Vietnamese Shrimp Spring Rolls

With the warm weather right around the corner, our bodies are ready to feel the sun upon our faces again.  The flowers blossoming, gardens blooming, the time is right for light, fresh and healthy food.  What better way to welcome Spring than with this wonderful Vietnamese Shrimp Spring Roll recipe?

Made from rice paper and rice noodles, this recipe is gluten-free and serves as a perfect appetizer or snack for any occasion.  Pair it with a spicy peanut sauce and it will be guaranteed a hot item with any crowd.  Save yourself the work and ask guests to roll their own, the best part is that any mistakes can be quickly eaten.

Feel free to substitute the shrimp for bbq chicken, avocado, jicama – let your imagination create new and exciting flavor combinations.  These spring rolls are best eaten the day they are made but can also be covered with saran wrap and eaten the next day.

Recipe for Vietnamese Shrimp Spring Rolls

  • 2 ounces rice vermicelli (60 mL)
  • 8 rice wrappers (8.5 inch diameter)
  • 8 large cooked shrimp - peeled, deveined and cut in half
  • 1 1/3 tablespoons chopped fresh Thai basil (20 mL)
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint leaves (45 mL)
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro (45 mL)
  • 2 leaves lettuce, chopped

Soak vermicelli in cold water until soft.  Bring a medium pot of water to a boil and cook vermicelli for 2-3 minutes, or until al dente.  Drain and rinse with cold water.

Fill a large bowl with warm water.  Dip one wrapper into the hot water for a second and lay the wrapper on a flat surface.  In a raw across the center, place 3 shrimp halves down and top with vermicelli, basil, mint, cilantro and lettuce – leaving about 2 inches on each side.  Fold the uncovered sides inward and roll the wrapper tightly.  Serve with Spicy Peanut Sauce.

Spicy Peanut Sauce

  • ½ cup peanut butter (120 mL)
  • 2 tablespoons water (30 mL)
  • 1 tablespoon hoisin (15 mL)
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha (5 mL)
  • Handful of peanuts, crushed

Mix peanut butter and water together until thoroughly mixed.  Add more water (1 teaspoon at a time) if the consistency is too thick.  Stir in hoisin and Sriracha and top with crushed peanuts. Serve with spring rolls.

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