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Spicy Steak Lettuce Wraps

Spicy Steak Lettuce Wraps give traditional lettuce wraps a kick in the tastebuds with the addition of zesty spiced steak.

Cooking Light SEPTEMBER 2013

  • Yield: Serves 4 (serving size: 3 lettuce wraps)
  • Hands-on: 18 Minutes
  • Total: 1 Hour, 5 Minutes


  • 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


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.


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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 268
  • Fat: 13.5g
  • Saturated fat: 4.7g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 5.6g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.5g
  • Protein: 19.3g
  • Carbohydrate: 17.9g
  • Fiber: 1.9g
  • Cholesterol: 64mg
  • Iron: 2.2mg
  • Sodium: 363mg
  • Calcium: 57mg

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