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Korean Sesame Beef with Lettuce Wraps

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr
Yield 4 servings (serving size: 4 filled lettuce leaves)
Based on the classic Korean barbecue dish bulgogi, this recipe offers savory-sweet-garlicky beef wrapped in lettuce leaves with rice and kimchi.


  • 3/4 pound flank steak, trimmed
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced green onions, divided
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
  • 4 cups hot cooked short-grain rice
  • 1 cup kimchi
  • 16 red leaf lettuce leaves

Nutrition Information

  • calories 498
  • caloriesfromfat 27 %
  • fat 14.8 g
  • satfat 2.7 g
  • monofat 6.8 g
  • polyfat 3.3 g
  • protein 25.2 g
  • carbohydrate 62.2 g
  • fiber 3.2 g
  • cholesterol 28 mg
  • iron 8.7 mg
  • sodium 581 mg
  • calcium 88 mg

How to Make It

  1. Cut steak across grain into 1/4-inch slices; cut slices into 1/2-inch-wide strips. Cut strips into 3-inch-long pieces. Combine steak pieces, 1/4 cup onions, sugar, soy sauce, garlic, and sesame oil.

  2. Heat a 14-inch wok over high heat. Add 1 tablespoon canola oil to wok, swirling to coat. Add half of steak mixture to wok; stir-fry 2 minutes or until lightly browned. Spoon cooked steak mixture into a bowl. Repeat procedure with remaining 1 tablespoon canola oil and remaining steak mixture. Sprinkle with remaining onions and sesame seeds. Spoon 1/4 cup rice, about 2 tablespoons steak mixture, and 1 tablespoon kimchi onto each lettuce leaf; roll up. Serve immediately.

Cook's Notes

Kimchi is a traditional Korean condiment of fiery fermented cabbage. Look for it at Asian markets or in the supermarket's produce section.

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