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Ginger Beef Lettuce Wraps

Ginger Beef Lettuce Wraps
Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Mirin, a sweet rice wine, is an essential ingredient in East Asian cooking. The Japanese use it to season salad dressings and to make teriyaki marinades and tempura dipping sauces. In this recipe, the mirin balances the saltiness of the ... Read more

Total time: 25 minutes | Serves 4
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons mirin
  • 3 tablespoons dry Sherry
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 pound sirloin or tenderloin, sliced very thin
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced ginger root
  • 1 (6-ounce) package sliced mushrooms
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced snow peas, each cut into thirds
  • 2 tablespoons chopped peanuts
  • 1 head butter lettuce, separated into leaves

Step 1Combine 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 1 tablespoon mirin, 1 tablespoon Sherry, 1 tablespoon garlic and cornstarch in medium bowl. Add beef and stir well. Set aside.

Step 2Combine remaining soy sauce, mirin, Sherry and sesame oil and sugar in small bowl. Set aside.

Step 3Heat peanut oil in a large wok or skillet over high heat. Add ginger and remaining garlic and cook until very fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add mushrooms and cook 2 minutes more. Add reserved beef and snow peas and cook, stirring, until beef is no longer pink, about 3 minutes. Add sauce mixture and cook, stirring, until sauce thickens slightly, about 1 minute.

Step 4Serve ginger beef in bowl, topped with peanuts, with lettuce on side. Wrap some of beef in leaf and eat with fingers.

Each serving:
320 calories; 1,379 mg sodium; 53 mg cholesterol; 14 grams fat; 22 grams carbohydrates; 24 grams protein; 2.14 grams fiber.
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