I don’t know about you, but I LOVE shrimp spring rolls! Seriously, I can’t get enough of these fresh Vietnamese spring rolls with spicy garlic sauce. They’re fun to make, and they’re a great appetizer or a summer lunch. If you are looking for a dipping sauce for spring rolls, this spicy garlic is TASTY. This spring roll recipe is always a big hit.
Bursting with fresh ingredients like shrimp, lettuce, bell pepper, herbs and more, these taste amazing. This shrimp spring roll recipe is made with rice paper to hold the filling inside, as well as rice noodles and the fresh vegetables. It’s a gluten free and dairy free recipe as well.
Best Dipping Sauce for Spring Rolls
Although you can serve shrimp spring rolls with any kind of dip, I especially recommend a spicy garlic sauce. These fresh Vietnamese spring rolls have such a light, delicate flavour that this sauce contrasts beautifully.
Better yet, it’s super-easy to make. Just throw all the ingredients into a food processor and press the button! This tasty dipping sauce for spring rolls will be every bit as fresh-tasting as the shrimp spring roll recipe itself.
How to Make Shrimp Spring Rolls
After gathering all the ingredients you need for this gluten free and dairy free recipe, you can prepare the veggies. Try to matchstick or thinly slice the filling ingredients for the best result. If everything is finely sliced or chopped, it will combine better in the shrimp spring roll recipe.
Follow the instructions on the package of rice noodles to cook them. I usually blanch them for a minute or two in boiling water, then plunge them into cold water to stop them cooking. Do this just before using them because if they sit in water for a while they can get mushy.
The rice paper rounds need to be dipped in water for a few seconds until they are pliable. It’s easy to see when they’re ready to use.
Make the fresh Vietnamese spring rolls by adding the shrimp, basil and vegetables to the rice paper sheets. Then you just roll them up, tucking in the pieces of rice paper to completely enclose the filling. These shrimp spring rolls are so simple to prepare!
If you don’t like rice noodles or you want to decrease the carb count, enoki mushrooms will work in their place.
Spring Rolls vs Summer Rolls: What’s the Difference?
You might have heard about another gluten free and dairy free recipe called summer rolls. But are they the same as spring rolls?
Actually, a lot of it is down to where you’re from and the name you use. What people in the UK call spring rolls, for example, Americans tend to call egg rolls. Some people call them vegetable rolls! These tend to include meat and vegetables and they are typically deep-fried.
The term summer rolls is often used for seafood and vegetables wrapped in rice paper and not fried. Some of the ingredients might be cooked (such as the shrimp and rice noodles) but these aren’t deep fried. Some people use the term spring rolls for these Vietnamese snacks.
If you prefer the fried crunchy kind, you can always use spring roll wrappers (they are thicker than the rice paper we are using here) and deep fry them.
I prefer these fresh Vietnamese spring rolls just as they are though. They’re so delicate and light. Because these shrimp spring rolls include so many fresh ingredients they are guaranteed to taste amazing.
Tips for the Spicy Garlic Sauce
The spicy garlic sauce makes the perfect dipping sauce for spring rolls too. The combination of garlic, ginger, soy sauce, chilli sauce, rice vinegar, and red pepper flakes combine to make a wonderful dipping sauce.
It’s already quite spicy as it is although real spice fanatics can always increase the amount of red pepper flakes. If you prefer a milder taste, you can use a mild chilli sauce or else use three parts chilli sauce and one part tomato sauce instead.
There are other dipping sauce options for this shrimp spring roll recipe. Satay sauce or even plain soy sauce would work. It’s down to personal preference. You might want to serve a couple of dipping sauces with these shrimp spring rolls.
As this is a gluten free and dairy free recipe, there are various dipping sauces without gluten or dairy you can choose from.
If you like this shrimp spring roll recipe, you might also like Spicy Gluten Free Shrimp Pasta with Bloody Mary Vodka Sauce, The BEST Fresh Mexican-Style Shrimp Ceviche with Avocado or 20 Minute Savoury Bacon, Onion and BBQ Chicken Flatbread Pizzas.
Shrimp Spring Rolls with Tasty Spicy Garlic Sauce Recipe
Shrimp Spring Rolls with Tasty Spicy Garlic Sauce
- 8 pieces rice paper
- 1/2 head lettuce
- 24 shrimp peeled, de-veined and cooked
- 1/2 Cup carrots cut to matchsticks
- 2 cucumbers baby, peeled and julienned
- 1 yellow bell pepper thinly sliced
- 1/4 red cabbage thinly chopped
- 1/2 Cup microgreens
- 1/2 Package rice noodles cooked and drained
- 1/2 Cup basil fresh and chopped
Spicy Garlic Sauce
- 1/4 Cup red chili sauce
- 1 Tbsp. garlic crushed
- 1/2 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar
- 1 Tsp. ginger paste
- 1 Tbsp. soy sauce
- 1/2 Tsp. red pepper flakes
- Prepare the fillings. Peel and thinly slice cucumbers. Thinly slice peppers and red cabbage. Set aside. Cook rice noodles and drain
- Add warm water to a pie pan. Dip rice paper into the water for just a few seconds to soften, careful not to soak the paper. Place onto a plate.
- Running down the center of the rice paper, place 3 shrimp. Layer a small amount of chopped basil, rice noodles, carrots, cucumbers, bell pepper, red cabbage, microgreens, and 1-2 pieces of lettuce covering the top.
- Fold the left side of the rice paper over the fillings, then repeat with the top and bottom sides. Tightly tuck and roll to the right side of the rice paper.
- Prepare the dip. Add all ingredients into a food processor and puree until smooth.
- Serve with spicy garlic dip and enjoy!
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.
Serve these delicious appetizers along with the dipping sauce for spring rolls whenever you have a craving for Vietnamese food. They are great served as part of a buffet with other Asian style dishes, or you can serve them before any kind of main dish.
Let me know if you try out these spring shrimp rolls. These fresh Vietnamese spring rolls make a great summer lunch or work lunch. If you are looking for a dipping sauce for spring rolls, this spicy garlic is TASTY! This spring roll recipe is always a big hit! If you are a fan of shrimp recipes, you might also like this Smoked Caribbean Jerk Spiced Shrimp.