I love spring rolls but for some reason I had always feared the sticky rice paper and been too scared to make them myself.  All that has changed thankfully.  A good friend and I recently attended a cooking class and spring rolls were on the list of dishes to make.  I have always recognized that the ingredients are simple, but I have had negative experiences with rice noodles in the past and I thought that getting that rice paper wet would leave me with a sloppy clump of frustration.  Much to my surprise, rice paper is relatively easy to work with and even if minor tears do occur, it all gets rolled up anyway!

So to make fresh spring rolls, you can basically just choose the vegetables (sprouts, lettuce, peppers, carrots, etc.), protein (tofu, shrimp, chicken, pork, etc.) herbs (basil, mint, cilantro) that you like and you could even stuff in some rice or rice noodles in if you would like.  The ingredients you choose need to be sliced very thin.

Let me tell you about rice paper in case it causes you anxiety like it did for me.  The rice paper may be kept in the produce section of your grocery stores by wonton wrappers and other specialty ingredients.  Each sheet is very thin and somewhat brittle.  To soften the rice paper, all you need to do is put some hot (not warm) water in a large shallow bowl and place one sheet of rice paper at a time into the bowl until it is soft and pliable (just a few seconds).

Once the paper is pliable lay it out on your work surface (I used a plastic cutting board).  Now let’s think of the rice paper as a clock face.  Line up your thinly sliced vegetables and protein at 6:00.  Then sprinkle your herbs around the rest of the clock.

Now for the folds.  First, fold 3:00 and 9:00 sides of the rice paper in toward each other.

Next, begin folding at 6:00 and roll up to meet 12:00.

That’s it!  Wasn’t that easy sweet teeth??  Now for a super simple and delish dipping sauce, mix soy sauce, sweet chili sauce and sriracha (or garlic chili paste).

Ok, so now you have a fabulous appetizer.  May I suggest this Shrimp Pad Thai for your entrée? (recipe from Bake Your Day)  It is the best Pad Thai I have made at home.  (In the photo below, I did not have rice noodles on hand, so I used whole wheat spaghetti which works great too.  And I prefer to double the sauce in the recipe).

 Get the Pad Thai recipe here

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14 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Anna Weedman
    Sep 20, 2011 @ 11:56 am

    Yum! I wish I had these rolls for lunch today! And am I doing something wrong?! I clicked on your link for the Pad Thai recipe but there is a page error or something. We LOVE Pad Thai and I’m always looking for a better recipe.


    • Mercedes
      Sep 20, 2011 @ 7:24 pm

      Glad it’s fixed! Thanks Anna! Let me know if you make it!


  2. Anna Johnson
    Sep 20, 2011 @ 6:13 pm

    Perfect, link works!


  3. emily (a nutritionist eats)
    Sep 20, 2011 @ 8:56 pm

    Your pictures are gorgeous! I need to make spring rolls again soon, I always forget how easy and delicious they are!


    • Mercedes
      Sep 21, 2011 @ 6:12 pm

      Thanks Em!


  4. Mellissa
    Sep 21, 2011 @ 8:38 am

    I am afraid to make them even though I really love them. I always think they look so difficult.


    • Mercedes
      Sep 21, 2011 @ 6:12 pm

      I was afraid too! Trust me, they are so simple!


  5. Lauren
    Jul 29, 2012 @ 5:09 am

    These spring rolls look wonderful! I absolutely like baking and cooking but i am on a diet..do you have any recipes that are healthy and low calorie?


    • Mercedes
      Jul 29, 2012 @ 8:53 am

      Thank you for stopping by Lauren! Here are some recipes that I think you might enjoy:

      I also plan to do more savory (healthier) recipes each month going forward!
      I hope that some of these recipes are what you are looking for and please come back again!


    • Mercedes
      Jul 29, 2012 @ 8:56 am

      Lauren, please let me know if the links to recipes that I sent to you did not come through and I will send them again!


  6. Lauren
    Jul 29, 2012 @ 12:21 pm

    The links did not come through..would you mind sending them again? By the way, i love your blog! So many fantastic recipes! I spent almost two hours scrolling through them this morning! I am especially excited to make the Fudgey Caramel Turtle Cookies and the Strawberry-Filled Pastry Braid! My family is going to love them! Im also going to make these Shrimp-Filled Spring Rolls for dinner tonight! Your blog is wonderful and i love how you show pictures of how to make each recipe..it is extremely helpful!! Thank you! 🙂


  7. Lauren
    Jul 29, 2012 @ 7:53 pm

    I made these spring rolls for my family tonight and they were fantastic! Everyone loved them. The dipping sauce was a big hit too! Thank you so much! 🙂


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