Before transitioning to a plant-based diet, I loved vegetable egg rolls from our local Chinese restaurant. As with most vegetable egg rolls, they were fried and anything but healthy.
Recently, however, I discovered vegan egg roll wrappers, which changed my world! One of my favorite egg rolls recipes is my Avocado Egg Rolls, which my son-in-law asks for every time I bring food to their house.
So, today, I decided to remake my favorite Chinese restaurant's egg rolls, but in a healthier, vegan kind of way. Like my Avocado Egg Roll recipe, I used my favorite new vegan, oil-free egg roll wrappers. And after dissecting my favorite egg rolls with just a few ingredients, I mastered healthy vegetable egg rolls.
Vegetable Egg Rolls begin with the oil-free egg roll wrapper.
Although Nasoya has always made egg roll wrappers, they used to contain egg and oil. Their new egg roll wrapper recipe, however, doesn't contain either! Halleluia Nasoya! I love it when that happens.
In the past, whenever I craved vegetable egg rolls, I scoured the Asian markets near my house in search of vegan wrappers. Now, I can walk into my local grocery store, and there they are!
What's in that magical Chinese Vegetable Egg Roll?
Let's be honest; there is something incredible going on inside those Chinese vegetable egg rolls. Aside from the fried exterior, the inside is simply wonderful.
With just five simple ingredients, the vegetable egg rolls are revealed.
- Red cabbage
- Shredded Carrots
- Green Onions
- Sauteed Mushrooms
- Teryaki Sauce ( I used Amy's)
Even though these ingredients seem simple, the combination of flavors and texture is amazing!
How to fold the vegetable egg rolls...it's just like an envelope.
- Begin laying the egg roll wrapper on a flat surface sideways.
- Then add a generous portion of the vegetable filling.
- Next, fold the bottom point toward the top point, covering the top portion on the filling.
- Fold both sides over like an envelope, and begin to roll the vegetable egg roll, tucking the vegetable filling inside while rolling toward the top point.
How to cook vegetable egg rolls...Air-frying or baking (I air-fried mine)
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
- Place a silicone baking mat or parchment paper on the baking sheet.
- Place each roll on the pan and few centimeters apart.
- Bake for 30 minutes in a 350-degree oven.
- Remove from oven; slice each one in half.
- Set air-fryer to 350 degrees. Place egg rolls in the base of the air-fryer, leaving space between each egg roll. Cook for 10 minutes, flipping halfway through cooking.
How To Freeze Pre-Cooked Or Cooked Egg Rolls
Whenever I plan to make avocado egg rolls for a party or holiday, I make them in advance and freeze them. Even though the egg rolls can be frozen before or after cooking, I prefer before cooking.
- Place egg rolls on a small baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper a couple of inches apart.
- Cover tightly with plastic wrap, making sure the pan is sealed to not allow air in.
- Freeze for 1-2 hours, and then transfer egg rolls to a plastic freezer bag.
Baking. For best results, preheat the oven up to 350 degrees and arrange your frozen egg rolls on top of a wire rack placed on a baking sheet. The rack ensures that the heat reaches the rolls on all sides for the crispiest exterior possible. Bake for 25 minutes, turning each egg roll over halfway through.
Air Frying. Place in the air fryer at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes, then turn and place back in the air fryer for another 8 to 10 minutes. Check that you’ve achieved your desired texture, and if you haven’t, continue to air fry until you get the crispiness you desire.
If you love Chinese food but want to keep it healthy, try these recipes:
- General Tso Cauliflower
- Avocado Egg Rolls
- Yum Yum Noodles
- Spicy Thai Vegan Drunken Noodles with Seared Tofu
- Asian Green Bean Recipe
- Lemongrass Tofu Recipe
Hi! My name is Kathy, I am a retired high school English teacher & vegan enthusiast and blogger. My entire blog is fully plant-based vegan. I truly believe what we eat & how we live determines our health & the preservation of our planet! 🙂