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Pan Steamed Spring Rolls

April 30th, 2010 · 15 Comments

Pan Steamed Spring Rolls

Taking what was originally a recipe for steamed egg rolls and turning it into pan steamed spring rolls took a little tweaking, but not much.

This recipe is adapted from the book American Wholefoods Cuisine, by Nikkie & David Goldbeck, and found on page 73 from the appetizers and hors d’oeuvres chapter in the hardcover, 1983 edition, which I have cherished since the day I put down $17.95 for my copy some time ago. Indeed, my passion for wholefoods cuisine began at home in my formative cooking years even before the professional apprenticeship.

The Goldbecks were way ahead of the their time back then, and I am happy to report that they are still alive and well promoting their spirit and healthy lifestyle online at Healthy Highways.

The tweaking involved making this an entree portion size, which required increasing the ingredient volumes by five times, and omitting the eggs and salt to meet the Eat To Live guidelines. The original recipe leaves open the filler ingredient list to 2 ½ cups of slivered vegetables, including green onions, celery, green peppers, carrots, mushrooms, green beans, cabbage, and cold cooked rice as suggestions.

For our version I used some left over brown and white rice, Napa cabbage shredded, carrots, green onions, mushrooms, celery, spinach, and radishes. The procedure was modified as well since it calls for making thin egg crepe-like wrappers, we used hydrated rice paper sheets for spring rolls, and instead of steaming them in a covered vegetable steamer, I pan steamed them in some vegetable stock.

This expanded recipe yields about 18 spring rolls, since we like to have enough for several days meals and lunch too. And with the Eat To Live lifestyle, you can eat up to 1 cup of starchy grains and unlimited cooked vegetables each day.

See the step-by-step photo’s below for views of some ingredients and assembly procedures for making the rolls by hand.

1 Cup Cooked and chilled brown rice, or combination of rice’s
4 Cups Napa cabbage, shredded
1 Cup Carrot, shredded
1 Cup Green onion, chopped
1 Cup Celery, julienne
2 Cups Shiitake mushrooms, julienne
2 Cups Spinach, fresh, chopped
½ Cup Radish, julienne
½ Cup Soy sauce
½ Cup Sherry
1 Tsp Oriental Chili hot sauce
18 Sheets Rice paper wrappers
¼ Cup Oriental mustard, i.e. wasabi
½ Cup Vegetable stock
Procedure Steps
1. Combine all the vegetables and rice in a large bowl and mix well. Add the soy sauce, sherry, and hot sauce, and toss well to coat, then marinate for several hours. When ready to assemble, drain the marinating liquid from the vegetables and reserve the liquid for a dipping sauce.
2. Hydrate the dried rice paper wrapper sheets one at a time in a small cool water bath, and then add a small amount of the mustard in the middle of the wrapper and about ½ cup of the drained marinated filling, and then fold up the ends and sides to enclose.
3. These can be eaten cold, or can be heated by adding the vegetable stock to a large saute pan and carefully adding the spring rolls and turning over once to heat through.

Step-By-Step Images

The marinated filler vegetables, rice paper sheets, and cool water bath
The marinated filler vegetables, rice paper sheets, and cool water bath
Rice paper soaked in water for 1 minute and drained
Rice paper soaked in water for 1 minute and drained
Spooning on the wasabi mustard to the center of the wet rice paper sheet
Spooning on the wasabi mustard to the center of the wet rice paper sheet
Rolling up the spring roll by hand
Rolling up the spring roll by hand
Pan steaming the spring rolls
Pan steaming the spring rolls

This recipe was prepared on Eat To Live, Week 5, and linked from Eat To Live, Week 5 Recap of our ETL diet and lifestyle, you can follow our complete progress at Eat To Live. Week 5 recap will be live by Monday, May 3, 2010.

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Tags: Appetizers · Chinese · Eat To Live · Entrees · Recipes · Vegetarian · Whole Foods Cuisine

15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 MaryMoh // Apr 30, 2010 at 11:45 am

    These look very delicious and healthy too. I love spring rolls with rice paper, quite like Vietnamese spring rolls.

  • 2 Beth // Apr 30, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Those look awesome, I love Oriental flavors and this recipe looks like it has all the things I like. Can’t wait to try them hot or cold.

  • 3 Jillyann // Apr 30, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    I am definately making these…they look wonderful!

  • 4 Drick // Apr 30, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    man, you are killing me with this one … I love it and the see-through-wrap is all I can do to not lick the screen – great, just great … one of your best “diet” foods yet……and the left over sauce, oh my….

  • 5 pegasuslegend // Apr 30, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    I just bought the wrappers no clue what to do with them too much of a coincidence got to try this recipe its lovely~

  • 6 kathy gori // Apr 30, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    these look great. I love spring rolls and the idea of pan steaming them, I love it!

  • 7 Jessie // May 1, 2010 at 10:15 am

    I adore spring rolls, thanks for showing us that it is simple and easy to make

  • 8 Doc // May 1, 2010 at 10:22 am

    Thanks Chef
    Another inspiration, although in this part of The South we have to add some peanut diping sauce!

  • 9 Kristi Rimkus // May 1, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Thank you for such detailed directions. I look forward to trying this myself. It sounds fresh and delicious!

  • 10 Belinda @zomppa // May 2, 2010 at 2:09 am

    Great step-by-step! Love it.

  • 11 MarkSpizer // May 2, 2010 at 7:12 am

    great post as usual!

  • 12 Brie // May 9, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    these look great! i like the ingredient list and the method of pan steaming.

  • 13 Emily @Cleanliness // May 11, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Um. This is fantastic, Ryan! I cannot wait to try this.

  • 14 Kait // May 20, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    These spring rolls sounds delicious and healthy. I like the option of pan steaming the rolls with vegetable stock. Congrats on all your weight loss so far.

  • 15 Florida Foodies Restaurant & Travel Magazine // Jul 9, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    Amazing recipe! This recipe is linked from our Featured Blogger’s page at: . Thanks for sharing!