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Air Fryer Egg Rolls {Easy Egg Roll Recipe}

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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. Vegetable egg rolls are a healthy and poppable treat that your family will ask you to make again and again!

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

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 (and me!), I created this air fryer egg roll 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.

:cue spontaneous weeping and angels singing:

If you love health(ier) appetizers, you might also want to check out these Healthier Fried Zucchini Chips or these Air Fryer Fries.

What Do You Put in Air Fryer 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 air fryer egg rolls with fungus, go right ahead! This version of baked egg rolls has:

  • 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, soy sauce, sesame oil, and black pepper
  • Olive oil – just a 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.

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

Where to Buy Egg Roll Wrappers

In most grocery stores, you’ll find egg roll wrappers in the produce section near bottled salad dressings and sauces. They’re super affordable at $2-3 for 20. If you have access to a great Asian market, you’ll find a much wider variety there!

If you’re a newbie to homemade egg roll, you might be asking yourself “are spring rolls wrappers and egg roll wrappers the same thing”? No, ma’am, they are not!

Spring rolls wrappers are made of rice and are shelf-stable. They’re also a giant pain in the ass to work with and will make you spew forth violent swearing if you attempt this easy egg roll recipe using spring roll wrappers.

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.

How to Make Air Fryer Egg Rolls

*A detailed (with measurements) and printable recipe card is available at the bottom of this post.

You’re going to start by cooking your filling for these vegetable egg rolls. Preheat a skillet for a few minutes over medium heat. Add the sesame oil, ginger (I use this Microplane for grating the ginger), 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.

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

Assemble your egg rolls (see the detailed instructions above). 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 (this is the one I have and love). Place the egg rolls in the basket, seam side down, without letting them touch each other.

Bake for 7 minutes. Flip and bake for an additional 2 minutes.

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

Serve with your favorite dipping sauce. We love Mae Ploy sweet chili sauce, but you could also use soy sauce, peanut sauce, or whatever your heart desires.

But don’t use chocolate sauce. Gross.

How to Make Egg Rolls in a Skillet

No air fryer? No problem! You can also make them on the stovetop if you’d like, buuuuuut they will require a lot more oil.

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

You can also bake egg rolls in the oven if you don’t have an air fryer and don’t want to make them on the stovetop. :confetti:
 
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 for 12 minutes, and flip. Bake for an addition 8-12 minutes or until the egg rolls are nice and crispy without being burned.

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 the egg rolls 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 air fryer egg rolls 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.

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

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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 Time
5 mins
Cook Time
9 mins
Total Time
14 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.

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Fusion
Keyword: Air Fryer Egg Rolls, Easy Egg Rolle Recipe, Vegetable Egg Rolls
Servings: 3
Calories: 78 kcal
Ingredients
Instructions
Air Fryer Egg Rolls
  1. Preheat a frying pan for a few minutes over medium heat. Add the sesame oil, ginger, 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Bake at 360 degrees F for 7 minutes. Flip and bake for an additional 2 minutes.

Egg Rolls in a Skillet
  1. 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.

  2. 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
  1. Place a baking rack on a foil-lined baking sheet. Liberally spray the rack with olive oil.

  2. Put the egg rolls seam side down on the baking rack and brush olive oil over the top.

  3. Bake for 12 minutes, and flip. Bake for an addition 8-12 minutes or until the egg rolls are nice and crispy without being burned.

Recipe 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*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 62mg 3%
Potassium 182mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 3g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 4.1%
Vitamin C 41.6%
Calcium 4.4%
Iron 3.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This recipe was originally published in May 2012. It has been retested and updated with reader feedback. New photos have been added and the recipe has been made printable. For reference, this is one of the photos from the original post:

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

  1. YUM! I spent the better part of last week trying to find a low carb gluten free egg roll wrapper recipe. Yeah, no. Did not happen. Found a low carb one though. I just haven’t.. because I’m too lazy to get out the deep fryer. It didn’t even occur to me to pull out of the cast iron pans and fry them up that way. Which is funny, because I “deep fry” things that way far more frequently than actually deep frying anything.
    I do like my porky egg rolls though, so I’ll likely pull out a baggie of precooked sausage crumbles to add into the cabbage. (Laziness around here means getting motivated enough on grocery day to precook pretty much every meat… purely to avoid doing so when I actually have to cook a meal.)

  2. THAT sauce is the best. I used to have it in college, and I’d eat it with fries and wraps and pretty much anything you’d use ketchup with. After graduating, I spent months looking for this particular brand, as I could not recall it. I was so happy when I found it. I still carry the large bottle with me! I think I’d try them with Miranda’s suggestion and put some sausage crumbles. That sounds awesome. Thanks!

  3. That is exactly how we make Lumpia (Filipino egg rolls). We just add whatever meat is available. Right now, we’re trying to find a gluten-free version and the hard, need-to-be-soaked-and-take-forever-and-break-and-piss-you-off, rice spring roll wrappers are awful for lazy, clumsy cooks like me.
    Mae Ploy and Sriacha are life savers!

  4. Thanks for the recipe and the good laugh.

  5. Do they turn out similar if baked?

  6. I totally made a whole, big bunch of these last weekend, and froze them up. I got super un-lazy (strange for me…) and cooked the cabbage mix (for like five minutes) in sesame oil with some ground ginger and soy sauce. OMG. NOM.

    My husband and I are totally rocking out on the sweet chili sauce from Trader Joe’s. Pretty tasty.

    • So good right? We love TJ’s sauce too! TJ’s is a bit of a haul for us, so if we need to buy locally, we get the one purchased above. Both are so tasty!

  7. Wow! I so wish I would have thought about using the coleslaw mix. My daughter is a Filipina and we frequently make lumpia. We absolutely love Mae Ploy sweet chilli sauce! It can be used on so many things. We use it in the morning with our garlic fried rice and eggs! Thanks for saving me so much time!

  8. So easy. I made them a little less lazy by doing a quick sauté on my coleslaw mix with some soy sauce and ginger.

  9. Hey girlie 🙂
    Thank you, thank you and thank you for having “Jump to Recipe” as an option! A friend recently posted about her frustration with blogs that have such loooong narratives with their recipes. As you know, I tell EVERYONE about your blog and this is just one more reason to follow you!
    Ps. I think we are overdue for a Skype visit!

    • You bet! I use those jump to recipe buttons all the time myself, so I want to have them for my readers.

      Fun fact for your friend: most bloggers don’t want to write a long narrative. Do you know how easy it is to just write the recipe, hit publish, and walk away? That’s the dream! But, Google won’t rank your recipe or blog if you write under 300 words on a post.

      So, some bloggers use that space as filler to tell stories (which is what I used to do). Many bloggers, including myself now, use that space to make the posts more educational (“how to”, “tips and tricks”, etc.) and helpful to readers. My old way of posting took about 45 minutes. The new way? 8-12 hours per post because it involves research, taking process photos, and reaching out to companies for more info.

      This egg roll post is an update to one I published 7 years ago. At the time it was 269 words. Now? 1243 because it answers all the questions readers might have. The mantra of “give the readers enough info to make it perfectly the first time and every time” has been drilled into my head.

      We would all LOVE to go back to the old way because it’s so much easier. But you can’t be successful by using the old way. So…we offer a jump to recipe. 🙂

  10. Ok so I’m probably the only dumb one, but maybe you could add “egg roll wrappers” to the ingredient list because I put what I didn’t have on my grocery list…and then totally forgot to buy the wrappers since they weren’t on the ingredient list!

    (face palm)

  11. Yum! Thanks so much for this recipe. It has been ages since I have had a good egg roll. I served these for dinner last night with a side of broccoli and baked tofu. My family loved them. I plan to get some more cabbage today and prep a batch for the freezer with the leftover wrappers.

    • So glad you liked them Emily!

      When you bake your tofu do you marinate it beforehand or season it after?

      • I usually marinate the tofu pull out the chunks to bake or air fry them and then once they are baked toss them back in the marinade (often thickened a bit) before serving.

      • I LOVE air frying tofu!! Have you ever tried dusting them in cornstarch before frying?