Frozen Egg Rolls in the Air Fryer

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These Frozen Egg Rolls in the Air Fryer get perfectly crispy on the outside and cooked on the inside, without all the extra oil they’d soak up in the deep fryer. Whether you buy frozen egg rolls or make your own fresh egg rolls, you can make them quickly and easily in the air fryer.

Air Fryer Egg Rolls

Egg rolls turn out wonderfully in the air fryer, making it an excellent method for preparing them. This is why we always keep them in our freezer. Use them as a snack or a quick appetizer when company shows up unexpectedly.

Why You’ll Love It

  • The circulating air allows the outside to get super crispy without all the oil that they usually soak up when cooked in the deep fryer. You won’t even miss the greasy take-out version.
  • They are so easy to make. Cook a few or the whole box in minutes.
  • There’s no need to defrost the egg rolls first, they turn out even better when placed in the air fryer while frozen. This is because the outside has more time to crisp while the inside cooks.

» Looking for more snacks to make from frozen in the air fryer? Try Frozen Pot Stickers, and Pizza Rolls.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Frozen egg rolls – Use your favorite brand or one of these popular brands. Chung’s Egg Rolls, PF Chang’s Chicken Egg Rolls, or Minh Chicken Vegetable Egg Rolls (Costco).
  • Dipping sauce – Optional. Your frozen egg rolls will probably come with a sweet and sauce for dipping. Sweet chili sauce also works well.

Equipment Information

  • Air fryer: I use this 4-quart basket-style air fryer. It’s large enough to fit a meal for 4-6. But some things need more space in the air fryer basket, so they cook evenly.
  • Kitchen tongs: It’s very easy to remove food from your air fryer with kitchen tongs. I use these kitchen tongs that are silicon coated so they don’t scratch the interior.
Air Fryer Egg Rolls

Expert Tips to Follow

  • Since all air fryers are different and egg rolls can be different sizes be prepared to add a few minutes to the cooking time if they aren’t as crispy as you want.
  • Do not thaw the egg rolls before cooking.
  • There is no need to spray the basket or the egg rolls with cooking oil. Store-bought egg rolls have a bit of oil already in their wrappers from when they were made.
  • Don’t’ overcrowd the air fryer basket. Each egg roll should have room for the air to circulate. Don’t stack them. If you have to, work in batches to cook what you need.

Why Use an Air Fryer

An air fryer is an incredibly easy way to cook just about anything. You place the food in a fryer-style basket and hot air rapidly circulates all around the food, making the food crisp – much like deep-frying, but without the oil. You can cook anything you’d make in the oven.

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How to Make Frozen Egg Rolls in the Air Fryer

This recipe is specifically for making frozen egg rolls in the air fryer. You can purchase many different brands of egg rolls at the store. Of course that means they will also come in different sizes and sometimes even shapes. While they all cook in about the same amount of time in the air fryer, you will have to take these differences into consideration.

Step 1: Load the basket

Frozen egg rolls in the air fryer basket

Place the egg rolls in the air fryer basket, spaced out to allow air to circulate freely.

Step 2: Cook

Cooked egg rolls in the air fryer basket

Set the air fryer to 390° F (200° C). There’s really no need to pre-heat or to spray the basket. Store-bought egg rolls have a bit of oil already in their wrappers to ensure they get crispy in the oven, so they don’t need additional oil.

Cook for 12 minutes, turning the egg rolls at least once during cooking to ensure they get evenly browned and crispy. If after 12 minutes they aren’t as dark and crispy as you like, continue cooking for an additional 2 minutes.

That is all that there is to it. They come out perfect every time.

What About Homemade Egg Rolls?

You can certainly make your own homemade egg rolls or spring rolls and cook them in the air fryer. It’s fun to make them yourself so you can include whatever fillings you want, and they will have less preservatives and additives than store-bought egg rolls.

Ingredients you need:

  • 1/2 pound ground chicken
  • 2 cups shredded coleslaw mix (with cabbage and carrots)
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onion
  • 8 egg roll wrappers
  • Brown the chicken in a pan over medium high heat. Turn the heat down to medium low and add the remaining ingredients, except the egg roll wrappers. When the cabbage is wilted, remove from heat.
  • Stuff the egg roll wrappers with equal amounts of filling. Place them in the air fryer. Spray with cooking oil.
  • Cook at 390°F(200°C) for 8 minutes, flipping half way through cooking. If they aren’t crispy after 8 minutes, spray with a light mist of cooking oil and cook for 2 more minutes.

How to Freeze Homemade Egg Rolls

If you choose to make your own egg rolls, you might have some left over that you want to freeze to use later. I would recommend freezing them before cooking them, for the best results. Just place the rolled egg rolls on a plate, not touching. Put the plate in the freezer for about 10-15 minutes to firm them up.

You can then remove the egg rolls from the plate and place them together in a freezer bag to store them. They’ll keep for about 1-2 months, if well packaged.

Air Fryer Egg Rolls

What Oil & Oil Sprayer is Best for the Air Fryer?

The biggest issue most air fryer lovers face is finding the right oil and oil sprayer to use on food cooked in the air fryer. A fine mist of oil will help the entire piece of food crisp evenly, so it’s very important.

My personal preference is to use canola oil, extra virgin olive oil, or avocado oil. I use both a refillable spray bottle like the Evo one pictured below and non-propellant extra virgin olive oil, which has no harmful aerosols or chemicals.

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Dips to Serve With Egg Rolls

The perennial favorite dipping sauce for egg rolls is sweet chili sauce. You can buy Blue Dragon Sweet Chili Sauce or try making your own with this great recipe. It’s delicious with these egg rolls. You can also try soy sauce, sweet and sour sauce, plum sauce, or yum yum sauce.

Air Fryer Egg Rolls

How to Store & Reheat

The beauty of cooking these egg rolls straight from the freezer is that you can take out and cook just what you need to serve.

If you find yourself with some leftover, let them cool then wrap them in plastic wrap or an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for 2 or 3 days.

When you are ready to reheat the leftovers place them in the air fryer basket at cook at 350° F(176°C) for 4-5 minutes or until crispy and warmed through.

Questions About the Recipe

How long do you cook frozen egg rolls in the air fryer?

Frozen egg rolls will cook for 12 minutes at 390°F (200°C). It’s always best to shake the basket halfway through cooking.

What’s the difference between egg rolls and spring rolls?

Egg rolls and spring rolls differ mainly in their wrapping and cooking methods. Egg rolls are typically made with a thicker, egg-based wrapper and are often deep-fried, resulting in a crispy texture.
On the other hand, spring rolls are made with a thinner, flour-based wrapper and are commonly either deep-fried or served fresh without cooking, offering a lighter and more delicate texture.

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Air Fryer Egg Rolls

Frozen Egg Rolls in the Air Fryer

These Air Fryer Frozen Egg Rolls get perfectly crispy on the outside and cooked on the inside, without all the extra oil they'd soak up in the deep fryer.
4.9 from 30 votes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American, Chinese
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 300 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
 

Instructions
 

  • Set the air fryer to 390°F | 200°C.
  • Spray the basket of your air fryer with oil.
  • Add egg rolls to the air fryer basket or tray (how many you can fit depends on the capacity of your air fryer). Spray the rolls with oil.
  • Cook for 12 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through.

Notes

  • Since all air fryers are different and egg rolls can be different sizes be prepared to add a few minutes to the cooking time if they aren’t as crispy as you want.
  • Do not thaw the egg rolls before cooking.
  • There is no need to spray the basket or the egg rolls with cooking oil. Store-bought egg rolls have a bit of oil already in their wrappers from when they were made.
  • Don’t overcrowd the air fryer basket. Each egg roll should have room for the air to circulate.
  • Don’t stack them. If you have to, work in batches to cook what you need.

All air fryers have different wattage and may cook at different rates. You may need to adjust the time or temp for the best results.

Nutrition

Calories: 300kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 4gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 380mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 6IUVitamin C: 10mgIron: 2mg
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6 thoughts on “Frozen Egg Rolls in the Air Fryer

  1. Happy Auntie says:

    5 stars
    I came across this recipe while helping my nephew find the cooking time for store bought egg rolls. We noticed your recipe for making fresh homemade egg rolls. I have never made them before because I figured it was way above my skill level. Well, my nephew and I made a batch and loved them! It was a really fun way to spend the day.

  2. Patricia says:

    I hate frying things in oil because it makes the whole house smell for days. The air fryer is a much better way to make things crispy.

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