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Spicy Steak Lettuce Wraps

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr
Hands-on time 18 mins
Total time 1 hr, 5 mins
Yield Serves 4 (serving size: 3 lettuce wraps)
Spicy Steak Lettuce Wraps give traditional lettuce wraps a kick in the tastebuds with the addition of zesty spiced steak.


  • 1 (12-ounce) sirloin steak
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons lower-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons grated shallots
  • 2 tablespoons sambal oelek (chile paste)
  • 1 tablespoon grated peeled fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • Cooking spray
  • 12 large Boston lettuce leaves (about 2 heads)
  • 1 cup matchstick-cut English cucumber
  • 1 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1 cup matchstick-cut carrot
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves

Nutrition Information

  • calories 268
  • fat 13.5 g
  • satfat 4.7 g
  • monofat 5.6 g
  • polyfat 1.5 g
  • protein 19.3 g
  • carbohydrate 17.9 g
  • fiber 1.9 g
  • cholesterol 64 mg
  • iron 2.2 mg
  • sodium 363 mg
  • calcium 57 mg

How to Make It

  1. Place steak in freezer 15 minutes. Remove from freezer; cut across the grain into 1/8-inch-thick slices. Combine sugar ­­­and next 6 ingredients (through oil) in a large zip-top plastic bag; seal bag, and shake. Remove 3 tablespoons marinade, and set aside. Add steak to marinade in bag; seal and shake. Marinate in refrigerator for 1 hour. Remove steak from bag; discard marinade. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add steak to pan, and cook for 1 minute on each side.

  2. Divide steak evenly among lettuce leaves. Top each leaf with 4 teaspoons cucumber, 4 teaspoons onion, 4 teaspoons carrot, and 2 teaspoons cilantro; drizzle with reserved 3 tablespoons marinade.

Cook's Notes

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