These Korean Beef Lettuce Wraps are a stunning appetizer with explosively delicious flavors. Lettuce leaves are filled with scrumptious Bulgogi beef, pickled onions, and radishes, and creamy miso mayonnaise.
When you’re looking for that very special party recipe that will have your guests swooning, these Korean Beef Lettuce Wraps should do the trick.
And the great news is the you can do most of the prep work ahead of time.
HOW TO MAKE KOREAN BEEF LETTUCE WRAPS
- 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 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!
- SAUTE THE BEEF AND ASSEMBLE THE LETTUCE WRAPS; Do this right before your guests arrive.
KOREAN BEEF LETTUCE WRAPS FOR DINNER
Korean Beef Lettuce Wraps are easily turned into a main dish. Instead of cutting the lettuce into small pieces, keep the leaves 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!). And one more Korean recipe you may enjoy is Bibimbap: Korean Rice Bowl with Beef and Vegetables.
Here’s the recipe for Korean Beef Lettuce Wraps. If you try this recipe I hope you’ll come back to leave a star rating and a comment. I’d love to know what you think.Print
KOREAN BEEF LETTUCE WRAPS
Famously delicious Korean Bulgogi beef wrapped in little lettuce packages with homemade pickled onions and radishes.
- Prep Time: 1 hour
- Cook Time: 8 mins
- Total Time: 1 hour 8 mins
- Yield: 10-12 1x
- Category: Appetizer or Main Course
- Cuisine: Korean
- Marinade for the Beef
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 2 teaspoons crushed garlic (2 medium cloves)
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 14–16 ounces beef tenderloin (or substitute ribeye, sirloin or flank), sliced very thinly (1/8 inch or so)
- For the Lettuce:
- 2 heads of green leaf lettuce (or substitute Boston or red leaf lettuce)
- Quick Pickled Onions and Radishes
- 1 bunch radishes, washed and thinly sliced
- 1 medium red onion, peeled, halved and thinly sliced
- 1 1/2 cups distilled white vinegar
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon salt
- Miso Mayonnaise
- ½ cup mayonnaise (I recommend Hellman’s)
- 2 tablespoons miso paste (brown rice miso from Whole Foods is my favorite)
- ¼ teaspoon sriracha (hot sauce)
- Optional Garnish:
- 1 bunch green onions, sliced very thinly crosswise.
- To Cook the Beef:
- 2 tablespoons cooking oil
- Make Pickled Onions and Radishes: Combine vinegar, water, sugar and salt in a small sauce pan. Bring to a boil. Lower heat to a simmer and cook just until salt and sugar dissolve. Remove from heat. Put onions and radishes into a medium sized bowl. Pour Vinegar mixture over and stir. Allow to cool for 15 minutes. Cover with plastic wrap and put in the fridge for at least 45 minutes and up to 3 days.
- Marinate the Beef In a shallow bowl, combine all the marinade ingredients. Add the beef and toss to coat. Marinate for at least 30 minutes at room temp or up to 24 hours in the fridge.
- Make the Miso Mayonnaise: Whisk mayonnaise, miso and sriracha. Store in the fridge up to 3 days.
- Prepare the Lettuce Leaves Wash and dry lettuce. Trim The thick pointy end off each leaf and cut or tear the leaf into two or three pieces that are 3-4 inches wide and tall. The lettuce can be prepared a day ahead. In fact it will be extra crisp if you do this: Wash and spin or shake leaves to remove excess water. Lay the damp leaves out, in a single layer, on a long stretch of paper towels. Cover with another paper towel of equal length. Roll up gently from one end. Tuck the roll into a large plastic bag. Press out the air, seal, and store in the fridge. Unpack leaves and trim to size before serving.
- Sauté the Beef Heat oil in a large cast iron or non-stick skillet or wok over high heat. Sauté half the beef, stir-frying, for 2-4 minutes, or until the beef is just cooked through. Transfer to a platter and repeat with the remaining beef.
- Assemble the Wraps: Arrange leaves on platters. Add a piece of beef to each leaf. Drape some pickes on top. Add a dollop of miso mayonnaise. Sprinkle with scallions.