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I absolutely LOVE spring rolls. I especially love when they are done right, well at least right in my book, with lots of veggies and herbs for flavor (cilantro, mint, basil, etc.) I have never been a big carb person, my ideal roll would be with out the vermicelli noodle, so that’s how I’m going to make these. These are also super healthy and low in calories, a small wrap has about 19 calories, then you just have to factor in the shrimp, veggies and sauce – perfect for a snack or light meal.

I’ve had rice paper in my pantry for quite some time, I just never realized how ridiculously easy it is to use. I will be eating these A LOT more from now on, and I won’t have to go anywhere to buy them.


  • Rice paper
    • they come in all different sizes, the kind I use in this tutorial was pretty small so I wasn’t able to tuck the sides in. You can pick them up at any asian grocer (Viet Hoa, Wel Farm)
  • Protein
    • I used shrimp, you can use tofu, shrimp, pork, chicken, etc. use whatever you like
  • Veggies
    • thinly sliced cucumber
    • thinly sliced carrots
    • lettuce (I used butter lettuce)
    • cilantro
    • green onion
    • you can go crazy here, and really use anything you want. Bean sprouts are popular, but I didn’t have any on hand. The ones I’ve listed are pretty traditional.

here are all of the ingredients

soak the rice paper in warm water for 5 – 10 seconds. it should hold its shape, but not be limp

place the rice paper on a plate – a surface that it won’t stick to. slice the shrimp in half lengthwise – so its not too thick for the wrap. I put the shrimp first, bc I want it seen on the outside after you roll. Add the ingredients in the first third of the roll, there should be more of the roll empty so you can roll forward. (I slid the shrimp back a bit after taking this photo)

place the veggies next.

pic up the end closest to, the end where all of the veggies are. roll over once and tighten if needed. then just keep rolling.

now just make a simple sauce. There are many great recipes for some really good peanut sauce, but I just made a quick concoction:

equal parts:

  • Hoisin
  • Satay sauce (for the peanut flavor)
  • Sriracha