Asian Beef Lettuce Wraps

Try these fun, delicious Asian beef lettuce wraps for a fresh and healthy twist on your usual menu!

Asian Beef Lettuce Wraps – Fun, healthy and super delicious lettuce wraps make a fresh twist on your usual menu! |

Apart from being a shrill, shouting TV chef, Gordon Ramsay has long been a big influence in my cooking. The softer side of him is evident in many of his Britain based shows. In my new favorite, Ultimate Cookery Course, he highlights his love of simple, flavorful ingredients and the amazing meals they make. Watching it makes me want to gnaw my arm off, but hey, it’s a good way to get inspired!

Asian Beef Lettuce Wraps – Fun, healthy and super delicious lettuce wraps make a fresh twist on your usual menu! |

In a recent episode, he stirred up some Asian beef lettuce wraps that got both me and the mister drooling! They were sweet and spicy, fresh and tangy, and just what we needed to balance all the comfort food I’ve been cooking up.

Asian Beef Lettuce Wraps – Fun, healthy and super delicious lettuce wraps make a fresh twist on your usual menu! |

Here’s what ya gotta do… Into a sizzling hot pan, toss in bell peppers and onions, add in the beef and get it nice and browned. Slip in a scrumptious combination of garlic, soy, hoisin and chili sauces, rice wine vinegar and fragrant fresh ginger.

The aroma is amazing! Commence arm gnawing.

Asian Beef Lettuce Wraps – Fun, healthy and super delicious lettuce wraps make a fresh twist on your usual menu! |

Pile it high in a big bowl and plop it in the center of a bunch of crisp lettuce leaves. Serve it with a bowl of your favorite rice and you have yourself a mouthwatering dinner… and leftovers for lunch! These lettuce wraps make for a delicious way to switch up a mundane menu and inspire you to cook with simple yet exotic flavors!

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Asian Beef Lettuce Wraps

Yield: Serves 4 (3 wraps each)


12 leaves lettuce (iceberg, romaine, Boston or green leaf)

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced

1 yellow onion, diced

1 lb. ground beef

1/4 tsp. each salt and pepper

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1/4 cup hoisin sauce

1-2 Tbsp. chili sauce (such as Sambal Oelek*)

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar

1/2 Tablespoon honey

4 green onions, chopped


Gently rinse lettuce leaves and pat dry, careful not to tear them. Set aside.

In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over high heat. Add bell pepper and onion, cook 3 minutes. Add ground beef and cook 5 minutes, breaking up with a wooden spoon. Drain grease and return pan to stovetop; reduce heat to medium. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in garlic, soy sauce, hoisin and chili sauces, ginger, rice wine vinegar and honey. Cook until sauce has thickened, 3-4 minutes. Stir in green onions.

Spoon meat mixture into a medium bowl and place on a large serving platter. Arrange lettuce leaves around the bowl and serve.


* This is a thick red paste with medium-high spice, made from red chilies, vinegar and salt. It can be found in the Asian or ethnic sections of most grocery stores.

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34 Responses to “Asian Beef Lettuce Wraps”

  1. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — October 19, 2012 @ 5:33 am

    These look fab, Georgia! There’s nothing I like more than a lettuce wrap!

  2. #
    london bakes — October 19, 2012 @ 8:38 am

    Love that these sound do flavourful but aren’t too heavy – definitely my favourite kind of food!

  3. #
    elizabeth @ chronic venture — October 19, 2012 @ 12:56 pm

    loooove lettuce wraps, such a great meal. these look so yummy!

  4. #
    Melanie — October 19, 2012 @ 1:02 pm

    This looks delicious!! I’ve never made lettuce wraps before, but the colorful, vibrant photos make me want to try these. Just curious, did you use honey when you made these? It is mentioned in the instructions, but not in the ingredient list. Thank you!!

  5. #
    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — October 19, 2012 @ 1:45 pm

    Oh, love these flavors!

  6. #
    SkinnyMommy — October 19, 2012 @ 3:41 pm

    Who doesn’t love lettuce wraps and these ones look great!

  7. #
    Nicole@HeatOvenTo350 — October 19, 2012 @ 4:01 pm

    I love lettuce wraps. These look wonderful!

  8. #
    From Valeries Kitchen — October 19, 2012 @ 4:14 pm

    These look simple and delicious! I got hooked on lettuce wrap years and years ago after having them at PF Changs but have never made them at home. Thanks for posting!

  9. #
    Paula — October 19, 2012 @ 7:17 pm

    The pictures are beautiful, not to mention downright tantalizing and appetizing. I would love to have one of these wraps sitting in front of me right now. It certainly wouldn’t last long :)

  10. #
    Cassie | Bake Your Day — October 19, 2012 @ 7:56 pm

    I really love lettuce wraps. These flavors are some of my favorites, too! Gorgeous shots, Georgia!

  11. #
    Joanne — October 20, 2012 @ 10:28 am

    Lettuce wraps are such fun vessels for some serious deliciousness…the filling here sounds super flavorful!

  12. #
    Monet — October 20, 2012 @ 2:30 pm

    Lettuce wraps are such a great change to bread bread bread (although you know I love flour!) These look delicious. And I like how they are beef, not chicken. Can’t wait to try!

  13. #
    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — October 20, 2012 @ 3:34 pm

    I would happily sit down with a fork and eat the beef right out of the pan. I love the pictures! So colorful.

  14. #
    Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef — October 21, 2012 @ 1:25 am

    lettuce wraps are so refreshing. these look perfect :)

  15. #
    Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings — October 22, 2012 @ 4:31 pm

    i heart lettuce wraps!

  16. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — October 23, 2012 @ 5:49 pm

    Lettuce wraps are one of my favorite dishes ever! I haven’t tried a meat one yet so I’m incredibly excited to give this a try.

  17. #
    vianney — October 24, 2012 @ 5:06 am

    I love Gordan~~ and lettuce wraps are a weekly staple here at my house…

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  19. #
    Rebecca — February 8, 2013 @ 12:36 am

    I just made this for dinner tonight. The meat has so much flavor it transforms the boring lettuce. Thanks for posting this recipe, I will definitely be making this again and again!

  20. #
    Brandy — April 13, 2013 @ 1:23 pm

    Made these tonight — delish and easy! thanks :)

  21. #
    Najmah — July 19, 2013 @ 10:26 pm

    These were superb! so flavorful and tasty. Fairly quick to prepare. One problem, the recipe calls to add in honey but your ingredients does not list honey nor an amount so I just took a guess and added in a little less that a tablespoon of honey, which turned out nicely.

    • Georgia — July 20th, 2013 @ 7:48 am

      I’m so glad you enjoyed these, Najmah! Thanks for catching that error. It’s been fixed!

  22. #
    Sherry in Union, KY — August 25, 2013 @ 6:29 pm

    These were well received at dinner this evening. I used Thai garlic chili paste in place of chili sauce. Thanks so much for the recipe!

  23. #
    MissFoodFairy — September 11, 2013 @ 10:16 pm

    This looks fantastic! When I have no idea what to cook with mince – apart from the basic Bolognese – I’m going to try this! Thank you for sharing and inspiring me to try something new with mince

  24. #
    Vickie — September 28, 2013 @ 12:52 pm

    This is freakin off the hook! I just made this for dinner and it is amazing. The sauce alone is good enough to use in several dishes, especially General Tso’s. Love it and thanks for this great recipe!

  25. #
    Bex Hubbard — November 14, 2013 @ 6:20 pm

    I tried this recipe tonight, and it was an all-star hit. The flavors melded perfectly, and it’s a beautiful presentation. I served it with fresh butter lettuce because the leaves are so flexible. One of the things we’ve missed while on the South Beach Diet is tacos; these fill the bill. Bless your cotton socks!

  26. #
    Elizabeth — August 14, 2014 @ 9:07 pm

    I could not find hoisin sauce at the store today. Do you have a suggestion for a substitute or should I look at another store?

    • Georgia — August 15th, 2014 @ 12:11 pm

      You should be able to find hoisin sauce in the Ethnic/Asian sections of most grocery stores. But if you can’t, you can look up recipes for how to make your own. Sorry, I don’t know of any substitutes.

  27. #
    Sunny — September 2, 2014 @ 12:32 pm

    Hi! Can this be prepared in a crock pot?

    • Georgia — September 2nd, 2014 @ 1:53 pm

      It’s quicker & easier to prepare in a pan, but you could brown the beef in the pan first then add to the Crockpot with the remaining ingredients (minus green onions and lettuce) and simmer for 1-2 hours maybe.

  28. #
    Terri — September 16, 2014 @ 8:01 pm

    I made these tonight. I left out the honey. They were amazing! Thank you

  29. #
    kristen phillips — December 30, 2014 @ 12:25 pm

    What is the calorie count of each serving?

  30. #
    Teisha — January 9, 2015 @ 3:55 pm

    I just made these for my family and they are amazing. I didn’t have the chili paste so I substituted for a teaspoon red pepper flakes. Rarely do i try a recipe exactly as written as actually like the taste, but these were amazing. Can’t wait to try more of your recipes!!!!

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