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Vegan Spring Rolls

Last Updated on August 16, 2023

These Vegan spring rolls taste so delicious even without condiments. I got to say you need to spare some time to make these at home!

Nothing can beat homemade veggie spring rolls with your preferred fillings. So Shatteringly crunchy on the outside with tender, juicy, spiced shredded vegetables

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Vegan Spring Rolls

Spring rolls are also known as lumpia in the Philippines. Spring rolls are savory, filled with cabbage and other vegetable fillings in thinly wrapped cylindrical pastries. Spring rolls were a seasonal festive food consumed in spring in mainland China, to welcome the change from the preserved foods of the long winter to fresh spring vegetables. Hence the name “Spring Rolls.”

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Taste so good without sauces already!
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Sweet Chili sauce or Soy sauce it’s up to you!

I am sharing a vegan veggie spring roll recipe that is more Chinese-style. (Thanks to the five-spice, it really gives spring rolls a unique touch! ) 

As always, I like to keep things simple. You can make a whole batch of spring rolls at home for less than $10 with only three vegetables (carrot, cabbage, and mung bean sprouts).

Vegetable spring rolls are great for pre-made ahead. What I do is I always make a big batch and freeze them, to make sure there is no spring roll shortage in the household!😉

Vegan Spring Rolls Recipe

There are really no rules about what can be inside vegetable spring rolls. I found some vegetables suitable for spring roll fillings as well…such as wood ear mushrooms, enoki mushrooms, sliced snow peas, sliced shiitake mushrooms, bamboo shoots, scallions, bell peppers….etc.

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  • Green Cabbage– this is really the main ingredient in spring rolls. You can use Chinese cabbage, White cabbage, or Savoy cabbage.
  • Carrot– Cut into matchsticks( Julienne)
  • Mung Bean Sprouts– they are a juicy texture and a mild bean flavor, great in the vegetable spring roll filling.
  • Spring Roll Wrappers– Spring Roll wrappers are made with wheat flour. You will find both frozen and refrigerated ready-to-use products in most supermarkets (usually in the frozen food aisle). They come in different sizes, from small squares that make mini spring rolls to the size 8″ squares that I’m using in this recipe (to make medium to large-sized spring rolls).

Spring roll wrappers are usually vegan, as the typical ingredients are flour, water, and salt. Always check the ingredients on the package before buying as some manufacturers added eggs to the spring roll wrappers. 

Seasonings

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  • Light Soy Sauce
  • Minced Ginger– fresh ginger preferred!
  • Sesame Oil
  • Thick Flour Paste (flour + water) is used as glue to seal spring rolls.
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five-spice gives spring rolls a unique touch.

How to make vegetable spring rolls

You’ll become a Master of Spring Rolls in no time with this recipe’s step-by-step photos and video tutorial!

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  1. To make the filling, heat the oil in a skillet over high heat. Aad carrot matchsticks and sliced cabbage.
  2. Stir fry until the vegetables are softened.
  3. Add mung bean sprouts, followed by the seasonings( light soy sauce, sesame oil, five-spice, ground white pepper, and salt)
  4. Mix everything together until vegetables are well coated with seasonings. Turn off the heat, set them aside, or go into a fridge to let the fillings cool down before rolling.

How to wrap Spring Rolls

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  1. Combine cornstarch and water in a small bowl (as glue). Carefully peel off one spring roll wrapper, and keep the others covered under a damp tea towel.
  2. Place the wrapper in a diamond position. Place a small handful of filling on the bottom. P.S. Don’t overfill the filling as spring rolls will burst when deep-frying
  3. Roll up halfway.
  4. Fold sides in, then finish rolling up.
  5. Use cornflour slurry to seal.
  6. They should be about 12 cm / 5″ long, and 2.5cm / 1″ wide once wrapped.
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P.S. Don’t overfill the filling as spring rolls will burst when deep-frying

How to cook Spring Rolls?

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  1. Wrapped up all the spring rolls by the steps shown above.
  2. Pour enough cooking oil( oil that has a high smoking point) in a wok or heavy-based saucepan at least double the height of the spring rolls. Heat on medium-high until it’s hot enough( around 180°C = 356°F) P.S. If you have a deep fryer at home, even better!)
  3. Carefully place spring rolls in the oil (don’t overcrowd as we need spring rolls floating around in the oil) and cook, turning occasionally, until deep golden – around 1 1/2 – 2 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain.
  4. Repeat the cooking process with the remaining spring rolls. Serve while hot with dipping sauces and cilantro!

Made Ahead Friendly

If you make a large batch, freeze it (on a board or plate without overlapping), and then portion it out into freezer bags or sealed containers once it’s frozen. Frozen spring rolls will last up to three months.

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Freezable pre-made party snacks

Dipping Sauces

Spring rolls are usually served with Sweet and Sour Sauce, sometimes Garlic Soy Sauce, or Hot Chili Sauce.

How to Reheat Fried Spring Rolls

When reheating, place fried spring rolls in an air fryer at 150°C/302°F for 8-10 mins.

When reheating fried spring rolls, the most common mistake is to use oil. Fried spring rolls already contain enough oil, so you don’t want to add more.

Another common mistake is to reheat spring rolls at high temperatures. It is essential to cook spring rolls at high heat since the wrappers are still uncooked. However, once they have been fried, they will burn if exposed to high heat again. 

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Enjoy your Vegetable Spring Rolls!🤗 

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Vegan/ Vegetarian Spring Rolls

These VEGAN SPRING ROLLS taste so good, so Shatteringly crunchy on the outside with tender, juicy, spiced shredded vegetables
5 from 42 votes
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Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12 pieces
Calories: 34kcal
Author: SHU-CHUN

Ingredients

Vegetables

  • 9 oz Green Cabbage( 250g) Thinly sliced ( Chiffonade)
  • 4 oz Carrot (100g) Peeled, Cut into matchsticks( Julienne)
  • 6 oz Mung Bean Sprouts( 150g)

Seasonings

Spring Roll Wrapper

  • 12 pieces Vegan Spring Roll Wrappers Note3

Corn Slurry( for sealing spring rolls)

  • 1 Tbsp Flour
  • 2 Tbsp Water

Dippings Sauce

  • ¼ Cup Sweet Chili Sauce

Instructions

Spring Roll Filling

  • To make the filling, heat the oil in a skillet over high heat. Aad carrot matchsticks and sliced cabbage.
  • Stir fry until the vegetables are softened.
  • Add mung bean sprouts, followed by the seasonings( light soy sauce, sesame oil, five-spice, ground white pepper, and salt)
  • Mix everything together until vegetables are well coated with seasonings. Turn off the heat, set them aside, or go into a fridge to let the fillings cool down before rolling.

How To Wrap Spring Rolls(Note4)

  • Combine cornstarch and water in a small bowl (as glue). Carefully peel off one spring roll wrapper, and keep the others covered under a damp tea towel.
  • Place the wrapper in a diamond position. Place a small handful of filling on the bottom. P.S. Don’t overfill the filling as spring rolls will burst when deep-frying
  • Roll up halfway.
  • Fold sides in, then finish rolling up. 
  • Use cornflour slurry to seal. 
  • They should be about 12 cm / 5″ long, 2.5cm / 1″ wide once wrapped.

How To Cook

  • Wrapped up all the spring rolls by the steps shown above.
  • Pour enough cooking oil( oil that has a high smoking point) in a wok or heavy-based saucepan at least double the height of the spring rolls. Heat on medium-high until it’s hot enough( around 180°C = 356°F) P.S. If you have a deep fryer at home, even better!)
  • Carefully place spring rolls in the oil (don’t overcrowd as we need spring rolls floating around in the oil) and cook, turning occasionally, until deep golden – around 1 1/2 – 2 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain.
  • Repeat the cooking process with the remaining spring rolls. Serve while hot with dipping sauces and cilantro!

Video

Notes

Note1: fresh ginger preferred!
Note2: It has to be ground white pepper here, not black.
Note3: spring roll wrappers are made with wheat flour. You will find both frozen and refrigerated ready for use in most supermarkets( usually in the frozen food aisle). They come in different sizes, from small squares that make mini spring rolls to the size 8″ squares that I’m using in this recipe( to make medium to large-sized spring rolls). Spring roll wrappers are usually vegan, as the typical ingredients are flour, water, and salt. Always check the ingredients on the package before buying as some manufacturers added eggs to the spring roll wrappers.
Note4: You can always make a big batch and freeze them( place them on a board or plate without overlapping), once they are frozen, portion them in freezer bags or sealed containers. They will last up to three months.

Nutrition

Serving: 1piece | Calories: 34kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 161mg | Potassium: 92mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1603IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg

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10 thoughts on “Vegan Spring Rolls”

  1. Hi. I just want to make this as a business but I don’t want it cooked already when I sold it. Is it okay to cook the filling and wrap and sell it? What if I will not cook the filling and just wrap and sell it? What is the best option? Thank you

    Reply
    • Yes, you need to cook the filling and wrap, then it’s ready to go.
      If you don’t cook the filling, the raw vegetables inside the wrap might not be cooked through when deep frying.
      Hope this helps.

      Cheers,

      Shu-Chun

      Reply
    • I’m so happy that I could help people try more vegan foods.
      Going vegan doesn’t mean we have to eat grass or tree leaves🤣🤣🤣🤣
      Thanks for your feedback, I’ll keep developing more vegan dishes!

      Have a wonderful weekend!

      Shu-Chun xx

      Reply
  2. Can I just check have you found a brand of wrapper that is definitely vegan. The one pictured above uses a derivative from milk protein as a binding agent in the UK, this may be different wherever you’re based. I am having trouble finding vegan wrappers here. Thank you

    Reply
  3. 5 stars
    Shu-Chun, your recipe was so easy and delicious! My son and I are both vegan so I especially appreciate it when I find satisfying and healthy recipes like your Spring Rolls. Thank You!

    Reply

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