My First Attempt at Making Fresh Spring Rolls

My First Attempt at Making Fresh Spring Rolls

I love fresh spring rolls. There are so many different kinds of spring rolls out there. Some are made with fish, others from meat, or even noodles. So I decided to try to make some with shrimp and fresh veggies. I have been wanting to make them for months. I finally got motivated because my sister kept telling me to try to make new things. Usually, I cook what I already know how to make or some kind of food close to something I know how to make. This recipe is inspired by recipes that I read online. I wasn’t following any specific fresh spring roll recipe, so all the ingredients can be substituted for or left out.

So I began to gather my ingredients. I bought rice paper, sweet bell peppers, and cucumbers from the grocery store. Then I went to the farmers market for the remaining ingredients. I bought already cooked but uncleaned shrimp from the fish stand in the market. The fish seller, an Asian man (most likely Vietnamese), was confused about why I was picking shrimp instead of some sort of meat. He told me that in Vietnam, they make the spring rolls with cooked meat and veggies. I explained to him that I read many Thai recipes that made them out of fresh veggies and shrimp. He gave me the best shrimp he thought would work for the spring rolls I was making. I also picked up some dill and a carrot.

I went home and started on my spring rolls. The first thing I did was peel the shrimp. It was quite hard because I think I only peeled shrimp maybe once before in my whole life. It’s not an ingredient that I grew up eating because of Jewish Kosher dietary restrictions. Despite them coming out a little wonky after being peeled and deveined, they turned out pretty yummy. Follow this easy recipe to make your delicious spring rolls.


  • Carrot
  • Cucumber
  • Bell Pepper
  • Dill
  • Shrimp
  • Rice Paper
  • Warm Water for Rice Paper
  • Some sort of dipping sauce. I used an already prepared sweet chili sauce. 


  • Cut all the veggies into long thin strips.
  • Clean/cook the shrimp as needed.
  • Soak the rice paper in warm water or follow the instructions on the packaging.
  • Put the soft rice paper on a flat surface. Add the veggies and shrimp into the middle. 
  • Fold the sides to form a roll.
  • Dip the spring roll into a sauce and enjoy it.

What I Learned From Making These

  • I should have cut the veggies into thinner strips.
  • I should have rolled the rice paper tighter around the veggies and the shrimp.
  • It never hurts to try new things. They may turn out delicious.

Despite these mistakes, the spring rolls turned out pretty good. I highly advise you to take a crack at making them.

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3 thoughts on “My First Attempt at Making Fresh Spring Rolls

  1. Hello there! This article couldn’t be written much better!
    Looking through this article reminds me of my previous roommate!
    He always kept preaching about this. I’ll forward this post to him.
    Pretty sure he will have a very good read. Thank you for sharing!

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