Adapted from Sara Foster | Sara Foster’s Casual Cooking | Clarkson Potter, 2007

I think using lettuce as a “wrap” is a brilliant idea; you get the freshness of a salad and the satisfaction of a wrap. Arrange the lettuce around the platter of beef so people can wrap their own.–Sara Foster

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  • 25 M
  • 1 H
  • Serves 4 to 6


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To make the marinade, stir the cilantro, tamarind paste, soy sauce, ginger, orange zest and juice, lime zest and juice, scallions, garlic, honey, and chile together in a small bowl.

Place the steak in a shallow glass bowl or large sealable plastic bag. Pour half of the marinade over the steak and turn the meat or shake the bag to coat it with the marinade. (Reserve the remaining marinade for serving.) Cover the bowl or close the bag and set aside to marinate for about 30 minutes at room temperature or up to overnight in the refrigerator.

Heat a grill pan or cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Remove the steak from the marinade and season both sides to taste with salt and pepper. Cook the steak for 3 to 4 minutes per side for medium-rare. Transfer the steak to a cutting board, cover it loosely with foil to keep warm, and allow it to rest for about 5 minutes before slicing.

To serve, thinly slice the steak diagonally against the grain and put the steak slices on a platter. Drizzle the meat with the reserved marinade and arrange the lettuce leaves around the platter.

Thai-Style Sliced-Beef Lettuce Wraps Recipe © 2007 Sara Foster. Photo © 2007 Quentin Bacon. All rights reserved. All materials used with permission.

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