Shrimp Summer Rolls

This sophisticated-looking shrimp summer roll recipe is surprisingly easy to make and makes a great party appetizer or first course. Look for rice-paper wrappers--translucent round sheets made from rice flour--in the Asian section of large supermarkets or at Asian food stores.

Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
6 servings


Shrimp Rolls

  • 12 ounces raw shrimp (21-25 per pound), peeled and deveined (see Tips)

  • 1 ½ cups mung bean sprouts or sunflower sprouts

  • 4 scallions, chopped

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint

  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce

  • 1 tablespoon lime juice

  • 6 8 1/2-inch rice-paper wrappers (see Tips)

Dipping Sauce

  • 3 tablespoons lime juice

  • 3 tablespoons water

  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce

  • 1 tablespoon sugar

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 1 serrano pepper, minced, or 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 1 scallion, minced (optional)


  1. To prepare rolls: Cook shrimp in boiling water just until curled and opaque in the center, 1 to 2 minutes. Drain and refresh under cold running water. Transfer to a clean cutting board to cool, then chop.

  2. Combine the shrimp with sprouts, scallions, mint, 1 tablespoon fish sauce and 1 tablespoon lime juice in a large bowl. Working with one wrapper at a time, soak in a large bowl of very warm water until softened, about 30 seconds. Place the soaked wrapper on a clean, damp kitchen towel. Put a generous 1/3 cup of the shrimp filling in the center, fold the wrapper over the filling and roll into a tight cylinder, folding in the sides as you go. Repeat with the remaining wrappers and filling.

  3. To prepare dipping sauce: Stir together 3 tablespoons lime juice, water, 2 tablespoons fish sauce, sugar, garlic, serrano (or crushed red pepper) and scallion (if using) in a small bowl until the sugar is dissolved.

  4. To serve, cut each roll in half and serve with the dipping sauce.


Make Ahead Tip: Prepare rolls; cover with a damp kitchen towel and plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 2 hours.

Shrimp is usually sold by the number needed to make one pound. For example, “21-25 count” means there will be 21 to 25 shrimp in a pound. Size names, such as “large” or “extra large,” are not standardized, so to get the size you want, order by the count per pound. Both wild-caught and farm-raised shrimp can damage the surrounding ecosystems when not managed properly. Fortunately, it is possible to buy shrimp that have been raised or caught with sound environmental practices. Look for fresh or frozen shrimp certified by an independent agency, such as the Marine Stewardship Council. If you can't find certified shrimp, choose wild-caught shrimp from North America--it's more likely to be sustainably caught.

Rice-paper wrappers are translucent, round sheets made from rice flour. They need to briefly soak in warm water to make them soft and pliable before using. Find them in the Asian section of large supermarkets or at Asian food stores.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

116 Calories
0g Fat
16g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size 1 roll & about 1 Tbsp. sauce
Calories 116
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 4g
Added Sugars 2g 4%
Protein 13g 25%
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 79mg 26%
Vitamin A 286IU 6%
Vitamin C 9mg 10%
Folate 26mcg 6%
Sodium 743mg 32%
Calcium 49mg 4%
Iron 1mg 5%
Magnesium 27mg 6%
Potassium 222mg 5%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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