This Korean Beef Lettuce Wraps recipe is one of my favorite party appetizers. Juicy beef tenderloin is marinated Bulgogi style, with sesame, soy, brown sugar, scallions and ginger, then draped with pickled onions and radishes, dabbed with miso mayonnaise, and wrapped up in delicate lettuce leaves. The flavors are sweet-salty-vinegary-umami-amazing!
When you're looking for that very special party recipe that will have your guests swooning, Korean Beef Lettuce Wraps will do the trick.
How To Make Korean Beef Lettuce Wraps:
There are a few steps to this recipe but nothing is difficult and most of the prep work can be done well ahead of time.
- Marinate the beef: Korea's famous bulgogi beef takes center stage here. Bulgogi beef is absolutely delectable and surprisingly easy to make. You'll need to slice the beef extra thin and marinate it in a mixture of soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, brown sugar, and crushed red pepper.
- Prepare the lettuce; Wash the lettuce leaves and break them into 4-inch pieces. Roll them loosely in damp paper towels to keep them crisp.
- Make the quick pickled red onions and radishes: Thinly slice the onions and radishes and marinate them in a heated mixture of vinegar, sugar and salt. Let them cool in the fridge. They have a wonderful bright, vinegary taste and great crunch factor - a perfect counterpoint to the tender, sweet-sesame-soy flavored beef.
- Make the Miso Mayonnaise; miso mayo is just two ingredients, miso and mayo. Mix the two together and done!
- Sauté the beef and assemble the lettuce wraps; Do this right before your guests arrive.
How to serve Korean Beef Lettuce Wraps
Serve these as an appetizer: I love making these as an appetizer for a party. They're such great finger food and so incredibly delicious, a great way to get the evening off to an exciting start.
Serve them for dinner: If you want Korean beef lettuce wraps as your main dish, Instead of cutting the lettuce into small pieces, keep them whole. Set out a platter of leaves, a platter of beef, and put the rest of the components in bowls. Let everyone dig in and make their own wraps.
These little Korean beef lettuce wraps are so pretty....
....I couldn't stop photographing them.
I adapted this Korean Beef Lettuce Wraps recipe from my Korean BBQ Burger recipe (aka best burger ever!).
Other delicious Korean Recipes on Panning The Globe:
- Bibimbap: Korean Rice Bowl with Beef and Vegetables
- Korean Chicken Stew with Spinach (quick and easy!)
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