Easy Shrimp Summer Rolls with a Peanut Sauce that’s completely gluten free and soy free! Made with rice paper, these summer rolls are protein packed, healthy, and refreshing!

shrimp summer rolls stacked with spicy peanut dipping sauce

I was always mesmerized whenever I ordered shrimp summer rolls with peanut sauce out at a restaurant. They came so perfectly wrapped in this beautiful glassy “paper” and they were always just an array of colors.

Making rolls seemed so complicated to me, and then ya gotta make the sauce and all too…yikes!

summer rolls lined up on marble slab

Little did I know, shrimp summer rolls are extraordinarily easy, and making a spicy peanut dipping sauce is even easier.

This recipe is no hassle, low carb, gluten free, soy free, and damn delicious.

Trust me, you’re going to be making these rolls allllll summer long! And maybe even pairing the peanut dipping sauce with more than just these rolls!

peanut sauce featured with shrimp summer rolls

Ingredients for Shrimp Summer Rolls

Shrimp: you can use frozen or just chilled shrimp here, or you can even purchase pre-cooked shrimp if you’d like to reduce the preparation and cooking time! I included cooking the shrimp into the recipe for those that want to cook the shrimp themselves!

Rice Paper: so PSA, Trader Joe’s (where I do the bulk of my shopping) does not carry rice paper, so head on over to the international section of your grocery store or Whole Foods!

Red Cabbage: you can purchase this pre-shredded or slice it yourself! However, you prefer!

Carrots: same as the red cabbage here!

Cucumber: you can either use mini cucumbers (about 2 will do then) or 1 large cucumber and slice it in half. Then you slice the cucumber into matchsticks to make your summer rolls easier to roll!

Basil and Mint: the best herb combination in my opinion, I just love basil and mint combined! It makes these shrimp summer rolls with peanut sauce taste extra refreshing and delicious!

plate of halves of summer rolls

How to roll summer rolls

I bet you’re wondering…well yeah, these sound fantastic, but how in the heck do I make?!

I should have probably also said this a little earlier, but there is a difference between making a summer roll and a spring roll! Summer rolls are strictly fresh rice paper, while spring rolls can either be fried or fresh!

So, let’s go over just how to make shrimp summer rolls and you’ll see how incredibly easy it really is!

basil, mint, red cabbage, carrots, and cucumbers sliced on a marble slab

I like to think of shrimp summer rolls as just another version of a wrap! If you know how to roll a wrap or a burrito, rolling a summer roll is pretty similar!

First, start by arranging your fillings section, along with a warm bowl of water and your rice paper.

Dip one rice paper into the water and let it soak for 10 seconds. Remove the piece of rice paper and place it onto a plate or clean surface.

how to make shrimp summer rolls

Now, place a few shrimp towards the right or left center of the paper, whichever side you feel most comfortable rolling.

Add in your red cabbage, carrots, cucumber, and romaine lettuce, a few herbs, and then fold in the top shortest sides first.

Keeping the filling tight and together, begin to roll lengthwise, starting with the shortest side of the roll.

Roll tightly and then voilà! Now you can tell all of your friends that you know how to make shrimp summer rolls like a boss!

plate of summer rolls with a cutting board and peanut dipping sauce

But you can’t just eat these summer rolls plain sooooo…

Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce

Peanut Butter: I mean, I guess you could go without the peanut butter…but it’d be a pretty sorry looking sauce if you ask me! And you most definitely couldn’t call it a spicy peanut dipping sauce 😉

Coconut Aminos: my secret for keeping this peanut sauce both gluten free and soy free! There are a few coconut aminos brands on the market, but my favorite is the Trader Joe’s version- very affordable and organic!

Rice Vinegar: a spicy peanut dipping sauce classic! We’re not adding in the hoisin sauce here out of convenience, but seriously you don’t need it! I figured that most kitchens have a rice vinegar, and it really does help the sauce!

Maple Syrup: I’ve said it time and again, I just love maple syrup. Might as well be Canadian at this point ay! But seriously, maple syrup is great here, and it won’t taste like a maple candy! Real and organic maple syrup, while sometimes on the pricey side (there’s a reason they call it liquid gold), is awesome because it’s refined sugar free and you don’t need a lot to go a long way. That’s why I never have more than a little maple syrup in my baked goods!

Garlic Powder: if you’d like to use fresh garlic, just sauté 1 close minced on the stove top before adding it to your sauce bowl! However, I find the garlic powder to be really easy, and there are some great organic brands out there like Primal Palate and Simply Organics!

Ginger Powder: this adds a nice spiciness to the peanut dipping sauce and another level of freshness! You can also use ground fresh ginger if you would like here!

Chili Threads or Powder: I personally like adding in the threads if you can stand it, but if you want a less spicy peanut dipping sauce, feel free to use just a touch of the chili powder!

Sea Salt: just a pinch for extra flavor!

close up of peanut dipping sauce

How to make a soy free easy peanut sauce

I think most people think that sauces are complicated, but this is so incredibly easy. It’s probably my favorite peanut sauce of all time! My mom even said she could drink it, it was so good 😉

This spicy peanut dipping sauce isn’t even made with hoisin sauce nor soy sauce! In fact, it’s completely gluten free and soy free!

So how does it taste so good, then?

The secret is in the coconut aminos 😉 One of my favorite condiments of all time is coconut aminos, which you can pick up either the Trader Joe’s brand or there are a few different brands in the health section of most grocery stores! I find the TJ’s version to be the most affordable and it’s organic!

plate of summer rolls with peanut dipping sauce

So to make this easy spicy peanut dipping sauce, all you need to do is combine the right amounts of organic peanut butter, coconut aminos, rice vinegar, and maple syrup.

Then add in a little garlic powder, ground ginger, chili threads, a pinch of sea salt, and maybe a spoonful of water or two to get the right consistency for you!

That’s it! Simple right? Now you can enjoy your shrimp summer rolls with peanut sauce to boot!

shrimp summer rolls sliced with peanut dipping sauce

I hope you love this recipe as much as I do! It’s such a refreshing meal, appetizer, or side to any asian styled summer dishes! You could even bring these to your next barbecue as a fun app!

In the mood for more summer recipes? Check out these fun ones below!

Peach & Tomato Panzanella

Paleo Coconut Shrimp

Herbed Potato Salad

Paleo Strawberry Shortcakes

Paleo Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream

Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream

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shrimp summer rolls stacked with spicy peanut dipping sauce

Shrimp Summer Rolls with Easy Peanut Sauce {GF}

  • Author: thebananadiaries
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese

Description

Easy Shrimp Summer Rolls with a Peanut Sauce that’s completely gluten free and soy free! Made with rice paper, these summer rolls are protein packed, healthy, and refreshing!


Ingredients

Scale

Shrimp Summer Rolls:

  • 6 pieces rice paper
  • 1 lb. raw shrimp
  • 1 cup shredded red cabbage
  • 1 cup shredded carrot
  • 1 large cucumber, sliced into 6 inch slivers
  • 6 pieces romaine lettuce, sliced into 6 inch pieces
  • 6 leaves of mint, chopped
  • 6 leaves of basil, chopped

Peanut Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp ginger powder
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 12 tbsp water
  • 1/2 tsp chili threads

Instructions

Shrimp Summer Rolls:

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add in shrimp, either frozen or chilled.
  2. Reduce to a simmer and cover. Cook shrimp for about 10 minutes or until completely white and pink (non translucent).
  3. Rinse and drain shrimp and chill for 30 minutes.
  4. Arrange your shrimp summer roll making station with red cabbage in one bowl, carrots in another, cucumber in one bowl, and romaine in another. Place a medium bowl with warm water on the side for soaking the rice paper, as well as your herbs.
  5. Dip one piece of rice paper into the water for about 10 seconds.
  6. Remove and place onto a plate. 
  7. Place 4-5 shrimp in a line, followed by red cabbage, carrots, cucumber, and finally romaine. Sprinkle mint and basil on top. Bring the short edges in and begin rolling the summer roll like a burrito, tucking it tight.
  8. Repeat for remaining shrimp rolls and serve with peanut sauce.

Peanut Sauce:

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together all ingredients thoroughly.
  2. Serve with summer rolls.

Keywords: summer rolls, shrimp summer rolls, gluten free, healthy, soy free, peanut sauce