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Air Fryer Egg Rolls {Easy Egg Roll Recipe}

These crispy Air Fryer Egg Rolls are a delicious appetizer or snack! Baked, not fried, this easy egg roll recipe is simple to make and cooks in only 9 minutes. No air fryer? You’ll find skillet and oven-baking directions in the recipe card.

Three air fryer egg rolls on a wooden tray with a dish of soy sauce

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Everybody loves egg rolls, right? I mean, come on! Super crunchy, full of yumminess, and um, fried food (hello!). But, are egg rolls healthy? All the nopes.

Lucky for you, I created this air fryer egg rolls recipe that is just as good as the deep-fried version but only uses 1 teaspoon of olive oil. You read that right – 1 measly teaspoon.

If you love health(ier) appetizers, you might also want to check out these Air Fryer Potstickers, Soft Pretzel Bites, Homemade Fried Pickles, Fried Artichoke Hearts, Air Fryer Zucchini Chips or these Air Fryer Fries.

What Do You Put in Homemade Egg Rolls

This is a truly forgiving recipe that you can customize to your preferences as tastes. I can’t stand mushrooms, but if you want to fill your egg rolls with fungus, go right ahead! This version of baked egg rolls has:

  • Egg roll wrappers
  • Shredded cabbage – use the pre-made coleslaw mix that is in every grocery store for $1.69
  • Shredded carrots (already in the coleslaw mix if you’re using that)
  • Green onions, aka scallions, aka spring onions
  • Flavors – ginger, garlic, soy sauce, sesame oil, and black pepper
  • Olive oil – just 1 teaspoon!

If you’d like to add any meat to this easy egg roll recipe, it must be cooked before being placed in the egg roll wrapper. Some protein ideas: crumbled tofu, shrimp, cooked ground sausage, chicken, or beef.

Leftover egg roll wrappers? Make up a batch of Bacon and Egg Rolls for a fun and savory breakfast. Need something sweeter? Try these Apple Pie Egg Rolls!

If you have any leftover shredded cabbage, use it in Kale Chopped Salad, Pressure cooker Chicken Tacos, Fried Cabbage With Bacon or Easy Spicy Coleslaw Without Mayo.

Two photos showing cabbage being cooked in a cast iron skillet for making vegetable egg rolls

How Do You Wrap an Egg Roll?

I’m so glad you asked! I came up with this handy little step by step photo guide for you.

8 photos showing how to wrap an egg roll

  1. Set up a “wrapping” station with your cooked filling, a plate, a small dish of water, and a pastry brush.
  2. Place the wrapper on a plate or cutting board. You’ll want it shaped like a diamond, with the bottom pointing at you. Place 2 tbsp of filling in the bottom third of the wrapper.
  3. Roll up the bottom point of the diamond so that it goes up and over the filling, but only goes to the center of the wrapper.
  4. Fold in the left side of the wrapper to cover the center.
  5. Fold in the right side of the wrapper to cover the left fold. It will look like you’re making a delicious envelope at this point! But don’t mail it. 🙂
  6. Starting from the bottom, roll the egg roll up until just the top point of the wrapper is still exposed.
  7. Brush some water on the top point of the egg roll, and fold down. You may need to brush a bit more water over the edges to “seal” the egg roll closed.
  8. Repeat until you have 4-5 egg rolls made.

Two photos showing how to make egg rolls in an air fryer

Can You Make Egg Rolls Ahead of Time?

Yes! You can pre-roll the egg rolls and store them in the fridge for up to 12 hours. Place a lightly damp rag over them and then place in an air-tight container in the fridge.

Can You Freeze Egg Rolls?

Yep! If you don’t want to cook these right away, place uncooked egg rolls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and freeze. 

Then transfer to a freezer-proof bag or container. Do not thaw before cooking. You will need to add a few minutes to the cook time.

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes

  • As written, the recipe will make six egg rolls (two egg rolls per serving). If you need to make more or less, the recipe card has the option to adjust the number of servings.
  • If you have any leftover filling, serve it over cauliflower rice with some grilled chicken for an egg roll bowl.
  • In most grocery stores, you’ll find egg roll wrappers in the produce section near bottled salad dressings and sauces.

A hand holding an egg fryer egg roll into a bowl of dipping sauce

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WEIGHT WATCHERS POINTS

One serving has 3 WW Freestyle SmartPoints.

Three air fryer egg rolls on a wooden tray with a dish of soy sauce
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Air Fryer Egg Rolls {Easy Egg Roll Recipe}

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time9 mins
Total Time14 mins
Air Fryer Egg Rolls are an absolutely delicious appetizer or snack! Baked, not fried, this easy egg roll recipe is simple to make and cooks in only 9 minutes.

Ingredients

Equipment

Instructions

Air Fryer Instructions

  • Preheat a frying pan for a few minutes over medium heat. Add the sesame oil, ginger, garlic, cabbage, and shredded carrot. Cook down for 2-3 minutes or until the cabbage has wilted. Add the green onions, soy sauce, and black pepper. Stir and remove from heat.
  • Assemble your egg rolls (see the detailed instructions in the post). Brush olive oil over the top of the egg rolls. Alternatively, you could use a Misto to spray olive oil, but I found that caused the egg roll wrappers to bubble up more when they were cooking.
  • Brush olive oil on the basket of your air fryer. Place the egg rolls in the basket, seam side down, without letting them touch each other.
  • Bake at 360 degrees F for 7 minutes. Flip and bake for an additional 2 minutes.

Skillet Instructions

  • Heat a cast iron skillet over medium heat for about 5 minutes.  Then add enough avocado oil to cover the bottom of the skillet. Place the egg roll "seam side" down in the oil.
  • Cook it until that side is crispy and brown, and then flip.  When finished cooking, place them on a plate lined with newspaper or paper towels to absorb the extra oil.

Baked Egg Rolls Instructions

  • Place a baking rack on a foil-lined baking sheet. Liberally spray the rack with olive oil.
  • Put the egg rolls seam side down on the baking rack and brush olive oil over the top.
  • Bake at 325 F for 12 minutes, and flip. Bake for an addition 8-12 minutes or until the egg rolls are nice and crispy without being burned.

Notes

To freeze: place uncooked egg rolls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and freeze.  Then transfer to a freezer-proof bag or container. Do not thaw before cooking. You will need to add a few minutes to the cook time.
 
If you want to add meat to the egg rolls, you'll need to cook it before placing it in the wrapper.
Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Egg Rolls {Easy Egg Roll Recipe}
Amount Per Serving (2 egg rolls)
Calories 78 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 62mg3%
Potassium 182mg5%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 205IU4%
Vitamin C 34.3mg42%
Calcium 44mg4%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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83 comments on “Air Fryer Egg Rolls {Easy Egg Roll Recipe}”

  1. Why even post a recipe when the ingredients are:
    Store bought wrappers and pre-made coleslaw. Haha.

    • Because I believe in meeting people where they are in their cooking journey. Someone who hates to cook or maybe can’t cut vegetables very well (disabilities/arthritis, or maybe they’re kids) might want to try something that they made by themselves. And if they get more confident by learning a simple skill, they might be willing to try new more complicated things.

      Not everyone is at the same level as everyone else. Don’t insert yourself and biases into another home cook’s kitchen.

  2. Thanks ๐Ÿ‘ for letting me know how to make egg rolls in my air fryer. Good luck on your job! I love to cook ๐Ÿ’Ÿ and use my air fryer as much as I can. Have a wonderful day โฃ๏ธ5 stars

  3. As a bariatric patient I have a very limited menu…and THESE were just the perfect thing to add. Just purchased an air fryer oven and loving experimenting with recipes. You have introduced me to wonton wrappers and there is no going back now!!! Thanks! This is something I will make often!5 stars

    • I’m so thrilled I could help! A friend is also a bariatric patient and I have watched her work on menus over the last few years.

      Another delicious use of wonton wrappers is mini apple pies. You can use the wonton baking instructions from this post and the steamed apples instructions from this post. Add the steamed apples to the baked wonton wrappers and then warm in the oven for a few minutes. They’re 100% free of added sugars.

  4. Delicious!! My family loves these. Thanks for posting.5 stars

  5. I tried this with (spicy) shrimp, omitted black pepper. I am thrilled at how well these turned out. Your recipe is a winner with me!5 stars

  6. I was checking out your air fryer recipes because we got an oven with a built in air fryer and it is still very new to us. Is there anything I need to know about an air fryer in an oven vs the counter type variety with a smaller basket? Your recipes look amazing and we cannot wait to several of them. Thank you!

    • By oven do you mean a countertop air fryer oven or an actual oven with convection? I prefer the basket model because they’re easier to clean vs the countertop air fryer ovens.

  7. This recipe turned out perfect. This was one of my first air fryer recipes and turned out so good! I added leftover grilled shrimp cut into small pieces. Thank you5 stars

  8. These turned out great! I added ground pork and a little peanut butter to the filling.5 stars

  9. First time trying egg roll wrappers – cooked recommended time & wrappers were very crisp on outside but had raw layer underneath – I checked to make sure had only one wrapper????any ideas?

    • MaryAnn, if it only seemed raw on the bottom, you can try flipping them halfway through. If you did flip them, I almost wonder if you folded them too much? If you happen to have a photo of any that you made, you can email me at sarah@www.sustainablecooks.com and I’d be happy to help you troubleshoot.