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Air Fryer Pork Egg Rolls

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Ditch the deep fryer and make the best crispy egg rolls in the air fryer. These air fryer egg rolls are loaded with juicy ground pork, tender-crisp veggies, and a ton of mouthwatering flavor. They’re the perfect appetizer for holidays and game days and as a meal on its own.

air fryer Chinese egg rolls on a cutting board.
Delicious pork egg rolls

If you’re new to making egg rolls, you’ve come to the right place. Making homemade egg rolls got a lot easier and a lot healthier thanks to the air fryer. Instead of submerging your egg rolls into messy hot oil, you can pop them in the air fryer and achieve the same browned, crispy crust and juicy, hot center.

Without all of that heavy oil, air fryer pork egg rolls have fewer calories and less fat than traditional deep-fried preparation methods yet are just as hard to resist (similar to air-fried pickles and air-fried cream cheese wontons). Ready to make fake out-take-out pork egg rolls in your air fryer? Let’s do it!

air fryer egg rolls on a plate.
Crispy pork egg rolls

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • They’re a fun party food! Everyone loves egg rolls.
  • They can be frozen and reheated in the air fryer.
  • You can ditch the deep fryer. Air frying cuts back on the grease and the mess.
  • They’re just as delicious as their carryout counterpart.
  • There’s no need to worry about grease splashing all over the place!

Ingredients You’ll Need

The savory flavors in egg rolls may seem elaborate, but they’re pretty simple. Here’s what you’ll need to make these delicious homemade egg rolls:

  • Cooking Oil – You’ll need olive oil or avocado oil to cook the ground pork and prevent sticking.
  • Ground Pork – Traditionally, egg rolls are made with ground pork. You can also use ground turkey and ground chicken for the same flavorful results.
  • Garlic – Flavors the ground pork with deep, savory flavors.
  • Sesame Oil – Sesame oil will give the filling its distinct fake out-take out flavor.
  • Coleslaw Mix & Shredded Carrots – You can also shred a head of cabbage yourself, but coleslaw mix is a huge time saver.
  • Diced Green Onions – enriches the delicious flavors.
  • Egg White – A light boat of egg white on each wrapper helps seal the wrapper closed and create a golden-brown, flakey outer layer.
  • Egg Roll Wrappers – These are usually available in major-name grocery stores and Asian markets. They’re usually in the produce section near the tofu.

How To Make This Recipe

eight image process making air fryer egg rolls.
Air fryer pork egg rolls process

Step 1: Cook pork and garlic.

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. Add the ground pork and minced garlic and cook until the pork begins to brown and is no longer pink (5 to 7 minutes). Drain and set aside.

Step 2: Cook vegetables.

Add the sesame oil and heat over medium heat in the same skillet. Then, add the coleslaw mix, carrots, and green onions. Cook until the vegetables soften (3 to 5 minutes), and then add the pork-garlic mixture back into the skillet and stir.

Step 3: Assemble egg rolls.

Place 3 tablespoons of the egg roll filling in the center of each wrapper. Seal the wrapper by folding the left and right sides over the filling. Then, roll upwards while tucking in the filling to form the egg roll. Brush the wrappers with egg whites and set them aside as you work through the remaining filling and wrappers.

Step 4: Cook egg rolls in the air fryer.

Place the egg rolls in the air fryer basket in a single layer, leaving a small amount of space in between each (working in batches if necessary). Set the air fryer to 390F and cook until the rolls are brown and crispy (not burnt). Keep finished egg rolls warm as you work through the remaining batches. Enjoy!

crispy egg rolls on a platter.
Scrumptious pork egg rolls

Recipe Tips

  • Don’t get discouraged if your first few egg rolls aren’t perfect. The rolling method can be tricky, but practice makes perfect.
  • To make super crispy egg rolls in the air fryer, let your air fryer preheat and spray the basket generously with cooking spray before carefully placing the rolls in the hot basket.
  • Not all air fryers function precisely the same, so keep an eye on the rolls, so they don’t burn.
  • If your filling to wrapper ratio is off, you can make an egg roll in a bowl. Serve a surplus of filling over a bowl of fluffy white rice or riced cauliflower.

Variations

  • Spicy Pork Egg Rolls – Give your rolls a kick. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of sriracha and/or pinch red pepper flakes to the filling.
  • Shrimp Egg Rolls – Instead of pork, use baby shrimp or larger shrimp chopped into smaller pieces.
  • Vegetarian Egg Rolls – You can double up the veggies or replace the ground pork with your favorite veggie crumbles.

Storing & Freezing

Storing: After cooling, place egg rolls in an airtight container or resealable bag and refrigerate for 3 to 4 days.

To reheat: First, warm the egg rolls in the microwave and then re-crisp the wrapper by transferring the rolls to your preheated air fryer and cook until the wrappers are crispy again (2 to 3 minutes).

Freezing: After air frying and cooling down to room temperature, place egg rolls on a baking sheet and keep them in the freezer until the rolls are frozen solid. Then, place them in a freezer-safe bag and keep them frozen for up to 6 months.

FAQ

How long does it take to cook frozen pork egg rolls in the air fryer?

You can cook frozen homemade egg rolls in the air fryer and frozen pre-made egg rolls in your air fryer. To do so, preheat your air fryer to 390F, and place the frozen egg rolls in the greased basket. Air fry until cooked through (about 12 minutes), flipping halfway through.

What sauces go with pork egg rolls?

We can’t forget about the sauce! Pork egg rolls are delightful dunked in sweet chili sauce, plum sauce, duck sauce, oyster sauce, hoisin sauce, and spicy mustard.

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Yield: 16 Servings

Air Fryer Pork Egg Rolls

air fryer egg rolls on a plate.

Ditch the deep fryer and make the best crispy egg rolls in the air fryer. These air fryer egg rolls are loaded with juicy ground pork, tender-crisp veggies, and a ton of mouthwatering flavor. They're the perfect appetizer for holidays and game days and as a meal on its own.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 26 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 8 ounces coleslaw mix, or shredded cabbage
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/4 cup diced green onions
  • 1 large egg white
  • 16 egg roll wrappers

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. Add the ground pork and minced garlic and cook until the pork begins to brown and is no longer pink (5 to 7 minutes). Drain and set aside.
  2. Add the sesame oil and heat over medium heat in the same skillet. Then, add the coleslaw mix, carrots, and green onions. Cook until the vegetables soften (3 to 5 minutes), and then add the pork-garlic mixture back into the skillet and stir.
  3. Place 3 tablespoons of the egg roll filling in the center of each wrapper. Seal the wrapper by folding the left and right sides over the filling. Then, roll upwards while tucking in the filling to form the egg roll. Brush the wrappers with egg whites and set them aside as you work through the remaining filling and wrappers.
  4. Place the egg rolls in the air fryer basket in a single layer, leaving a small amount of space in between each (working in batches if necessary). Set the air fryer to 390F and cook until the rolls are brown and crispy (not burnt). Keep finished egg rolls warm as you work through the remaining batches. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Different air fryer brands may cook at different rates, so be sure to keep on eye on food.
  • Don’t get discouraged if your first few egg rolls aren’t perfect. The rolling method can be tricky, but practice makes perfect.
  • To make super crispy egg rolls in the air fryer, let your air fryer preheat and spray the basket generously with cooking spray before carefully placing the rolls in the hot basket.
  • Storing: After cooling, place egg rolls in an airtight container or resealable bag and refrigerate for 3 to 4 days.
  • To reheat: First, warm the egg rolls in the microwave and then re-crisp the wrapper by transferring the rolls to your preheated air fryer and cook until the wrappers are crispy again (2 to 3 minutes).
  • Freezing: After air frying and cooling down to room temperature, place egg rolls on a baking sheet and keep them in the freezer until the rolls are frozen solid. Then, place them in a freezer-safe bag and keep them frozen for up to 6 months.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 154Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 74mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 8g

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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Michelle

Friday 31st of January 2020

Air fryer egg rolls are brilliant. And these are FANTASTIC. Will be making again

simplylowcal

Friday 31st of January 2020

Thanks, Michelle. I'm glad you enjoyed. :)

Sonia

Friday 31st of January 2020

I love #eggrolls and this looks amazing! Plus it is made in air fryer and have enjoy them without guilt.

simplylowcal

Friday 31st of January 2020

Thanks, Sonia. The air fryer really is nice. :)

Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry

Friday 31st of January 2020

These look delicious and the perfect appetizer - I love that they're lower calorie too!

simplylowcal

Friday 31st of January 2020

Thanks, Bintu. I'm glad you like. :)

Mary

Friday 31st of January 2020

These are so good, and the air fryer makes them doable on a weeknight!

simplylowcal

Friday 31st of January 2020

Thanks, Mary! :)

Annissa

Friday 31st of January 2020

Egg rolls are one of my addictions! I've never tried making them at home. Using an air-fryer is a brilliant idea! I'm not a big fan of deep frying and this is a wonderful alternative.

simplylowcal

Friday 31st of January 2020

Thanks, Annissa. I hope you enjoy. :)

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