Excited to share with you all a dish that is so close to my heart. Vietnamese Fried Spring Rolls recipe is how my family makes it for special gatherings or holiday parties.
What are Fried Spring Rolls?
Fried spring rolls are crispy, savory rice paper rolls with some fillings (meat/tofu, rice vermicelli noodles, mushrooms and carrots). The traditional filling is minced pork, to make this plant-based, I'm swapping it with crumbled tofu. The fillings are then rolled with some rice papers, and fried or deep fried in some oil. Personally, I like shallow frying my rice paper spring rolls, flipping them when one side is golden and crispy.
Alternative ways to frying the Spring Rolls
To make the spring rolls healthier, you can also air fry or bake them in the oven:
Air fry instruction: Spray the rolls with some baking oil. Fry the spring rolls at 390°F (200°C) for 5 minutes, then flip the rolls and cook for additional 5 minutes
Bake: Pre-heat your oven to 390°F (200°C), brush the rolls with some oil and bake for 15-20 minutes, flipping halfway.
How to rolls the Spring Rolls?
- Prepare your rolling station with a deep plate/bowl of warm water, a plate to roll, rice papers and the filling.
- Dip the rice paper in water for a few seconds until the rice paper is softened but not too wet. The rice paper will continue to soften on your work surface.
- Add about 1.5 tablespoon of the filling on the bottom side of the rice paper (close to you), tuck the rice paper in, fold in the left and right sides. Keep rolling carefully like holding a baby until it becomes a spring roll.
How to fry the Spring Rolls without oil splash or explosion?
- If the rolls stick to the pan too much: use a non stick pan to yield the best result. It could be that you flip the rolls too early, because when the other side becomes crispy it won’t stick anymore.
- If the rolls explode and splash oil when frying: this may mean that the heat is too high or there is too much moisture on the rice paper rolls. Fry on medium and reduce the heat when it’s become hot. Make sure the rolls are not too wet before frying, pat dry with a paper towel if needed.
Other ways to enjoy Spring Rolls
I personally like to eat spring rolls with some lettuce and herbs, as finger food. If you want to incorporate it in a meal, you can also eat it over rice/vermicelli noodles with carrot, herbs and drizzle on the dipping sauce.