Asian Steak Lettuce Wraps

There’s rice in it, too, so please don’t x out.

Asian Steak Lettuce Wraps / Bev Cooks

Lettuce wraps! It’s been a while since I’ve made slash posted lettuce wraps. I always forget about these delightful canoes o’ savory bliss. I know it’s an odd time of year to be posting lettuce wraps, with all the soups and creamy pastas and casseroles and WHAT HAVE YOU. But I think they’re nice! This time of year, I mean. Lighter. Zippier. Pippier. (<–I don’t know.)

Asian Steak Lettuce Wraps / Bev Cooks

Let’s start wid yer protayne. Steak! I’ve been on a beef kick lately, yes – I know. But sometimes chicken is just so YAWN to me. I feel like we eat it 47,000 times a week, so I simply couldn’t deny my blistering internal soul shift within.

Marinate your steak in a little bit of soy sauce, sambal oelek, brown sugar and lime juice. EASY marinade. By the way, have you ever noticed the way Martha Stewart says marinade and marinate? She says marinATE, like normal. NATE. Long A. But then she’ll pull a switcheroo and say mariNAWD. Like, NOD. NAHD. MarinOD. MarinAHD. Why do you think she does that to us? She must have learned it in prison.

Asian Steak Lettuce Wraps / Bev Cooks

It wouldn’t be right not to include some sort of carbs in these canoes, so you’ll make a zippy pot of cilantro lime rice. I used Basmati, but any long grain rice you have is pawf.

Now, the lettuce. Let’s talk about the lettuce. The VESSEL of this whole dang operation. I accidentally got sucked into this pretty package of artisan lettuce. But when I started pulling the leaves apart to rinse, I noticed how narrow they were. Even more narrow than romaine leaves. SO – maybe go with Boston lettuce, or anything with a wider leaf. Oh! Let’s start a band called the Wider Leaves! No one likes us.

Asian Steak Lettuce Wraps / Bev Cooks

Two more things here: you have the pepper mix, and the finishing horseradish sauce.

So okay – the steak, the rice, the veggies, and the sauce. THE SAUCE. But hold on. Let’s talk about the peppers. It’s beyond a cinch. Once you sear the steak, you’ll then sauté thinly sliced red bell pepper with fresh ginger and garlic. That’s it. You in?

Now, THE SAUCE – it’s a tiny mix of sour cream, horseradish sauce, lime juice and water (to thin). You can find jarred or bottled horseradish sauce anywhere! Right next to the ranch dressing and mayo, you know. If you like that face-punching HEAT that horseradish delivers, this sauce is your new bff. Just a little finishing drizzle over the wraps at the very end. You still in?


Asian Steak Lettuce Wraps / Bev Cooks

One thing about the meat! Once you mariNATE it for an hour or so, pat the steak strips dry before you sear. You’ll get better browning that way.

So like, pile it all in. Lettuce leaf, cilantro rice, steak strips, pepper mix, sauce-y sauce, and scallions for garnish.

Asian Steak Lettuce Wraps / Bev Cooks

Are you getting excited yet? Should we start a whole winter lettuce wraps movement!?

Asian Steak Lettuce Wraps / Bev Cooks

OKAY, here’s the thing. If you want to nix the lettuce all together and just pile the steak and peppers on top of a heaping mound of rice, drizzle with the horseradish sauce and possibly a tiny hint of hot chile oil, YOU HAVE MY PERMISSION.

Because that works, too. Aaron did it. (so did I) And he’ll never regret it a single day of his life. (neither will I)

But lettuce wraps are good, too!

Never mind.

Asian Steak Lettuce Wraps / Bev Cooks

Get wrapped! Or, or not.

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  • 1 pound thin steak (skirt, flank, top round), cut into thin strips
  • 2 Tbs. soy sauce
  • 1 Tbs. sambal oelek
  • 1 Tbs. lime juice
  • 1 Tbs. brown sugar
  • 1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup uncooked Basmati white rice
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro
  • 1-2 Tbs. lime juice
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 1 inch fresh ginger root, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbs. sour cream
  • 2 Tbs. horseradish sauce
  • 1 Tbs. lime juice
  • 2 tsp water, to thin
  • 1 head Boston or butter lettuce (or your favorite type of lettuce for wraps), rinsed and pat dry
  • Thinly sliced scallions, for garnish
  • Extra cilantro leaves, for garnish


  1. In a large plastic bag, combine the steak strips, soy sauce, samba oelek, lime juice, brown sugar, olive oil and salt. Move the steak around inside the bag to evenly coat the steak, then let it marinate in the fridge for about an hour. Remove the steak from the marinade and pat dry.
  2. Place the rice in a rice cooker (1 cup rice to 2 cups water). Once cooked, add the cilantro and lime juice. Maybe a pinch of salt. Toss to combine.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium high. In two batches, sear the steak on both sides, until you get nice charring, about 3 minutes per side. Remove from the pan to rest.
  4. Back in the pan, add a little oil, and the red bell pepper. Sauté for a minute, then add the ginger and garlic. Season with a pinch of salt, and sauté another 30 seconds.
  5. In a small bowl, combine the sour cream, horseradish sauce, lime juice and water. Whisk until you get a thin, smooth sauce.
  6. In each lettuce leaf, place a small mound of rice, steak and peppers. Drizzle with the spicy sauce and garnish with scallions and cilantro. And more lime!
  7. You in?
  8. Serves 4.

Asian Steak Lettuce Wraps / Bev Cooks


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9 Responses to Asian Steak Lettuce Wraps

  1. Dana February 16, 2017 at 8:04 am #
    If you and Aaron ate yours in a bowl over rice, who ate what's in the picture??? The twins? They're beautiful!
    • Bev Weidner February 16, 2017 at 8:24 am #
      Well thanks! Actually, I had two lettuce wraps early in the day when I shot these. Then at night we just threw the mix over rice for ease. :)
  2. Amanda February 16, 2017 at 9:26 am #
    Soooooo gonna make these!
  3. Mary February 16, 2017 at 8:12 pm #
    this looks SOOO good - so much great flavor:)
  4. Sabrina B February 17, 2017 at 9:02 pm #
    I'm okay with these at this time of year! beautiful recipe, thank you for this recipe, love the mix of flavors
  5. io games January 10, 2022 at 3:08 am #
    I loved the recipe, it’s a bit different. I really want to make it look delicious.


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