Shrimp Spring Rolls with Sweet & Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce

Spring Rolls 1 smallFirst up: The Herbal Water Giveaway ends TOMORROW! Jump on it. And, after you enter that one, click HERE to enter to win some gift cards from Magazines.com. Ok, continuing on…

Anyone else still in a sugar coma from all that darn Halloween candy? I love Halloween but I hate it. Love it because it’s fun to dress my daughter up and collect candy. But on the other hand, I always convince myself that my daughter doesn’t need all that candy and eat the majority of it. Curse my lack up willpower!

Well, this recipe came about from me being fed up of feeling gross after eating one too many snickers and peanut butter cups.

Behold! The Spring Roll! Filled with lots of carrots, shrimp, cilantro, rice noodles, asparagus, green onions and dipped in a sweet yet spicy peanut dipping sauce.

I like peanut sauce a lot. And by like I mean love. LOVE LOVE LOVE peanut sauce. I make it many ways, depending on what I have in the fridge. Today’s version has been brought to you by my fresh garlic, jar of hoisin, peanut butter {shocker, right?}, ginger of the dried variety, brown sugar and some cayenne for a swift kick to the throat. {“Jim, I’m gonna kick you in the throat!” name that show…}Spring Rolls 4 smallShrimp Spring Roll + Peanut Sauce = satisfying lunch; sugar coma averted.

These are healthy, easy and yummy. I had them for a late lunch yesterday and they definitely hit the spot. My husband got home from work and ate 3 of these AFTER his dinner. Which leads me to believe they were good.

Ever made a spring roll before? It’s really simple! You just need some rice spring roll wrappers and some fresh fillings. And, like, half an hour. Oh, and stuff for this peanut sauce. Peanut sauce is mandatory. Thankyouverymuch. Hope you try these little guys out and love ‘em as much as we do!

Have a great Wednesday! :)

Other recipes you might like:
Mother’s Famous Chinese Egg Rolls from Steamy Kitchen
Garlic Chicken Spring Rolls from the White on Rice Couple
Tropical Kiwi Strawberry Spring Rolls from How Sweet It Is
Vegetable Spring Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce from Two Peas and Their Pod
Butternut Squash Spring Rolls from Recipe Girl

Shrimp Spring Rolls with Sweet & Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce
yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients:
12 shrimp, peeled & deveined
6 asparagus spears
2 oz. rice noodles {1/3 of the package I picked up}
4 green onions, sliced
1 carrot, julienned finely
1/2 bunch cilantro
12 rice spring roll wrappers

for the sauce-
2 tablespoons smooth creamy peanut butter
1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon ginger
1 clove garlic, finely minced
2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
2 tablespoons hot water
healthy pinch of cayenne pepper {more or less, depending how spicy you like it}

Directions:
Place rice noodles in a bowl and cover with cold water. Set aside.

Bring a small pot of water to boil. Salt water generously, drop shrimp in and cook until pink and opaque, about 1 minute. Remove and place into a bowl of ice water. Bend asparagus in half until the bottom woody end snaps off. Slice down the center vertically to get 2 very skinny spears. Drop into water and boil until crisp-tender, 2 minutes. Remove and place into ice water with shrimp. Drain rice noodles and place into boiling water. Cook until tender, about 7 minutes and drain. While noodles are cooking, slice shrimp in half lengthwise.

To assemble spring rolls, place one spring roll wrapper into very warm water until it softens up. Remove and place onto work surface. Stack up shrimp, noodles, asparagus, green onions, carrot and cilantro on the bottom half of the wrapper. Fold up tightly, burrito-style and place on serving platter. Repeat until all wrappers have been filled.Spring Rolls 3 smallFor the sauce, mix all ingredients together until smooth in consistency. If the hot water doesn’t dissolve the sugar or create a smooth sauce, microwave 30 seconds. Pour into serving dish and place along side spring rolls. Serve cold.Spring Rolls 2 small

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30 Responses to “Shrimp Spring Rolls with Sweet & Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce”

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    Deborah — November 2, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    These look SO good!!

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    • Lauren — November 2nd, 2011 @ 4:11 pm

      Thanks, Deborah!

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    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — November 2, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Gorgeous photos!

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    Anna — November 2, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Mmm, this DOES look like the perfect antidote to all that Halloween candy still staring at me from my cupboards…I can never resist the half price candy on Nov. 1 that extends the coma that much longer :) I’ve never used rice wrappers but if you say it’s easy I guess immagonnahafta try.

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    • Lauren — November 2nd, 2011 @ 4:10 pm

      I’m trying to resist the urge to stop by the stores to get MORE candy! Yikes!

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    Cassie — November 2, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    I love spring rolls and these sound amazing. Paul will love them with the shrimp! Glad your sugar coma was averted! :-)

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    • Lauren — November 2nd, 2011 @ 4:10 pm

      So glad you can comment again, Cassie! :)

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    Katrina — November 2, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    I love spring rolls like this! The sauce sounds particularly yummy :)

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    Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum — November 2, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    I love spring rolls, and I especially love your photos! They are so crisp. Great recipe! This reminds me that I need to go to my favorite Thai restaurant soon….

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    Bev Weidner — November 2, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    lurve, lurve, lurve!

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    Jeanette — November 2, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    These spring rolls look so fresh and clean – wish I had one now!

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    Amy D. from Chicago — November 2, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    I’m not a big shrimp fan, but you’re now inspoired me to make a spring roll of Halloween candy. Thanks!

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    Jessica — November 2, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    I am not a big shrimp fan, but I am totally thinking about making these with some chicken! Chicken and peanut dipping sauce are meant to be! :-D

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    Lindsay @ Schnoodle Soup — November 2, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Mmmm…I want some of these now!!

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    Rosa — November 2, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Mmmhhh, that is something I really enjoy! Your rolls look so fresh and delicious.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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    jenna — November 2, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    mmmmm..these look so light and refreshing!

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    Erica — November 2, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    I think I had a few too many sweets on Halloween too! This looks like a fabulous and light meal! Plus they’re so pretty!

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    Baking Serendipity — November 3, 2011 at 2:17 am

    I love peanut sauce too…these look so good!

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    Gisela — November 3, 2011 at 3:20 am

    Thanks so much Lauren! I might have to make these tomorrow. I’ve got one gigantic sweet tooth and too much candy in the house. Ugh! I need something and this looks just about right!

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    Laurie @SimplyScratch — November 3, 2011 at 3:23 am

    These are beautiful Lauren! So crisp and fresh! LOVE!

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    Julie — November 3, 2011 at 4:48 am

    So pretty and delicious looking :) I’m a peanut sauce fan myself, although I’ve never made it.

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    Yasmeen @ Wandering Spice — November 3, 2011 at 5:45 am

    Ooh! So crisp and light – perfect for summer coming up. Even though I’m not a peanut lover, I strangely enough adore peanut sauce. Yours looks beaut!

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    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — November 3, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    One of my favorite things to order at a beloved Vietnamese restaurant back home. Sigh….

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    The Elegant Eggplant — November 3, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    These are beautiful!! One of my favorite things to order at my favorite Vietnamese restaurant, but never made them myself!! Gorgeous.

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    Lacey Wilcox — November 3, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    Hmmm…I definitely need these to counter all the Halloween candy I’ve consumed :). Love these–they look as good as I’m sure they taste!

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    • Lauren — November 4th, 2011 @ 3:39 am

      So glad I’m not the only one sick of candy!

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    Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) — November 3, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    Yummmmmmmmmmm – LOVE spring rolls and especially love peanut sauce!!!!

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    • Lauren — November 4th, 2011 @ 3:39 am

      That’s a lot of m’s!

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    April — November 4, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    These are some of my faves, because you can vary the ingredients, leftover chicken works great with this, and taste great without meat, too!! :) Nummy!!

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    Linda M — February 7, 2012 at 10:10 am

    So good! Beautiful pics! I use cucumber instead of asparagus, & add a little jalapeno.

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