Seared Beef Lettuce Rolls



I love this dish. It is so simple but so good and healthier than most hors d'oeuvres. It is light and fresh but flavorful enough to make it a substantial bite of juicy steak wrapped in lettuce.


Stir together the garlic, ginger, soy sauce, chili paste and lime juice in a small mixing bowl. Reserve half to use as a dipping sauce.

Season flank steak on both sides with salt and pepper and pour the remaining marinade over the steak. Let the steak marinate for at least 15 minutes and up to 2 hours.

Heat a large pan over high heat add the canola oil and quickly sear the steak in the hot pan, about 2-3 minutes on each side. Transfer to a cutting board and let cool.

Slice the seared flank steak crosswise into very thin slices.

To make the rolls, lay out a lettuce leaf and trim to about 6 inch square; lay sliced beef in the middle and top with fresh basil and mint leaves. Roll the lettuce leaf around the beef and herbs and tie with three pieces of blanched chives. repeat with the rest of the ingredients.

Slice the rolls into 2-inch rolls and serve with reserved dipping sauce.



1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon grated ginger
½ cup soy sauce
2 teaspoon Sriracha chili paste
¼ cup lime juice
1 pound flank steak
- fine sea salt and freshly
   ground black pepper
1 tablespoon canola oil
½ cup basil leaves, loosely
¼ cup mint leaves, loosely
8 large iceburg leaves
24-30 pieces chives, blanched

Justin Gilman