Asian Beef Lettuce Wrap


These Asian Beef Lettuce Wraps are the perfect blend of flavors and the perfect ratio of meat:rice:lettuce.  Just try to imagine the deliciousness of a spicy lime meat and rice mixture nestled on a bed of crisp lettuce leaves.  I’m telling you, we almost can’t get enough of these.  In fact, recently we couldn’t because we had them for dinner on a Friday night and ate the leftovers for lunch the next day. Then we made them three days later and did the same thing all over again!  I slightly adapted the recipe from (here), which is actually called Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps, but we use ground beef because we have a freezer full of it.  Try these for dinner some night, soon, and if you happen to have leftovers you’ll have lunch to look forward to the next day.  Enjoy.

*serves 4


1 cup uncooked rice {we like Calrose}, cook according to directions then set aside
2 tablespoons fish sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice plus 2 teaspoons fresh lime zest (from about 3-4 limes)
1-1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 pound ground beef
1 jalapeño, stemmed, seeded, and minced (leave the seeds in if you like it hot)
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil (or 1-2 teaspoons dried basil)
3 green onions, thinly sliced
lettuce leaves (I used Romain)


1. Whisk the fish sauce, soy sauce, lime juice, brown sugar, and cornstarch together in a small bowl and set aside.
2. Cook the ground beef, jalapeno, and lime zest (and dried basil, if using) in a skillet over medium heat, about 5 minutes.
3. Whisk the fish sauce/lime mixture to recombine and add to the skillet.
4. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the sauce has thickened (1 or 2 minutes).
5. Stir in the fresh basil {if using} and green onions.
6. Mix as much rice as you desire into the beef mixture (I use about 1-1/2 cooked rice).
7. Serve on lettuce leaves.


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19 Responses to Asian Beef Lettuce Wrap

  1. Maureen February 6, 2013 at 4:34 am #

    This looks good! Not sure what fish sauce is though?! Is it the red sauce you use for dipping shrimp? I’d like to try this on the weekend.

    • Lori February 6, 2013 at 9:44 am #

      Hi Maureen,

      Fish sauce is more like soy sauce. It has anchovy extract, salt, and sugar in it, and it can be found in the Asian section of the grocery store near the soy sauce. My local grocery store carries the THAI Kitchen brand in a 6.76 fl oz. bottle. If you can’t find it just substitute it with soy sauce,and although not quite as good, it will still taste delicious.

      Good luck. Let me know how they turn out.

  2. kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts February 6, 2013 at 1:21 pm #

    I have a freezer full of ground beef too! When we were going in on a cow with my in-laws, I asked for more ground beef than roasts as I don’t cook roasts or steaks as much as they do.
    Really, the only drawback to having a freezer full of ground beef is the need to cook beef-heavy dishes, but this looks like a lovely light adaptation to that.


    • Lori February 6, 2013 at 1:49 pm #

      Your cow story sounds just like ours! Haha. I know what you mean about beef-heavy dishes, and we certainly make our share of them, but this is a nice light meal using the beef that we each have a freezer full of. If you make these lettuce wraps, let me know how they turn out.

  3. Selene Galindo February 9, 2013 at 12:53 pm #

    You just made me drool! I love the lettuce wraps from PF Changs and now I can make my own! Thanks for sharing!
    Selene @

    • Lori February 11, 2013 at 9:08 am #

      I’ve never had the lettuce wraps at PF Changs ~ next time I go I’ll try them. Good luck on making these. I hope you’ll like them as well as we do.

  4. Jenny Lynn February 9, 2013 at 3:47 pm #

    Not only do they sound yummy, but look yummy as well. I am adding it to my list of recipes I want to make.

    • Lori February 11, 2013 at 9:09 am #

      Thanks for visiting, Jenny. Let me know how your’s turn out.

  5. Ruthie Armstrong February 9, 2013 at 8:51 pm #

    I love me a good lettuce wrap! Thanks so much for sharing at Super Saturday Show & Tell today… I’m so glad you came to party with me!! xoxo~ Ruthie

    • Lori February 11, 2013 at 9:10 am #

      Thanks you, Ruthie, for hosting the Show & Tell. And thanks for visiting my site.

  6. Kim~madeinaday February 12, 2013 at 7:00 pm #

    These look great! Thanks for sharing on Made in a Day!

    • Lori February 13, 2013 at 10:46 am #

      Thanks you for hosting. I love your site.

  7. Shauna {The Best Blog Recipes} February 14, 2013 at 9:55 pm #

    I actually have everything I need to make these in my kitchen right now. Maybe for lunch tomorrow?

    Thanks for sharing at my link party last weekend! This week’s The Weekend re-Treat is now live.

    Hope to see you there!

    • Lori February 15, 2013 at 12:26 am #

      Go for it. I hope you love them as much as we do. Thanks, Shauna, for the invite. I’ll be there. 🙂

  8. Charlene@A Pinch of Joy February 16, 2013 at 5:39 pm #

    This sounds like a great low carb dish! Pinned. Thanks so much for sharing on Busy Monday!

    • Lori February 16, 2013 at 11:29 pm #

      Hi Charlene. It’s a perfectly delicious low-carb dish. Thanks for pinning and visiting.

  9. Ali February 18, 2013 at 9:52 am #

    Thank you so much for linking this recipe up at Recipe Sharing Monday! The new link party is up and I’d love to see you back. Have a great week. 🙂

    • Lori March 29, 2013 at 12:39 am #

      Thanks, Ali. I’ll check in.


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