Spicy Beef Asian Lettuce Wraps: Gordon Ramay Inspired

If you’re a fan of delicious and healthy meals that are easy to make, you’re in the right place. Today, I want to share my Spicy Lettuce Wraps recipe. These wraps are flavorful and are a great alternative to traditional tacos or burritos. (Must try Easy and Simple Homemade Ricotta Gnocchi)

Plus, they’re low-carb and gluten-free, making them a great option for those trying to eat healthier. You can quickly whip up a batch of these wraps with simple ingredients and basic cooking skills. (Check out Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen Best Recipes)

So, let’s get started and spice up our mealtime with these tasty Spicy Ground Beef Lettuce Wraps! It’s one of the easiest recipes, but oh so damn good! Make sure whenever you purchase your lettuce; you buy the freshest, crisp head of butter lettuce they have in the supermarket; it makes a difference.

Equipment Needed for Spicy Beef Asian Lettuce Wraps

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To make a recipe for lettuce wraps, you will need the following equipment:

  1. Large non-stick skillet: A large non-stick skillet is necessary to cook ground beef and vegetables.
  2. Wooden spoon or spatula: You’ll need a wooden spoon or spatula to break up the ground beef.
  3. Cutting board: A cutting board for cutting and preparing vegetables.
  4. Chef’s knife: A sharp chef’s knife is necessary to chop and prepare the vegetables.
  5. Measuring cups and spoons: Measuring cups and spoons are necessary to accurately.
  6. Mixing bowl: A mixing bowl to combine ground beef and vegetables with the seasoning sauce.
  7. Serving platter: A serving platter must for the recipe Asian lettuce wraps.

The right equipment is important to properly execute the recipe and achieve the desired results. A non-stick skillet and a wooden spoon or spatula will help prevent sticking and ensure even cooking. (Check out Pork and Shrimp Meatballs with Baby Spinach in Broth)

A cutting board and sharp chef’s knife will make it easier to prepare the vegetables, and measuring cups and spoons will help ensure the seasoning sauce is properly balanced. The mixing bowl will ensure that the flavors are evenly distributed, and the serving platter will make it easy to serve the dish.

I’ve used and recommend both cookware sets, the ScanPan 10-Piece Cookware Set and the HexClad 7-Piece Hybrid; both are well-made pans with a solid, heavy bottom, heat fast, and they get the job done. Visit the ScanPan or HexClad on Amazon.

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How to Make Gordon Ramsay Beef Asian Lettuce Wraps

Below, step by step, the guide shows how to make quick, simple spicy beef Asian lettuce wraps for an anytime meal or appetizer. Now gather your equipment, and let’s start cooking. (Also see Miso Salmon Soup with Broccoli, Bok choy, and Enoki Mushrooms)

  1. Brown Ground Meat:
    • Place a large frying pan on the heat and add olive oil. Blend the minced, chopped beef and pork. Season with salt and pepper to taste and blend well to ensure the seasoning equally mixes. Fry all the minced meat in the hot frypan for 5–7 minutes until crispy, brown, and completely uniform.
    • Drain the crisped mincemeat in a strainer; this will help the meat keep crispy to the side.
  2. Cook the Remaining Ingredients:
    • Clean out the pan; now add a tablespoon of sesame oil. Add the garlic, ginger, and chili. Add a pinch of salt and sugar for 2 minutes.
    • Then add all the drained minced meat and stir to blend. Mix in the lime zest, add the Scallions with ½ cup juice, and stir for 30 seconds. Remove off heat. Now add the fish sauce, and get hot through. Continue Frying. (Need to try Homemade Orecchiette Pasta)
  3. Make Lettuce Wrap Dressing:
    • Serve by spooning minced meat mixture into the Boston lettuce leaves, drizzle dressing on top, then serve.

What lettuce is used for lettuce wraps?

You can use several types of lettuce for wraps, but the most common varieties are butter, iceberg, and romaine. These types of lettuce have large, sturdy leaves that can hold up well to the weight of the filling and provide a crisp, refreshing texture.

What to eat with Asian lettuce wraps?

Asian lettuce wraps can be served with side dishes like kimchi, pickled vegetables, rice, and spicy dipping sauces. These side dishes complement the flavors of the lettuce wraps and add variety and texture to the meal. Some popular Korean side dishes include banchan, small dishes of various vegetables and meats, and japchae, a stir-fried noodle dish.

Where do Asian lettuce wraps come from?

Asian lettuce wraps have their origins in East and Southeast Asian cuisine. The dish is believed to have originated in China, also known as san choy bau, and has since spread throughout the region, including to countries such as Vietnam, Thailand, and Korea. Asian lettuce wraps typically contain a flavorful mixture of minced meat, vegetables, and seasonings served inside lettuce leaves. They can be eaten as a main dish or appetizer.

Spicy Beef Asian Lettuce Wraps

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Course: AppetizersCuisine: Asian


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Spicy Beef Asian Lettuce Wraps is a recipe for a healthy and flavorful meal that is low in carbohydrates and gluten-free. The dish consists of ground beef cooked with various seasonings and spices, which is then served in crisp lettuce leaves. (Learn how to make Asian-Inspired Delight: Chicken Stir Fry with Rice Noodles)
The recipe is quick, easy to prepare, and a great alternative to traditional tacos or burritos. The dish can be customized with various toppings and sauces to suit individual tastes. Overall, Spicy Ground Beef Lettuce Wraps offer a delicious and healthy option for a satisfying meal.


  • 2 Tbsp. 2 Olive oil

  • ½ lb. of Lean 90% / Fat 10% ratio minced, chopped beef

  • ½ lb. minced, chopped pork

  • 1 Tbsp. 1 sesame oil

  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled, finely chopped

  • 2 in. piece of fresh root ginger, peeled, finely chopped

  • 1–2 red chilies, deseeded and chopped

  • 1 Tbsp. 1 light brown sugar

  • 1 Tbsp. 1 fish sauce

  • Zest of 1 Fresh lime, Juice of 1/3

  • 3 Scallion, trimmed and chopped

  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • 2 Heads 2 Boston butter lettuce, separate leaves, to serve

  • For Dressing
  • 1 Tbsp. 1 soy sauce

  • The Juice of ½ lime

  • 1 Tsp sesame oil

  • ½ red chili sliced thinly

  • Bunch of coriander leaves, finely chopped

  • 2 Tsp. fish sauce, to taste

  • 1 Tsp. light brown sugar

  • 1 Tbsp. 1 olive oil


  • Heat a large frying pan and add a little oil. Mix the minced beef and pork. Mix well with salt and pepper to ensure the seasoning is evenly distributed. Fry the mince in the hot pan for 5–7 minutes until crisp and brown and broken down to a fine consistency. Drain the crisped mince in a sieve; this will help it stay crispy. Set aside.
  • Wipe out the pan and add a tablespoon of toasted sesame oil. Add the garlic, ginger and chili. Fry with a pinch of salt and sugar for 2 minutes. Add the drained mince and stir to mix.
  • Add the fish sauce and heat through. Stir in the lime zest and Juice, then add the spring onions, stirring for 30 seconds. Turn off the heat.
  • Mix all the dressing ingredients, and adjust to taste.
  • Spoon some mince mixtures into the lettuce leaves, drizzle with a little dressing, and serve.

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  • Adapted from Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen

John Siracusa

John is a passionate food enthusiast and entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in the food service industry. He is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Hell's Kitchen Recipes, a website dedicated to providing high-quality recipes and content to the culinary world. When he's not crafting recipes or managing the website, John enjoys spending time with his family and attending trade shows. He also loves connecting with his audience through social media and can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Google  Podcast and Hell's Kitchen Recipes YouTube channel.

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