If you’ve been a longtime reader of P&I (I’m talking Day 1, Ride-or-Die reader), you may remember this recipe. I shared it when my blog was still a baby and, as with all early posts, it wasn’t my–errr–finest work. The photography was awful, but the recipe was also in need of tweaking.
Guys. I’m SO EXCITED to share this recipe makeover! The shrimp is prepared in a better way, and the sauce is uh-mazing. It’s inspired by The Minimalist Baker’s Cashew Dressing (LOVE that blog if you haven’t check it out) and it brings the flavors of the rolls together perfectly.
- 1 lb jumbo shrimp (I like to buy fresh but you can make this with frozen shrimp, too)
- 8 rice paper rounds (sometimes labled "spring roll skin")*
- 1 avocado
- 1 large mango (or 2 smaller ones)
- 1 cucumber
- 2 large carrots
- 2 romaine lettuce hearts
- Fresh cilantro to taste (optional)
- 1/4 c peanut butter**
- 2 tbsp sesame oil
- 2 tbsp lime juice
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tsp grated ginger
- Prepare the ingredients. Remove the skin from the mango and cut into thin strips. Cut the avocado in half, remove pit and cut into thin pieces. Peel the cucumber; cut it in half lengthwise; remove the seeds with a spoon; cut in half again and thinly slice. Wash the carrots and remove ends; you can chop into thin pieces or use a peeler to create thin ribbons (my preferred method). Chop the romaine into strips. I like to take a handful of fresh cilantro leaves, chop them, and then mix it in with the romaine (this is optional). Peel a small piece of ginger and use a fine grater to mince.
- Peel, clean and cook the shrimp. My preferred way to cook shrimp is to sauté them. Heat a little olive oil in a pan on medium-high heat. Add the shrimp and season with salt and pepper, cooking for about 2 mins each side or until opaque and just starting to slightly brown. Once the shrimp are cooked, butterfly them with your knife, cutting them all the way through in half.
- Prepare the peanut sauce. Mix all the sauce ingredients together in a small bowl. If the consistency is too thick (see notes), drizzle in a little more sesame oil.
- Assemble the rolls. Fill a shallow pan or dish with warm water. Take a rice paper roll and submerge it in the water, keeping your hands on it so that you can feel when it starts to soften and become pliable (about 15 seconds, depending on how warm the water is). As soon as this happens, remove it from the water and lay it flat on a cutting board. Add your toppings to the bottom, center portion of the rice paper--a little bit of everything you've prepared. To roll, wrap one long side around the filling, fold in the two short ends, and then wrap the remaining long end over to seal (think of a burrito roll). This takes practice and your first few rolls might look ... special. Don't worry, they'll still taste delicious! Practice makes perfect. :)
*You can buy large rice paper rounds or small ones. In this post, I've used the smaller ones (plenty big for a single roll). If it's your first time making spring rolls, you might want to go with the big ones. The excess rice paper will make rolling easier and the spring rolls will feel less delicate as you assemble. **I use a runny (oily) peanut butter. If you use a thicker peanut butter brand, you might need to increase the amount of sesame oil you use to achieve the right consistency.
For a little trip down memory lane, check out some of the pictures from the original post four years ago. Lighting? What’s that? And are those beer shot glasses in which I’m “artistically” displaying my sauces?? Good lord.