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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.

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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
    Mireya @myhealthyeatinghabits
    February 27, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    I’ve had these vegetable rolls many times but never with mango. That sounds like the icing on the cake!

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    February 27, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Looks yummy!

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    February 27, 2014 at 12:27 am

    I’m eating this tomorrow. Like, there’s shrimp and spring roll wrappers in my house, but I have to finish the chicken I made…

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 27, 2014 at 8:16 am

      Yay!!!! Hope you like them Julie 🙂

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    February 26, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    I just need that sauce in my life pronto!

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    February 26, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    I’m terrified of rice paper rolls. I’m also terrified of shrimp rolls because if I eat them I’ll die. (Not really, but I’ll get cold/plague-like symptoms). I think my somewhat-signifcant-other’s family hates me. At one point they were cool with me. Whoops.

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    Reba- Not So Perfect Life
    February 26, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    Your photos are beautiful. How do you get suck great natural lighting!!! Its going to be a request in my next kitchen. I’m pinning this for my bf.

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 26, 2014 at 9:55 pm

      Thanks Reba!!! It was a stipulation when we moved into our new apartment 😉 The landlord thought I was crazy checking the natural light for food photography lol

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    February 26, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    These look yummy… I have never made but love and always order fresh spring rolls from this little Viet take out by my house! Annnd due to some job/future plan situations, I currently live with my boyfriends parents ( and him..).. so yeeeeah we’re pretty close lol. It’s all good. Not ideal of course but they some of the most generous people I’ve ever known and we all get along great haha. One big happy fam 🙂

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 26, 2014 at 9:54 pm

      They sound wonderful! Lucky you to have found such a special family!

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    February 26, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    I love rice paper rolls but I always stuff em way to full. Welp. I do want to try this recipe though! I think the fact that it makes just enough for a certain amount of rolls will help my over-stuffing problem!

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 26, 2014 at 9:52 pm

      hehe all things considered I think that’s a good problem to have!

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    Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen
    February 26, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    I love rice paper rolls! I actually just made some last week! But no matter how many times I make them, mine always seem to suck. I like getting my sister to make mine if she’s around because hers always come out so nicely haha.

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    February 26, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    I’m very close with Pete’s family, I love them like they’re my own! 🙂

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    [email protected] Fit Running Mama
    February 26, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    Yum! The peanut sauce looks amazing!!! I need to make shrimp or veggie rolls I always order them in restaurants!

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 26, 2014 at 9:50 pm

      I know, me too! I think C and I single-handedly kept a vietnamese restaurant open because of our addiction!

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    Kristina @ Damn Ten Pounds
    February 26, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    We buy shrimp rolls at least once a week. I know it’d be cheaper to make them, but you know how only your first one sucks? My second, third and fourth would suck too 🙂 The rice paper is intimidating. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

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