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Shrimp & Mango Rolls with Spicy Peanut Sauce

February 26, 2014

I know, another recipe. I’m trying to avoid posting recipes two days in a row, but I really wanted to link up with Amanda’s Thinking out Loud series tomorrow so I did a little switcheroo. Forgive me.

I wish I could take credit for this recipe, but I can’t. Well I can sort of take credit since it’s based on my Spicy Peanut Slaw recipe, but the brilliant idea to wrap it into rice paper rolls goes entirely to C’s sister Lo. Hi Lo! I miss you, and we will make it out to SF this year! p.s. your brother gave me the plague and then ditched me for Montreal. How lame is that?

shrimp and mango rolls 4As I mentioned in Monday’s post, nothing makes me happier than hearing you enjoyed one of my recipes. It’s that much sweeter when it comes from someone who is basically family. Lo emailed me last week telling me how much she enjoyed the salad and suggested I try wrapping it in rice paper rolls and using the dressing as a dipping sauce. Genius!

I feel incredibly blessed to have been welcomed into C’s family with open arms. Even though there is a .02% chance I’ll be hitting the trails for some cross country skiing with them, they accept me for who I am, something which I am unbelievably grateful for.

spicy peanut sauceBack to the rolls. Don’t be intimidated by them! The first time I tried to make rice paper rolls I’m pretty sure the video I watched was in Vietnamese. I was also majorly hungry which resulted in a mini-kitchen meltdown. But two years later (and not a rice paper roll made since) I seem to have mastered the science behind them. They’re actually super easy once you’ve accepted the fact that your first one will suck. Kind of like pancakes. Never bank on the first one being photo-worthy.

Now, once you’ve accepted this, follow my tutorial (in English, I need to brush up on my Vietnamese) and I promise you will make your guests think you spent hours making these.

Mango Shrimp Rolls with Spicy Peanut Sauce

by The Healthy Maven

Prep Time: 25 mins

gluten-free, shrimp, mango, vietnamese, peanut

Ingredients (Yields: 18 rolls)

For the rolls:

  • 1 bag broccoli slaw (you only need about half or around 3 cups)
  • 1 mango, peeled and sliced into strips
  • 1 lb peeled and cooked mini shrimp (I used frozen and thawed)
  • 18 rice paper rolls

For the spicy peanut sauce:

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • ¼ onion, diced
  • 2 T ginger, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ tsp curry powder
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 ½ T rice wine vinegar
  • ½ cup smooth natural peanut butter
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • ¼ cup tamari (or soy sauce)
  • 1 ½ tsp sesame oil
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ tsp salt


1. Thaw shrimp and set aside.

2. Take a piece of rice paper and hold it under warm-hot water for 5 seconds on each side.

3. Place paper on parchment or a silicone lined sheet and let sit for 30 seconds.

4. Add a small handful of broccoli sprouts (I ball-parked it), a piece of mango and 5-6 mini shrimp in the center of the paper about 2 inches up from the bottom.

rice paper roll 15. Fold one side over to meet the middle and then fold over the other side.

rice paper roll 26. Take the bottom and fold over the slaw/mango/shrimp and tuck it in tightly. Begin rolling the paper from the bottom until you reach the top.

rice paper roll 3

7. Repeat to make 18 rolls.

rice paper roll 4For the spicy peanut sauce:

8. Cook onion in olive oil over medium heat until translucent (about 3 minutes).

9. Add in ginger and garlic and cook for another minute.

10. Stir in spices for one more minute.

11. Begin adding in liquid ingredients and once fully combined add salt.

12. Cook for a few minutes until well combined.

13. Remove from heat and let cool for at least 10 minutes.

14. Add mixture to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.

15. Serve immediately with spicy peanut sauce on the side.

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  • Reply
    Shashi @
    February 26, 2014 at 9:43 am

    You make those rice paper rolls look so incredibly easy to fix! So when do you think “The Maven’s Spicy Peanut Sauce” is gonna be hitting store shelves?

    • Reply
      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 26, 2014 at 9:34 pm

      well my secret sauce is not so secret anyone so probably not anytime soon 😉

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    Kim @ BusyBod
    February 26, 2014 at 9:15 am

    More gorgeous photos! I have never made rice paper rolls before and honestly never considered even trying because it seemed to intimidating. Your tutorial makes it look much more manageable though! I have to come up with something to bring to my Oscar party this weekend, so maybe I can attempt a veggie version. 🙂

    • Reply
      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 26, 2014 at 9:33 pm

      do it!!! and replace with tofu!!! I promise you can handle them 😉

  • Reply
    Sarah Pie
    February 26, 2014 at 9:11 am

    You had me at peanut sauce 🙂

    These sound like something BF would totally love and they’d be just the kind of thing I’d make to try and impress his family, which while all lovely people, are convinced that I’m going to starve the poor boy someday because I only eat “weird” “healthy” foods.

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    Alexis @ Hummusapien
    February 26, 2014 at 8:59 am

    I’ve never cooked with rice paper but now I’m quite intrigued! If all else fails, I’ll just take a nice hot bath in that peanut dipping sauce. #normal

    • Reply
      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 26, 2014 at 9:32 pm

      I’ve tried it. My skin thanked me.

  • Reply
    February 26, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Love how you mentioned the intimidation factor, because they look so pretty…aka hard to make? But you make it look and sound simple. The flavors you paired together sound fabulous..I love adding mango to recipes…and shrimp…heyyyyooo. YUM! Thanks for the recipe, looks wonderful Davida! 🙂

    • Reply
      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 26, 2014 at 9:31 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Kelly! I swear they are not hard to make at all!!! Plus even if they fall apart they still taste delish!

  • Reply
    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
    February 26, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Haha thanks for the tutorial! I’ve only ever tried to make my own rice paper rolls once, and it did not end nicely….ya, I’m pretty terrible at it. Must fix that.

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    Gabby @ the veggie nook
    February 26, 2014 at 8:24 am

    Sounds wonderful! I bet it would be delicious too with tofu!

    You and C make me so so happy. Please talk about the 2 of you all the time!

    • Reply
      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 26, 2014 at 9:27 pm

      Oh man you don’t want to hear the ridiculous stories that come out of this apartment….but noted 😉

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    kaitlin @4loveofcarrots
    February 26, 2014 at 8:22 am

    i have made rolls with my mom a lot in the summer, she loves to use that rice paper. I unfortunately despise the texture of them and never eat them. But I do love all the fresh ingredients that we put into them. Also I would love to face plant into that peanut sauce!

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    Erin @ The Almond Eater
    February 26, 2014 at 8:08 am

    K so I don’t even know what rice paper is….. do you hate me? Are you judging me right now? It’s ok if you are. Anyway, these look so good and definitely like a Miguel meal. You may have convinced me to make these simply for the fact that I want to see if I can without screwing up.

    • Reply
      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 26, 2014 at 9:25 pm

      Well that’s reason enough! And you know I could never hate you!

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    Amanda @ .running with spoons.
    February 26, 2014 at 7:39 am

    I forgive ya for posting two recipes in a row, but I’m not sure I can forgive you for basically trying to kill me with this one. Peanuts AND shrimp? That’s like double death right there 😯 I’m not sure if our friendship will be able to handle this one…

    • Reply
      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 26, 2014 at 9:24 pm

      You know that’s the last thing in the world I would ever want to do 😉 I like my spoons alive and well!

  • Reply
    melizz @ fitmedcooking
    February 26, 2014 at 7:29 am

    this looks delish ! a nice variation for spring rolls , and a great idea for a sunday prep . these are on my recipe list for next week !

    • Reply
      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 26, 2014 at 9:22 pm

      fabulous!!! I hope you enjoy them 🙂

  • Reply
    Krista @ Tiny n Fit
    February 26, 2014 at 7:26 am

    These look so good! I have a hard time tackling the wrappers some times!

    • Reply
      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 26, 2014 at 9:22 pm

      practice definitely helps 🙂

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