Gluten Free Pho-Flavor Flank Steak Lettuce Wraps


Jump on the pho trend with these healthy lettuce wraps, packed with beef protein and flavors of chile peppers, basil, onions, and Asian chili sauce.

Gluten Free Pho-Flavor Flank Steak Lettuce Wraps
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
30 mins
Slow Cook Time:
5 hrs
Total Time:
5 hrs 30 mins
12 wraps


  • 2 pound beef flank steak

  • 2 cup coarsely chopped yellow onions (2 large)

  • 2 cup water

  • ¼ cup fish sauce

  • 2 tablespoon sugar

  • 2 tablespoon rice vinegar

  • 2 fresh jalapeño chile peppers, finely chopped*

  • 4 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder

  • 12 large Boston lettuce, Swiss chard, or napa cabbage leaves

  • 4 ounce radishes, cut into thin bite-size strips (1 cup)

  • ¾ cup fresh Thai basil leaves

  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced diagonally

  • 2 tablespoon lime juice

  • Asian chili sauce (Sriracha sauce) (optional)

  • Lime wedges (optional)


  1. Trim fat from meat. Cut meat into 2-inch pieces. Place meat in a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker. Top with yellow onions. In a medium bowl combine the water, fish sauce, sugar, vinegar, half of the jalapeño peppers, and the five-spice powder. Pour vinegar mixture over mixture in cooker.

  2. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 5 to 6 hours or on high-heat setting for 2 1/2 to 3 hours.

  3. Remove meat from cooker, reserving cooking liquid. Transfer half of the meat to an airtight container or freezer container; cover and chill or freeze for another use. Shred or chop the remaining meat; transfer to a medium bowl. Strain cooking liquid. Stir enough of the strained liquid (about 1/4 cup) into shredded meat to moisten.

  4. To serve, divide shredded meat among lettuce leaves. Top with radishes, basil leaves, green onions, and the remaining jalapeño peppers. Sprinkle with lime juice. If desired, serve with Asian chili sauce and lime wedges.


Because chile peppers contain volatile oils that can burn your skin and eyes, avoid direct contact with them as much as possible. When working with chile peppers, wear plastic or rubber gloves. If your bare hands do touch the peppers, wash your hands and nails well with soap and warm water.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

137 Calories
6g Fat
4g Carbs
17g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 137
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 33mg 11%
Sodium 257mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 17g
Vitamin C 14.5mg 73%
Calcium 43mg 3%
Iron 2.1mg 12%
Potassium 424mg 9%
Folate, total 37.4mcg
Vitamin B-12 1.8mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.3mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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