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How to Make Homemade Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce

How to Make Homemade Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce

Spring rolls. I freaking LOVE them! I’ve been eating spring rolls like it’s my job lately, so I decided to quit my take-out habit and make them at home. Since I had never made spring rolls nor did I reaaaally know what they are made out of, they seemed very enigmatic to me. How does the roll come to be? Why are they sodamndelicious?  I did some googling and a great deal of store-walking, but after gathering my ingredients and watching a couple of youtube videos, whipping out the enigma rolls was a cinch. Mystery: solved. Hunger: satisfied. Spring roll OD: affirmative.

When I make a dish with new-to-me ingredients, I typically do a lot of nervous pacing, chin-stroking, and 9 times out of 10, I must whip out a dance-athon prior to going to the store in order to shake out my doubts and do-I-really-want-to-do-this-sss.  But it always ends up well worth it because both the process and the end result are outstanding. While it took me a hot minute to figure out what to put in the ol’ shopping buggy to make this Spring-a-ling-a-roll happen, my nervous pacing, chin-stroking, and flash mob dancing worked. Below are your must-haves for this recipe, and all of these items I picked up from the “ethnic” section of my local grocery store.

How to Make Homemade Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce

The Basics:

  1. Spring roll wrappers: are made out of tapioca starch and rice starch. They come dry in the shape of a circle with small patterns on them. In order to soften them, you dunk them quickly in hot water.
  2. Chili Garlic Sauce: One of my must-haves for ethnic cooking!  I use it for stir fry, and all sorts of Asian sauces. It adds a great deal of flavor and a little kick. I used it in the peanut sauce for this recipe.
  3. Coconut milk:  You’re probably already very familiar with this one, but I figured I’d show you the exact coconut milk I use each and every time I make something that calls for it. I always like the full-fat kind as opposed to the lite. This also went into the peanut sauce. Mmmm!
  4. Vermicilli noodles: These strange little guys come dehydrated and are made out of beans or rice.  You cook them the same way you would pasta. These are the funky fresh noodles you find inside your spring rolls.

The only tricky part about making the spring rolls was hydrating the dehydrated rice wrappers.  You need to dunk the wrappers in hot water, but they rehydrate very quickly, so you pretty much skinny dip them. In, out. Bang boom. For this process, I heated water in a wide-mouth shallow saucepan on the stove until boiling, then allowed it to cool enough to be able to touch the water.

How to Make Homemade Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce

I took one wrapper at a time and quickly wet the whole circular edge. I then lay the wrapper flat on the surface of the hot water for a split second so that the middle could rehydrate too, and I could still lift it out without it collapsing (the wrappers will collapse or fold over on themselves if you leave them in water for too long). I then lay the wrapper on a piece of parchment paper sitting on a cutting board and from there, I stuffed it with the fillings and wrapped it up.

That’s it. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.  But let’s be honest: while spring rolls are great and everything, they’re really just a caravan for peanut sauce. Which is the holy mother of all sauces in my peanut loving experience. The Dr. Jack Shephard of sauces. These boots are made for walking, so let’s slather them in peanut sauce. I…think you get my point.

How to Make Homemade Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce

How to Make Homemade Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce

How to Make Homemade Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 10 spring rolls
Author: Julia
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Ingredients

For the Spring Rolls:

  • 10 Spring roll rice wrappers
  • 3 ounces vermicelli rice noodles
  • ¼ lb . steamed shrimp sliced in half length-wise, cooked
  • 10 leaves Thai Basil
  • 1 large carrots peeled and shredded

For the Peanut Sauce:

Optional Add-ins:

  • Asian cabbage shredded
  • Avocado
  • Cilantro/mint
  • Bean sprouts

Instructions

  1. To prepare the sauce:
  2. In a small bowl, stir together all of the ingredients until well-combined. Set aside until ready to use.

To Prepare the spring rolls:

  1. Bring a small pot of water to a boil, then remove it from the burner. Add the vermicelli rice noodles and allow them to sit for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Strain the noodles, put them in a bowl, and refrigerate until cool.
  2. Slice the shrimp down the center lengthwise and cut in half so that they lay flat in the spring rolls instead of puffing out.
  3. Add hot water to a wide-mouth saucepan or large bowl. Lay one spring roll skin (wrapper) flat on the hot water just until wet. Place it on a flat surface (such as a plate or piece of parchment paper) and lay two to three shrimp slices on the skin, followed by desired amount of vermicelli noodles, one basil leaf (or cilantro or mint), shredded carrot, and any other add-ins you fancy. Wrap the stuffing just as you would a burrito, making sure to wrap tightly.
  4. Serve with peanut sauce!

Recipe Notes

*You can substitute low-sodium soy sauce for liquid aminos

Note: If you save some of the spring rolls, wrap them tightly in plastic wrap and place them in a Tupperware container to refrigerate. If you refrigerate the peanut sauce, you will need to add a little water or coconut milk to thin it out, as it will thicken after sitting.

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Jasmine

Sunday 25th of February 2018

This simple receipt muct be catered for beginners, or towards Americans that love spring rolls , the traditional spring rolls usually put different ingredients, im sure they are still delicious. They look yummy. I've been making and eating them for over 40 years, my I taught my grandchildren how to make them. My 9 years old granddaughter is getting better than me now. That's nice to see everyone trying different types of food. My friend told me about this receip, that she made for her husbands family the younger children tried and liked it. Lettuce , mints, are the main veggies used, depends on what part of Vietnam you're from you can use thin sliced seedless cucumbers with the lettuce, mint, rice vermicelli noodles and beef, shrimps, and salt water white fish.

Shilpi Saxena

Tuesday 30th of May 2017

What are the cooking instruction if frozen? Do you have to thaw or can you fry from frozen?

Bev Wiberg

Sunday 1st of February 2015

These were delicious, but I think I soaked the skins too long? They were kind of slimy and chewy. Can you take them out of the water when they still feel a bit stiff?

Julia

Sunday 1st of February 2015

Hi Bev, I dunk the wrappers in the water for a split second, so they tend to end up fairly firm. I find the shorter they're in water, the easier the spring rolls are to wrap as well ;)

Terri Camp

Monday 14th of July 2014

I love spring rolls but not those rice noodles so I make mine with all veggies inside: grated raw beet, carrot & daikon, spicy sprouts, pickled ginger, chopped mixed herbs (cilantro, basil, chive), a slice of avocado. Salad disguised as a snack! Your peanut sauce looks amazing; I can eat that stuff like soup. . .

Asmita

Tuesday 8th of July 2014

This recipe was amazing! It turned out great and tasted absolutely amazing. The dip lasted a really long time in the fridge, also. Thanks for posting this!

Julia

Wednesday 9th of July 2014

I'm so glad you like it, Asmita!! Yes, the peanut sauce is my number one favorite part about spring rolls! Thanks so much for your kind comment!! xoxo

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