Vietnamese Crispy Shrimp Crêpes (Bánh Xeo)

These traditional Vietnamese Crispy Shrimp Crêpes are one of my favorite lunch or dinner menu items. They have substance, are easy to make, and you can fill them with just about anything, and you have in the fridge! This recipe is for shrimp, which is a beautiful compliment to the coconut milk and turmeric in the crêpe base.
Vietnamese Crispy Shrimp Crepes
overhead shot of Vietnamese Crispy Shrimp Crepes.

Below are the ingredients for the crêpe base.

Note: I used yellow dried Mung beans for this recipe. They do come in many different varieties and colors, such as green, yellow, olive, brown, purplish brown, or black. You could try this recipe with any of the above; however, it might turn your batter a different color.

  • You can usually find the most traditional yellow dried Mung beans at any Asian grocery store or organic market.
  • They are underutilized in American cuisine, which is unfortunate, as they have many incredible health properties and benefits. These beans are in the legume family and contain many nutrients and minerals such as Manganese, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Vitamin B1, Iron, Copper, Potassium, Zinc, Fiber ad many more.
ingredients for crepes in bowls ready to use: rice flour, mung beans coconut milk, turmeric, sugar and cornstarch.
  • You can choose whatever filling you desire. However, below are the traditional and authentic Vietnamese ingredients I decided to use.
ingredients for crepe filling: bean sprouts, cilantro, lime, palm sugar, Thai basil, shrimp and scallions.

Making the Crêpe Base:

  • It is essential to whisk all the dry elements together before incorporating any of your wet ingredients. This makes for an evenly distributed batter. 
palm sugar being added to a bowl of rice flour and cornstarch.
soaked dried mung beans and coconut milk in a blender ready to be pulsed.
  • The above is the incorporation of the wet ingredients. The soaked and drained Mung beans are being pulsed together with the coconut milk in a food processor.
  • The picture below is the incorporation of the Mung bean/coconut milk mixture into the dry flour mixture. For a smooth batter, make a well with the dry ingredients and slowly whisk in the wet. This will allow you to have a smooth and clump-free mixture.
  • Once the mixture is thoroughly whisked and smooth, rest the batter for 20-30 minutes to allow the gluten to subside. This will enable the crêpes to be crispy. If you use your batter right away, the crêpes will puff in the pan from all the working and mixing of the flour.
wet ingredients being added to dry ingredients to make crepes.
  • After the batter has rested, coat a hot sauté pan with coconut oil and allow it to glisten.
  • Ladle in the batter and tilt the pan to distribute the batter in one thin, even layer.
batter being ladled into a heated skillet.
  • NOTE: You Can Add the Filling to the Crêpe Two Different Ways

 1) As shown in the picture: Once the crêpe has some slight color on the bottom, place your filling on one side of the crêpe and fold over. This method is slightly easier/a one-pan version. However, the shrimp and onions will not have any caramelization.

2) As stated in the recipe, you can make the filling separately and add the cooked mixture to your crêpe. This method allows for maximum flavor and caramelization of your shrimp and onions inside your crêpe. You can’t go wrong; both ways are delicious!

shrimp and scallions added to the crepe and being folded in a skillet.
  • After you cook your crêpes, the only thing left to do is whisk up your dipping sauce!

The Dipping Sauce ingredients are below. 

ingredients in bowls ready to make a dipping sauce.
  • Make sure all elements are whisked together and enjoy with your crêpe!
  • As shown above, I love eating mine with fresh Butter lettuce and herbs! In the picture, I used Thai Basil and cilantro, but fresh mint is also traditional.
ingredients for dipping sauce being whisked together.
ingredients for dipping sauce being whisked together.

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Vietnamese Crispy Shrimp Crêpes

These shrimp crêpes are a fantastic addition to your repertoire! You can find yellow Mung beans in just about any Asian supermarket and even at organic markets such as Whole Foods. The sweetness of the coconut milk pairs wonderfully with the savory meatiness of the shrimp and the fresh, bright greens and herbs! This dish is fantastic at any spring brunch or hot summer night:)
Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Vietnamese
Servings 4 people
Calories 850 kcal

Ingredients
  

Crêpe Batter

  • 2 cups rice flour
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ cup dried Mung beans
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 4 cups water boiling
  • Coconut oil

Filling

  • 1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 3 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2 tsp brown sugar or palm sugar
  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 yellow or white onion, sliced into half moons
  • 1 cup fresh mung bean sprouts
  • 1 cup mint leaves, torn
  • 1 head Butter lettuce, torn
  • Vegetable oil to coat pan

Dipping Sauce

  • 1 tsp garlic, minced
  • 1 Thai chili, minced
  • ¼ cup organic cane sugar
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • ¼ cup fish sauce
  • 1 cup water

Instructions
 

Crêpe Batter

  • Whisk the rice flour, cornstarch, sugar, and turmeric in a bowl.
  • Place the Mung beans in a bowl with the 4 cups of hot water to rehydrate for about 30 minutes.
  • Drain the beans and puree them in a food processor with coconut milk. Pulse until smooth.
  • Make a well with the dry ingredients, and slowly whisk in the wet mixture.
  • Whisk until smooth and allow the batter to rest and refrigerate for 20-30 minutes.
  • Heat a large sauté pan or crêpe pan over high heat and coat with oil.
  • Pour one ladle of crêpe batter into the pan and immediately swirl it to reach the edges of the pan.
  • Flip the crêpe and continue to cook for 30 seconds. Slide onto a platter and repeat the process with the remaining batter.

Filling

  • Heat a medium sautépan over high heat and coat with oil.
  • Lightly season theshrimp with salt and pepper and cook just until pink, about 2 minutes.
  • Add the fish sauce, brown sugar, scallions, andonion and continue to cook until the onions are translucent about 3 minutes.
  • Place a crêpe on a plate and fill with shrimpvegetables, mint, and lettuce.
  • Serve with dipping sauce.

Dipping Sauce

  • Whisk all ingredients together. Season to tastewith more sugar, chili, and water.

Nutrition

Calories: 850kcalCarbohydrates: 139gProtein: 39gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 286mgSodium: 3120mgPotassium: 982mgFiber: 10gSugar: 22gVitamin A: 1977IUVitamin C: 26mgCalcium: 301mgIron: 9mg
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