Korean Lettuce Wraps, Korean style recipe with Korean BBQ Beef, Asian Slaw, and a sweet and spicy sauce. This easy recipe would also be great with pork, chicken, or vegetables for a simple appetizer or dinner!
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Such an easy dinner idea, these Korean Lettuce Wraps come together in no time! I recommend you make this homemade Korean BBQ Sauce ahead of time and keep a batch in the fridge for quick weeknight dinners.
There are a few different components to these lettuce wraps that you can quickly make any night of the week or make ahead of time.
Korean Lettuce Wraps Ingredients
How to Make Korean Lettuce Wraps
Place ground beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
Break up ground beef and stir for about 8-10 minutes or until meat is cooked through and no longer pink. Drain off excess fat.
Place pan with meat over medium-high heat again. Stir in Korean BBQ sauce and cook 1-2 minutes or until heated through.
Place beef over Asian Slaw on lettuce leaves and top with green onion.
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Other Serving Suggestions
- Add some vegetables to the ground beef such as peppers, onions, mushrooms, or even chopped zucchini. Not all Asian inspired but still delish.
- Rice would also be a great addition to the lettuce wraps or on the side.
- Serve with a little more of the Korean BBQ Sauce on the side for drizzling or dipping.
- Asian cooked noodles would also be great in the wraps or on the side.
Quick Tips for Best Results
- Make sure the ground beef is completely cooked through before serving.
- You can make the Korean BBQ sauce and Asian Slaw ahead of time. However, the longer the Asian Slaw sits in the fridge the softer it will get. If you’d rather it more on the crunchy side, throw it together while the beef is cooking.
- I like to use Bibb lettuce leaves for lettuce wraps but you can use any of your favorite types such as Romaine or even Iceberg.
- Let everyone assemble their own lettuce wraps so they don’t sit and get soggy.
- You may need to add more or less sauce to the beef depending on your personal preference.
Korean Lettuce Wraps FAQ
How should I store the Korean Lettuce Wraps?
If you have leftovers, I would store everything separately including the meat, lettuce, and Asian Slaw. Likewise, if you need to make ahead, store everything separately in airtight containers.
Do you have other suggestions for what I can add to these Lettuce Wraps?
As I mentioned above, you could cook some vegetables with the beef such as onions, peppers, mushrooms, etc. You could also add cooked rice or noodles to the wraps.
What can I use instead of ground beef?
You could substitute your favorite ground meat such as chicken or pork, or even your favorite vegetarian ground meat alternative.
I don’t have lettuce what can I do?
If you don’t have lettuce or don’t like lettuce wraps you could use tortillas for fun tacos, or bread for an Asian inspired sandwich, or serve the beef and slaw over rice or noodles for an Asian bowl.
Can I make these spicier?
Definitely! For a spicier version add your favorite Asian hot sauce, chopped peppers, ground peppers, or even red pepper flakes.
Other Asian Inspired Recipes You May Enjoy
- General Tso’s Pork Tacos – a fun twist on the Chinese takeout dish!
- Teriyaki Sauce – a great alternative to the Korean BBQ Sauce.
- Kimchi Fried Rice – looks delish and you could even add some of this Korean BBQ Beef!
- Baked Tofu – great vegetarian option with Asian flavors.
Hope you enjoy these delicious Korean Lettuce Wraps!. Tell me in the comments what you added to them.
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Korean Lettuce Wraps
- Place ground beef in large skillet over medium-high heat.
- Break up ground beef and stir for about 8-10 minutes or until ground beef is cooked through and no longer pink. Drain off excess fat.
- Place pan with meat over medium-high heat again. Stir in Korean BBQ sauce and cook 1-2 minutes or until heated through.
- Place beef over Asian Slaw on lettuce leaves and top with green onion.