These Air Fryer Egg Rolls Recipe is made with egg roll wrappers, cabbage, carrots, garlic and ginger and air fried to perfection.
These egg rolls tastes like the real deal. Once you assemble the Vegetable Egg Rolls, you will have the option to fry them, bake them, or air fry them. These egg rolls are crispy on the outside with a delicious soft filling that will fill your taste buds in the best way. Watch the video and learn how to make these egg rolls that taste better than take out. You can buy the egg roll wrappers in the freezer section by the produce or the ethnic food section. Avoid at all costs buying the refrigerated egg roll wrappers because they soften up very quickly. The right kind of wrappers are the super thin ones. The good brands to try are “little Chef” and “Spring Home.”
Air Fryer Egg Rolls Recipe Ingredients
You'll only need a few simple ingredients to make this. The exact measurements are listed in the recipe card below. Here's an overview of what you'll need:
- Egg roll wrappers
- Sesame oil
- Soy sauce
- Rice vinegar
- Maple syrup
- Red pepper flakes
See recipe card for quantities.
How to make Air Fryer Egg Rolls
Cook the filling. In a large skillet on medium heat, add sesame oil in a skillet and wait for the oil to shimmer. Stir in the cabbage, carrots, garlic and ginger. Cook for 3 minutes, then pour in the soy sauce. Stir and remove from heat.
Assemble the egg rolls. Add two tablespoons of the cabbage mixture on a sheet of egg roll wrapper. Fold bottom corner over filling and then fold the side corners. Bruch the top corner with water and roll the wrap tightly to enclose the filling. Brush the entire egg roll with vegetable oil.
For stovetop: In a large heavy Dutch Oven or cast iron, heat vegetable oil until the oil reaches 350°F. Carefully place 4-6 egg rolls in the hot oil, adjusting the heat. Fry for 5-8 minutes, flipping the rolls until crispy. For oven: Brush olive oil over the egg rolls and place on a baking sheet that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Bake at 400°F for 15-20 minutes. Air Fryer: Air fry for 10 minutes at 400°F, flipping once halfway.
Make the dipping sauce. Combine the soy sauce, vinegar, maple syrup and red pepper flakes.
Hint: Make sure to either brush egg roll with oil or spray with olive oil spray.
What to serve with Air Fryer Egg Rolls
- Dipping sauces: Egg rolls are traditionally served with dipping sauces, such as sweet chili sauce, soy sauce, or spicy mustard. You can also experiment with other dipping sauces, such as hoisin sauce or peanut sauce, for additional flavor.
- Rice: Serve air fryer egg rolls with a side of steamed white rice or fried rice for a complete meal.
- Noodle dishes: Pair air fryer egg rolls with a noodle dish, such as chow mein or lo mein, for a delicious and satisfying meal.
- Stir-fried vegetables: Serve air fryer egg rolls with a side of stir-fried vegetables, such as broccoli, snow peas, or bok choy, for a healthy and balanced meal.
- Soup: Pair air fryer egg rolls with a bowl of hot and sour soup or egg drop soup for a comforting and warming meal.
- Salad: Serve air fryer egg rolls with a side salad for a lighter and healthier meal. A simple mixed green salad with a vinaigrette dressing would be a great complement to the egg rolls.
- Fruit: Pair air fryer egg rolls with a side of fresh fruit, such as sliced mango or pineapple, for a refreshing and sweet contrast to the savory egg rolls. Check out my Watermelon Feta Salad.
Cabbage: This is not to be confused with iceberg lettuce. You can buy green or purple cabbage as they both work well.
Carrots: This will give the egg rolls a nice crunch.
Ginger: I love using fresh ginger and cutting them into tiny little pieces.
Egg roll wrappers: You can find this int he refrigerated section of the produce aisle at your local grocery store. If not, you should try a local asian grocery store.
Dipping Sauce: You can make any variation of the dipping sauce that you would like. If you aren't a fan of vinegar, feel free to skip it and use lime juice instead. As for the red pepper flakes, feel free to add more if you like the spice.
Air Fryer Egg Rolls Recipe Variations
- Vegetable egg rolls: Swap out the ground pork for additional vegetables, such as mushrooms, bell peppers, and bamboo shoots, for a vegetarian option.
- Shrimp egg rolls: Add cooked shrimp to the filling mixture for a seafood twist on classic egg rolls.
- Chicken egg rolls: Swap out the ground pork for ground chicken or diced cooked chicken for a lighter option.
- Beef egg rolls: Swap out the ground pork for ground beef or diced cooked beef for a heartier option.
- Spicy egg rolls: Add chopped jalapenos or red pepper flakes to the filling mixture for a spicy kick.
- Sweet and sour egg rolls: Serve air fryer egg rolls with a side of sweet and sour sauce for dipping.
- Buffalo chicken egg rolls: Mix shredded cooked chicken with buffalo sauce and blue cheese dressing, and wrap it in egg roll wrappers for a buffalo chicken egg roll.
- Pizza egg rolls: Mix cooked sausage or pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, and marinara sauce, and wrap it in egg roll wrappers for a pizza egg roll.
- Breakfast egg rolls: Mix scrambled eggs, cooked sausage or bacon, and shredded cheese, and wrap it in egg roll wrappers for a breakfast egg roll.
- Air fryer: An air fryer is a countertop appliance that uses hot air to circulate around the food and create a crispy exterior without the need for deep-frying in oil. You will need an air fryer to cook the egg rolls. I used my Instant Pot with the air frying feature but I hear the Ninja Air fryer works well too.
- Mixing bowl: You will need a mixing bowl to mix the filling ingredients.
- Cutting board and knife: You will need a cutting board and knife to chop and prepare the filling ingredients.
- Egg roll wrappers: You will need egg roll wrappers to wrap the filling mixture.
- Cooking spray: You will need cooking spray to lightly coat the egg rolls before cooking them in the air fryer.
- Tongs: You will need tongs to flip the egg rolls during cooking.
- Dipping sauce bowls: You will need small bowls for serving dipping sauces with the egg rolls.
How to store Air Fryer Egg Rolls
- Allow the egg rolls to cool completely to room temperature.
- Place the egg rolls in an airtight container or resealable plastic bag.
- Store the egg rolls in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
- When ready to eat, reheat the egg rolls in the air fryer at 350°F for 5-6 minutes, until heated through and crispy.
Air Fryer Egg Rolls Recipe Top tips
- Don't overfill the egg roll wrappers: Overfilling the wrappers can cause them to tear or burst during cooking, so be sure to measure out the filling and use only as much as recommended in the recipe.
- Seal the egg rolls tightly: Use a small amount of beaten egg or water to seal the edges of the egg roll wrappers before rolling them up. This will help prevent the filling from leaking out during cooking.
- Preheat the air fryer: Preheating the air fryer can help ensure even cooking and a crispy exterior. Preheat the air fryer to 350°F for 3-5 minutes before adding the egg rolls.
- Don't overcrowd the air fryer basket: Cook the egg rolls in batches if necessary to prevent overcrowding. Overcrowding can cause the egg rolls to cook unevenly and may result in a less crispy exterior.
- Spray the egg rolls with cooking spray: Lightly coat the egg rolls with cooking spray before cooking to help them achieve a crispy exterior.
- Flip the egg rolls halfway through cooking: Use tongs to flip the egg rolls over halfway through cooking to ensure even browning on both sides.
- Let the egg rolls cool slightly before serving: Let the egg rolls cool for a few minutes before serving to prevent burning your mouth on the hot filling.
- Experiment with different fillings: Egg rolls can be filled with a variety of ingredients, so don't be afraid to experiment with different fillings to find your favorite recipe.
- Cook to a minimum temperature of 165 °F (74 °C)
- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food, that previously touched raw meat
- Wash hands after touching raw meat
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Use oils with high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds
- Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove