These healthy and delicious homemade baked egg rolls are filled with a fragrant mixture of pork and vegetables and baked until crispy. You’d never know they aren’t deep fried!
My boys absolutely LOVE egg rolls. However, they are often deep-fried which adds to some unhealthy fats and calories. My solution? A crispy oven baked egg roll filled with a fragrant mixture of pork, cabbage, and carrots seasoned with Asian inspired flavors like ginger and garlic. I’m able to sneak in another serving of vegetables without my kids knowing any better because I pack the filling with tons of crunchy veggies! They are also super easy to make in bulk, and freeze and reheat easy which makes them great for entertaining as well!
- Ground pork: Makes for a flavorful and protein packed filling for the egg rolls.
- Onion: I use a white onion for mild flavor.
- Garlic: Aromatic and pungent flavor that sweetens as it cooks with the pork.
- Chili paste: I love the kick of heat that the chili paste gives the filling, and I add it to the sauce, too!
- Ginger: Sweet and spicy flavor that pairs great with the garlic and other flavors of the egg rolls.
- Cabbage: Adds crunch and nutrition to the filling.
- Carrot: Shredded carrots are filled with vitamins, and they also stay pretty crunchy even after they’re cooked in the filling.
- Soy sauce: Used to help flavor the pork as well as the base for the sweet dipping sauce.
- Rice vinegar: Adds some needed acidity to both the filling and the dipping sauce.
- Egg roll wrappers: Store bought wrappers work perfect, and can usually be found in the refrigerated section of your grocery store.
- Butter: Helps to get the egg rolls nice and crispy while they bake in the oven.
- Sesame oil: Strong nutty and toasty flavor that’s added to the sauce.
- Sugar: Sweetens up and balances all of the savory and umami flavors in the sauce.
- Scallions: Fresh scallions, or green onions, add that final, bright touch of flavor to the sauce.
How to Make Crispy Oven Baked Egg Rolls
Start your egg rolls by making the filling. In a large skillet or wok, cook the ground pork seasoned with some salt and pepper.
Then add the diced onion.
And use a microplane to grate in the garlic and ginger, or you can use ginger paste as an easy short cut.
Then stir in the chili paste.
When pork is fully cooked and mixed with seasonings, add in the shredded cabbage.
Then add the shredded carrots, along with the soy sauce and rice wine vinegar. Stir and cook until veggies are softened.
To assemble your egg rolls, lay the wrappers out on a clean, dry surface (I usually use a cutting board). Lay the filling in the very center of the wrapper, then wet the edges with some water.
To roll, fold in the sides before carefully rolling tightly into a log.
Lay all of your assembled egg rolls on a prepared baking sheet seam side down, and then brush each with melted butter before tossing in the oven at 425 for about 15 minutes.
While egg rolls are baking, make the dipping sauce by pouring the soy sauce and rice vinegar into a small bowl.
Then add the sugar and whisk until fully dissolved.
Next add the sesame oil and the chili paste, although if you don’t want it spicy, you can skip the chili paste.
Finish the sauce by adding the scallions and whisking it all together.
When egg rolls are golden brown and crispy, remove them from the oven and serve alongside the sweet soy dipping sauce. Enjoy your Crispy Oven Baked Egg Rolls!
- Make them vegetarian. Include more veggies and omit the pork to make these into veggie egg rolls.
- Swap the protein. You could use ground turkey, chicken, or beef inside instead of the pork if that’s what you have on hand.
- Make it gluten free. Classic egg roll wrappers are made with flour, but you can find and buy gluten-free wrappers!
Frequently Asked Questions
Can homemade eggrolls be frozen?
Yes! Bake them first, and then store them in freezer safe bags for up to 3 months. Then you can reheat them in the oven to keep them crispy!
Can you prep egg rolls ahead of time?
The filling can be made and the egg rolls can be wrapped, but then I would refrigerate and then wait to cook them until right before you plan to serve them to make sure they stay crispy.
Can you cook egg rolls in an air fryer?
Definitely! Set the air fryer to 400, follow the recipe as instructed, but layer your egg rolls in a single layer in your air fryer basket and cook for about 8 minutes.
More Asian Inspired Recipes
- Asian Cabbage Slaw with Ginger Vinaigrette
- Mixed Vegetable Stir-Fry
- Ginger Salad Dressing
- Easy 5 Minute Wonton Soup
- Cashew Chicken Stir-Fry
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If your family always orders the egg rolls when you go out like mine does, then they’ll love my Crispy Oven Baked Egg Rolls.
No fork required.
Crispy Oven Baked Egg Rolls
- 1 pound ground pork
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- ½ cup onion (minced)
- 2 cloves garlic (minced)
- 2 teaspoons chili paste (such as Sambal Oelek, optional)
- 2 tablespoons ginger (minced)
- 1 cup cabbage (shredded)
- 1 cup carrot (grated)
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon Nakano Natural Rice Vinegar
- 16 egg roll wrappers
- 2 tablespoons butter (melted)
- Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees and line a baking sheet with foil. Spray with cooking spray and set aside.
- Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and spray with cooking spray. Cook ground pork until browned, about 7-9 minutes. Stir in salt, pepper, onion, garlic, chili paste and ginger; cook additional 2-3 minutes.
- Add grated cabbage and carrots to the mixture, along with soy sauce and rice vinegar. Cook an additional 3 minutes. Remove from heat and allow the mixture to cook slightly for about 10 minutes.
- While the mixture is cooling, prepare soy dipping sauce by whisking together all ingredients in a small bowl; set aside.
- To assemble, lay egg roll wrapper on a clean surface and place 1/4 cup of the filling in the center of the wrapper. Brush water along all four borders of the wrapper then begin rolling like a burrito: start with the bottom and fold over the meat mixture then fold the right and left sides over before finishing to roll tightly.
- Place on the baking sheet, seam side down and repeat until all wrappers are filled. Brush each with melted butter.
- Bake until golden brown and crispy, about 15-20 minutes, rotating the pan once halfway through. Serve with dipping sauce.