Fresh Spring Rolls with Shrimp

Fresh Spring Rolls with Shrimp

2 cups water
8 large shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 once cellophane noodles
1 cup boiling water
½ cup shredded carrots
¼ cup peeled, seeded and julienned cucumbers
½ cup thinly sliced Napa cabbage
½ cup bean sprouts
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro or fresh coriander
4 rice-paper wrappers, 8 inches in diameter
4 large fresh basil leaves, halved lengthwise

For the sauce:
2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
1 green (spring) onion, including tender green top, thinly sliced
1 ½ tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 ½ teaspoons fish sauce
1 ½ teaspoons unsalted natural peanut butter
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
pinch of brown sugar


  1. In a saucepan, bring the two cups water to a boil. Add the shrimp and immediately remove the saucepan from the heat. Cover and poach until pink and opaque throughout, about three minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer the shrimp to a bowl of ice water and let cool for three minutes. Drain and cut each shrimp in half lengthwise. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. In a heatproof bowl, combine the noodles and boiling water and soak for 10 minutes. Drain and return the noodles to the bowl. Add the carrots, cucumbers, cabbage, bean sprouts and cilantro. Toss gently to mix.
  3. Place a double thickness of paper towels on a work surface. Fill a large, shallow baking dish with water. Place one rice-paper wrapper in the water and soak until pliable, about 30 seconds. Carefully transfer the wrapper to the paper towels and turn once to blot dry. Arrange ½ cup of the noodle mixture on the bottom half of the wrapper.
  4. Fold the bottom edge toward the center and roll up the wrapper halfway, making sure to wrap tightly around the filling. Tuck 2 basil leaf halves along the inside crease of the half-rolled wrapper. Arrange 4 pieces of the shrimp, cut sides up, along the crease. Fold the right and left edges of the wrapper over the filing and finish rolling up. Repeat with the remaining wrappers, filling, basil and shrimp. Transfer the rolls to a plate and cover with dampened paper towels.
  5. To make the sauce, combine the hoisin sauce, green onion, lime juice, fish sauce, peanut butter, red pepper flakes and brown sugar in a bowl. Stir until well blended.
  6. To serve, cut the rolls in half on the diagonal and place on small individual plates. Pool the sauce alongside each roll.


Serves 2 (2 spring rolls per serving)
Per Serving: Calories 198; Fat 4 g; Saturated fat 0 g; Monounsaturated fat 2 g; Carbohydrate 34 g; Fiber 4 g; Protein 10 g; Sodium 512 mg; Cholesterol 44 mg.

*Recipe courtesy of Mayo Clinic

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