Asian Lettuce Wraps


These lettuce wraps are bursting with Asian flavors, delicious, and a great idea for entertaining or a family-style meal. To serve, allow each person to spoon a portion of the beef mixture into a lettuce leaf. Wrap the lettuce around the beef like a burrito and enjoy!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 16 Boston Bibb or butter lettuce leaves

  • 1 pound lean ground beef

  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • ¼ cup hoisin sauce

  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar

  • 2 teaspoons minced pickled ginger

  • 1 dash Asian chile pepper sauce, or to taste (Optional)

  • 1 (8 ounce) can water chestnuts, drained and finely chopped

  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped

  • 2 teaspoons Asian (dark) sesame oil


  1. Rinse whole lettuce leaves and pat dry, being careful not to tear them; set aside.

  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add beef; cook and stir until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes. Drain and discard grease; transfer beef to a bowl. Add onion to the same skillet; cook and stir until just tender, 5 to 7 minutes.

  3. Stir in hoisin sauce, garlic, soy sauce, vinegar, ginger, and chile pepper sauce until well combined. Add water chestnuts, green onions, sesame oil, and cooked beef; cook and stir until the onions just begin to wilt, about 2 minutes.

  4. Arrange lettuce leaves around the outer edge of a large serving platter; spoon beef mixture in the center.

    close up view of asian lettuce wraps on on a platter


Serve on small plates or have napkins available since the mixture can sometimes drip a little.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

388 Calories
22g Fat
24g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 388
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 29%
Saturated Fat 7g 36%
Cholesterol 69mg 23%
Sodium 580mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 5g 17%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 23g
Vitamin C 17mg 85%
Calcium 90mg 7%
Iron 4mg 23%
Potassium 699mg 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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