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Chile-Red Pepper & Ginger Soy Beef Lettuce Cups

Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 skewers = 8 to 10 lettuce cups
Author adapted from Seoultown Kitchen cookbook


  • 1 pound rib-eye steak about 1" thick, cut into bite-sized cubes
  • 1 red bell pepper seeded and cleaned, cut into 1" pieces
  • 1 tablespoons finely ground chile powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 8 wooden skewers soaked in cold water for 30 minutes OR metal skewers
  • Iceberg or Romaine lettuce leaves rinsed and patted dry.
  • 1 cup prepared white or brown rice

Ginger-Soy Marinade:

  • 1/2 yellow onion cut in quarters
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup mirin
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup Coke or other soda {I used Dr. Pepper}
  • 1/4 cup sesame oil


  1. In a food processor, mince onion. Add ginger, garlic, soy sauce, brown sugar, mirin, garlic powder, onion powder, and pepper; mix well. Transfer marinade to a medium bowl. Add soda. Whisk in sesame oil to emulsify marinade. Place ribeye pieces into marinade and gently toss to coat. Cover bowl and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  2. While steak marinades, combine chile powder, paprika, sesame oil, and vegetable oil. Toss red pepper pieces in oil/spice mixture. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. When meat is ready, skewer steak and peppers - alternating steak and pepper pieces.
  4. Heat a grilling pan or griddle over medium-high heat. Place skewers on the hot grill. Brush skewers with steak marinade to coat liberally. Cook the skewers for 1 to 2 minutes on each side until steak is browned and cooked medium rare.
  5. Remove skewers from grill; cool for 5 to 10 minutes until you are able to handle the food. Chop steak and peppers into small pieces. Serve with lettuce cups and rice.

To Assemble:

  1. Take a lettuce cup, add a spoonful of rice, top with a heaping spoonful of steak and peppers. Wrap lettuce over filling and eat!