Cook frozen egg rolls in the air fryer for fuss free crispy egg rolls! These tasty Chinese appetizers are perfect as a snack or when you want a simple side to serve with dinner. Frozen egg rolls cook quickly in the air fryer, have great flavor and take almost no effort to make.
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I enjoy making homemade egg rolls and cooking them in my air fryer. Whether it is traditional egg rolls, like sweet and sour chicken egg rolls, or fun flavor combinations like Buffalo chicken egg rolls or southwest egg rolls they are a great appetizer or side to serve with dinner.
But sometimes I don’t have the time or energy to make egg rolls from scratch. Some days opening a box of frozen egg rolls is the ultimate in simplicity and taste!
And luckily the air fryer is fantastic at heating up frozen egg rolls too. The high heat and hot circulating air means the egg rolls heat and brown fast.
Advantages of Air Fryer
Air fryer frozen egg rolls are ready in about half the time it would take in the oven and the shells are crispy and crunchy. When you cook frozen egg rolls in the air fryer you can get crispy egg rolls with very little time or effort.
In addition to being fast they also just taste better because they are crispier. Egg rolls baked in the oven just don’t have the same texture. These egg rolls make a great snack or a quick side for dinner.
I don’t think these egg rolls are quite as good as homemade, but they are very tasty and a great option when you are craving egg rolls NOW!
Egg Roll Basics
You can buy all different kinds of frozen egg rolls, with all different types of filling. The filling doesn’t really matter for cooking them, what matters is their size.
I usually buy standard size egg rolls, which are about 4 inches long and 1 inch in diameter. If you are cooking mini egg rolls they won’t need to cook as long, so adjust accordingly.
As a good rule of thumb cook the egg rolls in the air fryer for at least half as long as the package suggests for the oven.
How to Cook Frozen Egg Rolls in the Air Fryer
Put your frozen egg rolls in the air fryer basket. Keep the egg rolls in one layer, don’t overlap them or stack them. Cook them in batches if you need to.
My 5.8 quart air fryer will hold about 8 frozen egg rolls. And since my favorite frozen egg rolls come in a package of five I don’t have to worry about crowding!
There is no need to preheat the air fryer. The egg rolls are cooked at a lower temperature to thaw and heat them and then at a higher temperature for just a few minutes to crisp them up.
Start the egg rolls at 350 degrees F and cook them for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes check them and see if they are almost done.
When they are done they will be brown, smelling good and maybe there will be a little bit of filling starting to come out.
The best way to tell if they are hot enough is to use a thermometer and check the temperature. They need to reach 165 degrees F to be safe to eat.
My egg rolls were done after 15 minutes. Then take some oil in spray bottle and spray a little bit on the egg rolls. This is optional, but it will make the shells crispier.
Don’t use a commercial spray oil like Pam, because they have preservatives that can damage the air fryer basket. A simple spray bottle with olive oil or vegetable oil works well.
The increase the temperature of the air fryer to 400 degrees F and cook the egg rolls for another 2 minutes. This crisps the skin up and browns it nicely.
How to Serve
Serve the egg rolls with a bowl of your favorite dipping sauce. I like sweet chili sauce or sweet and sour sauce. Soy sauce is also great for dipping.
How to Store
If you have leftover egg rolls they keep in the refrigerator for about 2 days. To reheat them put them back in the air fryer at 350 degrees F for 5-8 minutes.
Don’t refreeze egg rolls that have been cooked from frozen!
As a good rule of thumb check the package instructions and make sure you are heating the egg rolls for at least half as long as the package suggests for cooking in the oven.
If you love egg rolls give making your own a try! It is easier than it sounds and a lot of fun. Check out my blog post on homemade egg rolls for step by step instructions with a video.
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- 1 package frozen egg rolls
- spray oil in mister bottle
- Put the egg rolls in the air fryer basket. Do not stack them, cook in batches if you need to.
- Cook at 350 degrees F for about 15 minutes.
- Check to see if the egg rolls are done. When they are done the outsides will be brown and crisp and a little bit of filling might start leaking out. Alternately, you can test the internal temperature with a thermometer and ensure they reach 165 degrees F internally.
- Spray the egg rolls lightly with oil. Don't use commercial cooking spray since it can damage the air fryer basket. Use a spray bottle of oil.
- Increase the heat to 400 degrees F and cook for another 2 minutes to brown and crisp the egg rolls.
Cooking time might vary based on the type of air fryer you have and the brand of egg rolls. My times are for standard sized egg rolls, mini egg rolls will cook more quickly.
As a general rule of thumb check the package instructions and make sure you are heating the egg rolls for at least half as long as the package suggests for cooking in the oven.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 160Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 83mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g
Nutrition facts will depend on the brand of egg rolls.