No-Cook Fresh Lobster Spring Rolls with Easy Peanut Dipping Sauce — these light, beautiful spring rolls make the most of fresh produce and tender, succulent lobster. Deceptively easy and impressive as heck, these colorful spring rolls are dairy-free (and easily made gluten-free, too.)
Thank you to Fish Fixe for providing the seafood used in developing this recipe!
GIVEAWAY! We’re giving one lucky reader a Fish Fixe “Fixe Your Own Box” shipment containing 16 portions of premium, sustainable seafood ($139 value) — and there are two ways to enter. 1) Browse the offerings at FishFixe.com and comment below with what seafood selections you’d include in your box! 2) Enter on this Instagram post! (Or heck, do ’em both!)
I’m boarding a plane to Denver (again!) today to hang with the ladies of #TeamNosh for a weekend retreat, and I’m only feeling slightly anxious about meeting, in real life, these women who I’ve been admiring from afar for so long. It’s a bit like prepping for the first day of school in that I agonized over my wardrobe for the better part of an hour — and forced myself to attend a spin class way too early this morning in hopes of offsetting any nerves with a flood of endorphins. (Let’s be honest: keyed up Emily is, if anything, even more awkward than the usj. Heaven help us all.)
On the other side of the weekend, I’m sticking around in Colorado to squeeze my new baby “nephew,” my amazing godsister’s first kiddo — she went into labor the day I left her house last month, a whole month early! — and who I plan to fawn over until my own ovaries decide if Lana truly needs the “girl brother” she’s been asking for at bedtime. (It being 2019, we have not corrected her to say “sister.”)
And while we’re on the topic of amazing women, let’s talk about these fresh lobster spring rolls. (Bear with me.) They’re gorgeous, yes, and insanely easy and, dare I say, even fun to make. But the part that has me the most pumped is the featured ingredient — lobster! — which was included in my first Fish Fixe shipment late last month.
Sustainable Seafood Subscription Box
Fish Fixe is the brainchild of two super hardworking mamas who decided they wanted their families to enjoy more seafood but they didn’t have the time to shop as frequently as they would have liked for the freshest stuff available. Two years ago, I set out to do the same thing. Cancer diagnosis, restructured diet, less meat, more seafood — best of intentions, right? Off I went to Costco where I promptly bought a fillet a salmon the length of my femur, hacked it sloppily into two pieces, threw half in the freezer and proceeded to peter out on eating the other half before it was no longer as fresh as I desired. A couple more rounds of this, and my plan to eat more seafood was officially derailed. We just didn’t have the time to buy it as fresh as we wanted and consume it quickly.
With Fish Fixe, the freshest, most sustainably-sourced seafood is shipped to your door in super manageable portions that you can thaw and prepare as you need. It’s flash-frozen shortly after it’s caught, making it, in many ways, fresher than the “fresh” fish that’s taken days to make it to your shopping cart. This is starting to feel a little soapbox-y, but when I first found out about the concept, it just made so much sense, and it’s been the exact solution we’ve been looking for to increase the amount of high-quality seafood we consume. And I’m going to be really candid about this part: it’s relatively affordable. Somewhere around $7.50 per portion, which is admittedly more than you’re going to pay for chicken or beef but decidedly less than you would pay for seafood of the same quality at the fancy organic grocery store.
And BONUS: we’re giving one of you a whole box (16 portions valued st $139!) of Fish Fixe premium, sustainable seafood for FREE! To enter: 1) Browse the offerings at FishFixe.com and comment below with what seafood selections you’d include in your box! OR 2) Enter on this Instagram post! (Or heck, do ’em both!)
Now, onto these spring rolls.
(Shockingly Easy) Fresh Lobster Spring Rolls
We don’t frequently shell out (ha!) for lobster, so when I was deciding how best to put our first Fish Fixe delivery to use, I wanted to choose something that would highlight the simple sweetness of the hand-picked lobster meat while — and this part is important — also appeasing my extreme laziness. These Fresh Lobster Spring Rolls, you guys, are the answer. They require zero cooking, and with a little prep on the veggies, they roll up in minutes. (I highly recommend you find yourself a 3-year-old helper to assist with the mis en place. Guaranteed they will eat their daily requirement of veggies in the first 10 mins.)
For this recipe, we selected produce with a lot to offer in the way of both color and texture — crisp red peppers, shredded purple cabbage, snappy cukes, tender baby spinach and cushiony micro-greens — plus silky mango for sweetness and fried onions for crunch. And because no spring roll is complete without the requisite hit of refreshing herbs, mint and chives joined the mix (but basil would be so good here, too).
On the side, we whipped up a super Easy Peanut Dipping Sauce that’s as tasty on these fresh lobster spring rolls as it would be over simply grilled chicken on a bed of rice. A bowl of steamed veggies. A tablespoon making repeated trips to my mouth. You get it. I whisked up a double recipe and dribbled it over every leftover in my fridge for the better part of three days. Don’t skip it.
These rolls are best enjoyed super fresh (the rice paper wrap just doesn’t love being refrigerated), so after I ate my fill, we ended up walking the leftovers to a neighbor’s house, and the reviews were pretty ravey. The fact that Lana walked over noshing on her very own spring roll was a decent endorsement, too.
Ok friends, I’m going to leave you here because my boarding group is being called and I’ve got a gaggle of gals waiting for me in Colorado, but I urge you to add “spring rolls” to your meal plan next week — and to check out Fish Fixe if you enjoy eating seafood or are looking for a super smart way to add more of it to your diet.
Happy weekend, friends!
Like these Fresh Lobster Spring Rolls?
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- Five-Spice Chicken + Green Bean Spring Rolls (Gluten-Free)
- Grilled Sesame Shrimp Sushi Bowls (Gluten-Free)
- Instant Pot Miso Red Bean Stew (Gluten-Free/Vegan)
- Mason Jar Greek-Style Watermelon Salad (Gluten-Free)
- For the Fresh Lobster Spring Rolls
- 7 oz cooked lobster meat (thawed from frozen)
- 1 red pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
- 1 large mango, peeled, cut from the pit and thinly sliced
- ½ English cucumber, julienned
- ¼ head purple cabbage, very thinly sliced
- large handful baby spinach
- large handful microgreens (we used micro mizuna)
- fresh chives, mint and/or basil
- crispy fried onions (yes, the kind you put on casseroles)
- 8-10 rice paper wraps
- sliced limes, for serving
- For the Easy Peanut Dipping Sauce
- ¼ cup peanut butter
- ¼ cup water
- 1½ T lite soy sauce
- 1 T maple syrup
- juice of ½ lime
- Prep all veggies. Fill a large bowl with warm water.
- Whisk together all Easy Peanut Dipping Sauce ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
- Working one at a time, dip a rice paper wrap in warm water until it becomes just pliable, about 10 seconds. (You don't want the wrapper to fully soften while you're soaking it; it should still have structure when you pull it from the water and will continue to soften while you apply fillings.)
- Lay wrapper flat on a large clean surface and arrange a small amount of each topping in the center of the bottom-third, beginning with lobster and striving to keep the pokier ingredients (peppers, cucumbers, cabbage, onions) last, where they will be more protected within the roll.
- Gently bring the bottom of the wrapper up over the ingredients, completing at least one full roll before folding in the left and right sides; continue to roll until fully wrapped. (Roll should be somewhat snug -- and yes, it takes a couple of tries to get it right.) Set aside and repeat until all fillings have been used.
- Serve rolls whole or sliced in half (for presentation purposes only) with Easy Peanut Dipping Sauce on the side. Enjoy!
This recipe serves 2 generously as a meal or up to 4 as an appetizer.
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