How to make your own spring rolls

What You Will Need:

2 rice papers

red bell pepper

yellow and green bell pepper

sweet onion

sprouts

carrots (I didn’t have any but they are delicious)

1/2 of an avocado

3/4 cup frozen cooked shrimp

spicy sauce (recipe below)

Step 1: Prepare the ingredients

Chop up the onion, bell peppers, and avocado into long strips. Grate the carrot long ways. Thaw the frozen shrimp by placing in a bowl of warm water. Take out 2 rice papers and lay on a large plate. Cover with a layer of warm water and let soak for 2-3 minutes, until very soft.

 

Step 3: Design your roll

Take 1 of the rice papers and lightly shake off the water. Lay it on another plate. Slightly off center to one side, make a line of bell pepper, shrimp, onion, avocado, and carrot. Top with sprouts and spicy sauce. Be sure to leave about an inch and a half of free space on both sides.

Step 3: Roll your roll

Take the sides of the rice paper (the left and the right, not the top and the bottom) and fold them over either side of the stuffing. Then, take the side that has less free space (in the picture below, it is the bottom portion of the rice paper) and tightly fold it over the stuffing. Kind of dig into the roll so that you are almost cupping the stuffing. Tightly roll it until you run out of rice paper.

Step 4: Slice and enjoy!

 

Spicy Dipping Sauce

This is a very loose recipe, I essentially mixed together every spicy and Asian-esque ingredient I had.

In a dish, mix together 1 tbsp teriyaki sauce, 1 tbsp soy sauce, hot chili sauce, powdered ginger, plum sauce, and sriracha (if desired).

You can also add peanut butter for a yummy peanut sauce!

 

Benefits:

Shrimp * extremely high in protein and low in fat! Contains selenium, tryptophan, vitamin D (key for bone health), B12, iron (needed for a healthy thyroid), phosphorous, B3, and zinc. The fat that shrimp does contain is the healthy monounsaturated kind.

Bell peppers * an extremely potent source of vitamin C, vitamin A, and antioxidants. They also contain fiber, B6, folate, and vitamin K.

Ginger * contains gingerol which relaxes blood vessels and thus improves circulation. It also aids in digestion and can soothe the stomach. Contains TONS of compounds that fight cancer!

Onions * contain anti-aging antioxidants phenolics and flavonoids. A study by Dr. Liu showed that pungent and Western yellow onions protected the most against colon cancer, while pungent yellow, Western yellow, and shallots protected the most against liver cancer.

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22 thoughts on “How to make your own spring rolls

  1. I don’t think I’ve ever had a spring roll, let alone made my own. Where might one find rice paper in the grocery store? I want to stuff mine with peanut butter and banana 🙂

    1. Brilliant?!? I need to expand my roll horizons. And depending on how politically incorrect your grocery store is they will be in the “Asian” or “ethnic” aisle.

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  2. Absolute love. I haven’t a good ol’ spring roll since I’ve been home!

    Here’s a little contribution for spicy dipping sauce.. 🙂

    1/2 lemon
    1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
    2 tbsp natural, creamy peanut butter
    1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
    1/4 tsp ginger root
    1/2 tsp cayenne powder

    Combine everything, microwave for 1 minute and mix well.

  3. I made spring rolls a while back that were delicious but I didn’t wrap them well enough. It was my first time making them so they were way too loose and kind of fell apart when we ate them! I do, however, have a bunch of leftover rice paper! They’re so fun to eat and make…its like a little meal all in one because it has everything you need 😛

  4. Thank you for this. Those are really beautiful and look so tasty! I’ve never made spring rolls before and I don’t know why that is! I’ve always wanted to! Thanks for reminding me and inspiring me. I’m definitely going to make them soon 🙂

  5. I tried to make mine before but the rice paper was too flimsy! Maybe I was doing it wrong, but I had to fry them a bit to make it work

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