Rolls are baked, not fried, and full of flavorful veggies and optional tofu. Load up these fun appetizers and dip them in sauce.
Vegan Egg Rolls
- 2 small - medium shallots, thinly sliced (or substitute onion)
- 5-6 cloves garlic, minced
- 2” ginger, minced
- 6 cups chopped vegetables (we used 2 medium carrots, 2 small red bell peppers, and 12 ounces mushrooms) (see note 1)
- 2 cups kale or cabbage, finely shredded
- 16 ounces firm or extra firm tofu, drained and diced in 1/4” cubes or crumbled (see note 2)
- 3 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce (or substitute coconut aminos or salt)
- 2 tablespoons sesame seeds (see note 3)
- 1 teaspoon Chinese five spice powder (note 4)
- 20 vegan egg roll wrappers (see note 5)
- Coconut oil for egg wash, optional
Dipping Sauce Options
- Prep: Preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit (218 degrees Celsius) and line a baking tray with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Tip: don’t use a dark baking tray, as these will burn if you do--if you only have a dark baking tray, reduce the heat to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (205 degrees Celsius). I actually don’t preheat my oven until I start to roll the egg rolls to save on energy, but I am putting this info at the top of the directions so it’s not missed.
- Saute shallots: In a large nonstick skillet or wok, saute your shallots for about 2 minutes. You can do this in a little bit of high heat oil, or use vegetable broth or water if you are oil-free.
- Add garlic+ginger: Add the garlic and ginger and saute another minute.
- Add other veggies: Now add the rest of your veggies (except kale or spinach. If using cabbage go ahead and add that now), turn the heat down to medium, and cover with a lid. Cook 3-5 minutes until reduced in size.
- Add tofu: Now add the tofu, soy sauce, and kale and stir well. Let cook uncovered for 4-5 minutes.
- Season: Add the Chinese five spice powder and sesame seeds and stir well. Turn up the heat to medium high and cook 1-2 more minutes.
- Drain: Transfer the mixture to a wide bowl and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes. Drain out any liquid.
- Set up for rolling: Set up a station on your counter or table with the bowl of filling, a large plate or board for wrapping the egg rolls, and your prepared baking sheet. If you have not yet preheated your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit (418 degrees Celsius), do it now. You’ll also need a small bowl of cool water, a clean kitchen towel for wiping the plate when it gets wet, and your stack of vegan egg roll wrappers.
- Assemble egg rolls: Place a wrap in front of you, but place it so a corner is facing you. Wrap the egg rolls like a burrito. Place a small amount of filling (how much depends on the individual and the size of the wrappers, but I do about 2-3 tablespoons per egg roll) in the center of the wrapper. I like to use a large cookie scoop for this. Pull the corner nearest to you up and fold it over the filling. Use the wrap and your fingers to gently coax the filling into a cigar shape as opposed to a ball. Fold in the left and right corners. Don’t worry about it being perfect. Then dip a finger into the water and run it along the edges of the remainder of the wrapper. Finish rolling, press lightly to seal, and place it seam side down on your baking tray. Repeat until you’ve used all the wrappers--cover the tray with a kitchen towel while you roll to keep the egg rolls from drying out. I didn’t have much leftover filling, but if you do it’s good on it’s own or you can pour a little of your dipping sauce on it and eat it while the egg rolls cook.
- Bake: Bake for 25-35 minutes, flipping halfway through. Before you flip, check with a small nonstick spatula (I like to use a silicone cookie spatula because it can fit in awkward spaces) to make sure it’s not stuck. Since the egg roll wrappers are so delicate, it can be easy to rip them if they’re a little stuck. If they are stuck, I just bake them a little longer and they seem to come up easier, but I don’t have that issue often when I bake at this temperature. Vegan egg rolls should be nicely browned and crisp on the outside when fully cooked.
- Frying instead? Use a high heat oil like peanut oil or safflower seed oil. Heat to about 350 degrees Fahrenheit (177 degrees Celsius) and gently slide in egg rolls one at a time. Don’t crowd them in the pot. Deep fry until golden brown on all sides and use tongs or a spider strainer to remove them from the pot. Place on a plate lined with paper towels to absorb extra oil.
- How about airfrying? If you prefer to air fry, place in a single layer in your air fryer basket and cook for 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit (177 degrees Celsius), flipping halfway through. Again, I’d use something like a silicone cookie spatula to cautiously flip them to make sure they’re not sticking.
- Serve: Serve vegan egg rolls with dipping sauce of choice and enjoy!
- Store: Refrigerate leftovers for up to 3 days in an airtight container or freeze for up to 3 months (I’d wrap in foil or freezer paper and then place in another container like a freezer bag). Reheating instructions: Reheat in a pan on the stove, in the oven, or air fryer--I would not microwave.
- Note 1: Use whatever veggies you like. I julienned my carrots with my vegetable peeler (it has two sides), but you could also grate them or slice them very thinly like on a mandoline. The trick is to get them thin enough that they cook in the brief time we have them on the stove top.
- Note 2: I add a little protein with some firm tofu in this dish. You can finely dice it or crumble it or whatever. Or use another protein like shredded seitan (like my Instant Pot seitan that’s beef-ish, seitan chicken, TVP, soy curls, beans, lentil, or don’t include one.
- Note 3: I like to add sesame seeds in here, but crushed peanuts or… nothing… would also be great, hah.
- Note 4: I LOVE Chinese five spice powder so I jump at a chance to use it. It may be considered untraditional in this recipe but I think it’s a nice addition. Feel free to use what spices you like.
- Note 5: I find vegan egg roll wrappers in the refrigerator section near the produce in my local grocery store. I’ve seen them at a lot of stores. The brand I buy is Nasoya. You can substitute rice paper if you can’t find them. Or do egg roll in a bowl and serve this over rice or noodles!
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 35 minutes
- Category: Snack, Appetizer
- Method: Baking, Air fryer
- Cuisine: American, Chinese
Keywords: Vegan Egg Rolls, Vegan Chinese