I have been loving banh mi anything lately, and these Vietnamese Shrimp Banh Mi Spring Rolls are a new house favorite! Pickled vegetables, rice noodles, shrimp, and cucumber are rolled up in rice paper. The rolls are dipped in a sweet and tangy hoisin sauce, making these rolls perfect for lunch, a snack, or appetizer!
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These Vietnamese Shrimp Banh Mi Spring Rolls are fresh and light which makes them perfect for warm weather, lunch, or an appetizer. And they are easy to customize to exactly how you like them with more or less of each ingredient. The rolls themselves are gluten free and a great healthy snack.
I love to make my own Vietnamese pickled vegetables. It is so easy to make, and you can flavor them exactly how you like them. I like to make mine with less carrots and more daikon radish. Find our recipe for Spicy Vietnamese Pickled Vegetables here! Skip the serrano pepper if you do not want to add any spice. One batch will be just about right to make these Vietnamese Shrimp Banh Mi Spring Rolls.
Shrimp goes very well in these rolls. You want to make sure they are de-veined, peeled, and cooked. Shrimp can be bought like this either in your frozen or meat department, making it even easier! It is also a great way to use up leftover shrimp cocktail from a holiday or party. I use medium shrimp here. You can use small (and increase the shrimp count in each roll) or large as well. If you use large, you may want to slice them in half lengthwise down the back to make them thinner so it is easier to roll.
Vietnamese Vegan Banh Mi Spring Rolls are quick and simple to make. Get all of your ingredients ready and then dip the rice spring roll paper into warm water. Lay out on a flat surface, and start layering the cucumber, pickled vegetables, cilantro, and rice noodles. I like to add a little of the brine from the pickled vegetables for extra flavor and moisture. Fold over the sides and roll it up! Serve with the Sweet and Tangy Hoisin Sauce below, or with your favorite Asian inspired sauces. These rolls are pretty large at approximately 8 inches long and can be served either whole or cut in half.
Vietnamese Shrimp Banh Mi Spring Rolls
- Cook the rice noodles as per package directions until al dente. Drain.
- Heat an inch or two of water in a large skillet over medium heat.
- Have all of your ingredients prepped and ready to go for assembly.
- Take one of the spring roll wrappers and hold with both hands at the top. Dip the bottom half into the warm water in the skillet until the wrapper just softens (it is easier if it is not too soft). You are looking for it to no longer be hard and to have some flex to it.
- Pull the wrapper out of the water and rotate your hands to the now soft side of the spring roll wrapper. Dunk the second, still dry, half into the water and hold until it is soft as well. (Alternatively, you can lay the entire wrapper in the water at once, however I find it more difficult to get it out of the water and laying flat as it folds on itself more easily).
- Place the softened wrapper on a flat working surface.
- About 2/3 of the way down, layer four thin cucumber slices, slightly overlapping, in the middle. Just above the cucumber, add some of the pickled vegetables (a bundle approximately 1.5-2 inches wide) across the same width as the cucumber slices. Just above the pickled vegetables, add fresh cilantro leaves if desired across the same width as the vegetables.
- Place three shrimps right above the cilantro, slightly overlapping the cilantro.
- Add approximately 1/3 cup of the rice noodles on top of the cucumber slices. Pour 1 teaspoon of the pickling liquid from the pickled vegetables onto the rice noodles.
- Fold both sides of the rice paper wrapper in and over the filling.
- Fold up the bottom of the rice paper wrapper over the noodles and continue tightly rolling all the way up.
- Repeat with the remaining ingredients to make the rest of the rolls.
- Make the sauce by combining the hoisin, sweet chili sauce, rice vinegar, and soy sauce in a small bowl. Whisk to combine and adjust flavors to your preference (more sweet chili sauce for a sweeter sauce, more vinegar for a tangy sauce, etc). You could also serve these with any sauce you prefer.