Delicious Vietnamese Beef Wrapped in Grape Leaves Recipe

As a chef who specializes in Vietnamese and Asian cuisine, I am constantly exploring the depth and complexity of these wonderful dishes. Among my favorites is Thit Bo Cuon La Luop, commonly known as Vietnamese Beef in Grape Leaves. This dish features savory ground beef that is wrapped in grape leaves and then grilled to perfection.

The beauty of this dish lies not only in its taste but also in its versatility. Whether you’re looking for the perfect appetizer or a satisfying main course, Thit Bo Cuon La Luop fits the bill. The blend of flavors is both complex and subtle, providing a balance that satisfies any palate.

As you dive into this recipe, let yourself be transported to the vibrant markets and buzzing restaurants of Vietnam. Each bite will bring you closer to the heart of Vietnamese cuisine and the warmth of its people.

So join me on this culinary journey as we explore Thit Bo Cuon La Luop – a dish that captures the essence of Vietnam’s rich flavors and culinary traditions.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Thit Bo Cuon La Luop (Vietnamese Beef in Grape Leaves)
Thit Bo Cuon La Luop (Vietnamese Beef in Grape Leaves)

Are you tired of the same old dinner recipes? Why not switch things up and try Thit Bo Cuon La Luop, or Vietnamese Beef in Grape Leaves? This dish is sure to become a new staple in your meal rotation, and here’s why:

Firstly, the grape leaves give this dish a unique and delicious flavor. They have a slightly bitter taste that pairs perfectly with the savory beef filling. Plus, they add a fun texture to the dish that isn’t often found in other recipes.

Secondly, Thit Bo Cuon La Luop is surprisingly easy to make. While stuffing grape leaves may sound complicated, it’s actually quite simple once you get the hang of it. Plus, the ingredient list is relatively short and straightforward to find at most grocery stores.

Finally, this dish is incredibly versatile. You can serve Thit Bo Cuon La Luop as an appetizer or a main course depending on how many rolls you prepare. Plus, you can easily adjust the seasoning to your liking—want it spicier? Add more crushed red pepper flakes. Sweeter? Increase the amount of sugar.

Overall, this recipe is an exciting twist on traditional beef dishes that is guaranteed to impress your palate and any guests you might have over for dinner. So what are you waiting for? Give it a try tonight!

Ingredient List

 Fresh grape leaves are perfect for wrapping flavorful Vietnamese beef.
Fresh grape leaves are perfect for wrapping flavorful Vietnamese beef.

Ingredients for Thit Bo Cuon La Luop

This recipe is all about combining fresh flavors and savory beef in a neat package using grape leaves. Thit bo cuon la luop requires a few essential ingredients that are easily accessible at most grocery stores. Here are the ingredients you need to create this delicious Vietnamese dish:

  • 1 lb lean ground beef – the base for the filling
  • 1 cup grated carrots – adds a sweet, earthy flavor to the filling
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced – brings a sharp, pungent taste to the filling
  • 1 tsp gingerroot, minced – balances out the garlic with its spiciness
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced – adds a mild onion flavor and crunch
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves – gives a bright, fresh taste to the filling
  • 1 tsp fish sauce (nuoc nam) – adds umami and saltiness to the filling
  • 2 tsp sugar – provides sweetness to the dish
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes – adds heat and spice
  • Dash of black pepper
  • 20 grape leaves, preferably fresh piper lolot or wild betel leaves used in Vietnamese cuisine; Alternatively canned stuffed grape leaves can be used.
  • Vinegar

Note that you may need to get some ingredients specifically from an Asian grocer such as grape leaves, nuoc nam or piper lolot leaves which go by several names like loud levs and tinulo.

The Recipe How-To

 These bite-sized beef rolls in grape leaves are both beautiful and delicious.
These bite-sized beef rolls in grape leaves are both beautiful and delicious.

Preparing the Grape Leaves

  1. Rinse canned stuffed grape leaves and the fresh grape leaves with hot water, then drain.

  2. Using your hands, remove any stems or thick veins in the fresh grape leaves so that they are easier to wrap around the beef stuffing.

Making The Beef Filling

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine lean ground beef with minced garlic, 2 tsp of Nuoc Mam fish sauce, 2 tsp of sugar, and 1/4 tsp of black pepper. Mix together thoroughly.

  2. Add finely chopped green onion, freshly chopped cilantro, and grated gingerroot into the mixture. Mix them thoroughly.

Assembling The Beef Wrapped Grape Leaves

  1. Take one grape leaf and place it on a plate or cutting board, then place about 1 tablespoon of the beef mixture onto the center of the leaf. Fold over the bottom of the leaf, then fold in both sides to create a roll. Roll up tightly like a burrito.

  2. Repeat this process with each grape leaf until all of the beef mixture is used up (this recipe should make about 30-35 rolls).

Cooking The Thit Bo Cuon La Luop (Vietnamese Beef in Grape Leaves)

  1. Preheat a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.

  2. Place each rolled grape leaf onto the skillet and cook for about 2-3 minutes on each side, or until it is evenly browned.

  3. Alternately, you can grill these rolls over medium-high heat for about 3 minutes per side or until fully cooked through.

  4. Finally, serve your Thit Bo Cuon La Luop hot with Nuoc Cham for dipping or as desired during dinner time!

Substitutions and Variations

 Who says appetizers can't be a work of art? Take a bite of these Thit Bo Cuon La Luop rolls and see.
Who says appetizers can’t be a work of art? Take a bite of these Thit Bo Cuon La Luop rolls and see.

As a chef, I believe that the best way to create a unique and personalized experience is through experimenting with ingredients and spices. While this recipe is already bursting with flavor, you may want to switch things up and add your own touch.

For instance, instead of using grape leaves, you can opt for wild betel, piper lolot, or even canned stuffed grape leaves. Simply rinse the leaves in hot water and drain before mixing them with the ground beef.

If you prefer a milder taste, you can reduce or exclude the garlic, crushed red pepper flakes and fish sauce while retaining the gingerroot for that signature Vietnamese flavor. For vegetarians or vegans, swap the lean ground beef with tempeh or your preferred plant-based protein.

Adding diced carrots and green onion to the beef stuffing recipe can also make for an exciting twist to this dish. Finally, feel free to use fresh cilantro as a garnish or mix it into the stuffing for added fragrance.

Whatever changes you choose to make, do not forget to enjoy every bit of the journey towards creating a culinary masterpiece that is uniquely yours.

Serving and Pairing

 Thit Bo Cuon La Luop: the perfect party food that looks deceivingly difficult to make but is incredibly easy.
Thit Bo Cuon La Luop: the perfect party food that looks deceivingly difficult to make but is incredibly easy.

Once you have prepared your delicious Thit Bo Cuon La Luop, it’s time to serve and pair it with some delectable accompaniments. The refreshing flavors of this Vietnamese beef dish blend perfectly with a few select ingredients to elevate the culinary experience.

You can serve your Thit Bo Cuon La Luop by itself as an appetizer or main course, depending on how much filling you use in each grape leaf roll. You can also add a few sides to make the meal more substantial. I highly recommend pairing this dish with steamed jasmine rice, which will help absorb the juices and flavors of the beef.

Another classic accompaniment to Thit Bo Cuon La Luop is nuoc cham dipping sauce. This sauce is made with vinegar, sugar, water, garlic, ginger root, and fish sauce. It adds a tangy and salty flavor that perfectly complements the sweetness of the beef.

If you’re feeling adventurous, try serving your Thit Bo Cuon La Luop with some shredded carrots and sliced cucumbers. These fresh vegetables will provide a refreshing crunch that balances the richness of the beef.

To truly immerse yourself in the Vietnamese cuisine experience, consider pairing your Thit Bo Cuon La Luop with an ice-cold glass of Vietnamese iced coffee or a light beer like Saigon or Bia Hanoi. The rich coffee and bubbly beer cut through the meaty flavors of the beef rolls and refresh your palate between bites.

With these serving and pairing recommendations, you can enhance the already mouth-watering taste of Thit Bo Cuon La Luop and make it a memorable dish for any occasion.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Grape leaves wrapped around juicy Vietnamese beef – a beautiful combination of flavors and textures.
Grape leaves wrapped around juicy Vietnamese beef – a beautiful combination of flavors and textures.

As an experienced Chef, I know that advanced preparation can be a lifesaver in many situations. That’s why I’m excited to share with you that this delicious Thit Bo Cuon La Luop recipe can be made ahead of time and stored to use later.

Once you’ve made your beef grape leaves, you can store them in the refrigerator for up to 3 days before reheating them. To reheat the leftovers, simply place them in a microwave-safe dish or ovenproof container, cover with plastic wrap, and heat on high for 1-2 minutes until they’re warm all the way through.

If you plan on storing your leftovers for longer than three days, I recommend freezing them instead. Cover the stuffed grape leaves with plastic wrap and tin foil before popping them into the freezer. They will keep for up to 3 months!

To reheat from frozen, thaw the beef grape leaves overnight in the refrigerator. Once they are defrosted, either follow the same reheating process as above or reheat in a skillet over low heat while covered for approximately 5 minutes or until warmed through.

However, please keep in mind that reheated food doesn’t taste as good as when it is served freshly made. Therefore we always recommend enjoying this delicious Thai dish fresh and savoring all of its beautiful flavors without storing it. But for any leftover situation, you know what to do now!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Take one of these Thit Bo Cuon La Luop rolls and dip it into a sweet and savory sauce – perfection.
Take one of these Thit Bo Cuon La Luop rolls and dip it into a sweet and savory sauce – perfection.

As a chef specializing in Vietnamese and Asian cuisine, I have a few tips to ensure that your Thit Bo Cuon La Luop turns out perfectly every time. Here are some of my favorite tips:

1. Soak grape leaves thoroughly: Ensure that you soak the grape leaves in hot water until they’re tender before using them in the recipe. This will ensure that they’re pliable and easy to roll.

2. Use lean ground beef: I recommend using lean ground beef for this recipe as it won’t produce too much oil or grease. This will help the final result to be moist rather than greasy.

3. Mix beef with garlic, ginger, and spices well: Mix the beef with garlic, ginger, and spices thoroughly before rolling them into the grape leaves. This way, you’ll ensure that every bite has an equal amount of flavor.

4. Don’t overstuff the grape leaves: Overstuffing the grape leaves can make them harder to roll and break apart while cooking. It’s important to add just enough filling so that it’s substantial but not overflowing.

5. Use a non-stick pan when grilling or cooking: Using a non-stick pan will help prevent sticking and burning while cooking the beef-wrapped grape leaves.

6. Serve with nuoc cham or dipping sauce of choice: Thit Bo Cuon La Luop is best served with a dipping sauce or nuoc cham. Prepare it ahead of time so that it’s ready to go when serving.

By following these simple tips, you’ll be able to make perfect Thit Bo Cuon La Luop each time you prepare this delicious Vietnamese dish. So don’t forget – soak your grape leaves well, use lean ground beef, mix well with garlic and spices, don’t overstuff, use a non-stick pan, and serve with dipping sauce!


Now that you have learned how to make Thit Bo Cuon La Luop or Vietnamese Beef in Grape Leaves, I bet some questions or concerns are running through your mind. To address those, let us move on to the frequently asked questions or item (9) of this recipe article section. By answering these questions, we can help you achieve perfect results when making this dish. So, let’s get started!

Are canned stuffed grape leaves healthy?

Stuffed grape vine leaves known as dolmades are a healthy and antioxidant-rich meal option.

Do you eat the grape leaves in dolmades?

Using grape leaves that have been recently harvested is the usual method for making stuffed grape leaves, but it is also possible to utilize fresh leaves for uncooked dishes like salads.

What type of grape leaves are used for dolmades?

When making dolmades, the ideal grape to use is the Sultana grape or the Thompson seedless, as they have edible leaves that enhance the flavor of the dish.

How do you serve canned stuffed grape leaves?

Dolmades are a versatile dish that can be served hot, warm, or chilled with a drizzle of zesty lemon juice. They pair perfectly with an array of delicious Greek plant-based recipes, such as hummus, tzatziki, briam, baked beans or plaki, lemon potatoes, and warm, fluffy pita bread.

Bottom Line

And there you have it, my friend! A simple yet mouthwatering recipe for Thit Bo Cuon La Luop or Vietnamese beef in grape leaves.

I hope that you have enjoyed reading through this recipe and will be inspired to recreate it in your own kitchen. The combination of flavors and textures is truly a work of art that is sure to impress everyone who tries it.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with your own variations using the substitution list provided. And remember, cooking is an adventure and a journey of discovery. So why not try something new today?

Until next time, I wish you happy cooking and countless delicious meals shared with loved ones!

Thit Bo Cuon La Luop (Vietnamese Beef in Grape Leaves)

Thit Bo Cuon La Luop (Vietnamese Beef in Grape Leaves) Recipe

These have a great char-grilled flavor and are perfect for summertime and outdoor cooking. A perfect accompaniment would be Cambodian grilled corn (see recipe on Zaar).
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Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Vietnamese
Servings 25 rolls
Calories 40.2 kcal


  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons nuoc nam (spicy fish sauce)
  • 2 teaspoons fresh minced gingerroot
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 dash black pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped green onion
  • 25 canned grape leaves
  • 4 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons gingerroot, peeled and shredded
  • 2 tablespoons carrots, shredded


  • Rinse grape leaves in hot water; drain.
  • Mix beef with garlic, 2 tsp nuoc mam, ginger root, cilantro, 1/2 tsp sugar, dash black pepper, and green onion.
  • Place generous tablespoonful on grape leaf, and roll envelope-style.
  • For sauce, mix together 4 tbsp fish sauce, 1/2 cup water, 2 tbsp vinegar, 2 tsp sugar, the red pepper, and the 2 cloves of minced garlic.
  • Stir in 3 tbsp shredded ginger and 2 tbsp shredded carrots to the sauce.
  • Place on skewers and grill (If using wooden skewers, soak in water for 20-30 minutes before using), or broil, 6" from heat for 10-12 minutes.
  • Serve rolls with dipping sauce.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 889gCalories: 40.2kcalCarbohydrates: 1.6gProtein: 4.1gFat: 1.9gSaturated Fat: 0.8gCholesterol: 11.8mgSodium: 386.6mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 0.6g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Asian, Beginner Cook, Berries, Broil, Easy, Fruit, Grapes, Lunch, Meat, Oven, Spicy, Summer, Vietnamese
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