How to Buy and Use Rice Paper Wrappers

What are Rice Paper Wrappers?

If you’ve ever had a summer roll from a Vietnamese restaurant, you’ve eaten a rice paper wrapper. Basically, they are super thin wrappers that can be filled with whatever you can think of. Summer rolls, which are often filled with shrimp, pork, fresh vegetables and noodles are very popular, but we have even filled the wrappers with bacon, lettuce and tomato for BLT Summer Rolls! The wrappers are not only perfect for wrapping up something tasty, but also have this really welcomed chewiness when you take a bite.

Where and How to Buy Them?

Our local grocery store sells a couple brands in the International aisle, but you can also find it at Asian food markets or online from Amazon. Look for Red Rose or the Three Ladies brand and you should be set. Also, go for the larger sized wrappers, we always buy the 8 1/2-inch (22 cm) wrappers since they are so much easier to roll and manipulate.

We Usually Buy Red Rose or the Three Ladies Brand

How do you Use Rice Paper Wrappers?

Rice paper wrappers are bought dried then, just before you use them, you need to rehydrate them. It only takes 10 seconds or so.

Grab a plate with a lip then fill with warm water.

Take a sheet of rice paper and slide it into the water.

Leave it for 5-10 seconds then remove it.

It should soften and be pliable. Then, just fill with whatever you want, wrap and enjoy!

Rehydrate Rice Paper Wrappers Before Using

What if the Rice Paper Tears?

When working with or rolling the wrappers, you might find one tears. If the rice paper tears a bit, don’t worry, just overlap the two torn edges and continue on like nothing happened.

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32 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Annetjie Rogers January 5, 2017, 2:43 am

    Can you deep fry a spring roll after softening the rice paper, filling and rolling it?

    • Joanne January 5, 2017, 1:46 pm

      Yes, you can deep fry the rice paper rolls. Since rice paper is so fragile, quite a few people prefer to use wrappers that are labeled as spring roll wrappers (which often have a bit of wheat flour added). These hold up a little easier.

  • Annie October 12, 2016, 1:45 am

    I should have read this site before I put all the rice papers in the water all at once! Very embarrassed now😂It wasn’t so easy slowly separating them, but I managed and they were delicious
    5 stars

  • Janet September 7, 2016, 7:16 am

    Just embarking on trying my next burger on a rice wrap. I’m tired of losing all the good juice from a delicious burger (pickles, GF sauce, lettuce, onion). The BLT will be first on my ‘to-do’ list.
    Thanks for your good work on this subject!

  • Maureen Donovan July 22, 2016, 1:50 pm

    Yes, I also thought this was a great way to enjoy a BLT especially during this hot weather. I plan on taking them to a cookout. Can these be made the night before and stored in the refrigerator? Thank you for your wonderful help. I have never used rice paper wrappers before.

    • Joanne July 28, 2016, 4:57 pm

      Hi Maureen, Rice paper tends to dry out when left overnight. If you can, make them the day of and then wrap them with plastic wrap to keep them from drying out.

  • Karen July 16, 2016, 1:04 pm

    Thank you for this info. I just saw a recipe I want to try but had no idea where to buy the rice paper or really how to use them. Now I do and cannot wait to try the recipe!

  • Lachlan December 14, 2015, 3:49 pm

    Hi, I opened my rice paper rolls a while ago! I put them in a zip lock bag in my cupboard, and recently wanted to make some Again! They’re the exact brand as that. I was wondering if you know if they exprire or not as I can’t read the package! Thank you!

    • Joanne December 22, 2015, 1:02 pm

      If the wrappers were stored in a bag (we like using a resealable bag) then they should last a couple years.

  • Barbara August 30, 2015, 8:06 pm

    I made theses today and all went well until I put then in a container to store and the stuck together. Any sugesstions for keeping them from sticking together. I rubbed olive oil on my hands and sort of got them unstuck but just wondering if there’s some sort of trick?

    • Joanne October 16, 2015, 12:55 pm

      Hi Barbara, We’re not sure of any special tricks on this one. Placing a piece of parchment paper in between the rolls or individually wrapping with plastic wrap is probably your best bet.

    • john September 6, 2016, 3:08 pm

      I wrap them and leave them whole then wrap lightly in saran wrap. I cut the rolls into smaller pieces just before I am ready to eat them. I even make them the night before and take to lunch the next day. love that little chew.

  • tracy July 23, 2015, 2:14 pm

    Very helpful information Short and to the point

  • sudika April 27, 2015, 12:21 am

    I have air fried them successfully. ….brush with oil and turn halfway

  • Chris January 13, 2015, 6:45 pm

    Thanks. Good info. So easy. There were no instructions on the package!

  • Simon December 20, 2014, 6:07 am

    Thanks for a nice & simple how-to guide. It was just what I was looking for. Have not yet tried the BLT but I like the idea!

  • Robin Bye November 16, 2014, 7:45 am

    Thank you! In the UK they are called spring rolls and once filled are deep fried. They have something similar here called Nems that have meat or prawns in them. They are wrapped in some kind of batter and are not very good.

  • Keena Street September 7, 2014, 4:37 pm

    The information on the rice paper wrapper was very helpful. It has given me so much useful ideas. Thanks

  • Katrina August 15, 2014, 1:41 am

    To work easier with rice paper, don’t leave it in the bowl of water for too long. I usually just dip it in the bowl to get both sides wet and remove immediately, lay on a plate (paper plate not recommended as it is sticky when hydrated). At this point, the sheet is still hard but don’t worry, wait 5-10 seconds, the rice paper will soften to an elastic consistency, making it easier to roll with minimal tears.

    You can fry the rice paper wrapped with meat inside but it’s tricky to get the crunch right. Some eggrolls are made with this type of rice paper.

  • Tiffany March 22, 2014, 5:10 pm

    I’ve never used rice paper before. Are they strictly for cold dishes or can they be cooked as well?

    • Joanne March 24, 2014, 9:47 am

      We personally stick to cold dishes.

  • Sick of making rice paper rolls February 9, 2014, 2:12 pm

    Sorry, but the Rose brand is not reliable. This seems to be the only brand avaialble in Canberra, Australia for I live. Tried on three separate occassions with the Rose brand only for it to keep breaking and breaking. Given up totally on making rice paper rolls now. And I tried different temperatures for the rice paper rolls each time. Nothing worked. Maybe I was using fake Rose brand or something.

  • Rita August 19, 2013, 10:01 am

    thank you for posting this. I saw a recipe i wanted to try but had no idea how to work with rice paper. very good info. thanks again!

  • Blanche Glazier May 15, 2013, 5:37 pm

    I want to brown the rice paper and use it for things like a strudel. How do I do that?

  • Katie McManus May 9, 2013, 6:03 pm

    Very helpful. I worked with rice papers the first time today and after assembling all my salad rolls, my boyfriend asked, “don’t you bake or fry them now?” I wasn’t planning that- but got me wondering… Is it possible to bake the spring rolls after you make them? I’ve been searching all over the Internet and stumbled upon your page. Any idea?

    • Joanne May 30, 2013, 3:49 pm

      We don’t recommend it. Some people have success with it, but they are really fragile and crack easily.

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  • Thecla January 19, 2013, 1:32 pm

    Thanks for the info. Have never used rice wraps and the package does not tell about soaking them first. Thanks for your help and I will try on right now!

  • Tora April 20, 2012, 5:13 am

    How delightful, I love rice paper wraps. I totally want to make a BLT-roll now! 😀 The images are beautiful and instructive, thank you for putting so much time and love into your blog!

    • inspiredtaste April 22, 2012, 9:48 pm

       aww, thanks so much! so glad you want to make some rolls now 🙂


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