Bulgogi- lettuce wraps

Super simple, tasty (and low carb!) bulgogi lettuce wraps consist of succulent, marinated meat (most commonly beef or pork) wrapped in a piece of leafy, green lettuce. Depending on which region of South Korea you’re visiting, the dish will vary slightly, but they’re always delicious.

Preparation time

30 minutes

Cooking time

10 minutes

Number of serves


Skill level

Low -  Medium                           


  • 500g sirloin or rump steak, thinly sliced
  • ¼ onion, sliced
  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 2 spring onions, sliced
  • ¼ cup sesame seeds, toasted
  • 1 cup kimchi
  • ¼ cup chilli sauce

For marinade:

  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup mirin
  • 2 tbs sugar
  • 1 tbs sesame seeds, roasted
  • pinch black pepper
  • 1 Nashi pear, grated
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 cm piece of ginger, peeled and grated
  • 2 green leaf lettuce, washed

Freeze beef for 15 minutes then thinly slice beef against the grain.

Whisk marinade ingredients together. Add beef and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Heat 1 tbs sunflower oil in a frying pan. Cook beef and onion in batches for 2-4 minutes, turning regularly. Remove from heat and repeat with remaining beef.

Serve 2-3 beef pieces with 1 tbs cooked rice, sliced spring onions, toasted sesame seeds, kimchi and chilli sauce on a lettuce leaf.

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