Korean Beef Lettuce Wraps (Ssam)

Ssam literally means “wrapped”, and in Korean cuisine it usually refers to meats wrapped in leafy vegetables. This recipe involves slow cooking beef on a low temperature until beautifully tender, and wrapping into fresh leafy lettuce wraps.

For this recipe we use braising steak cut into small strips, but you could use any cut of your choice. We recommend browning the beef first in a pan with some hot sesame oil -it locks in the rich beef flavour and adds some extra colour. It will really only need a couple of minutes at most.

The rest of the ingredients are designed to balance sweet, spicy and umami flavours. After slow cooking, serve in fresh lettuce wraps and enjoy.

Slow Cooker Korean Beef Lettuce Wraps (Ssam)

Korean style beef recipe, packed full of flavour in leafy lettuce wraps
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Prep Time 15 hours
Cook Time 8 hours
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian, Korean
Servings 4
Calories 481 kcal


  • Slow Cooker
  • Frying Pan


  • 800 g Beef braising steak Cut into small strips
  • 2 tbsp Sesame oil
  • 4 tsbp Honey
  • 2 tbsp Rice Vinegar
  • 3 tbsp Light soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp Brown sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 30 g Red chilli peppers 1-2 chillies, finely chopped
  • 200 g Iceberg or romaine lettuce For the wraps


  • Cut the beef into small strips. Add the sesame oil in to a high heat pan and brown the beef for 4-5 minutes. Do this in batches if needed.
  • Add all other ingredients to the slow cooker (minus the lettuce) and stir well.
  • Cook for 7-8 hours on low.
  • Stuff the beef in lettuce wraps and enjoy. Add extra toppings of your choice, such as sesame seeds, fresh chilies or sriracha sauce.


Nutrition calculations only account for the ingredients stated in the slow cooker recipe. Serving suggestions such as rice and potatoes are not included. Remember to account for the nutritional values of anything you choose to accompany the recipe with. 


Calories: 481kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 40gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 138mgSodium: 925mgPotassium: 806mgFiber: 1gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 349IUVitamin C: 13mgCalcium: 57mgIron: 5mg
Keyword Asian, Beef, Korean, Spicy
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