These Air Fryer Egg Rolls are ideal to make as an easy and delicious appetizer. They contain a delightful blend of carrots, cabbage and sauce that is air fried to golden perfection. There’s also the option to add in shredded chicken or turkey–perfect for using up those holiday leftovers!
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Why you’ll love it
Imagine biting into a perfectly crispy egg roll, filled with a vibrant mix of cabbage and tender sliced carrots from Libby’s Vegetables. These Air Fryer Egg Rolls are not just a treat for your taste buds, but they’re also incredibly easy to make. Trust me, they’re a crowd-pleasing appetizer or even a light meal.
Plus, by using the air fryer you achieve that crunchy texture without excess oil from deep frying. This makes them an overall more nourishing option.
Absolutely! Carrots are packed with essential vitamins and minerals. Here, I’m using Libby’s Vegetables, which are made with US-grown carrots. They’re prepared within hours from the farm where they were harvested, sealing in goodness, flavor and vibrant orange color.
Egg rolls and spring rolls are both beloved appetizers, each with unique characteristics. The names can sometimes be interchanged but in general, this recipe is more aligned with an egg roll.
- Origin: Egg rolls are a product of Chinese-American cuisine, tailored to American palates and popularized in Chinese-American communities. Spring rolls have roots across Asia and have different variations across Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, and Filipino cuisines.
- Wrappers: Egg rolls are often wrapped in a thicker dough made from wheat. Spring rolls are more commonly wrapped in a translucent wrap made from rice flour, although some spring rolls may call for egg roll wraps.
- Fillings: Egg rolls are commonly filled with cooked ingredients like proteins, cabbage, and carrots. Summer spring rolls are usually served cold and wrapped in fresh vegetables like lettuce, bean sprouts, and herbs.
- Libby’s Sliced Carrots: These vibrant carrots add a natural sweetness with very little prep work–that’s a win in my books. Look for them in the canned vegetables aisle.
- Cabbage: Sometimes you can find pre-shredded cabbage in a bag, otherwise, you can buy a whole head of cabbage and quickly slice it at home.
- Green Onions: These provide a mild onion flavor and a pop of color. For this recipe, we’re splitting it up into the green tops and the white bottoms. The white part will be sauteed whereas the green parts will be used for garnish.
- Egg Roll Wrappers: Typically available in the refrigerated section, these thin sheets of dough are the perfect vehicle for your delicious filling. Sometimes they are called spring roll wrappers as well.
- Prepare the Filling: Sauté cabbage, green onions, and carrots with optional protein in a skillet.
- Wrap It Up: Spoon the filling onto egg roll wrappers, fold, and roll tightly. Seal the edges with a dab of water. If you are new to rolling egg rolls, start with a smaller amount of filling (1/3 cup) as this will be easier to wrap. Once you feel confident, you can fill it with a larger amount (1/2 cup).
- Air Fry: Preheat your air fryer, spray the rolls with oil, then air fry until golden brown and crispy. Remember, don’t overcrowd your air fryer basket for the crispiest results!
- Serving Tips: Pair these spring rolls with a refreshing cucumber salad or a bowl of hot and sour soup.
- Troubleshooting Tips: If your rolls aren’t as crispy as you’d like, ensure you haven’t overfilled them. You may have to air fry for an extra 1-2 minutes as everyone’s air fryers are different.
- Scaling Tips: Want to make a big batch? Double or triple the ingredients. Just keep in mind: you’ll have to work in batches as the air fryer basket can likely only hold about 6-8 egg rolls at a time.
Got leftover turkey from the holiday feast? Don’t let it go to waste! This recipe offers a unique and delicious way to repurpose your leftover turkey. Instead of the usual sandwich or soup, add shredded turkey or chicken inside these crispy rolls. It’s a creative and flavorful way to make the most out of your holiday leftovers!
Like all of my other recipes, this egg roll recipe is completely customizable. You get to choose what sauce you want to use.
- Sauce of your choice: To give the vegetables some extra flavor, we’re stirring in a tablespoon of either soy sauce, tamari, or coconut aminos. Use your favorite depending on what you already have on hand and suit your dietary preferences. Tamari is gluten-free and coconut aminos are both gluten-free and soy-free.
Absolutely! You can prepare the rolls and seal them without frying. Store them in the refrigerator for a day or two, ready to be air-fried whenever you’re craving a crispy bite.
You can even freeze them before frying by wrapping them individually with wax paper and saran wrap. To air fry egg rolls from frozen, preheat your air fryer to 350ºF like normal. Then simply air fry for a bit longer–about 15 minutes.
Store any extras in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the fridge. To preserve their crispiness, reheat them in the air fryer at 350°F for about 4 minutes.
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Air Fryer Egg Rolls
- 1 tablespoon avocado oil or olive oil
- 1 – 14.5 ounces can Libby’s Sliced Carrots, drained and sliced into strips
- 2 cups shredded green cabbage
- 4 green onions, thinly sliced and separating out the green tops from the white bulbs*
- 1 tablespoon sauce of your choice (soy sauce, tamari, or coconut aminos)
- 1 teaspoon Sriracha
- Optional: 1 cup shredded cooked chicken or leftover cooked turkey
- 1 package of 6-inch wide egg roll wrappers (We won’t use all of them but they typically come in a standard pack)
- Cooking spray
- 1/4 cup cup sweet chili sauce
- Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
- Add shredded cabbage and green onion white bottoms and saute for 3 minutes.
- Stir in carrots and optional chicken or turkey and saute for 2 more minutes.
- Finally, stir in sauce of your choice and Sriracha then remove from heat.
- Place the wrapper like a diamond towards you. Spoon about ⅓ to ½ cup of the filling onto the bottom corner of the wrapper.
- Fold the bottom corner over the filling, then fold in the sides, and roll it up tightly. Use a little water to seal the top corner of the wrapper. Repeat with the remaining mixture to make 6-8 rolls in total.
- Preheat your air fryer to 350°F. Lightly spray both sides of the egg rolls with cooking spray then arrange them in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Make sure they are not touching or overlapping.
- Air fry for 10-12 minutes, turning halfway through, until golden brown and crispy.
- Let cool in the air fryer basket for 2 minutes before removing and placing onto a serving plate. Garnish with green onion tops and serve with sweet chili sauce for dipping.