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Air Fryer Egg Rolls {Easy Egg Roll Recipe}

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

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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 (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 Air Fryer Potstickers, Soft Pretzel Bites, Homemade Fried Pickles, Fried Artichoke Hearts, Air Fryer Zucchini Chips or these Air Fryer Fries.

Hungry for more? Check out these 13 Easy Air Fryer Vegetable Recipes!

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:

  • 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, 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.

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.

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 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 Egg Rolls

  • 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.
  • 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.

Egg Rolls in a Skillet

  • 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

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

  1. If frozen, approximately how long do they need to be cook in an air fryer?

  2. Carrots do not appear in your ingredient list. How much, please? So looking forward to this recipe!

    • Hi Debra, they’re already in the coleslaw mix that I use. I would say if you want to add some separately, about 1/4 cup shredded would work great!