Chinese Spicy Beef Lettuce Wraps

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins

From I loved the beef lettuce wraps from a restaurant in Montauk, NY called East by Northeast. This was the closest I have found to recreating it with a few minor adjustments from me.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Spray large, heavy skillet with nonstick cooking spray. In skillet set over medium-high heat, brown ground beef; drain if necessary.
  2. Add garlic, sherry, soy sauce, sesame oil, chili paste, five-spice powder, white part of green onions, water chestnuts and minced chile. Turn down heat and simmer about 10 minutes.
  3. Add cornstarch-water mixture to beef mixture and stir until it thickens slightly. Add green part of green onions and cook just until heated through (onion tops will lose their bright green color if cooked too long).
  4. Separate lettuce leaves, wash and pat dry. Arrange lettuce cups on platter and serve alongside beef mixture.
  5. Serve with my Sweet Soy Dipping Sauce (#144178) A must-have for the lettuce wraps !
Most Helpful

Good! I've made these twice so far. I think that using ground beef makes it really easy. The first time I used ground bison meat. Once I used bamboo shoots instead of the water chestnuts because that's what I had on hand. I agree with another reviewer who said these really need the dipping sauce to make them fabulous. I made my dipping sauce similar to the one listed by using hoisin sauce, sriracha, lime juice, a touch of sugar and enough water to thin. A keeper, Valerie in Florida, thanks so much for posting!

Garlic Chick July 05, 2009

Made this tonight for a Chinese Dinner Party. Easy and Delicious! I didn't make the dipping sauce suggested, although I served the lettuce wraps with a boughten chili teriyaki sauce, yummy. We got great reviews, this recipe is a keeper, loved it!! Thanks for sharing..

Serendipity Foodie August 31, 2015

Very very good! I have made lettuce wraps with ground chicken but never with ground beef...DH loved them. I did add some ginger and some snow peas that I wanted to use up but otherwise followed the directions. Will be making these again. Thank you! Made for Zaar Alphabet Soup tag game.

mama smurf March 22, 2010