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Single Garlic Beef Lettuce Wrap Assembled

Garlic Beef and Coconut Rice Lettuce Wraps

garlic and soy ground beef, veggie and creamy coconut rice lettuce wraps
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Dinner, Leftovers
Keyword: asian lettuce wraps, beef and cucumbers, beef lettuce wraps, coconut rice, soy sauce
Servings: 6 people


  • 1.5 lbs ground beef I like 90/10
  • ½ cup red onion diced small
  • 2 cups seedless cucumber diced small (1/2 a large seedless cucumber)
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger grated
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp chili paste I prefer Sambal Oelek
  • cup green onions chopped (plus extra for garnish)
  • 2 limes cut into wedges
  • ½ cup carrots shredded for topping
  • 1 head butter lettuce
  • salt and pepper

Coconut Rice

  • 2 cups jasmine rice
  • 1 ½ cups coconut milk canned, full fat
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp salt

Topping options (choose any that you like):

  • bell peppers sliced thin
  • jalapeños diced small
  • fresh mint leaves
  • fresh cilantro leaves
  • fresh basil leaves
  • quick pickled cucumbers and red onions slice and soak in rice vinegar 10+ minutes
  • sriracha
  • soy sauce


Garlic Beef

  • Heat a large skillet to medium high and add the beef. Break up into small pieces with a wooden spoon as the meat browns, 7-8 minutes.
  • Add the red onion and cucumber to the ground beef and sauté 4-5 minutes until onions are translucent, stirring occasionally.
  • Add ginger, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, garlic, chili paste and green onions. Stir to combine and allow liquid to cook into beef 6-8 minutes. Adjust salt and pepper as needed. Turn heat off while you assemble all lettuce wrap components.
  • Tear your butter lettuce leaves off of the stem, rinse and dry with paper towels.
  • Assemble one big plate of toppings with the lime wedges, extra chopped green onions and shredded carrots plus any other topping options you chose.
  • Scoop a couple spoonfuls of the garlicky beef and the coconut rice into butter lettuce leaves and top with your choice of toppings.

Coconut Rice

  • Combine coconut milk, water and salt in a medium pot and bring to a light simmer over medium high heat.
  • Stir in the rice and allow to come up to a boil. Turn the heat down to low and cover with a tight fitting lid and let simmer approximately 15 minutes without opening or stirring.
  • Turn heat off and let rice sit 5 minutes before removing the lid.
  • Remove the lid and fluff lightly with a fork.


Save time by prepping all toppings and ingredients first. Next, start your coconut rice and once you've reached the step of covering the rice with a lid to let it simmer set your rice timer and move on to cooking your beef filling. Everything will finish about the same time and you'll be ready to plate as soon as the beef is done cooking.
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