Lettuce wraps are something I like to make when I want an easy meal, a delicious meal, a nutritious meal, and something light.  Life gets in the way, and you get busy, or you have a long day at work and don’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen.  That’s where these lettuce wraps come in!  They are fast to make and taste great – and you only need about 15 minutes to prepare them.  The meat is a lovely combination of sweet and savory, the lettuce adds a nice crunch to each bite and the rice balances everything out.  From what I understand, Korean beef is typically a thin sliced steak, but I’m opting for ground beef (and ground chicken).  It’s cheaper and almost everyone knows how to prepare it so anyone can whip up this meal 😊

I do have 2 variations of the same recipe, one with beef and one with chicken.  They are made the exact same way, but you choose the meat you prefer to use.


Let’s walk through how to make the lettuce wraps.  Start by cooking the rice according to package instructions and set aside once done.

Add the soy sauce, sugar, sriracha, ginger, and sesame seeds to a mixing bowl and whisk together.  Set aside.  If you are looking for a gluten-free option, substitute the soy sauce with tamari.

Heat sesame oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add the ground beef or ground chicken and MOST of the green onions, you want to keep some for garnish.  Season with white pepper and cook until the meat is completely cooked through, crumbling as it cooks, about 7-8 minutes.  Add the garlic and stir to combine.  Then add the sauce and stir to combine.  Continue to heat until the sauce is warmed through and starts to absorb into the meat.

You are now ready to assemble.  Place the lettuce on a serving platter – you want to use Bibb or Butter Lettuce as it has a nice cup shape and will hold the contents well.  Add a scoop of rice to the center of each lettuce cup then top with a scoop of the meat mixture.  Garnish with additional green onions and sesame seeds.  Serve immediately and enjoy!

The recipes can be found here:


I do think you could substitute with ground pork or ground turkey if you prefer.  Both would be just as simple to prepare.  You can also customize your toppings.  Add some shredded carrots, chopped bell pepper or cucumber, maybe some bean sprouts, etc.  Truly make these your own.

If you don’t plan on consuming all the meat in one meal, I suggest only assembling what you need.  Cool any leftover meat and rice and store in airtight containers in the fridge.  Simply reheat the next day and assemble your lettuce wraps to enjoy again.

Happy Cooking!

***All images in the blog are from the ground beef version of the recipe***

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