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Tempeh Thai spring rolls with peanut sauce recipe

Kris Mullen is a Canadian ex-pat living in Dallas working as a full-time food photographer and recipe creator. In January 2011, she started the award winning food blog Munchin with Munchkin ( Kris strives to ...

Beat the heat with this Thai treat

With the mercury rising, keep your kitchen cool with these refreshing Thai spring rolls. Take advantage of summer's best produce with this simple, healthy and delicious recipe.

Beat the heat with this Thai treat

Thai spring rolls with spicy peanut sauce

Serves 4

Give your oven a break this summer with these Thai spring rolls. Refreshing and delicious, they're sure to be a hit with the whole family.


  • 1 (8 ounce) package tempeh, sliced into 8 long strips
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil, divided
  • 1 drop chili oil (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon sriracha
  • 2 ounces vermicelli rice noodles
  • 1/2 cucumber, sliced into long thin strips
  • 1 cup romaine lettuce
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil
  • 1 large carrot (or 4 baby carrots), sliced into long thin strips
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, sliced into long thin strips
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 8 rice papers
  • Water



Step 1

In a small bowl, combine minced garlic, one tablespoon of sesame oil, chili oil and sriracha. Stir to combine. Coat the tempeh strips with the sauce and marinate it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. In the meantime, wash and slice the vegetables and drizzle with rice vinegar.


Step 2

Bring a pot of water to a boil and add vermicelli noodles. Remove from heat and soak for eight minutes. Strain and set aside.


Step 3

When the tempeh is finished marinating, heat remaining tablespoon of sesame oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add tempeh strips and cook for three minutes without moving. Turn and cook the other side for another three minutes without disturbing. Remove from heat.


Step 4

Fill a shallow bowl with lukewarm water. Place one rice paper in the bowl and soak for 30 to 60 seconds. Carefully transfer the rice paper to a cutting board or large plate.

Beat the heat with this Thai treat


Step 5

Top the rice paper with a few pieces of lettuce and basil.

Beat the heat with this Thai treat


Step 6

Add a few strips of carrots (purple heirloom carrots are used in the image, but any carrot will work fine).

Beat the heat with this Thai treat


Step 7

Top with a few strips of cucumber.

Beat the heat with this Thai treat


Step 8

Add a few strips of red bell pepper.

Beat the heat with this Thai treat


Step 9

Top the vegetables with one piece of cooked tempeh.

Beat the heat with this Thai treat


Step 10

Top the tempeh with some cooked vermicelli rice noodles.

Beat the heat with this Thai treat


Step 11

Carefully lift the sides of the rice paper and fold it over the ends. Rice paper is very delicate and may stick to your plate. Moving slowly will help with the rolling process.

Beat the heat with this Thai treat


Step 12

Lift the top of the rice paper and roll it over the filling, tucking in the sides as you go. Roll as tightly as possible without ripping the paper.

Beat the heat with this Thai treat


Step 13

Repeat steps four through 12 until you have eight spring rolls. Refrigerate until cold.

Beat the heat with this Thai treat

Spicy peanut sauce

Serves 4


  • 2 tablespoons natural peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili flakes
  • 1 drop chili oil


  1. In a small bowl combine peanut butter, coconut milk, sesame oil, soy sauce, chili oil and chili flakes. Whisk until smooth and fully combined. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  2. Serve spring rolls cold with spicy peanut sauce.

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