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Korean Beef Lettuce Wraps

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Asian
Author: Michelle De La Cerda
Korean Beef Lettuce Wraps - Sweet and mildly spiced beef, cooked quickly and enjoyed in a sturdy leaf of lettuce, creating smiles all around the table


  • 1 head lettuce (Bibb, Boston, and butter are great choices)
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (or less to decrease sweetness)
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil; divided in half
  • 3 cloves garlic; minced/grated
  • 1/4 tsp . ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp . red pepper flakes (optional and to taste)
  • 1 bunch green onions; divided between white and green parts
  • 3 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • Sesame seeds for garnish (optional)


  1. Whisk in a bowl the brown sugar, soy sauce/tamari, 1/2 tbsp sesame oil, garlic, ginger, rice wine vinegar, and red pepper flakes until blended; set aside.
  2. In a wok or large skillet, brown the ground beef in 1/2 tbsp sesame oil.
  3. Add the white part of the green onions to the beef and continue cooking until the beef is done.
  4. Drain any rendered fat.
  5. Pour the sauce over the meat and allow it to reduce down; about 3-5 minutes.
  6. Serve in lettuce leaves or over rice.
  7. Sprinkle remaining green onions over each portion and garnish with sesame seeds if using.