Crispy Shrimp and Mango Spring Rolls. [or Lettuce Wraps.]
I’m chatty today.
Want to talk about things that aren’t fun? Good. I’ll go first.
Coming home from vacation. What.the.heck. Whoever decided that you should leave vacation paradise is out of their mind. Who even coined the word vacation? I’m not their biggest fan. I’d like to pie them in the face. Wait… no… I want to eat that pie and punch them in the face. Much better.
It should have be called something more like A Quick Teaser of What Life Should Really Be Like That Leaves You Sunkissed, Exhausted and Craving Another Week Away. And Hungover. Leaving sun and lobster and waves? I don’t like it. Not one bit. I tried to bury myself in the sand to escape, but I’m a big baby and the crabs started pinching and the sun burned my eyes and everything started to chafe and there was just soooo much sand in my swimsuit and… and…
… I got hungry.
Imagine that. I don’t know why, but those crabs crawling on the actual shoreline don’t taste nearly as good as the freshly steamed ones that took a long, hot bath in a vat of butter.
Sigh. Monday Schmonday.
Guess what I ate a lot of while on vacation? Vegetables!!
I think my current vegetable intake is at negative 27. That’s how many vegetables I didn’t eat.
Oh oh oh but… I made these spring roll thingies before I left. Just like lettuce wraps, but wrapped in rice paper. I like rice paper. Sometimes I like lettuce wraps. Sometimes. But really… I can only consider them a meal if I eat a loaf of bread before and a chunk of cheesecake after.
Kidding! Sort of.
Remember the crispy shrimp tacos I made? I realllllllly liked them. I think we have eaten them almost 20 times since and that is not an exaggeration. These are sort of like those. You know… if you want to subtract the soft, pillowy tortilla and the fresh, crisp salsa and the tangy cheese.
Hmmmmmm. Yeah. I don’t really want to do that either. But the spring rolls are delicious in their own right. I promise. I wouldn’t lead you astray now would I? Plus, since you’re eating all these vegetables wrapped up in lettuce and stuff, you get to eat even more guacamole and chips. <— that’s a secret. See? I knew there was a point to this. I like that. I really, really like that. And I like you. I don’t just share my secrets with anyone.
Crispy Shrimp Spring Rolls
Crispy Shrimp Spring Rolls
- 1 pound of raw, deveined shrimp (I also butterfly mine)
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 mango, peeled and sliced into matchsticks
- 1 bunch of bibb lettuce or rainbow chard leaves
- 2 seedless cucumbers, peeled and chopped
- 1 avocado, peeled, pitted and chopped
- 1 bunch of cilantro
- 12 rice paper wrappers, optional
Cilantro Dipping Sauce
- adapted from epicurious
- 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 1 tablespoons sweet chili sauce
- 2/3 cup olive oil
Crispy Shrimp Spring Rolls
- In a bowl, combine flour with salt and pepper. Dredge each shrimp through the flour to lightly coat. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and add olive oil. Once hot, add shrimp and cook on each side for 2-3 minutes, just until they develop a light, golden coating. Remove shrimp and set aside on a paper towel.
- Cut mango, cucumbers and avocado, and set them in a bowls in an assembly line. Wash and dry lettuce or chard, tearing it into smaller leaves if needed. You can fill the leaves with the shrimp, mango, cucumber and avocado mixture and stop here if desired. If using the rice paper wrappers, fill a 9 x 13 pan with water. Dip each wrapper in the pan for a second and lay on a paper towel to dry. If the wrappers are circular, fold in the left and right sides just until they touch. Layer lettuce, shrimp, avocado, mango and cucumber, then roll the roll rice wrapper up until it seals at the top. Voila!
Cilantro Dipping Sauce
- Combine cilantro, garlic, vinegar, chili sauce and lime juice in a blender or food processor. Blend until pureed, then stream in olive oil with the processor on. Serve immediately.
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89 Comments on “Crispy Shrimp and Mango Spring Rolls. [or Lettuce Wraps.]”
These look so good. The photos are excellent!
Thanks Maris. :)
um yes! I love this. I’m always looking for new ways to use my wrappers. They mostly just sit in my pantry. Love how light and delish this looks!
I love your spring rolls! I love that you put mango in them and the dipping sauce looks and sounds phenomenal.
And you posted something with shrimp in it again…gah. I wish I could eat shrimp. You are the 3rd blog in 20 mins Ive been to with shrimp. I hate that Im allergic to it!
Mango is safe though :)
I think a sandbox and wading pool would be a great alternative! Have you seen the changes at the Pond? :)
Love these! I am going to Myrtle Beach next week, but will be going with my three kids (6 years old and younger)….every time I looked at your serene beach pics last week I couldnt help but sigh…deeply. Not quite as relaxing with little ones, but any day at the beach is a good one :)
Oh enjoy your trip!
Glad you enjoyed vacation! Its hard coming home…but it eerily feels good getting back into routine too though for me. Probably because the kids drove me crazy all over the place with their mixed up routines last week.
i’ll take that sandbox…and buy a kiddie pool too with an intertube. then maybe i can pretend i’m on a lazy river :)
Yum!!! Those look really good!!!
We never go on vacation for more than like 3 days….my dad can’t sit still for too long! :P
Vacation is such a bummer – in the sense that you hav eto come home and face the mundane once again.
Ugh– coming home from a great vacation always sucks. But at least you have this tasty meal to ease your pain :-)
Coming home does totally stink! Hopefully your Monday isn’t tooooo painful. These are such pretty wraps. I’ve never worked with rice paper wrappers…I want to! The mango looks super fresh- so good.
You gotta try! You will love them.
Yummmm! Love the colours in these. I always feel like I go into veggie withdrawal when I’m on holiday, so coming home always involves a massive vegetable feast. Next time, I’ll be avoiding all unpacking activities and eating these wraps instead. :)
I like veggie withdrawls. Just sayin’.
I’ll definitely be using your burying technique the next time I don’t want to go back to non-vacation reality. And if it’s not the beach, I’ll just bury myself under lots of hotel towels. No one will find me under there!!
oooooh and it will be so soft and fluffy.
Yay for more guac and chips. I purposely eat my tacos in lettuce wraps just so that I can much on more chips and guac. ;)
Boo for coming home from vacation, that is just never fun! Hope you had an amazing time, though!
I just returned from vaca, too–it stinks!
Welcome home, Jessica! I’m sure Mr. How Sweet is thrilled you are back…surely he must be out of food by now! ;-)
These look delicous! I love summer rolls, and you are killing me with the shrimp! I am going to have to make mine with chicken, but I’m sure it will still be amazing even with the substitution! :-)
Today is my first day back from vacation at the beach and I hated getting up this morning, hated working out, hated coming into work. Why can’t every day be vacation?
If you think about it, all that veggie fiber probably isn’t the best thing to eat when bathing suits are involved, anyway (TMI? …oops). I applaud your decision!
These spring rolls look like just the thing to bounce the post-vacation blues, though. Love, love, love!
These look great! Even though your vacation is over, what a lovely dish to come home to!
Oh I love spring rolls!!! I am going to bookmark this for sure. I am glad you had a great beach vacation…sorry you had to come home! :(
Your recipe and pictures looks phenomenal (as usual)! We’re leaving for our much too short break from reality next Tuesday…Belize!
Vacations ending are the worst, I’m way too sentimental. I end up sitting at work dreaming about the margaritas and wishing I was wearing a bikini at my desk. Well not really because that would be creepy but you know!
Anyway, those spring rolls look lovely and perfect for a hot day!
I like it when you’re chatty :) and these look wonderful. I had veggie withdrawal this past weekend…and no excuse for it since I was home with CSA veggies calling to me from the fridge. It was hard, but I ignored them.
I almost bought some rice paper the other day. I hate when I decide to not buy something and then I see something like this. These look perfect! Sorry your vacation is over. I dream of vacations…one day there will be one for me too! I hope you have a great week despite being back home!
I hate coming back from vacations, too – it’s the worst! Of course, I have that same feeling every Monday when the weekend is over :)
These look awesome!
Your pics get better and better, girl!! Great job! Where’s the cookbook?!
Going on vacation starting this Friday and for 11 glorious days after! Eleven whole days of doing whatever I want to whenever I want to do it. And…I’m already dreading coming back after. What a downer. However – your awesome wraps just might take some of the sting out of returning to the real world :-)
I love that you made these rolls without vermicelli. Extra healthy. Or extra help balancing the pan-fried shrimp at least!
Think I’ll have to try these! My garden is on lettuce overload and I’ve been doing salads and lettuce wraps…this will just shake things up more!
And wow that dipping sauce sounds amazing!
My veggie intake STAYS at -27. It’s actually quite pitiful.
How do I not remember the shrimp soft taco recipe? I need to go look…I”m in the midst of my weekly dinner planning and I always stalk, AHEM PERUSE your site for ideas.
(your onion rings are going with burgers tonight)
Aww, I hate coming back from vacay too! Especially cause on family trips the Padre pays for everything—even liquor!
Love the photos and the recipe! :)
OHHH that looks incredible, always love the colours in your photography… but i know straight after chomping down on this im gonna need a good dose of chocolate fix to out weigh the vegetables intake.
I feel ya.
Yummy!!! What beautiful colors…. you must admit that these will (should) make anyone want to eat some veggies!
These look really neat! I agree, leaving vacation is a horrible idea!
Jessica, these are so fun & that sauce looks amazing! Glad to hear you had a fun vacation – we are all happy you are home. Wanna link this up to our Get Grillin’ event – it could qualify to win you $100 worth of Ile De France Cheese :)
Seriously, why can’t vacation be the thing that happens like 49 weeks a year and we work the other 3. That, I could live with!
These look so amazing fresh and crisp. Love the pictures!
I wish!! Thank you.
Vacations rule and coming back to reality ALWAYS SUCKS!!!! But shrimp can cure anything.
These look delicious, I love the photos!
YUM. This sounds so yummy. Anything with crispy in the title is good in my book :)
Absolutely, positively, 100% making these this week.
I have been craving nothing but light summery foods lately… these fit perfectly into that category! These, or some variation, will be made in my kitchen SOON!
Great recipe here. I love shrimp and mango together and I would even add avocado too. :)
Like the sounds of this dip you got going on too. :)
Ah! Summer rolls make my heart go pitter pat! Just give me a sunny day, a plate of those and peanut sauce and I’m one happy camper! Gorgeous!
These look insane! Perfect for summer. Nom nom nom.
I think shrimp is the perfect soft landing to come off a beach vacation. Well, that and a big beer. You know…to cushion the withdrawal.
I knew I liked you.
I REALLY need a vacation. I wish we were like the Europeans and had them for a month or so every summer. We deserve it!! Since I looove crispy shrimp, I definitely know these are up my alley.
I love rice paper wraps! I have 2 different sizes at home. Totally make this right away.
I wish I could find 2 different sizes!
these look amazing!!! i want to make this
These look…amazing! Can you find the wrappers in just any grocery store? I don’t know that I’ve seen them before, but maybe they’re near the wonton wrappers? Or in the Asian foods section??
I can only find them at my Whole Foods! And they are in the Asian section.