Korean Lettuce Wraps (Samm)

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Quick, easy, delicious, and healthy!! Perfect for starting the New Year!

Steamed White Rice

  • 2 cups long grain white rice
  • 3 cups water
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Bring water to a boil. Add rice, stir, and bring to a boil. Cover, and reduce heat to medium low. Cook for 14 minutes.

Meat Filling

  • 2 pounds beef (ground beef, sliced ribeye, pork belly, or your choice of vegetarian protein)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh garlic, minced
  • ½ cup green onion, sliced thin
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil

Honey Garlic Sauce

  • ¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons garlic
  • 2 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
  • 1/4 cups honey
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

Wrapper Ideas

  • Napa Cabbage
  • Butter Lettuce Leaves, separated
  • Perilla Leaves
  • Variety of Toppings
  • Gochujang (Korean fermented chili paste)
  • Toasted sesame seeds
  • Fresh carrot, shredded
  • Fresh purple cabbage, shredded
  • Bean Sprouts
  • Kimchi


Bring water to a boil. Add rice, stir, and bring to a boil. Cover, and cook for 14 minutes.

Meat Filling

Heat sesame oil in a skillet, and add the meat, garlic, and green onion. Cook on medium high heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Use a spatula to break up the meat.

Honey Garlic Sauce

While meat is browning, in small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, garlic, grated ginger, honey, and black pepper.

Pour over the meat and cook for 2 more minutes.

To Build Wraps

In a lettuce leaf, place 2 tablespoons of steamed rice. Then add about 3 tablespoons of the cooked meat. Lastly, top with your desired condiments and veggie toppings.