Vietnamese Shrimp Lettuce Wraps

Total Time
Prep 45 mins
Cook 10 mins

Fresh and lively seasonings and herbs make this the best lettuce wraps I've ever tasted. Idea from Nina Simonds' Asian Wraps Book ISBN: 0-688-16300-9

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large pot, heat the water until boiling. Add the softened rice stick noodles and swirl in the hot water, then cook until just tender, 10-15 seconds. Drain thoroughly in a colander and rinse under cold water. Clip the noodles into 3 inch lengths and place into a medium serving container.
  2. Chop the fresh herbs and peanuts as above and place each in an individual serving container (small bowl or ramekin).
  3. Peel and de-vein the shrimp, remove the tails. If shrimp are large, cut in to thirds. Season shrimp in a mixing bowl with lemongrass paste (you can use finely chopped fresh lemongrass if available), salt and fresh cracked black pepper. Mix thoroughly and saute in a large pan with peanut oil until shrimp are just cooked. Do not overcook. Remove from heat and place in a serving container.
  4. To make the dipping sauce: In a small mixing bowl, soak the crushed red pepper in lime juice for several minutes Add the garlic, sugar, and fish sauce and stir to dissolve the sugar. Transfer to a serving container and add the grated carrots and serve at room temperature Refrigerated, the sauce will keep in a tightly covered container for up to 5 days.
  5. To Serve: Arrange lettuce on a large platter surrounded by the containers of chopped herbs, etc. and dipping sauce. To make a wrap, take a lettuce leaf in hand, place a small bundle of rice stick noodles on the leaf, scoop a large tablespoon of shrimp on to lettuce leaf, then add any herbs that you like. Add a teaspoon of dipping sauce onto the mixture on the leaf and then roll and eat. Delicious!


Most Helpful

I originally gave these four stars, but I've made them three times now, and they're DEFINITELY worth five. These were absolutely delicious. I've tried them with lemongrass paste from a jar and fresh, and they're great either way. The sauce was delicious, at first I thought I liked it better with less sugar, but I've since tried it exactly as the recipe says and it's perfect. My boyfriend isn't too keen on shrimps so I made him a pork mixture instead, by sauteing pork mince, basil, and sambal olek in oil. He preferred that, but I liked the shrimp much better. This is my new favourite recipe, and one of the best meals I've ever cooked. Thanks a lot!

Iron Chef Australian June 23, 2007

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