What ingredients do I need to make beef lettuce wraps?


  • Thinly Sliced Beef – thinly sliced beef around the thickness of deli meat. Rib-eye and chuck cut work best. These can be picked up from an Asian grocery labeled for the use of shabu-shabu or sukiyaki or you can request your local butcher to slice them for you.
  • Salt sea salt preferred.
  • Black Pepper – ground.
  • Ginger – fresh and finely diced.
  • Jalapeno – sliced. De-seed to make the sauce less spicy.
  • Green Onion – finely chopped green onion scallions.
  • Green Leaf Lettuce – fresh and individual leaves.
  • Japanese Sake – typically will come in a large bottle labeled junmai sake. Can also substitute with dry sherry wine or Chinese cooking wine, found at local grocery stores or Asian markets. 
  • Sweetener – use your preferred sweetener.
  • Soy Sauce – low-sodium Soy Sauce preferred. Can also use tamari for gluten-free.
  • Garlic freshly grated or pressed with a garlic press.

What Lettuce to Use for Lettuce Wraps

Lettuce Choices

  1. Green Leaf Lettuce – this is a popular choice for lettuce wraps because of its large, sturdy leaves that can hold a generous amount of filling.
  2. Butter Lettuce – this type of lettuce has a delicate, buttery flavor and a soft, pliable texture that makes it a good option for wrapping.
  3. Romaine Lettuce – this lettuce has a slightly crunchy texture and a mild flavor, making it a good option for those who prefer a bit of crunch in their lettuce wraps.
  4. Iceberg Lettuce – while not as nutritious as other types of lettuce, iceberg lettuce has a crisp texture and a mild, refreshing flavor that can work well in lettuce wraps.

Ultimately, any type of lettuce that has large, flexible leaves can work for beef lettuce wraps. Choose the type that you enjoy the most and that is readily available to you. For the crispy lettuce wraps, soak the entire lettuce into cold water for 45-60 minutes before use.

Ingredient Add Ins for Lettuce Wraps

  • Ground Beef
  • Ground Chicken
  • Ground Pork
  • Ground Turkey
  • Sliced Pork Butt/Shoulder

Asian inspired beef lettuce wraps topped with green onions served on a wooden plank, top down.

How to store beef lettuce wraps?

Simply use an airtight container and place it in the fridge. Should hold for 4-7 days after cooking and works well for meal prep dinner or lunch.

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Asian inspired beef lettuce wraps topped with green onions served on a wooden plank, close up.

Watch How To Make It

Beef Lettuce Wraps

Try our irresistible Beef Lettuce Wraps - thin slices of beef cooked with ginger, jalapeno, and a sweet and savory sauce, all wrapped up in crisp lettuce leaves. Perfect for a tasty and healthy appetizer or light lunch!
5 from 4 votes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: Asian beef lettuce wraps, beef lettuce wraps, beef wrapped in lettuce
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8 wraps
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Calories: 117kcal



  • Gather all the ingredients.
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  • Lightly salt and pepper both sides of the meat and set aside.
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  • Finely dice ginger, green onion, and optional jalapeno and place all into a holding bowl.
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  • Prepare lettuce leaves by washing, drying, and cutting into 5-6 inches widths. Transfer to serving plate.
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  • Grind garlic with a grinder or garlic press and set aside.
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  • In a small Teflon fry pan, add 3 tbsp of Japanese sake, sweetener, Soy Sauce, ground garlic and bring to boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to med-low and let it cook for 1 minute while stirring occasionally. Once the minute has passed, remove from heat and set aside.
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  • In a large Teflon fry pan, bring up to temperature on medium-high, should take around 1 minute. Once up to temp, place the sliced beef inside, mix well and cook until browned, should take around 2-4 minutes.
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  • Once browned, add bowl with finely diced ginger, green onion, and optional jalapeno and mix well. After mixing, pour sauce from step 6) and cook for additional 10-15 seconds and transfer to serving plate.
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  • You can either serve this dish as family style where each person would wrap their own lettuce beef rolls, or serve it pre-wrapped on individual plates. Either way, you would prepare the rolls by placing 1-2 slices of beef onto the center of each lettuce wrap and rolling the leaf to form a roll. You can use a toothpick to ensure it holds its shape if you are serving it as pre-wrapped rolls!
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Calories: 117kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 318mg | Potassium: 145mg | Vitamin A: 56IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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