Beef Lettuce Wraps

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<p>Beef Lettuce Wraps</p>
Photo: Randy Mayor; Stylist: Leigh Ann Ross

Fill crisp lettuce leaves with sliced flank steak topped with a zesty sauce made from lime juice, brown sugar, and minced pepper. Soba noodle salad complements the meaty lettuce wraps and brings another texture to the plate.

4 servings (serving size: 2 wraps and 1 teaspoon sauce)


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Cooking spray
1 (1-pound) flank steak, trimmed
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons fish sauce
4 teaspoons dark brown sugar
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced
8 Bibb lettuce leaves
1 cup thinly sliced red onion
1 cup torn fresh mint
1/2 cup matchstick-cut English cucumber
1/2 cup torn fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons chopped unsalted, dry-roasted peanuts


Prep: 30 Minutes

1. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Sprinkle steak with salt and pepper. Place steak in pan; cook 5 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Remove from pan; let stand 10 minutes. Cut steak diagonally across the grain into thin slices.

2. Combine juice, fish sauce, sugar, and jalapeño in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Reserve 4 teaspoons juice mixture in a small serving bowl. Pour remaining juice mixture in a large bowl; add steak, tossing to coat. Place 1 1/2 ounces beef in center of each lettuce leaf; top each with 2 tablespoons onion, 2 tablespoons mint, 1 tablespoon cucumber, and 1 tablespoon cilantro. Sprinkle evenly with peanuts; roll up. Serve with reserved juice mixture.

Soba noodle salad: Cook 6 ounces soba noodles according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain well. Combine noodles, 1/3 cup chopped green onions, and 1/3 cup matchstick-cut carrots in a large bowl. Combine 1 1/2 tablespoons rice vinegar, 1 tablespoon sesame oil, 1 tablespoon fish sauce, 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce, 2 teaspoons sambal oelek, and 1 teaspoon brown sugar in a small bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Drizzle vinegar mixture over noodle mixture; toss well.

Created date

May 2009

Nutritional Information

Calories 224
Fat 8.1 g
Satfat 2.7 g
Monofat 3.4 g
Polyfat 1 g
Protein 27 g
Carbohydrate 11.2 g
Fiber 2 g
Cholesterol 39 mg
Iron 2.6 mg
Sodium 755 mg
Calcium 61 mg