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Spicy Pineapple Beef Lettuce Wraps

This post was originally published here March 4, 2015. I’ve since updated the text and photographs.

Oh baby. Oh baby. Oh baby. This recipe is a damn good one. And I’m so excited to be re-sharing it today.

Of course, I think all the recipes here on Floating Kitchen are good (I may be a bit biased). And I certainly would never try to convince you guys to make something that wasn’t delicious. But some recipes just stand out more than others. And these Spicy Pineapple Beef Lettuce Wraps are one such recipe.

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These minimal effort wraps are perfect for a little warm weather gathering. Ideally served up on a big platter or tray. And enjoyed al fresco. They are light and flavorful. And can be eaten with just your hands. So if you’re looking for a little Summer dinner inspiration, keep reading.

Spicy Pineapple Beef Lettuce Wraps | www.floatingkitchen.net

The marinade for the beef is one that I’ve adapted from Food52. It uses fresh pineapple (blended with the other ingredients in the marinade until a smooth mixture forms), which not only imparts great flavor into the beef, but also helps to tenderize it. For the best results, I highly recommend letting the marinade work its magic for at least a couple of hours. But then after that, you only need about 15 minutes to wrap up making these wraps (get it!). The beef and vegetables cook up quickly (use the largest skillet you have to keep the cooking times short and the vegetables crisp tender). And then all that’s left to do is fill up some big, tender lettuce leaves and you’re good to go. Easy peasy.

I went light on the toppings (I know, very unlike me!). But you could jazz these up even further with chopped fresh pineapple, herbs, peanuts, etc. Feel free to be a little “extra”.



Spicy Pineapple Beef Lettuce Wraps

Spicy Pineapple Beef Lettuce Wraps

At a Glance:
Yield: About 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 30 minutes


For the Beef Marinade:

  • 1 cup fresh pineapple, peeled and cubed
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Sriracha
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1/2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled
  • About 1 lb sirloin steak, sliced into strips

For the Wraps:

  • 2-3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 6 scallions, sliced lengthwise into strips
  • 1 red pepper, cored and sliced into strips
  • 1 carrot, peeled and sliced into strips
  • 1-2 heads butter lettuce, leaves separated
  • Sesame seeds, for garnish


  1. Add all the ingredients for the marinade, except for the steak strips, to your blender and blend on high until well combined. Place the steak strips in a large zip-closure bag. Then pour the marinade over the steak strips and seal the bag. Place the bag in your refrigerator for 2-6 hours.
  2. Heat about 1 tablespoon of the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add half of the marinated steak strips, letting the excess marinade drip off into the bag before adding the steak to your skillet, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the steak is well browned on the outside and cooked throughout, about 3-5 minutes. Transfer the cooked steak strips to a clean bowl and cover to keep warm. Repeat with the remaining half of the steak strips. Discard the leftover marinade.
  3. Add another tablespoon of vegetable oil to the same skillet and add the sliced scallions, red pepper and carrot. Cook, stirring frequently, until the vegetables are crisp tender, about 2 minutes. Transfer the vegetables to the bowl with the steak strips. Toss gently to combine.
  4. To serve, spoon the steak/vegetable mixture into lettuce leaves. Top with a sprinkle of sesame seeds, if desired. Enjoy immediately.


Recipe inspired and adapted from Food52.

50 comments on “Spicy Pineapple Beef Lettuce Wraps”

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

  2. 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!!

  3. 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! 🙂

  4. 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. 🙂

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

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

  7. 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

  8. 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!

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

  10. 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!

  11. 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!

  12. 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 : )

  13. 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!

  14. Welcome back!

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

  15. 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

  16. 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 🙂

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

  18. 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!

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

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

  21. 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!

  22. 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!

  23. 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!

  24. YUM!

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