I really enjoy eating Vietnamese spring rolls. These easy spring rolls are amazing with lots of veggies rolled up in rice paper, with some protein like shrimp or pork, amazing.
Vietnamese spring rolls also known as fresh spring roll, spring roll, or rice paper rolls are a popular dish originated in Vietnam. There are so many variations that you can do to make them your own. And you can pick a number of sauces to dip them in.
If you want a different texture you can fry them or leave them fresh. They are so easy to make, if I can do it, you can do it. Let’s get started!
Step 1: Gather the ingredients and tools
In order to make this recipe you just need a few simple ingredients and tools:
- Rice paper – Rice paper is the main wrapper for spring rolls.
- Rice vermicelli – Thin noodles made from rice and not flour and common in Asian cuisine.
- Purple cabbage
- Shrimp or pork or bacon – Bacon isn’t traditional at all, but I love to add it. My own little spin on them.
- Deep pie pan with water
- Cutting board
- Mandolin slicer
Step 2: How to make easy spring rolls
First cook your vermicelli rice noodles. Usually you just boil some water and drop them in, they cook in a minute or 2, really fast. Next chop and slice up all of your ingredients.
Some other ingredients I like to put in are red cabbage, cilantro, mint, green lettuce, carrots, cucumber, shrimp, avocado, and bacon. Avocado and bacon aren’t really traditional ingredients, but I like to add them.
Then soak a piece of rice paper in the water. Dip it in the water for about 5 seconds, then flip it over and soak for 5 seconds. If you soak it too long it will fall apart. If you don’t soak it long enough, it won’t roll up.
Step 3: Roll up them up!
Place whatever ingredients you want in the middle of the soaked rice paper. Whatever you want to show the most add that last. For example, I like to have my shrimp showing the most, so I add that last.
Fold the right and left edges in over the mound of ingredients. Then grab the top and fold if over tightly towards you. Then roll it towards you. Tuck the ingredients in a bit as you roll, so you wind up with a nice tightly rolled spring roll.
Step 4: Serve up those easy spring rolls
Once you have your spring rolls done, you can serve them as is, but normally there is some kind of sauce that you dip them in. You can buy the sauce, usually found in the Asian section of the supermarket. Or you can make your own. Garlic soy and Peanut, as well as Hoisin, are classic dipping sauces.
For the dipping sauce add all the ingredients together and whisk to combine, easy as that! Enjoy.
How long do spring rolls last?
Vietnamese spring rolls are best fresh, but they will keep in the refrigerator for a few days. It is best to wrap them individually with plastic wrap and then store in an airtight container.
Can I fry these?
Yes you can fry these. Add a bit of oil to a skillet about 1/2 to 1 inch deep and heat it up on medium heat, then fry them until golden brown. Or you may throw them in the deep fryer.
Easy Spring Rolls
- Cake pan or pie pan with water
- Cutting board
- Mandolin Slicer
- Rice paper
- Purple cabbage
Peanut Dipping Sauce
- 1/4 cup peanut butter 65g
- 2 tbsp honey 85g
- 1 tbsp soy sauce 45ml
- 1 tbsp hoisin sauce
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 2 tbsp water, to thin it as needed
- Boil some water and cook the vermicelli. It cooks very fast a few minutes tops.
- Chop up and slice the ingredients.
- Take a large cake pan and fill it with water. Dip a rice paper in the water for 5 seconds per side then lay it flat on a cutting board.
- Add whatever toppings you like into the middle, don't add too many. Then fold the edges in and then roll it up tightly. It can be eaten fresh or fried.
- For the peanut dipping sauce, add all those ingredients into a bowl and whisk them together. Enjoy!
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Your Easy Spring Rolls recipe seems easy to do. I enjoy eating Vietnamese spring rolls especially with a good peanut sauce. It’s heaven for me!
Thank you!! Yes I love them with peanut sauce. 🙂
I love eating spring rolls this is a great recipe
Thank you, Jessica! 🙂
oh yum ! and i did not expect for these to be so easy to make too ! how cool i be trying these
Thank you, Pati! I know right? Super easy to make. 🙂
I think i have seen this on insta. It seems very popular recently. I would love this
Thanks! I posted this on Insta I believe when I made the YouTube video for it which was a few years ago. I just barely got around to make the recipe for the blog haha. That would be funny if it was the same one you saw!
I love to serve this kind of thing when family comes over. It’s really nice because you can alter them to make them the way people want the to be
Yep, that is so true. Lots of variations that you can make. 🙂
I love spring rolls but the pure veg ones. So I have to leave out the shrimp. Will try your recipe, the lockdown is allowing time for me to cook for my family.
Thanks! The great thing about spring rolls is you can put pretty much what you want in them!! 🙂
This recipe looks great! Definitely want to try it out. Can’t travel to Vietnam yet but can certainly bring the cuisine home!
Thank you!! 🙂
these look so delicious and easy to make!! i need to get some rice paper. do you think in the meantime these ingredients would work for a stirfry or salad?
Thank you!! Oh yes the main ingredients would work well altogether as a salad for sure. And some of them would definitely work as a stir fry. 🙂
Matt those spring rolls looks really delicious but they also look a lot more than normal spring rolls that you get at the groceries. The whole shrimps must be so tasty with those fresh vegetables. Thanks for explaining to us how to make good spring rolls maybe you could show us how to make the sauce in one other recipe post.
You are welcome, Steven, and thank you! Yes I need to do a post with like three good sauces in it.
I love spring rolls! And I love that you added bacon and avocado to it!
Thank you, Marie! Same with me I love the texture and flavor they bring to them.
I’ve only tried spring rolls once and I couldn’t get past the wrapping. My kids LOVE them though!
That is awesome, Heather! 🙂
I was just looking for a light and easy lunch! This recipe was amazing! Can’t wait to make these again!
Awesome! Good luck! 🙂 Let me know how they turn out.
I Vietnamese spring rolls! Do you also have a peanut sauce recipe? Cant wait to try this recipe tomorrow!
Thank you, Paolo! 🙂 Still working on a good peanut sauce recipe. The one I originally came up with, wasn’t the best. haha
I really loved it! So fresh and delicious!
Thank you, Toni! 🙂
I’ve never made spring rolls but I need to! They look so delicious!
Definitely try them sometime! So easy and healthy and delicious! 🙂
I love all the different ways you can change these up! I love that I don’t feel guilty eating them! Light & so tasty!!
Thank you Kristyn! 🙂 🙂 Agreed!