Spicy Pineapple Beef Lettuce Wraps

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Posted on March 4, 2015

I’m back! Did you guys miss me?

I’m picturing you all nodding your heads in agreement. So let’s just leave it at that. Don’t kill my buzz.

My #GirlsSkiGetaway was fantastic. We ate until our bellies were full. Played in the powder until our toes and fingers were numb. And laughed until tears streamed out of our eyes. I couldn’t have asked for a better trip.

I’m home now, somehow feeling both energized and relaxed. And anxiously awaiting the next time I’ll be seeing my ladies again.

I’ll be sharing more details about our trip in a post a little bit later on. But for today, let’s get down to business and concentrate on these Spicy Pineapple Beef Lettuce Wraps.


Before I left for Utah, I spent an afternoon in my families hydroponic greenhouse. A greenhouse is a magical place any time of year. But it seems even more special in the middle of this epic New England winter. I had almost forgotten what it was like to smell the freshness that can only be associated with thriving greenery. And to feel warmth and light against my skin.


We currently have the most gorgeous Boston lettuce growing in the greenhouse. So you know I had to make lettuce wraps. Leaves this big and beautiful shouldn’t be all chopped up into itty bitty pieces and thrown into a salad. They deserve better.


The marinade for the beef is something I adapted slightly from Food52. The pineapple in the marinade does doubly duty: it helps tenderize the meat and it gives it great flavor. And if you don’t count the marinating time as work (who does, really?), this meal comes together in a snap. It’s basically a stir fry, just served up in lettuce cups instead of over rice.

My dad and I enjoyed these Spicy Pineapple Beef Lettuce Wraps for a light lunch. But he suggested that they would also make a great party appetizer, since they are essentially a finger food. He’s pretty smart.



Recipe inspired by Food52

Spicy Pineapple Beef Lettuce Wraps

Yield: Makes about 8 wraps

Spicy Pineapple Beef Lettuce Wraps


  • For the Spicy Pineapple Beef
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple, cubed
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sriracha chili sauce (use 1 tablespoon if you want less heat)
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp. fresh grated ginger
  • About 1 lb sirloin steak, sliced into strips
  • 1 – 1 1/2 tablespoons peanut or vegetable oil

  • For the Lettuce Wraps
  • 1 red pepper, sliced into thin strips
  • 6 scallions, sliced lengthwise into thin strips
  • 1 carrot, sliced into thin strips
  • 1 head Boston lettuce, leaves separated (you’ll need about 8 leaves)
  • Sesame seeds, for garnish


  1. Marinate the beef. Add all of the ingredients for the spicy pineapple beef, except for the steak strips and the oil, to your blender and blend on high until well combined. Add the steak strips to a bowl or zip-closure bag. Pour the marinade over the steak strips. Refrigerator for at least 1 hour or up to 6 hours.
  2. Cook the beef. Heat a wok or a large skillet over medium-high heat and warm about 1 tablespoon of the oil. Add half of the marinated steak strips, letting the excess marinade drip off before adding the steak to the hot cooking vessel. Cook, tossing occasionally, until the steak is browned on the outside and cooked to your desired level of doneness, about 3-5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl. Cook the remaining half of the steak and add it to the same bowl when done. Cover and keep warm.
  3. Cook the sliced red pepper, scallions and carrot in the same wok/skillet that you used for the steak, tossing them frequently until they are crisp tender, about 1 minute. You can add an extra drizzle of oil during cooking if necessary. Remove and transfer to a separate bowl. Cover and keep warm.
  4. Assemble the wraps. Add a few slices of beef to the Boston lettuce leaves. Top with the cooked vegetables and a sprinkle of sesame seeds. These can be enjoyed immediately, while the filling is still warm. But they are also good at room temperature.


1. Use tamari in place of the soy sauce to make these gluten free.



  • Love lettuce wraps and the flavours in these are great. Sounds perfectly sweet/sour/spicy!


    • It’s definitely a little bit of everything. Thanks, Jennifer!

  • Liz, your family has a hydroponic greenhouse?!!!! What?! oh my gawd. . that would be heaven for me. . and I LOVE these lettuce wraps. . like, LOVE like them! and can’t wait to hear about your trip! and love those tieks you got!!!!


    • Thanks, Alice! The greenhouse certainly is a little slice of heaven, especially this winter! Also, I want to buy ALL THE TIEKS!!

  • Glad you had a good trip, Liz! These lettuce wraps look delicious! I love the spicy flavor and pineapple in here. And I agree with your dad, would make a great appetizer, too! 🙂


    • Thanks, Gayle! XO

  • I’m so jelly of your girl’s ski trip! I was Insta-stalking you all on InstaG! Love these delicious beefy lettuce wraps! Nice and healthy yet filling!


    • You can insta-stalk me all you want, love! Because I’m totally stalking you too. Just saying. 🙂

  • Liz, your weekend looked amazing! And so do these wraps! Pinned to make ASAP!


    • It truly was amazing! Thanks, Bri!

  • Woohoo beef wraps! Glad they’re Dad-approved. And I missed ya! Glad you’re back and excited to see pics 🙂


    • Glad someone missed me!! XO

  • Thank you for solving my dinner dilemma!! This looks amazing. Also, had such a blast meeting you this past weekend. You are a gem! xoxo


    • Thanks, Lauren. Can’t wait to see you in PDX!!!!

  • Welcome back — I love these wraps, why did I never think to use beef? And your family’s greenhouse looks amazing, what a place to get inspired for spring cooking!


    • Thanks, Sue! Let me know if you try them out.

  • These look amazeballs!!!! Glad you had an awesome time in Utah! Welcome home 🙂


    • Thanks, Erin! It was really great!

  • I still love that green house picture and can imagine you making these for your sweet dad! I’m so glad we got the weekend together!


    • Me too! I’m super grateful that we got to meet. Can’t wait to see you again!

  • This looks so so good, and I surprisingly have most of the ingredients! Totally need to try making this for dinner soon, it’s right up my alley. Pinned!


    • YES! That’s awesome. Let me know if you try it out! Thanks, Rachel.

  • Feeling very jealous of your families greenhouse! So amazing! Shawn and I have been debating whether we should build a greenhouse. Seems like so much fun! Such beautiful lettuce : ) I love the sound of these lettuce wraps! I must add these to our dinner menu next week : )


    • You and Shawn should TOTALLY build a greenhouse. And then invite me over!

  • Your trip must’ve been so fun…welcome back! And that greenhouse — amazing! I love all the flavors you’ve packed in this dish, Liz. These I need to try!


    • Thanks, Marcie! The trip was so great! Glad you like the wraps!

  • Welcome back!

    These lettuce wraps looks just fabulous! So much flavor packed into that crispy green package.


    • Thanks, Marissa! Glad you like the wraps!

  • Yes! The perfect light dinner after our weekend indulgences!


    • I’m going to need to eat light for a week to make up for all my indulgences! So wonderful to finally meet you. Miss you all ready! XO

  • Such beautiful greenhouse and lettuce wraps Liz! i love the simplicity of lettuce wraps as you can never really go wrong with a lettuce wrap. And greenhouse, I miss! We had one growing up and I can still smell it. Brings back good memories 🙂


    • Greenhouses are just so wonderful. Come and visit me and we’ll take a tour! XO

  • This looks delicious! I foresee these lettuce wraps in the near future. They would get devoured in my house!


    • They were devoured in my house as well! Thanks, Jen!

  • I followed along your hashtag and it looks like so much fun! totally jealous and happy you had a great weekend with lovely friends. These wraps look delicious yo!


    • Thanks, girlfriend! I was following along with you all in Disney too! So many great trips recently!

  • Welcome back! The flavors in the spicy pineapple beef are too fun! Love 🙂


    • Thanks, Medha!

  • Love the combination of pineapple and beef. These lettuce wraps looks amazing!


    • Thank you so much!

  • I’m glad you’re back, Liz! So happy to hear your trip was fabulous and memorable! Those trips are the best! How amazing you have access to such an incredible greenhouse! I think I’d go everyday for fresh veggies, if they’d allow me. Your wraps are so pretty. Now I’m craving lettuce wraps! Thanks for this Liz!


    • I’m always craving lettuce wraps!! Thanks, Traci!

  • Welcome back! I find it hilarious that you went on vacation to a place with snow?!?! 🙂 Your family’s greenhouse is AMAZING! And these lettuce wraps are going on my to do list.


    • Right? It was actually warmer there though than it has been at home. So it actually felt kind of good! Let me know if you try out the lettuce wraps!

  • Oh man that marinade sounds outta this world! I’m loving all the flavors… and I would definitely rather have it in a lettuce wrap than over rice! Sounds like you had a great trip; can’t wait to hear more about it!


    • Thanks, Allie! The trip was definitely great!

  • YUM!


    • Totally!

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