If you’re looking for some suggestions on what to serve with spring rolls, look no further. Here are a few of my favorite side dishes and beverages that would pair well with your tasty spring rolls.
What Are Spring Rolls?
Spring rolls are a popular appetizer, snack, or light meal in many Asian countries. Spring rolls are made with rice paper wrappers, which are made from a combination of tapioca and rice flour. The wrappers are typically filled with cooked shrimp and pork, along with vegetables such as carrots and cabbage. After being filled and wrapped in the spring roll wrapper, they are fried until crispy on the outside.
Spring rolls can be eaten warm or cold and can be served as an appetizer or main course depending on the size of the spring roll. Some people even like to eat them with chili sauce for dipping purposes.
What To Eat With Spring Rolls?
Spring rolls have a lot of different ingredients inside of them and some people don’t know what to eat with spring rolls besides just eating them by themselves.
I have put together my favorite list of foods that go great with spring rolls. I hope that you enjoy this list and find some new things to try!
1. Fresh Fruit
This is probably one of my favorite things to eat with spring rolls because it adds an extra layer of flavor as well as texture. Some fresh fruits that go really well with spring rolls include strawberries and pineapple chunks (find out how to make pineapple chunks).
2. Grilled Chicken
If you are looking for something on the healthier side, grilled chicken would be a great choice for your meal. Grilled chicken pairs perfectly with spring rolls because it provides a nice savory taste, which goes well with any Asian dish (especially Thai food). You can either buy grilled chicken from the store or cook it yourself at home; either way will work perfectly!
3. Fried rice
Fried rice is an obvious choice for your main course if you’re serving spring rolls as an appetizer. Fried rice is easy to make, inexpensive, and very filling. You can use leftover rice from dinner or cook up some fresh rice.
4. Hot and sour soup
Hot and sour soup is another excellent choice for what to eat with spring rolls. Hot and sour soup has just enough spice to give it a kick, but it’s not too spicy or heavy on the stomach like other spicy dishes like chili or chicken wings can be. Hot and sour soup is also easy to make — all it takes is boiling water and pouring it over the ingredients in a bowl!
5. Chow mein noodles
Chow mein noodles are another quick and easy way to round out your meal with spring rolls if you’re serving them as an appetizer before dinner or lunch rather than as part of your main course. Chow mein noodles are usually served cold with vegetables like cabbage, carrots, and bean sprouts mixed in.
6. Roasted broccoli
Roasted broccoli is crunchy and pairs well with spring rolls. You can roast any kind of vegetable in the oven and add a little salt and pepper to make it taste amazing.
7. Mashed potatoes
Mashed potatoes are another favorite side dish that goes well with spring rolls. You can use leftover mashed potatoes from dinner or make new ones from scratch using butter, milk, and salt.
8. Coleslaw salad
Coleslaw salad is another great side dish that goes well with spring rolls because it has a similar texture to cabbage, which is often used in this dish. You can make your own coleslaw by mixing shredded cabbage, carrots, and mayonnaise together until it’s creamy enough for your taste buds. For a nice kick, try adding a few drops of hot sauce to your coleslaw. You can also add other ingredients such as onions, dill pickles, and even corn kernels.
Dumplings are little balls of dough that have been stuffed with meat or vegetables and then boiled or fried in oil until they’re golden brown on the outside and cooked through on the inside. You can find dumplings in most grocery stores and sometimes even at fast-food restaurants like McDonald’s. These tasty little morsels go great with spring rolls because they add crunchiness to the meal without adding too much fat or calories like deep-fried foods do. You can also try dipping them into the sweet-and-sour sauce while they’re still hot!
10. Cheesy cauliflower
Cauliflower is another vegetable that goes well with spring rolls because its mild flavor will complement the spring roll filling without overpowering it. You can make this dish with any number of cheeses including cheddar, mozzarella or parmesan. You can also add some spices such as cumin or paprika for extra flavor if desired!
11. Dipping sauces
Here are some recipes for dipping sauces:
Thai Peanut Dipping Sauce: This sauce is a combination of peanut butter, soy sauce, garlic, and ginger. It’s sweet and spicy at the same time and goes great with spring rolls.
Lemon Cilantro Dipping Sauce: This sauce is perfect for spring rolls because it has a fresh lemon taste that pairs well with the vegetables inside the roll. The cilantro adds a nice herbal flavor to balance out the citrus.
Cucumber Yogurt Dip: This dipping sauce is light and refreshing; it’s perfect if you’ve never had cucumber yogurt dip before! It’s made from plain yogurt mixed with cucumbers, fresh dill, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
12. Sweet Chili Sauce
Sweet chili sauce is another common dipping sauce for spring rolls. Sweet chili sauce typically contains vinegar, sugar, salt, garlic powder, and spices such as red pepper flakes or paprika for flavoring. It’s usually sold as a thick paste that sticks to whatever it touches once it drips off your food — so be careful not to spill any when eating your spring roll! This type of dipping sauce is perfect if you like sweet and spicy flavors together in your food!
Making Delicious Spring Rolls At Home
Spring rolls are a great way to get a little more variety in your diet, while also giving you a chance to use up leftovers.
Spring rolls are usually made with rice paper wrappers and filled with vegetables, meat, and/or seafood. They can be served either fresh or fried and dipped in sauce.
The key to making spring rolls is making sure that the rice paper wrapper is very thin, so it doesn’t tear when you’re wrapping it around the filling. The easiest way to do this is by soaking the rice paper in warm water for 30 seconds before using it.
1. To assemble spring rolls
Lay out one sheet of rice paper on a flat surface. Add your fillings (such as cooked protein, and vegetables) to one half of the wrapper by taking small pieces from each item and placing them across the middle of the wrapper so they don’t overlap too much. Fold over the sides and continue rolling until sealed tightly at both ends of the roll. You should end up with something that looks like an overstuffed burrito or cigar shape when done properly.
2. To fry your spring rolls
Heat oil in a pan over medium heat; add spring roll(s) seam side down; fry until golden brown on one side (about 2 minutes); turn over; fry until golden brown on the other side. Drain on a plate lined with paper towels to absorb the excess oil. Sprinkle with salt and serve immediately with a dipping sauce of your choice.
3. To serve your spring rolls fresh
Place spring rolls seam side down on a plate lined with paper towels. Let them sit for about 20 minutes so that the rice paper can soak up excess moisture before serving.
4. To make the dipping sauce
Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl and serve alongside spring rolls. Enjoy!
1. Can you freeze spring rolls?
Yes, you can freeze them. To freeze spring rolls, wrap them individually in plastic wrap before putting them into an airtight container or freezer bag. This will prevent them from sticking together when thawed out later on.
2. How long do spring rolls last after being purchased?
Spring rolls usually last up to 3-4 days in the refrigerator if kept at temperatures below 40 degrees Fahrenheit (4 degrees Celsius). However, they are best eaten fresh as soon as possible because they don’t taste as good when stored for too long or frozen and reheated later on!
3. Can you cook raw rice paper before using it in your recipe?
It’s not advisable to cook raw rice paper before using it in your recipe because this can make it soggy. However, you can rinse the paper to get rid of the starch and water before using it in your recipe.
4. Can you freeze raw rice paper?
Yes, you can freeze raw rice paper. To freeze raw rice paper, cut it into small pieces and place them into a freezer bag or an airtight container. The freezer bag or container should be marked with “best by” date and “frozen until solid”.
5. How long do raw rice paper stay good in the fridge?
Raw rice paper usually lasts up to 3-5 days in the refrigerator. Proper storage is essential, as raw rice paper deteriorates quickly if left at room temperature for a day or two. For storing purposes, it is best to place the rolls into a container with a lid.
We reached the end of this post about what to serve with spring rolls, and hopefully this has been a big help to you. Enjoy your spring rolls! And while you’re at it, why not try one of these delicious dipping sauces?