If you are looking for a very quick and healthy weeknight meal, these Asian-Style Steak and Lettuce Wraps might become one of your go-to meals. A slightly spicy and sweet sauce with tender beef and crisp vegetables, this meal is not just quick, it is packed with flavour. With prep and cooking time, you can have these served up in less than thirty minutes.
As always when stir frying, I highly recommend doing your preparation before starting to cook. If you have everything ready to hit the wok or frying pan, the cooking time on this dish is less than ten minutes.
For the recipe as shown, I thinly sliced a top sirloin steak, a red pepper, some scallions and a celery stalk. Cut your meat against the grain and angle your knife to get thin and tender strips of meat.
In a small bowl, combine 2 Tbsp hoisin sauce, 4 Tbsp soy sauce, 1/2 Tsp of chili garlic sauce (more if you like a lot of heat), 2 Tbsp honey and 1 heaping Tbsp each of minced ginger and garlic. Stir well and set aside.
Heat your wok or heavy frying pan to medium-high heat. Add 2 Tbsp of oil (I like to use sesame) and once it is heated toss in your beef.
Cooking the beef at moderately high heat and ensuring you keep it moving in the pan will produce tender beef pieces. If you just let it fry without stirring it constantly, it will boil in the liquid that is released by the meat and the result will be tough. Fry until just cooked through.
Turn down the heat slightly and add the stir fry sauce. Stir well and allow to simmer for about one minute.
Add the vegetables to the meat and sauce mixture and stir fry for about half a minute. The idea is to basically heat the vegetables through while maintaining a tender-crisp texture.
Using tongs or a slotted spoon, fill lettuce leaves with the steak and vegetable mixture and serve. I like to use romaine hearts because they make a great scoop for the stir fry and they hold up well. If you are serving several people, I would recommend putting the steak and veggies into a large bowl, and let everyone fill their own lettuce wraps so the lettuce does not get wilted from the heat.
If you wish to stretch this meal further or want something more substantial than lettuce leaves to pair with it, you can just as easily serve the steak and vegetables over rice or noodles with the sauce.
I am not great at making things beautiful, but I promise the flavours will make you forget about my messy photo! Hope you enjoy this super-fast and healthy dish.