Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Shrimp and Avocado Fresh Spring Rolls in Peanut Sauce

I love spring rolls! I also love that there is no frying/baking, just little bit of boiling involved in making these rolls.This means less mess in a kitchen and healthy food on a table. The rolls can be made ahead of time and are perfect fresh dinner for coming summer days. You can play around with your favorite greens too.

10 spring rolls wraps
1 large avocado or two small sliced in thin wedges
20 small wild shrimp
1 1/2 cup baby arugula
1 medium size cucumber (seeds taken out) julienned
30 mint leaves
1 large handful of cilantro sprigs
2 nests of rice noodles (I used brown rice noodles)
Fresh lemon juice

Preparation:Prepare everything before you start rolling the rolls. Boil shrimp in salted water for 1 minute or until they turn pink in color. Let them cool.
Toss arugula with some lemon juice and touch of olive oil.
Cook rice noodles according to package instructions (mine took two minutes - do not wash them under cold water as instructions may say because you want them to stay sticky). Fill large enough pan to fit the spring roll wrap with water. Boil the water and dredge one wrap in water until it softens. It takes literally two second for that. Use tongs to pull the wrap out and place it on a large enough plate. You do not need to keep water boiling all the time but keep it fairly warm temperature as it makes wraps more sticky and easier to roll. To assemble the roll: Put little bit of rice noodles on wrap and top with two small shrimp, slice of avocado, little bit of arugula, few sprig of cilantro and little bit of cucumber. You can of course increase amount of any of the ingredients depending how thick you like your spring rolls.Start rolling the roll and tuck ends as you go. Repeat with all the rolls. Place them on a plate and serve with peanut sauce (recipe follows) or refrigerate for later use.

Peanut Sauces:

In a small bowl mix:
1. Two tbspoons good creamy peanut butter
2. Two tbspoons soy sauce
3. One tspoon  brown sugar
4. One garlic clove minced
5. 1/3 cup cold water
6. Juice of one lime
7. One tspoon sesame seeds oil

Note: I did not have any on hand, but some Hoisin sauce would be good to add to the sauce.




  1. I am loving these rolls and now I'll know how to make them! THANK YOU!!