Asian Beef Lettuce Wraps
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Excerpted from Siriously Delicious by Siri Daly. Copyright © 2018 Oxmoor House. Reprinted with permission from Time Inc. Books, a division of Meredith Corporation. New York, NY. All rights reserved.

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Prep time 5mins
Cook time 15mins
Serves or Makes: 4


  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped ginger
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1/ 2 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/ 4 cup finely chopped water chestnuts
  • 1 pound ground beef chuck
  • 3 tablespoons tamari, or soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 1/ 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 1/ 4 cup freshly chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped mint
  • 12 large leaves green leaf lettuce
  • 1 (3 inch) piece English cucumber, cut into matchsticks
  • Sriracha chile sauce, or chile garlic sauce (optional)
  • Roasted salted peanuts, chopped, optional


  • Step 1

    Heat the ginger, garlic, and 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium. Cook until the garlic begins to brown, about 2 minutes. Add the bell pepper and water chestnuts and cook until the vegetables begin to soften, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from the skillet and set aside.

  • Step 2

    Add the beef to the skillet and cook, stirring to crumble, until browned, 5 to 6 minutes. Drain, reserving 1 tablespoon of drippings in the skillet. Return the beef and bell pepper mixture to the skillet. Stir in the tamari, lime juice, honey, fish sauce, and remaining 1 tablespoon oil, and cook until slightly thickened and sauce coats the beef, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat, and stir in the cilantro and mint.

  • Step 3

    Place about 1⁄4 cup of the beef mixture in each lettuce leaf. Divide the cucumber evenly among the lettuce leaves. Drizzle with Sriracha, and sprinkle with peanuts before serving, if desired.