Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Sweet and Spicy Beef Lettuce Wraps

I spent the entire day cleaning and organizing my home. First, I vacuumed then I steam cleaned the carpet, washed the curtains, cleaned the oven, mopped the floor, rearranged the pantry and polished the silver. Ok, I didn't really do that last one, but had I had silver to polish, it would have been polished. For reals. Before I knew it, 10 am had turned into 4 pm. Dinner was fast approaching and I wanted something fast and easy to prepare. It's times like these that I turn to my trusty wok for a quick meal. I was able to have dinner on the table in under 40 minutes. You beat me this time Rachael Ray!

So there's only one question. Are you ready to wok? (Come on, you knew that was coming).


1/2 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons sesame oil
1.5 tablespoons sriracha chili sauce (optional or to taste)
1 cup of green onions, finely chopped
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon ginger powder
2 lbs flank steaks (cut across the grain into very thin slices, no more than 1/8-inch thick) you may also substitute chicken breasts for the steak
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Juice of one small lemon

Broccoli slaw, for topping
Chopped green onions, for sprinkling
Lettuce leaves  (romaine, bib, iceberg)

In a bowl stir together soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, green onions, garlic, ginger and lemon juice; mix until the sugar is dissolved. Add in the steak and toss to coat; marinade 20 minutes at room temperature.

Heat oil in a wok over high heat until just smoking, then add in the steak slices in one layer, saute the slices turning occasionally until browned and cooked through. Transfer to bowl and sprinkle with green onions.

Fill a lettuce leaf with beef and roll it up. Top with broccoli slaw (optional).

Serve with hot jasmine rice.


  1. Your house must be super clean! After a whole day's work, you deserved a great meal like you prepared. The spicy beef looks so good. I bet they were flavorful with crispy bits from the seasonings. Can't have it with anything else but hot rice! :-)

  2. This looks great! It does appear to be similar to Korean bulgogi. Very appetizing dish!

  3. These look absolutely divine! I will have to make these soon.

  4. You inspire me! My hubby said very good flavors. I had some chicken that i was supposed to cook 2 days ago so your recipe saved the day! The lemon does something magical to the dish. You should be the next Iron Chef! Have not had Jasmine rice yet but internet search sez it is a good thing. Microwaved some frozen brown rice and added grilled red onion and yellow squash. You are the best!!!!!!!!!

  5. Mmmm that was good. I just made it for dinner, and I loved it! Thanks!


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