Fried Egg Rolls

Fried Egg Rolls are the perfect appetizer or side to any Asian meal! They’re filled with chicken and veggies and fried to perfection.

No Asian entrée is complete without a side of Fried Egg Rolls! We love to eat these with Honey Garlic Chicken, Beef and Broccoli, or even just dipped in some Sweet and Sour Sauce.

Fried Egg rolls on a plate, with one sliced in half showing the filling.

Do you like egg rolls??

My mom has been making Fried Egg Rolls for as long as I can remember, and they are one of my favorite appetizers!

We eat a ton of Asian food in our family and almost always have these egg rolls to go with our entrees because they are the perfect side for any Asian dish.

This particular recipe makes egg rolls that are a little wider than the ones you get at a restaurant, but they are so simple and so addicting, you may be resentful that we are showing you how to make egg rolls from home.

Fried Egg Rolls process picture.

How to Fry Egg Rolls

These bad boys are easier to make than you’d think. Just a few steps!

COLE SLAW. Begin, by sauteeing the cole slaw in a pan with a little olive oil until it is limp.

CHICKEN. Add shredded chicken breast and stir for a few minutes until all mixed. Season with salt & pepper.

WRAP. Add the slaw and chicken mixture to the middle of your egg roll wrapper. Fold up the sides one at a time. For the last fold add a little water so the the wrapper will seal like an envelope.

FRY. Fry your egg rolls until golden brown. Serve warm and with dipping sauces like soy sauce, sweet chili sauce, or Sweet and Sour Sauce.

Air Fried

SPRAY. Lightly spray the air fryer basket or brush with coconut or olive oil.

Place egg rolls in the basket and spray the wrappers with oil. Be sure they’re not touching.

FRY. Cook at 350°F for 6-8 minutes.

Oven Baked

If you are trying to be a little healthier, you can also try baking your egg rolls.

SPRAY. To do that, lightly coat them with cooking spray and place them, seam side down in a greased baking sheet.

BAKE. Bake at 425°F for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown and enjoy!

Frying tips

Oil. When frying, you’ll need to choose an oil that has a high smoking point. Peanut oil, vegetable oil and canola oil are great choices. Don’t crowd the pan as too many egg rolls will lower the oil temperature too much.

Drain. Once the egg rolls are crisp, transfer them to a wire rack or a plate lined with paper towels to drain and cool. 

Pan Fry. Heat up a few tablespoons of oil in a frying pan. Place the egg roll, seam side down, and fry each side until golden brown. Add more oil as needed to fry the remaining egg rolls.  

Deep Fry. Use a deep fryer or a deep frying pan add 2 inches of oil and heat. If the oil is not hot enough then the egg roll will become saturated and create soggy egg rolls. Maintaining a temperature of about 270 degrees will produce the best cook. Once you add the egg rolls, fry for 1-2 minutes or until golden brown all over.

Fill it however you like!

As with any of our recipes, they can be modified based on your liking.

ADDITIONS. Add green onions, bean sprouts and more to your favorite cabbage and carrot slaw mixture.

SUBSTITUTIONS. Substitute the chicken for shredded or ground beef, shredded or ground pork.

Changing up the filling is so easy. In fact, we have a Bacon Avocado & Cheese version and even a Cheesecake Factory Copycat Avocado Egg Roll version. Both are seriously SO good!!

Here are some sweet and savory egg roll fillings that would be great:

  • Buffalo Chicken – shredded chicken + buffalo sauce
  • Apple Pie version – apple filling + cinnamon
  • Breakfast version – eggs, cheese & bacon
  • Southwest version – corn, beans, chicken, spices
  • Cherry Cheesecake version – cherry pie filling + cream cheese
  • Bacon Mac n Cheese – bacon + macaroni
Homemade Egg Rolls in a green dish.

storing info

Make ahead of time. Assemble the egg rolls and keep them covered in the fridge, up to 24 hours, until you are ready to fry them. Keep unfried egg rolls in the freezer.

  • Once you have assembled the egg roll, wrap each one with plastic wrap and place them in a freezer safe storage container.
  • Thaw them for pan frying, but if you wish to deep fry them, they can go straight from the freezer to the deep fryer.
  • Be sure to cook them on a medium-low heat for 3-5 minutes before turning the heat up to 270 degrees and frying them to a golden brown.

STORE. Place leftover egg rolls in an airtight container or wrapped tightly in aluminum foil. Refrigerate for 3-4 days.

FREEZE for up to 2 months.

REHEAT. Reheating in the microwave is good if you’re in a hurry, but the texture won’t be as crisp. Use the oven for a better result. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, spray a baking pan with cooking spray, put egg rolls on the pan, and place in the center of the oven.

If thawed, bake for 10 minutes turning half way. If frozen, bake for 18-20 minutes. Flip rolls after 9-10 minutes.

Fried Egg Rolls on a plate with one cut in half.

For more Asian recipes that this go well with, check out:

Egg Roll Recipe

4.91 from 31 votes
Fried Egg Rolls are the perfect appetizer or side to any Asian meal! They're filled with chicken and veggies and fried to perfection.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Chinese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 213 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna

Ingredients

  • 1 package egg roll wrappers
  • 3 chicken breasts cooked and shredded
  • 1 package cole slaw mix
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • vegetable oil

Instructions
 

  • Sautee cole slaw in a pan with a little olive oil until it is limp.
  • Add shredded chicken breast for a few minutes until all mixed. Season with salt & pepper.
  • Add slaw and chicken mixture to the middle of your egg roll wrapper. Fold up the sides one at a time and for the last fold add a little water so it sticks.
  • Fry your egg rolls until golden brown. Serve warm and with dipping sauce like Sweet and Sour sauce.

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  1. 5 stars
    So perfect! I love how easy this is with the packaged cole slaw mix! So easy that I can definitely make these for every Chinese dinner we make! Yum!!

  2. 5 stars
    So good! I would suggest that you make the chicken and shred the day before and add finely chopped onion to the cabbage. They still would have be good without onion. They came tog very easily, I thought the wontons would be hard to work with, but not at all. Thank you!

  3. What kind of egg roll wrappers do you use? The ones we got at Walmart were thick, tough and heavy and didn’t work well. We were looking for something thinner and lighter. Do you make your own egg roll wrappers or do you buy them at the store? Do you have a recipe for egg roll wrappers?

    1. We don’t have a recipe for homemade egg roll wrappers on our site, but I’m sure you could google one. I’m not sure what brand your local stores sell, but I typically use whatever I can find at Target or my local Kroger grocery store.

    1. I’m sure you could swap the chicken for pork. I haven’t done it, but I’d suggest using ground pork and just cook it over the stove top, just as you would ground beef or turkey. Then follow the recipe as the directions suggest.

    1. Most local grocery stores will carry the egg roll wrappers. I have seen them at my local Kroger store or even at Walmart.

  4. I was just thinking of looking up a recipe for some of these last night. I like the veggie ones best of all.

    1. They should be sold at most local grocery stores. I know my local Kroger store sells them, you could also try Walmart or Target.

    1. You don’t need a ton, just enough to cover one side at a time. So depending on how large your pan is, maybe 1/4 cup – 1/2 cup. You can see how much we used in the video on the post. Just to give an idea. 🙂

    1. I don’t have a spring roll recipe on my sight, but have a few variations of egg rolls.

  5. I believe you forgot the main ingredient of an egg roll is the eggs where are the eggs where is the seasoning where is the soy sauce where the is the flavor. Really makes me wonder how people get their recipes on here if you don’t have the main ingredients to make the dish again you need eggs in an egg roll hence why it’s called an egg roll.

    1. Hi! So, many egg rolls actually don’t contain eggs, crazy as that seems. Depending on the type of egg roll wrapper you use, it may have eggs in the dough. But even then, some of them don’t. You can definitely dunk these in some soy sauce (or add to the filling). We love dipping them in sweet and sour sauce!

  6. I would like to make egg rolls but I have been unable to find the egg roll wraps.Please if some very people could tell me were to look in supermarket. I would be very grateful. Thank you.

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