Asparagus & Prawn Rice Paper Rolls

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"From our weekday newspaper The West Australian."

Original is 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (171.1 g)
  • Calories 163.5
  • Total Fat - 6.2 g
  • Saturated Fat - 0.9 g
  • Cholesterol - 6.3 mg
  • Sodium - 411.8 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 26.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 6 g
  • Sugars - 6.1 g
  • Protein - 4 g
  • Calcium - 41.9 mg
  • Iron - 5 mg
  • Vitamin C - 25.5 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Dipping sauce: Combine lime juice, sugar, fish sauce and chillies with 3 tablespoons water.

Step 2

Blanch asparagus until tender crisp, but still bright green and cut spears in half across bunch.

Step 3

Rolls: Half fill a large bowl with lukewarm water and cip one whole sheet of rice paper in water and lay flat on a plate.

Step 4

Place 2 prawn halves in a line 3cm from top of wrapper and top with a little shredded lettuce, 2 Thai basil leaves, 1 slice avocado, cucumber strips, and 2 pieces of asparagus.

Step 5

Fold sides of rice paper over filling, and then roll firmly from bottom to top, or how you prefer.

Step 6

Place each roll on a serving plate and cover with a slightly dampened cloth, while preparing remaining rolls.

Step 7

Serve immediately with the dipping sauce


  • For lots of other delicious variations, try using sliced mango, cooked chicken, mint or Vietnamese mint, carrot strips, BBQ pork, slices of Peking Duck, rice vermicelli noodles, coriander leaves, Enoki mushrooms or bean shoots.
  • 8 x 16 cm round rice paper wrappers are the preferred size for this recipe.
  • Try a little sweet chilli sauce in the dipping sauce.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • When selecting the asparagus, look for spears with firm tips and bright green colour.
  • For the shrimp, select cooked prawns that are shelled and halved lengthways.

  • Substitute the shrimp with tofu - This substitution is perfect for those who are vegan or vegetarian, and it will still provide a great source of protein.
  • Substitute the Thai basil with regular basil - This substitution is great for those who do not have access to Thai basil, as regular basil is widely available and will still provide a great flavor to the dish.

Vegetarian Variation Substitute the prawns with tofu cubes, and use vegetable stock instead of fish sauce for the dipping sauce.

Coconut Curry Soup
RECOMMENDED DISH DESCRIPTION: This creamy coconut curry soup is the perfect accompaniment to the Asparagus & Prawn Rice Paper Rolls. The creamy texture and spicy flavor of the soup will help to balance out the flavors of the rolls, and provide a delicious contrast. It's also a great way to add some extra vegetables to the meal!

Grilled Eggplant & Tomato Salad: This colorful salad is the perfect complement to the Coconut Curry Soup. The smoky flavor of the grilled eggplant pairs perfectly with the creamy texture of the soup, while the tomatoes add a fresh, acidic flavor to the meal. This salad is also a great way to get in some extra vegetables and make the meal even healthier!


Q: How do I make the dipping sauce?

A: To make the dipping sauce, combine 2 tablespoons of lime juice, 1 tablespoon of fish sauce, 1 teaspoon of sugar and 1 finely chopped bird's eye chilli with 3 tablespoons of water. Mix until all ingredients are combined.

Q: What type of chilli should I use?

A: For the dipping sauce, you should use a bird's eye chilli, which is a small, spicy chilli. You can find these in most grocery stores.

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Fun facts:

Fun Fact 1: Asparagus is a favorite vegetable of Queen Elizabeth II. She has been known to serve it at royal banquets and even has a special asparagus bed at her Sandringham estate.

Fun Fact 2: Rice paper rolls have been around since the 5th century. They were first created in China and have since become popular throughout Asia and other parts of the world.