Baked Veggie Egg Rolls are a healthy way to enjoy your favorite Chinese takeout. These baked egg rolls are packed with carrots, cabbage, mushrooms, red onion, garlic, and ginger and baked until crispy perfection. Just 112 calories each!
These healthy Baked Veggie Egg Rolls are the perfect addition to any Chinese or Asian meal. You won't miss the fact that they aren't deep fried. Fill them up with your favorite veggies and these baked egg rolls are a super tasty appetizer or main dish. You could also skip the wrappers and make an Egg Roll Bowl or egg roll's cousin, fresh spring rolls.
Looking for a way to make an at home Asian meal really feel like take out? Why not add egg rolls to the mix? Since egg rolls are traditionally deep fried and sometimes packed with some questionable or unidentifiable ingredients, I have started making my own baked, veggie-packed egg rolls at home. Not only do they taste delicious, but they are packed with vegetables and perfect for getting any non-vegetable eating family members to dig in. You can make them with any vegetable combination you like and even switch up the sauce to truly make them your own. This version is fairly traditional using cabbage, carrots, and mushrooms. Plus they have under 120 calories per roll.
Want to add meat? You can definitely add ground turkey, chicken, or pork to these egg rolls. Just make sure to cook it first and the blot out any excess moisture using a paper towel. To add some extra flavor, season the meat with Chinese 5 spice.
How do you roll an egg roll?
Rolling an egg roll can feel like an intimidating step but it is actually really easy and anyone can do it at home in their kitchen.
- Before you start, make sure that you drain away any extra moisture in the filling. A wet filling will lead to soggy egg rolls. It also works best if the filling is cooled.
- Lay out the egg roll with a corner pointed towards you and add about 1/4 cup of filling in the center.
- Lightly wet the edges of the egg roll wrapper with water using your finger. Just dab it in water and run it along the edges of the egg roll wrapper.
- Fold the corner facing you over the filling. Then fold in the sides, wetting the edges with water if needed. Finally roll it away from you, to close the egg roll.
Pan Fried and Air Fryer Egg Roll Options
These baked egg rolls could also be made in a pan or in the air fryer. For a pan, just add some canola or other high-temperature oil to a pan. Once it is nice and hot, add the egg rolls and let cook on one side until nicely browned. Flip and cook on the other side. To cook in the air fryer, spray the air fryer basket and egg rolls with cooking spray. Then cook for 6-8 minutes on each side at 350 degrees.
How long do you cook egg rolls in the oven?
It takes about 12-15 minutes to cook baked egg rolls in the oven at 400 degrees. They can also be cooked for about 10 minutes at 425 degrees. To make sure they come out nice and crispy, make sure to spray them with cooking spray or brush them with oil before baking. Baking them on a wire rack can also help ensure they are crispy on all sides.
Can you bake egg rolls ahead of time?
Egg rolls are best eaten immediately after they are cooked so that they stay nice and crispy. If you need to make them ahead of time, you have two options. First, you can make the egg rolls and wait to cook them. Just store the rolled, uncooked egg rolls in the fridge or freezer. If you need to cook them first, then you want to either reheat them in the oven or toaster oven. If you need to use a microwave, try and pop them in the toaster for a minute or two after to crisp up the outside.
What is the difference between an egg roll and a spring roll?
Egg rolls come from China and are normally fried. They are made with a thicker wrapper that is made with eggs and flour. Traditionally they are filled with vegetables and ground meat. Spring rolls are traditionally made in Vietnam and can be either fried or served fresh. They are served with all types of filling but normally feature things like cabbage, fresh herbs, bean sprouts, carrots, shrimp, tofu, and ground pork.
Can I refrigerate or freeze leftover egg rolls?
Egg rolls are best eaten right when they are cooked since they will be nice and crunchy. If you need to store them, they can be refrigerated or frozen. For refrigerating egg rolls, store them in an airtight container for 3-4 days. Then reheat in the oven for the most crunch. To freeze cooked egg rolls, let them cool completely and then individually wrap them in plastic wrap so they don't stick together. They can be reheated in the oven. To freeze uncooked egg rolls, do the same thing as the cooked egg rolls, just plan on longer baking time.
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Baked Veggie Egg Rolls
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- 2 tsp. sesame oil
- 1/2 cup red onion, minced
- 1 U garlic clove, minced
- 1 tbsp. fresh ginger
- 1 U carrot, grated
- 3 cups green cabbage, shredded
- 1 cup mushrooms, sliced (julienned)
- 1 tbsp oyster sauce
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 12 U egg roll wrappers (7" square)
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Heat sesame oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Add the onion and cook for 3-5 minutes until it begins to become translucent. Add the garlic and ginger and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the cabbage, carrots, and mushroom. Cook for an additional 3-5 minutes until they begin to soften.
- Stir in the oyster sauce and soy sauce cook for 2-3 minutes to let flavors combine. If the mixture appears watery, add a touch of cornstarch. Let cool and remove any excess moisture.
- To assemble the egg rolls, place about 1/4 of a cup of the mixture in the center of the egg roll wrapper. Fold according to the directions on the package – basically pulling one corner over the filling, folding in the sides, and then rolling. Moisten the corner with water to close the egg roll. Spray with cooking spray.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes until they begin to brown, flipping them once. Then, to crisp up the outside more, place under the broiler for 1-2 minutes per side to get a nice crunchy exterior.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.
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