This is a really easy recipe to follow and perfect for all the family. If you have eaten Vietnamese shrimp rolls in a restaurant and want to cook them for yourself then look no further. Here I have a recipe from Donna who blogs at Explore the road with Donna Marie sharing her easy recipe so you can make them too.

What is the difference between prawn and shrimp?

Here in the UK, we tend to refer to prawns regardless of the origin they are considered the same thing. In America generally, prawns are the larger species usually fished from freshwater.

Both prawn and shrimp are very similar species anatomically and have the same sort of nutritional value. They have similar texture and flavour and very few people will truly tell the difference.

On this basis, I would recommend using whichever you prefer, however as I am in the UK and know many of my readers are too I will refer to them as prawns to make life easier. If you can only get prawns you will enjoy the recipe just as much.

What does deveined shrimp or deveined prawns mean?

When you look at a prawn or shrimp there is a line down its back. this is the digestive tract of the creature, and essentially contains grit, or prawn poo if you prefer. It is not harmful but not necessarily a taste you want.

Many recipes will call for deveined shrimp or deveined prawns but of course the choice is always yours. If you buy them from a fishmonger they may do it for you.

If you use a sharp knife it is easy to cut into the back of the prawn or shrimp and remove the vein. This article has more in-depth instructions if you are still unsure.

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A packet of Asian salad mix will typically include some kind of dressing in a sachet, this one includes toasted coconut and a dressing. Both of these are not needed for this recipe so can be discarded or saved for another meal. The vegetables in the bag are all syn free.

Rice paper sheets are usually available in the world foods section of the supermarket and the calories will vary significantly depending on the brand and size of the sheets.

The peanut satay sauce you use for this recipe will also be high in calories but again it depends on the brand you use and the amount you eat. If you prefer you could use sweet chilli sauce as an alternative.

Adaptations to this recipe.

An adaptation to this recipe is to use raw salmon, spinach and cucumber served with Asian chilli sauce. This is one Donna recommends and shares in the image below. What do you think?

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Vietnamese shrimp rolls

Easy Vietnamese prawn rolls recipe (Vietnamese shrimp rolls)

  • Author: JustAverageJen
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 portions 1x
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Easy
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese
  • Diet: Low Calorie

Description

Easy recipe for Vietnamese shrimp rolls or prawn rolls as good as a restaurant but made at home easily!


Ingredients

Scale

1 package Asian salad mix

5g torn coriander leaves

30g sliced spring onions

rice paper sheets

115g cooked, peeled, and deveined shrimp or prawns

peanut satay sauce for dipping


Instructions

Begin by combining the Asian salad mix with fresh coriander and spring onions. Then add in the shrimp/prawns. Save the salad garnish and dressing for another use.

When you have made the filling, place hot water in a large pan. Then place a rice paper sheet in the water for about 30 seconds. 

Next place the sheet on a flat surface. Subsequently, place a mound of shrimp/prawns mixture on one end of rice paper. After that, fold the sides of the sheet over the filling.

Then beginning with the filled side start rolling tightly. To complete, place seam side down on a serving platter.

I like to chill these for about an hour before serving to prevent the rice paper from being too sticky.



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