3 classic spring roll dipping sauces

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Homemade fresh Vietnamese Spring Rolls are easy to make and perfect for summer gatherings or a light dinner tonight.

You’ll love the sauce options including a traditional Vietnamese dipping sauce và a 2-ingredient peanut sauce that we also use for Shrimp Lettuce Wraps. Watch the video tutorial & see how easy it is to make Fresh Spring Rolls.

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We love re-making our favorite Asian foods from Egg Rolls lớn Fried Rice. If you are a fan of Asian food, this Shrimp Spring Roll recipe is a must-try! We learned how lớn make spring rolls years ago from my husband’s co-worker, Thien và we have loved them ever since.

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What are Fresh Spring Rolls?

There are two types of spring rolls. Fresh Vietnamese spring rolls use prepared ingredients lượt thích shrimp and sometimes pork along with noodles & fresh veggies that are wrapped in a dry rice paper wrapper that has been hydrated. Fresh spring rolls bởi vì not require any further cooking once they are wrapped.

Chinese spring rolls use refrigerated spring roll wrappers similar to egg rolls và are deep-fried in oil until crispy on the outside.

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Ingredients for Shrimp Spring Rolls

Vermicelli rice noodles – also called angel hair rice noodles. Butter lettuce – also called Boston lettuce or bib lettuce. You’ll need 15 leavesCucumber – julienned and we keep the skins on for extra crunchCilantro – coarsely chopped
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Vietnamese Spring Roll Dipping Sauce

If you are looking for a traditional Vietnamese dipping sauce, this is it. It has a handful of ingredients, but if you love spring rolls, you’ll make this over and over. My friend Adrienne shared this recipe with me và it was inspired by Vietnamese Nuoc Cham sauce.

1/3 cup water1/4 cup sugar, or lớn taste2 Tbsp lime juice2 tsp rice wine vinegar1-2 tsp chili garlic sauce (adding more will make it spicier)1 garlic clove, grated or minced2 tsp sesame oil1 Tbsp shredded carrot
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To make the Vietnamese spring roll sauce, just combine all of the ingredients, stir until sugar dissolves & serve. Showroom sugar and sesame oil khổng lồ taste.

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Easy Peanut Dipping Sauce

Here’s a second and much easier option for a dipping sauce if you are short on time or ingredients.

1 cup sesame ginger dressing (we love Newman’s Own)2 heaping Tbsp creamy peanut butter

In a mason jar, combine ginger dressing and peanut butter, cover tightly with the lid, and shake until creamy và smooth.

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How to Make Fresh Spring Rolls

Add veggies – on the bottom half layer a piece of lettuce, a generous pinch of noodles, some carrots, cucumber, and cilantro sprigs. Add shrimp – On the second half place halved shrimp with cut-side up. Tightly roll up the lettuce side first, tuck in the sides then roll over the shrimp and finish rolling.
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Keep Rolls Moist! Transfer finished rolls lớn a serving platter và cover with a damp kitchen towel so they bởi not dry out. Cut in half diagonally to lớn serve.

Common Questions:


Can I substitute cilantro?

Yes, if you don’t like cilantro, using fresh chives or even mint leaves is popular in spring rolls. 


Can I substitute shrimp?

You can use a different protein such as cooked pork, or imitation crab sticks, or you can even make them vegetarian.


What is the best fish sauce? 

Fish sauces can vary quite a bit & some can be quite strong & fishy. We use the three crabs brand fish sauce. 


Where can I buy rice paper wrappers?

Rice paper sheets are a dry (not refrigerated) and shelf-stable item. They can be found in the Asian section of most grocery stores.

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Tips for the Best Fresh Spring Rolls

Moist work surface – Keep the cutting board lightly moist (but not too wet). This keeps the rice paper from sticking lớn your surface. Roll tightly – keep a tight roll so they don’t fall apart when you serve them. Keep shrimp pink-side-down – you want the pretty side visible through the wrapper when rolled up. Don’t overcook noodles – They should just be tender & not mushy. Cook according to package instructions then rinse with cold water lớn stop the cooking process and drain well.
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Make-Ahead

Prep-work: The veggies can be prepped and shrimp can be cooked a day ahead, but spring rolls are best enjoyed the day they are assembled, or they tend lớn dry out.A few hours ahead: You can assemble a few hours before they are needed but as soon as they are assembled, keep them refrigerated, covered with a damp kitchen towel so the wrappers don’t get dry. If stacking layers of spring rolls, place the damp towel between layers as well.Storing Overnight: If you have leftovers, you can wrap individual rolls in plastic wrap so they don’t stick to each other & store overnight in the refrigerator then let them come to room temperature for 30 minutes before enjoying.Make-Ahead Sauces: Both of the dipping sauces can be made a couple of days ahead, just bring them to lớn room temperature and whisk before serving.
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Fresh spring rolls are wonderful for a light summer lunch or dinner. Let me know which spring roll sauce you love best.

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