It’s surprisingly easy and fun to make your own Vietnamese Spring Rolls at home. Great as appetizers and lunch. Have a Spring Roll party. These are delicious, fresh, and healthy. Bonus: They happen to be gluten-free.
Vietnamese Spring Rolls
I’m beyond excited about today’s recipe + tutorial.
Vietnamese Spring Rolls are one of my favorite foods on the planet. These were love at first bite for me, and I’ve faithfully ordered them at every Vietnamese restaurant we’ve gone to (which is a lot.) And I don’t share.
I love my peeps, but they have to order their own spring rolls. If someone somehow can’t finish theirs (how?), I’m on it before they ask.
Unlike summer rolls, which are essentially fried egg rolls, Spring Rolls are incredibly light and healthy. Each spring roll is a delectable balance of fresh veggies, chewy rice noodles, tender shrimp, and fragrant herbs. All hugged together inside a fun rice “paper” wrapper.
Some of you will be tickled to know: these just happen to be gluten-free.
And the peanut sauce? It is so so good. Don’t be lured into dipping your spring rolls into just-okay sauce. Ya gotta try this stunning peanut sauce because it makes all the difference.
How to Make Vietnamese Spring Rolls:
That ↑ was way easier than you might have thought, yes?
And fun. Deliciously fun. 💫
Let’s get rolling…
Rice paper wrappers
First off, you’ll need a package of rice paper wrappers. Obviously not really paper, but these guys are super thin and fragile. Just be sure to grab these clear-ish, almost transparent rice wrappers, and not the opaque egg roll ones.
Do handle with care. Soak wrappers one at a time in hot water just until they’re softened. They’ll morph from crispy to chewy soft right before your eyes.
Once your wrapper is nice and pliable, it’s party time. Fill ’em up with all the fresh goodies and wrap them gently. It probably won’t look magazine perfect at first, so give yourself a couple trial runs. Once you’ve got the hang of wrapping, it’ll go fast. If you gather a wrapping buddy or two, it’s even better – an official spring roll party.
Make as many as you want, but make only what you and your peeps will eat. Vietnamese spring rolls are delicious when freshly made, but they’re not a candidate for leftovers. You can always save the leftover filling and wrap new rolls when ready to eat again.
Amazing sauce for your spring rolls
This sauce is boss. That’s all.
It’s creamy, savory, peanutty, and awesome. The lime brings out a refreshing flavor that can’t be beat.
It’s worth stirring together a few ingredients to make your own. Way better than any store bought sauce. I always like to make extra sauce and use it for salads, noodles, etc. The sauce does keep well when stored in fridge, so feel free to keep some on hand.
I’ll think my family likes me a little bit better when I make Vietnamese Spring Rolls at home vs. ordering them at restaurants.
Because I make so many of them, I actually share. 😋