Spring rolls, made with moistened rice paper wrappers, are surprisingly easy to assemble -- and are ideal for a buffet or light lunch. These rolls are broiled until they are lightly browned and crispy.

Body+Soul, April/May 2005


Credit: Lisa Hubbard

Recipe Summary

Makes 12 rolls


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Instructions Checklist
  • Heat a wok or medium saute pan over medium heat. Add the oil and swirl to coat. Add the ginger and garlic. Stir-fry until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the mushrooms and tofu and stir-fry for 2 minutes. Add carrot and water chestnuts and stir-fry until heated through, about 30 seconds.

  • Add tamari sauce. Cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are heated through, about 2 minutes. Stir in nuts, sesame oil, and green onions and toss to combine. Remove from heat.

  • Fill a bowl with warm water. Dip one of the wrappers in the water for 15 seconds, or until softened. Then carefully transfer it to a dry work surface.

  • Arrange 2 to 3 tablespoons of the spring roll filling in an even horizontal mound just below the center of the wrapper. Roll up the rice paper to form a tight cylinder, folding in the sides about halfway. Assemble the remaining spring rolls the same way.

  • Coat a large baking sheet with a cooking oil such as canola. Use just enough to keep the rolls from sticking. Arrange spring rolls in a single layer, leaving a little space between them. Brush rolls with cooking oil. Broil the rolls until lightly browned and crisp, 8 to 10 minutes, checking frequently to avoid burning. Use a spatula to turn the rolls over and continue to broil another 8 to 10 minutes. Serve each roll wrapped in a lettuce leaf, with Lime and Soy Dipping Sauce.

Cook's Notes

This recipe calls for flavored tofu: Try using Thai or teriyaki.