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Spicy Beef Lettuce Cups Recipe

Try our Asian-inspired Spicy Beef Lettuce Cups Recipe

Credit: Lisa Holmen

These lettuce cups are my take on the san choy bau and combine lean beef mince with fresh herbs and ginger. Just top with your favourite fresh herbs (I used mint and coriander) and extra chilli for some added spice. They are perfect for an appetiser or an iron-rich snack to get you through the day.

Serves: 2



  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tsp grated ginger
  • 500g lean beef mince
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • Juice 1 lime
  • 8 baby cos lettuce leaves
  • 2 red chillies, finely sliced
  • Fresh mint, chopped
  • Coriander leaves, chopped
  • Roasted unsalted peanuts, roughly chopped
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
  1. Heat olive oil in large pan over medium heat. Add garlic and ginger and cook until fragrant. Increase heat and add beef mince and cook until browned.
  2. Add brown sugar, fish sauce and lime juice and cook until liquid is absorbed. Divide mince mixture and place on lettuce leaves.
  3. Top with red chillies, mint, coriander, peanuts and extra lime.


Lisa Holmen

Lisa Holmen is a food and travel writer, recipe developer and photographer. Her blog, Lisa Eats World, is one of the leading food and travel blogs in Australia, featuring healthy recipes, restaurant reviews and food-inspired travel guides. Lisa divides her time between the bustle of Melbourne and her new home on the Mornington Peninsula where she loves meeting local producers, visiting wineries, soaking up the coastal lifestyle and adopting a “slower” approach to living.
An advocate of sustainable and ethical foods, Lisa is particularly passionate about healthy, organic and wholesome foods and cooking from scratch. She believes in simplicity in the kitchen and loves trying new recipes, drawing inspiration from her travel adventures and her heritage. Although she’s not a vegetarian, Lisa has an appreciation for plant-based cooking and wholefoods and tries to cook vegetarian at home wherever possible.