10 Vietnamese Shrimp Recipes for Quick, Fresh Dinners
Discover fresh and vibrant Vietnamese-inspired recipes for shrimp in this flavor-packed collection. Find favorites like Vietnamese shrimp rolls, popular street food shrimp crepes (banh xeo), spicy shrimp noodle salads, and much more.
Vietnamese Salad Rolls
Also known as summer rolls, these Vietnamese spring rolls use thin sheets of rice paper as a wrapper for shrimp and fresh herbs. They're easy to make and healthier than deep fried spring rolls. Best served immediately, but you can keep them in an airtight container in the fridge for 2 or 3 hours.
Vietnamese-Style Shrimp Soup
This light and refreshing soup gets its inspiration from the popular Vietnamese soup called pho. This seafood version has tender shrimp, long rice noodles, spinach, and green onions. Add bean sprouts and fresh cilantro on top of each serving if you like.
Vietnamese Coconut-Caramel Shrimp (Tom Rim)
Shrimp are cooked in a sweet-savory caramelized sauce in this traditional Vietnamese dish. Sugar, coconut water, and maple syrup provide the sweetness; fish sauce, garlic, and sesame oil add a savory element to the dish. Serve with piping hot rice and thinly sliced chives or green onions.
Vermicelli Noodle Bowl
Tender rice noodles are served in deep bowls with lettuce, bean sprouts, cucumber, daikon, and fresh herbs. Mix in a spicy Vietnamese sauce and serve with grilled shrimp skewers for the perfect balance of flavors in one dish! Top with caramelized shallots and chopped peanuts for added texture.
Prawn Banh Mi
Banh mi is a Vietnamese baguette sandwich that is incredibly satisfying - a must-try culinary treat. This version is filled with creamy prawns and crunchy pickled vegetables. Top with a few slices of jalapeno, cucumber, basil, and cilantro.
Banh Xeo (Vietnamese Crepes)
Stuffed with shrimp and bean sprouts, these Vietnamese crepes are a very popular street food in Southern Vietnam. You can add chopped scallions to the crepe batter if desired. Serve with loads of fresh herbs and spicy nuoc cham dipping sauce for a memorable meal.
Easy Crispy Vietnamese Shrimp Balls
Fresh shrimp are blended with shallots, garlic, sesame oil, and brown sugar. The mixture is formed into balls, then cooked in a steamer until tender. The cooked shrimp balls are coated with bread crumbs and pan fried until golden and irresistible. Serve with Vietnamese dipping sauce (nuoc cham) for a restaurant-worthy dish.
Authentic Vietnamese Spring Rolls (Nem Ran Hay Cha Gio)
Recipe contributor agoldstone learned to make authentic spring rolls while traveling in Vietnam and was keen to share the recipe. Packed with ground chicken, shrimp, mushrooms, and rice noodles, they are a fun appetizer to make for a Vietnamese themed meal.
Vietnamese Kabocha Squash Soup
Up your game with this impressive squash, shrimp, meatball, and shiitake mushroom soup. You can bulk it up with rice noodles if you like. Top with sliced chiles, scallions, and freshly chopped cilantro. Luckily, this Vietnamese-inspired soup recipe makes enough for second helpings!
Saigon Noodle Salad
Put leftover grilled shrimp to good use in this Vietnamese-inspired noodle salad that's packed with crunchy vegetables and fresh herbs. A sweet and sour lime-ginger dressing brings it to a whole new level. This salad is very flexible; try adding strips of red bell pepper or substitute sliced romaine lettuce for the cabbage.