Spring rolls are among the most popular and iconic dishes of Vietnamese cuisine. This mouth-watering fresh Vietnamese Spring Rolls recipe can be made in many variations, much like authentic Vietnamese Spring rolls vary depending on which part of Vietnam you’re traveling. Spring rolls use healthy, delicious and fresh ingredients. Although there is a bit of chopping to prep Vietnamese Spring Rolls, they are quite easy to make at home.
Basic Ingredients in Traditional Vietnamese Spring Rolls
In Southern Vietnam, Spring Rolls tend to be sweeter while the central region tend to be spicier. There is no certain requirement for ingredients, but generally you’ll find Vietnamese Spring Rolls contain some variation of the following:
MEAT: ground pork, crab meat (can be replaced by fresh shrimp or mantis shrimp)
EGG: chicken eggs or duck eggs
VEGETABLES: we often see 2-3 types of finely chopped veggies in any spring roll recipe such as carrots, taro, sweet potatoes, tofu, jicama, bean sprouts, kohlrabi, mushroom, onion
GLASS NOODLES AND/OR RICE PAPER: Vietnamese spring rolls are traditionally wrapped in rice paper. Some also contain glass noodles.
SPICES: scallions, salt, garlic, wood ear, etc.
Modifications & Swaps to Our Spring Rolls Recipe
VEGAN: Make our Vietnamese spring rolls recipe vegan by swapping out the shrimp for a plant-based protein!
CRISPY: Toss completed spring rolls into a frying pan with some avocado oil spray, and lightly pan fry them for a crispy spring roll!
PEANUT FREE: Substitute the peanut butter in the sauce recipe for Sunbutter for a peanut allergy friendly recipe for Shrimp Spring Rolls.
CREAMY SAUCE: Whip up a quick creamy sauce instead of peanut sauce by mixing one big table spoon of mayo, sour cream, and one teaspoon of soy sauce!
ProTip: Grab a package of shrimp cocktail from the meat and seafood section at Costco (find it right near the Costco shrimp ceviche we love!).
Vietnamese Spring Rolls Recipe with Peanut Sauce
Fresh homemade Vietnamese Spring Rolls are easier than you think! Try out this recipe - it's also a great make-your-own dinner where each person can select and prepare their own spring rolls just how they like them!
- 1 lbs. shrimp, cooked
- ¼ head of red cabbage, shredded
- ¼ head of iceberg lettuce, shredded
- 2 ounces rice vermicelli or glass noodles, cooked
- 1 cup of carrots, shredded
- ½ English cucumber, julienned
- 3 scallions, chopped
- ½ bunch cilantro, chopped
- 8-10 mint leaves, chopped
- 10 Rice Paper Wrappers
- 6 tablespoons hoisin sauce
- 3 tablespoons peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon of soy sauce
- 4 cloves of garlic
- Set out a large bowl with warm water and all of your prepared spring roll ingredients (shrimp and veggies). The bowl needs to be large enough to fit the rice paper.
- Dip one sheet of rice wrapper in the warm water for about 20 seconds, or until softened, then place on a flat prep surface.
- Add shrimp and desired veggies, leaving ample space for folding. Compact all ingredients, then fold the sheet over the ingredients, fold each side inwards and roll until it’s completely rolled. Think like a burrito.
- Set aside on a plate, ensuring they don’t touch each other.
- Make the peanut sauce by combining all the ingredients in a small pot over low heat, stirring Add a tablespoon of water at a time if sauce is too thick. Keep stirring over low heat until smooth. Serve warm.
- Serve the spring rolls cold with a side of peanut sauce. Enjoy!
Prep time may vary based on the shrimp and vermicelli - estimated times are based on assumption they are already fully cooked. If you will be cooking them, it may take longer.
Spring rolls can be made fresh and served fully assembled, or all of the ingredients can be laid out and diners can assemble their own rolls and customize among the offered ingredients.
These are also fun for kids to make, and kids can choose among all the fresh, healthy ingredients to make their own Vietnamese Spring Rolls.
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