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Grilled Five Spice Steak Salad Lettuce Wraps with Syrah

RECIPE BY David Reamer

Serves 4 | Dairy Free, Gluten Free
Active TIME  About 35-40 minutes
Start this recipe  The night before

RD Winery Syrah and steak lettuce wraps

Behind the pairing

FOR: Ordinary people who like extraordinary things

IDEAL SCENARIO: A fancy-ish evening at home

WHY IT WORKS: In this case, like goes with like. Grilled red meat with a five-spice rub is perfectly attuned to the flavor profile and density of this luscious Syrah.

There’s something so comforting about a warm climate Syrah paired with steak. To balance the opulence we added delicate butter lettuce and crunchy fresh veggies to the mix for a pleasantly harmonious duo. The best part? You can eat with your hands. No silverware means fewer dishes.



Five Spice Steak

  • 2 T of pre-made five spice mix or homemade:
  • 1 t ground cinnamon
  • 1 t crushed anise seed
  • 1/2 t crushed fennel seed
  • 1/2 t freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 t ground cloves
  • Olive oil
  • 1 T salt
  • 1 lb flat iron steak

Butter Lettuce Wraps

  • 2 heads of fresh butter lettuce, with 8-10 large leaves removed, rinsed and dried
  • 1/2 cucumber, seeds removed, cut into 1/4 inch squares
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • Fresh cilantro, mint & green onion for garnish


  • 1 T rice wine vinegar
  • 2 T fresh lime juice
  • 1 T water
  • 3 T simple syrup
  • 2 T Huy Fong Chili Garlic sauce (Available at most grocery stores near the Sriracha. Sub Sriracha in a pinch)
  • 1/2 t fish sauce


For the Steak

    1. Preheat grill to high.
    2. Lightly oil the raw steak and coat well with the five spice mix and salt.
    3. Cook steak for 3-5 minutes on each side, depending on thickness, until steak is rare.
    4. Rest a room temperature for 10 minutes, then wrap well and place in the refrigerator overnight.

For the Lettuce Wraps & Sauce

    1. Mix all sauce ingredients in a bowl and season to personal taste.
    2. Add the cucumber, peppers, and onion. Marinate for an hour.
    3. To serve, place individual lettuce leaves on a platter. Fill each halfway with marinated vegetables.
    4. Thinly slice the chilled steak and add 3-4 slices onto each lettuce leaf.
    5. Add freshly chopped cilantro, mint, and green onion.
    6. Top each wrap with a little of the vegetable marinade.

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