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Healthy Lettuce Wraps with Spicy Steak

Healthy lettuce wraps are a great recipe idea if you're trying to eat slow carb, keto, gluten free, or just low calorie. These lettuce cups are piled full of spicy marinated steak, and crisp, fresh veggies. Light, healthy and super simple to throw together. Substitute chicken, pork, beans and even tofu. Whatever you have on hand works great as a lettuce cup filling.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 529 kcal


  • 1 12-ounce sirloin steak
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons lower-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons grated shallots
  • 2 tablespoons sambal oelek chile paste
  • 1 tablespoon grated peeled fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • Cooking spray
  • 12 large Boston lettuce leaves about 2 heads
  • 1 cup thinly sliced cucumber
  • 1 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1 cup thinly sliced carrots
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves


  1. 1. Place steak in freezer 15 minutes. Remove from freezer; cut across the grain into 1/8-inch-thick slices. Combine sugar ­­­and next 6 ingredients (through oil) in a large zip-top plastic bag; seal bag, and shake. Remove 3 tablespoons marinade, and set aside. Add steak to marinade in bag; seal and shake. Marinate in refrigerator for 1 hour. Remove steak from bag; discard marinade. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add steak to pan, and cook for 1 minute on each side.
  2. 2. Divide steak evenly among lettuce leaves. Top each leaf with 4 teaspoons cucumber, 4 teaspoons onion, 4 teaspoons carrot, and 2 teaspoons cilantro; drizzle with reserved 3 tablespoons marinade.

Recipe Notes

If you don't have or like steak, you can substitute chicken, pork or even tofu or beans. 

Nutrition Facts
Healthy Lettuce Wraps with Spicy Steak
Amount Per Serving (31 g)
Calories 529 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Sodium 1760mg73%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Sugar 30g33%
Protein 33g66%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.