Frozen Egg Rolls. Learn how to effortlessly cook frozen egg rolls in the air fryer. These frozen egg rolls are perfect with a crispy pastry coating and yummy warm egg roll filling in the middle. Perfect for parties, a quick snack or for a Chinese night in!
In our second post celebrating frozen food in the air fryer in the run up to party season we are sharing with you how to make cook frozen egg rolls. These delicious Chinese favourites are so quick and easy.
We love to have some frozen egg rolls sat in the freezer for whenever we are in the mood for a Chinese. Living where we do in Portugal means that we are a long drive from a Chinese takeaway and instead make our own Chinese.
But if you made everything for your Chinese themed night it would take forever, you would lose your sanity and soon lose your love for Chinese food.
But by having some quick time savers, such as frozen egg rolls, then it is perfect for a Chinese in a hurry.
We also have some delicious Chinese food on RecipeThis.com that you can pair your frozen egg rolls with.
Instant Pot Vegetable Chow Mein – This is one of our most popular Chinese dishes to cook in the Instant Pot. If you want that yummy Chinese chow mein flavour and don’t want to spend hours making it, then the Instant Pot is the answer.
Chinese Kebabs – Or I love an air fryer Chinese Kebab. They are made in a quick mixing bowl with plenty of flavour and then thrown into the air fryer. You can keep them warm in the oven while your frozen egg rolls cook.
Slow Cooker Chinese Chicken – Cook a one pot in the slow cooker and then cook your frozen egg rolls in the air fryer. The perfect lazy Chinese meal.
Frozen Egg Rolls
I was the grand old age of 34 when I first tried a proper egg roll. That is because an egg roll is often only associated with American Chinese cuisine and rarely eaten outside of the United States.
It was April 2016 and we were out for lunch with my parents to celebrate my Dad’s birthday at a cheap Chinese. I am not talking a little cheap either, this place was too cheap. The price for the meal deal was less than a McDonalds meal deal and the food was rather horrible. It was a case of you get what you pay for!
They were including what they called “Spring Rolls” as a free starter. I briefly smelt it and I could smell the horrible peanut oil it had been cooked in. With a son with a nut allergy this put me into protection mode. I argued with one of my parents’ friends that didn’t trust my judgement and my son ate it anyway. The next day he was ill and it took him a few days to recover.
But in my mind, it wasn’t a delicious spring roll like you expect at the Chinese but a frozen egg roll instead, cooked in some cheap peanut oil in order to keep the cost down.
It wasn’t like the frozen egg rolls that I want to share with you today in the air fryer, but how if you go too cheap, you can end up eating something rather vile.
Egg Rolls Vs Spring Rolls
With me mentioning both spring rolls and egg rolls above you’re probably quite confused and you’re probably wondering what is the difference between egg rolls vs spring rolls?
The filling in an egg roll vs a spring roll is often very similar. You can get the traditional stir fry filling, yet you can also get more interesting fillings like Chinese duck or beef.
The pastry in an egg roll is often a lot thicker than what you get with a spring roll. This means that when you cook an egg roll its easy to end up with a soggy tasteless egg roll, where as a spring roll is easier to get right.
The size is often much bigger with an egg roll vs a spring roll. A spring roll if you put them next to an egg roll would often give you 3 compared to 1 egg roll.
You will find either the egg roll or the spring roll at the Chinese Buffet.
Helpful Tools For Making Our Air Fryer Frozen Egg Rolls
The Philips Air Fryer – I know many people complain about the Philips Air Fryer price, but you get what you pay for. It will still be working five years from now when you have used it 2-3 times a day. Compared to a cheap brand that needs replacing before the end of year 2.
The Air Fryer Grill Pan – I love my Air Fryer Grill Pan and out of my Air Fryer Accessories it is my personal favourite. Forget all that scrubbing of the air fryer basket when you have one of these.
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How To Cook Frozen Food In The Air Fryer – This post started off as a quick post showing you how to cook a few different things in the air fryer from frozen and has grown and grown.
- Pack Frozen Egg Rolls
- 1 Small Egg
- Crack your egg into a small bowl and beat it with a fork.
- Using a pastry brush, brush the tops of your egg rolls with egg until the frozen egg roll tops are well coated.
- Cook in the air fryer grill pan for 8 minutes at 160c/320f.
- Turn the frozen egg rolls over and brush the other side with more egg and cook for a further 8 minutes at the same temperature.
- Serve warm.
The egg wash makes quite a difference. They look so pale and unwell otherwise. Or as Dominic puts it “anaemic”. You can cook as many frozen egg rolls then what will fit in your air fryer. Aim for at least 4 and then rinse and repeat this recipe until you run out of frozen egg rolls.