Vietnamese Honey-Soy Shrimp Spring Rolls

Beat the heat with these Vietnamese-style shrimp spring rolls, with honey-soy marinated shrimp. Fresh, cold, and crunchy, they make an ideal hot weather food.

I hope you’re in a forgiving mood. It’s Thursday. The week has flashed by in a flurry of phone calls and well-laid plans gone wrong. It rained on the one day I needed it to remain dry, and it was hot and unforgiving as I hid out in a hospital room, holding the hand of my daughter as she had a golf ball that isn’t actually a golf ball but a lump removed from her throat. That’s where the forgiveness comes in, you see.

I have unintentionally neglected this space as I did the hand-holding. To make it even worse, I swapped the wording up there on the picture so that it now reads grammatically incorrect. My perfectionist is screaming to take it down and fix it, but you see, I’ve let so many things slide and fall lately that I am just going to live in constant torment with that error for the rest of my days–or at least until the Earth starts spinning slower so that I may have longer days and nights in order to accomplish all of life’s tasks and still sit in the shade reading a good book.

So I’m asking you to forgive me for abandoning you, again for the grammar, and I’m going to just let the photos speak for themselves here. Then, of course, there’s the matter at hand. I am offering you a recipe for spring rolls where I have laughed in the face of all that is pure and true and cooked my shrimp on the grill with a marinade rather than boiling them in water. I was on a roll, after all, and I may as well just continue onward.

On the patio with friends waiting to eat, shrimp soaked in fish sauce, ginger, and raw honey is grilled and finds its way to the table by way of rice paper wrappers along with a mass of fresh vegetables. Sometimes amidst the chaos of life, it’s worth taking the time to make time.

Really, grilling the shrimp is a great way to be sure you spend no time at all in the kitchen here. Roll and eat these outdoors in the evening, just as the sun is starting to forgive a bit as it heads to the west, and perhaps you’ll even be blessed with a slight breeze to take the edge off the thick summer air.

A note on soy: Look for a naturally-fermented soy sauce. We avoid MSG in our house, and so that’s one reason, but additionally, we don’t eat a lot of soy. One way we do enjoy it, though, is when it’s been naturally fermented so that you benefit from that fermentation.

For the shrimp and dipping sauce:
2 pounds raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup lime juice
2 tablespoons fish sauce
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon minced ginger
2 cloves minced garlic
1 tablespoon sriracha sauce

For the spring rolls:
15-20 spring roll rice paper wrappers
3 ounces maifun rice noodles, softened/rehydrated
1 cup julienne carrots
1 cup julienne daikon
1 cup pea shoots or romaine leaves
1/2 cup fresh Thai basil leaves
1/2 cup fresh cilantro
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
1/2 cup green onions, chopped into 2-3″ segments
1/2 cup crushed peanuts

Place the shrimp in a zip-top bag or shallow bowl. In a separate bowl mix the soy sauce, honey, lime juice, fish sauce, chopped cilantro, ginger, garlic, and sriracha. Separate the sauce into two equal parts and pour one half over the shrimp. Marinate for at least one hour. Store the remaining sauce in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Preheat grill and reduce heat to medium. Add the shrimp to the grill, flipping after about three minutes. Continue cooking for another 2-3 minutes until they develop pink highlights and turn opaque. Be careful not to overcook them or they will get small, dry, and rubbery. Remove from heat and set aside.

In a bowl of lukewarm water, rehydrate one rice paper wrapper at a time. Carefully lay the wrapper out. On one side place 2-3 tablespoons of maifun, a few pieces of carrot, daikon, pea shoots or romaine, several basil leaves, cilantro sprigs, mint leaves, and green onions. Top with 3 pieces of shrimp. Peanuts can be sprinkled inside the wrapper now or sprinkled separately on individual wraps after they are rolled.

Fold the edge over the filling, tuck in both sides and continue to roll. The rice paper will stick to itself and hold the wrapper closed. Repeat until all the filling has been used. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve, or eat immediately. Serve with the dipping sauce.

Makes 15-20 spring rolls.

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  1. Your kids are so cute! What a fun dish to make as a family. Love these flavors!

  2. I hope your kiddo is ok…a golf ball sized anything sounds like no fun at all!
    These spring rolls are perfection, though.

  3. I’m so glad your gal is ok! And would you believe I was talking with my dentist about shrimp summer rolls yesterday? Now I’m REALLY in the mood for some.

  4. Love and prayers to you and your sweet family, Shaina! These spring rolls look absolutely fabulous, wish I had a big plate for lunch right now. 🙂 xoxo

  5. Hubba Hubba I’m coming to your house! Glad to hear sweet little one is on the road to recovering! xoxo

  6. so glad you are past that surgery hurdle and I’m sending prayers for a quick recovery!!

    and the spring rolls…….they look amazing!

  7. Oh, love this recipe. AND beautiful kids, Shaina! Love ya!

  8. I hope your daughter feels better soon!! You’re a great mom. And you shouldn’t have to ask for forgiveness, for having your priorities straight 😉 I think instead you deserve : WAY TO GO!!

    These spring rolls are gorgeous …

  9. Glad to hear your daughter is doing well. Paula had mentioned it to me, and I was worried about her. The spring rolls look so delicious and light, perfect for this heat.

  10. Happy to learn that your daughter is recovering well, wishing her continued speedy recovery. Perfect dish for this time of year.

  11. How good these rolls look! So perfect! Bookmarking it.

  12. I love spring rolls and these look particularly fresh and flavorful! Great recipe Shaina!

  13. Glad to hear your sweet girl is recovering. Hope you can get some rest too. Love the spring rolls they are making me crave shrimp!

  14. Shaina, these are gorgeous and I love that your kids know how to roll these. I haven’t had Vietnamese Spring Rolls in a while – like your idea of marinating and grilling the shrimp, so much more flavor than just cooking them in water.

  15. oh i love these Shaina! These are on my to-do list!

  16. Oh Shaina, I could honestly move to Vietnam I love their cuisine so much. These little beauties look so light anf flavorful full–I’m thinking LUNCH today!

  17. Now know what I am making for a girlfriends weekend…if your two middle children can roll them, so can we-I hope…those two do have good eye hand coordination and fine motor skills….Hope oldest is feeling even better!

  18. Oh my heavens spring rolls!! You don’t know this but I *adore* spring rolls. These are beautiful and briliant! By the way I am kidnapping your cutie-pa-tootie kids and bringing them to the beach 😀 xoxo

  19. Your kids are adorable!! Such lovely spring rolls ~ perfect for summer picnics!

  20. These spring rolls look scrumptious!

  21. Gorgeous and delicious and fun to make too! Can I please have one? I think the key to these rolls is all the fresh and flavorful ingredients. You have to get good quality stuff. Thank you for sharing with me!

  22. Gorgeous spring rolls, Shaina! I’m so glad your daughter is on the road to recovery. And, I don’t think anyone questions your priorities. You are a great mom. 🙂

  23. You make me laugh out loud with your horrified perfectionist ways, Shaina. I’m so glad the kiddo is doing well, and I’m bummed I didn’t get to meet her on Monday. I think you’d give our Japanese place a run for its money. The spring rolls look simply gorgeous!

  24. I really have no idea how you do it all and do it all so well. So glad to hear your daughter is recovering! I want shrimp for breakfast – thanks!


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