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Air Fryer Egg Rolls (from Frozen)

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Air fryer egg rolls from frozen are easy to make. This recipe works with spring rolls and egg rolls and tastes just like takeout, but healthier! Serve this tasty Asian appetizer up in less than 15 minutes and serve for game days and parties any time of year.

egg roll with a bite taken out
crisped to perfection

easy air fryer egg rolls

  • Frozen egg rolls made in the air fryer is simply the best method to get crispy, crunchy, and precisely cooked egg rolls! Serve this easy appetizer/side with rice, chicken wings, sesame chicken, or chicken teriyaki.
  • With this easy air fryer recipe, you can air cook frozen egg rolls like a pro. Easy and healthier than deep-frying or cooking in a standard oven!
  • In my opinion, there is nothing better than Chinese food and a good egg roll. With this recipe, you can get takeout taste without leaving home.
  • Crispy, crunchy egg rolls with the proper dipping sauce are the ultimate combination to serve at parties, tailgating and football appetizers. You can even try this with spring rolls too!
four frozen egg rolls in an air fryer basket
Cooking spray or parchment paper prevents sticking

ingredients

Whether you’re making egg rolls from Chung’s, Pagoda, Van’s, Sam’s, Tai Pei or Costco, this recipe will work for all of the famous brands from your grocers freezer aisle.

This recipe is also perfect for spring rolls, pork, beef, and chicken egg rolls.

close view of air fryer insides with carrots and cabbage

thawing egg rolls before frying?

No. They don’t need to be thawed beforehand. If the egg rolls or spring rolls are frozen, the outsides will fry up the best.

Put them in the air fryer directly from the freezer and cook them. Egg rolls frozen in an air fryer are the simplest and best option.

You can cook frozen egg rolls in an air fryer since they crisp up properly, there is no mess and they’re healthier than deep fried egg rolls.

egg rolls with rice and chopsticks
a simple recipe for busy weeknights

instructions

Pre-heat the air fryer and spray the basket of your air fryer with cooking spray or parchment paper (optional).

  1. Fry the egg rolls by placing them in a fryer basket in one layer.
  2. Cook, turning halfway at 4 minutes, for a total of 8 minutes.
  3. Cook for an extra minute or two until you get your desired crispness.
  4. Make sure your egg rolls are crispy at the end of your cooking time and add extra cooking time if necessary.
egg rolls in a bowl with sweet and sour sauce

best dipping sauces for egg rolls

  • Sweet and spicy mayonnaise-based dipping sauce known as Bang Bang Sauce.
  • A spicy Asian sauce rich with umami flavor, Chili Crisp is a must-have!
  • An eel sauce that is sweet, salty, and umami all at once is a winning mix.
  • Chilli sauce with a Thai twist

FAQ

How to re-heat egg rolls

Reheating them in an air fryer is a cinch, and the results are just as tasty as the first time.

Should I pre-heat the air fryer?

Pre-heating the air fryer is a good idea. When cooking without pre-heating, you’ll need to increase the cooking time by roughly 3-4 minutes.

All air fryers are different, and some cook at a significantly higher temperature than others. What works best for your air fryer and the food you’re cooking will become clearer when your first batch is done. Basket-style air fryers were used to test these.

tips

  • Fill the basket/tray to the max, but the egg rolls should not be stacked. Keep them in a single layer.
  • Flip, turn or shake the basket halfway through the cooking time for even crispiness.
  • If necessary, cook in many batches to prevent crowding.
  • Make sure to use a cooking spray approved for air frying, or approved parchment paper.
  • In order to get the insides hot and cook evenly, start with a lower temperature and gradually raise the heat.

what to serve with egg rolls

I often serve egg rolls with rice, Bang Bang Chicken, Air Fryer Sesame Chicken, or Instant Pot Chicken Rice Soup. Egg rolls are also great served with stir-fry.

three egg rolls with dipping sauce with a bite taken from one

Air Fryer Egg Rolls (from frozen)

It's easy to make frozen egg rolls in the air fryer. Try these simple tips and you've got easiest egg rolls in minutes! A perfectly crisp outer shell every time.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Chinese
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 437kcal
Author: Amber

Equipment

  • Air fryer

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp non-stick cooking spray *air fryer approved
  • 8 egg rolls frozen
  • ½ cup dipping sauce

Instructions

  • Spray the basket of your air fryer with non-stick cooking spray approved for air frying.
  • Pre-heat air fryer to 350°F and air fry for 8-10 minutes.
  • Turn up the heat to 400°F and air fry for 1-3 more minutes until desired crispiness.

Notes

 
  • Flip, turn or shake the basket halfway through the cooking time for even crispiness.
  • If necessary, cook in many batches to prevent crowding.
  • Make sure to use a cooking spray approved for air frying, or approved parchment paper.
  • In order to get the insides hot and cook evenly, start with a lower temperature and gradually raise the heat.
 
Re-heating instructions
Add back to the air fryer or oven for 5-10 minutes, or until desired crispiness. Cook at a low temperature, like 300 degrees F to insure an even cook. 

Nutrition

Serving: 2egg rolls | Calories: 437kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 523mg | Potassium: 104mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 84IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg

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