Bienvenue! As a lover of Vietnamese and Asian cuisine, I’m excited to introduce you to my recipe for Shrimp Rolls with Spicy Vietnamese Dressing. These rolls are a perfect combination of sweet and spicy flavors that will satisfy your taste buds.
These rolls are commonly known as “Goi Cuon” in Vietnam and are a popular dish among Vietnamese cuisine lovers. They consist of rice paper wrappers that are filled with rice vermicelli, fresh veggies like Boston lettuce, carrots, and basil leaves, along with cooked medium shrimp. The rolls are then served with a dipping sauce made of peanut butter, soy sauce, and hoisin sauce.
What makes these rolls so special is the addition of spicy Vietnamese dressing. This dressing recipe has the perfect balance of spicy kick from red pepper flakes and lime juice’s tangy sweetness. It’s an exquisite blend of flavors that hits all the right spots.
With this recipe, you can easily recreate authentic Vietnamese flavors in your own kitchen. These shrimp rolls are healthy, nutritious, and filling, and perfect for lunch or dinner on a hot summer’s day.
So let’s get started! Gather the ingredients and join me in making these delicious Shrimp Rolls inspired by the vibrant streetside kitchens of Vietnam.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Get ready to indulge in a mouth-watering dish that is both simple and sophisticated – shrimp rolls with spicy Vietnamese dressing! Vietnamese cuisine is renowned for its flair of exotic flavours and ingredients that perfectly balance the sweet, sour, and savoury notes. This particular recipe utilizes grilled medium-sized prawns blended with fresh herbs and crisp veggies all rolled up into a soft and chewy rice paper. And as the name suggests, the spicy Vietnamese sauce adds an intense kick to harmonize with the lightness of the rolls.
One of the best things about this recipe is that not only is it easy to make the rolls at home, but also you can enjoy them just like how they’re served in fine dining restaurants. With a little bit of effort, you can master the technique of rolling up these beautiful treats that look fancy yet have simple ingredients. Plus, this dish is extremely versatile – perfect as an appetizer or a light lunch or dinner.
Incorporating grated carrots, thinly sliced red cabbage, and vibrant fresh basil leaves not only adds colour to the dish but also provides a refreshing aspect to it. The filling can be customized based on availability, as you can swap out the prawns for slices of grilled chicken or pork belly – making it an excellent option for getting creative in the kitchen.
What’s unique about Vietnamese cooking is that there’s always a sauce that accompanies every dish- whether it’s Nuoc cham or peanut dipping sauce- and shrimp rolls are no exception to this tradition. The spicy peanut dipping sauce used in this recipe has a perfect balance of sweet and savoury with a punch from red pepper flakes giving it an added kick!
So if you’re looking for a light but delicious meal or want to wow your guests at your next party, shrimp rolls with spicy Vietnamese dressing are an absolute must-try! They are easy to make, customizable to taste and dietary preferences while being packed full of fresh and healthy ingredients – making this dish both healthy and appealing to your taste buds.
Here are the shrimp rolls with spicy Vietnamese dressing recipe ingredients you’ll need to gather before starting your kitchen adventure.
For the Shrimp Rolls:
- 1 lb medium shrimp, peeled & deveined
- 1 small Red Cabbage (thinly sliced)
- 1 Carrot (thinly sliced into matchsticks)
- 10 Boston Lettuce or Vietnamese Fresh Spring Roll Wrappers
- 2 oz Rice vermicelli
- Fresh Basil leaves
For the Spicy Vietnamese Dressing:
- Juice of 2 Limes
- 4 tbsp Fish Sauce
- 2 tbsp Soy Sauce
- 1 tbsp Rice Wine or Sake
- 2 tsp Sugar or Artificial Sweetener
- 2 Garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
For the Peanut Dipping Sauce:
- 3 tbsp Peanut Butter
- Juice of 1 Lime
- 2 tbsp Soy Sauce
- 2 Garlic Cloves (minced)
- ½ cup of Water
- 1 tablespoon of Fish Sauce
You can find most items in your local grocery store’s fresh produce section. If an ingredient is not easily accessible, try looking around multicultural or ethnic stores that specialize in Asian food products.
The Recipe How-To
- 8 medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 1 small carrot, thinly sliced
- 4 Boston lettuce leaves
- 4 sprigs fresh basil
- 1/4 red cabbage, thinly sliced
- A handful of rice vermicelli, cooked
- 4 rice paper wrappers
Step 1: Preparing the Rice Paper Wrappers and Shrimp
Begin by wetting a clean kitchen towel and laying it out flat on your work surface. Fill a shallow baking dish with enough warm water to fully submerge a rice paper wrapper. Dip the wrapper gently into the water and wait for it to become pliable, then transfer it to the damp towel.
Next, take the deveined shrimp and place them into boiling water for 2 minutes, or until they are pink and fully cooked. Once done, remove from heat and set aside to cool before cutting them in half lengthwise.
Step 2: Assembling The Shrimp Rolls
Evenly divide the shrimp halves among the four hydrated rice papers placed on the wet towel next to each other. Top each shrimp half with equal portions of thinly sliced carrots, cooked rice vermicelli, red cabbage, lettuce, and fresh basil sprigs.
Step 3: Rolling Shrimp Spring Rolls
Roll up both sides of the rice paper firmly over the filling. Then fold over one edge of the spring roll with both hands while using your fingers to keep the filling in place. Roll tightly until fully enclosed in the rice paper wrapper. Repeat this process with the remaining ingredients to create your Vietnamese-style shrimp rolls.
Step 4: Making The Spicy Vietnamese Dressing
In a small bowl combine soy sauce, lime juice, grated garlic cloves, red pepper flakes, rice wine or sake, and your favorite artificial sweetener or sugar alternative. Mix until well combined and set aside.
Step 5: Serving and Pairing
Serve the shrimp rolls alongside a dipping sauce of your choice, such as spicy peanut sauce or hoisin peanut dipping sauce. These rolls also pair well with light salads or thinly sliced grilled pork belly.
Enjoy the bursts of flavors brought to life by the fresh Vietnamese herbs and vegetables wrapped tightly around the grilled shrimp. Impress your guests or simply indulge in this deliciously refreshing Vietnamese shrimp spring rolls recipe that guarantees your taste buds enjoy their trip to Southeast Asia!
Substitutions and Variations
Shrimp rolls with spicy Vietnamese dressing are already a crowd-pleaser, but if you want to make them even more distinct, here are some substitutions and variations you can try.
– Ingredients: Instead of shrimp, you can use grilled pork belly, sliced pork loin or chicken breast, or tofu. You can also switch up the vegetables by using cucumber, bell peppers or bean sprouts instead of carrots and red cabbage. If you don’t have boston lettuce or fresh basil, you can substitute it for romaine lettuce or cilantro.
– Dressing: The spicy Vietnamese dressing is what makes these rolls so addictive. If you find the spiciness overpowering or prefer a milder flavor, add less red pepper flakes or swap it for Thai chili paste. You can also add honey instead of artificial sweetener for a natural sweetness.
– Peanut sauce: Peanut dipping sauce is a must-have when making shrimp rolls. If you’re allergic to peanuts, use almond butter or sunflower seed butter instead. You can also add coconut milk to the sauce to make it creamier and smoother.
– Rice paper: Rice paper is used to wrap the fillings in the rolls. You can switch to soybean paper or spring roll wrappers if you prefer a more substantial texture.
– Make-ahead: If you’re short on time, prepare the fillings and the dressing ahead of time and store them separately in the fridge. Assemble the rolls just before serving to keep them fresh.
These substitutions and variations will give your shrimp rolls their unique twist while still highlighting the flavors of Vietnamese cuisine. Just remember to experiment with different combinations until you find your perfect recipe.
Serving and Pairing
These shrimp rolls with spicy Vietnamese dressing are a fantastic appetizer or light meal that can be enjoyed on their own or paired with other dishes. The fresh and light flavors of the shrimp rolls make them a perfect pairing with heavier meat dishes, such as pork belly or grilled steak.
To serve, lay out the shrimp rolls on a large platter with a side of the spicy peanut dipping sauce. For an impressive presentation, garnish the platter with a few sprigs of fresh basil and sliced lime wedges for an extra pop of color and flavor.
For a complete meal, pair the shrimp rolls with a crisp and refreshing salad made with boston lettuce, thinly sliced red cabbage, and shredded carrots. Add some rice noodles for additional texture and substance. To create a more filling dish, experiment with incorporating your favorite proteins such as grilled shrimp, pork, or medium-rare sliced steak to further complement the flavors of the Vietnamese dressing.
Pair this dish with rice wine or sake to enhance its flavors and balance out any contrasting tastes. Serve chilled for a satisfyingly cool treat on warmer days or as part of an appetizing Vietnamese-themed dinner party spread alongside summer rolls and salad rolls peanut featuring Hoisin-peanut dipping sauce.
Overall these shrimp rolls are so versatile that you can easily customize them to best suit your preferences and taste buds – they make fabulous party appetizers or finger foods perfect for movie nights at home.
Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating
As with many recipes, making these delicious Vietnamese shrimp rolls ahead of time can be quite the time-saver! In fact, you can prepare your fillings up to a day in advance to make assembly even quicker. Simply store your pre-prepared ingredients in separate airtight containers and refrigerate until ready to use.
As for storing your already assembled rice paper rolls, it is important to wrap them tightly in cling wrap or store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They should be consumed within 2-3 days for optimal freshness.
If you happen to have leftovers, reheating them may seem like a daunting task, but fear not! These shrimp rolls can actually be eaten cold and still taste just as fantastic as when they were first assembled. Although, if you prefer them warmed, simply place them on a baking sheet uncovered in the oven at 350°F for approximately 10 minutes, or microwave them for about 30 seconds until heated through.
With these tips and tricks for make-ahead, storage and reheating, you can enjoy these mouth-watering shrimp rolls all week long!
Tips for Perfect Results
To achieve the perfect shrimp rolls with spicy Vietnamese dressing recipe, there are certain tips and tricks that I’d recommend following. Here are some of them:
First and foremost, when working with rice paper, ensure that it is soaked properly in water for a sufficient amount of time. This will make it pliable and easier to work with, preventing tearing or breakage during the assembly process.
Another important tip is to grill the shrimp before adding them to the rolls. Grilling imparts a smoky flavor that complements the other ingredients of the dish. If you don’t have a grill, sautéing the shrimp is also an option.
Fresh herbs like basil, mint, and cilantro are essential in Vietnamese cuisine. Be sure to use them generously for maximum flavor.
When making the spicy Vietnamese dressing, adjust the amount of red pepper flakes according to your preferred level of spiciness. If you’re not a fan of heat, you can omit the red pepper flakes altogether or use a milder chili powder instead.
For those who prefer a sweeter taste in their shrimp rolls, consider using an artificial sweetener instead of sugar to reduce calories without sacrificing flavor.
Finally, when serving the rolls alongside peanut sauce or spicy hoisin peanut sauce, remember to provide plenty of napkins as they can get messy!
Following these tips will help you achieve perfect results every time you make Vietnamese shrimp rolls with spicy Vietnamese dressing.
In conclusion, there is no better dish to bring people together than a plate of Vietnamese shrimp rolls with spicy Vietnamese dressing. This delectable dish brings an incredible balance of flavors that will leave you satisfied and craving for more. With its endless variations, you can combine different ingredients to create your own unique roll that caters to your personal taste.
This recipe is not only delicious but also easy to prepare and customizable. You don’t need to be a seasoned chef to create a stunning shrimp roll with this recipe. Plus, the aroma and flavors promise to transport your senses straight to the streets of Vietnam.
So I urge you to give this recipe a try, and enjoy the journey that is Vietnamese cuisine. You may just discover a new favorite dish that you’ll continue to make over and over again. From holiday gatherings to family dinners, these rolls are sure to impress anyone who tries them. I promise you will never go wrong with Vietnamese shrimp rolls with spicy Vietnamese dressing.
Shrimp Rolls With Spicy Vietnamese Dressing Recipe
- 1 1/2 lbs medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 1 tablespoon minced ginger
- 1/3 cup rice wine or 1/3 cup sake
- 1 1/2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
- 6 limes, juice of (about 1 cup)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup artificial sweetener, Splenda Granulated
- 1/3 cup soy sauce, light
- 1 1/2 tablespoons garlic, fresh & minced
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 2 heads boston lettuce or 2 heads butterhead lettuce
- 2 cups fresh basil
- 3 medium carrots, peeled and finely grated (about 1 1/2 cups)
- 1/3 lb rice noodles, softened in boiling water and drained thoroughly
- In a bowl, toss shrimp with ginger, wine and oil. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 20 minutes.
- For dressing:
- Mix lime juice, sugar, Splenda, soy sauce, garlic and pepper flakes in a bowl; set aside. Core lettuce and separate leaves; rinse and dry them. Cook shrimp with its marinade in a medium pan or wok over medium-high heat, turning shrimp until opaque, 2 or 3 minutes.
- To make wraps:
- Place 3 shrimp inside each lettuce leaf along with 2 or 3 basil leaves, 1 tbsp carrots and a small handful of noodles and roll up. Divide dressing among 4 small dishes for dipping.