Thai Beef Cabbage Wraps

Thai Beef Cabbage Wraps

It makes sense that when you are cooking on a budget you want to shop for ingredients that are…well, cheap!  One of the least expensive vegetables you can buy at the store is cabbage.   I’ve never been a huge fan myself.  For some reason I’ve never found a coleslaw that I liked or really fell in love with cabbage rolls.  As a result I hardly ever buy cabbage because what good is cooking on a budget if you don’t like the food you are making?  Well, I decided to have one last go at my dreaded foe, the cabbage.  Either I have taken cooking on a budget to a whole new delusional level or this recipe really rocks!

So have no fear if you fear cooking with cabbage!  One, you are gonna love this recipe for thai beef cabbage wraps and two, you don’t actually cook the cabbage.  If after trying this recipe you still aren’t a cabbage fan (rah, rah, rah, GO CABBAGE!) you can trade to the other, less sturdy, culinary team of iceberg lettuce.

Thai Beef Cabbage Wraps


  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 batch Thai Marinade (follows)
  • fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 head green cabbage
  • Thai Marinade
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon lime juice (about 1/2 of a lime)
  • 1 serrano pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced


  1. Begin by cleaning your cabbage, trimming the stem and tearing the leaves off, whole. Set aside.
  2. In a skillet brown the ground beef. Season with salt and pepper. Add the peppers and onions.
  3. Allow to cook on medium while you mix the Thai Marinade. Once you have made the marinade add it to the meat mixture. Spoon the meat mixture into the cabbage leaves, garnish with fresh cilantro, and serve.
  4. Thai Marinade
  5. Mix all ingredients together and use in the Thai Beef Cabbage wraps or as a marinade for another dish.


  1. Yummy!! These look great! Your pictures sure are appetizing!

  2. Sunny says:

    This definitely will go on my short list of things to try! These look great!

  3. tchrmom says:

    These look awesome! I’m making them tonight for dinner. One question – do they stand alone or what would you make with them? :)

    • Krista says:

      Thank you! I hope you like them! They do stand alone but we really like rice so often I will make some rice to serve on the side or add to the wraps. Enjoy!

  4. Bill says:

    This is dinner tonight, I’ll be sure to let you know how they come out ;)

  5. Jessica says:

    How necessary is the serrano to the thai marinade? Have you subbed in other peppers?

    • Krista says:

      I haven’t substituted any other pepper but I’m sure a jalapeno would work fine. Any pepper that adds a bit of heat should work.

  6. I made these for dinner last night and they were wonderful! I added a little more lime juice at the end once they were on the plate, yummy! Thank you for the great recipe!!!


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