Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Korean Beef Lettuce Wraps

Lettuce Wraps are one of my favorite dishes to make! These Korean Beef Lettuce Wraps have all the flavors of your favorite Korean recipes but made budget-friendly with ground beef. It’s delicious served over rice or wrapped in lettuce leaves! This recipes comes together in a matter of minutes and it's a recipe the whole family will enjoy. Make it with me!

This recipe is a budget friendly Korean Beef because we are using ground beef rather than flank steak. Both options of meat are delicious! The ground beef is a little easier to cook and is more cost effective.

Choosing a lettuce for the wraps. Personally, I like using iceberg lettuce for my lettuce wraps because I like the crunch and the flavor of iceberg. You can also use butter lettuce, the pretty darker green leafs, to be the wrap. Both are great options, it just depends on personal preference. Pro tip, use both lettuces. Layer the butter lettuce and the iceberg together and get the best of both worlds!

You can make this recipe more of a meal by throwing in some additional veggies and serving the dish over rice. Carrots, zucchini, peppers, broccoli, and bean sprouts are great additions to this dish!

I have written this recipe as an Instant Pot recipe, but you can make it on the stove top. Just follow the directions as written while cooking it in a frying pan. This recipe is so quick and easy, you will want to make it over and over again.

Korean Beef Lettuce Wraps 
Yields 4 servings

1 Tablespoon sesame oil
1 pound ground beef
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup soy sauce
3 cloves garlic minced
1/2 teaspoon ginger minced
1/2 - 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper depending desired level of spice
1 bunch green onions sliced
Dash of salt and pepper
1 head iceberg lettuce
Set the Instant Pot to saute and add the sesame oil.
Place the ground beef in the Instant Pot and saute until browned. 
Next, stir in the brown sugar, soy sauce, minced garlic, ginger, and red pepper flakes. 
Turn the Instant Pot to keep warm and mix until all incorporated. 
Finally, fold in the green onion and season with salt and pepper. 
Serve in lettuce cups or over rice. 

*You can also prepare these lettuce wraps on the stovetop in a frying pan. Follow the same instructions as above. 

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