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How to Make Vietnamese Spring Rolls (Gluten-Free)

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
Vietnamese Spring Rolls

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…

vietnamese spring rolls
Rice Paper Wrappers

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.

vietnamese spring rolls peanut sauce
Creamy Peanut Sauce for Spring Rolls

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.

vietnamese spring rolls
Fresh Spring Rolls, your way

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. 😋

Happy rolling.

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How to Make Vietnamese Spring Rolls (Gluten-Free)

It’s surprisingly easy and fun to make your own Vietnamese Spring Rolls at home. They’re light, healthy, and delicious! Plus, they’re gluten-free.

  • Prep Time: 30 min
  • Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 8 1x

Ingredients

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  • For the Dipping Sauce:
  • 3 TB creamy peanut butter
  • 3 TB hoisin sauce
  • Freshly squeezed lime juice, from 2 small limes
  • 2 tsp garlic chili sauce (or use 2 tsp Sriracha + 1/4 tsp garlic powder)
  • 23 TB water
  • For the Spring Rolls:
  • 7 oz. dry rice vermicelli (thin rice noodles)
  • Asian toasted sesame oil
  • 1 package (about 8 count) dry, translucent rice wrappers (not egg roll ones)
  • 1 pound cooked jumbo shrimp, sliced in half (similar to butterfly-cut, but cut all the way through)
  • 1 cup matchstick carrots
  • 1 cup julienned cucumber
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • 1 cup thinly sliced green leaf lettuce
  • 1 bunch mint leaves
  • 1 bunch cilantro leaves
  • 1 bunch Thai basil leaves

Instructions

  1. Make the Dipping Sauce: In a small bowl, combine all sauce ingredients except water. Whisk to combine well. Add enough of the water to thin to desired consistency. Cover and chill until ready to use.
  2. Make the Spring Rolls: Cook rice vermicelli noodles according to package instructions, just to al dente. Drain and rinse well with cold water. Sprinkle with enough Asian sesame oil to loosen and prevent sticking. Set aside.
  3. Fill a large, wide bowl with hot water. Working one at a time, gently submerge a rice wrapper into the water just until it becomes soft and pliable (depending on the temp of your water, it can vary from a few seconds to about 30 seconds.) Gently lift the wrapper, place on a flat working surface, and start filling: lay down 3 pieces of shrimp, followed by a small handful of carrots, cucumber, bean sprouts, and lettuce (be sure to leave about 1-inch margins around edges of wrapper.) Add a few mint leaves, cilantro, and Thai basil leaves into the filling.
  4. Gently tuck/fold in the sides and roll as gently yet tightly as you can, taking care to keep filling from moving toward the edges. Press the finished edges together gently to seal. Keep wrapped spring rolls covered with a damp cloth while you finish wrapping the remaining rolls. Serve immediately with dipping sauce.

Notes

See video tutorial above for how to wrap the spring rolls.

Leftover filling can be covered, chilled, and re-used for fresh wrapping next time. Once wrapped, the rolls should be eaten immediately.

Spring rolls are gluten-free. If needed, look for gluten-free hoisin sauce. 

If you enjoyed this recipe, please come back and give it a rating 🙂 

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 163
  • Sugar: 3.5 g
  • Sodium: 134.5 mg
  • Fat: 1.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 29.2 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 9.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 45.7 mg
  • Author: Chew Out Loud
  • Category: appetizers, sides
  • Method: Wrapping
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Keywords: Vietnamese Spring Rolls

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56 comments

    • Stephen Jensen

    Sounds great. I’ll be preparing this for a casual dinner party. Can these be prepared in advance, covered with a damp paper towel and refrigerated?

    Thanks. I’m a big fan of your recipes.

      • Amy Dong

      Thanks, Stephen! These are definitely best eaten fresh. Try a DIY Spring Roll Party 🙂

    • JL

    Hi! These look delicious but it is not gluten free. Hoisin sauce is not GF. Unless you have some brand that is absolutely GF. REALLY want to make these but have celiac disease.

      • Kim

      Thank you for your comment. I will be careful with the ingredient choices. Very very important as I am Celiac as well.

    • Jessica Barnett

    I love how clear your photos are, you make that shrimp look so yummy! I am so going to pin this recipe and make it this weekend for some friends, thank you!

      • chewoutloud

      Thanks, Jessica! Hope you all love it!

    • Tiara Wilson

    These spring rolls look absolutely good. I am such a huge fan of the texture, which might make me seem weird but they’re so good.

      • chewoutloud

      You’re far from alone…tons of peeps love these for their chewy texture, Tiara 🙂 Thanks for being here today!

    • Eloise

    thank you for this! I LOVE spring rolls and now I can make them at home thanks to you! they’re so fresh and I love that after you eat one you feel so dang healthy ; )

      • chewoutloud

      I know it, Eloise…that’s why I eat a whole plateful 😉 Enjoy and thanks for coming over!

    • AllGudThings

    I am a vegetarian, so will try these out without shrimp. They look yummy, light as well as great appetizers.

      • chewoutloud

      Yes, you can totally try them with tofu, edamame, or more rice noodles/veggies instead of the shrimp. Enjoy 🙂

    • Kelly

    These look amazing! I’m vegetarian so I’ll have to leave out the shrimp but these would do great with any additives!

    • Nikki

    Oh my gosh, they look so tasty! I’ll be saving your recipe to try for myself.

      • chewoutloud

      Hope you love them, Nikki! 🙂

    • lmochoa488

    It looks fun and easy to make these rolls. Honestly a lot easier then I thought it would be. I am going to put this on my list so that my kids and I can attempt to make them. Thanks.

      • chewoutloud

      Sounds like a fun family night! Enjoy 🙂

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