Lumpia are Filipino egg rolls, often filled with savory meats, vegetables, and seasonings. Nothing brings smiles to a dinner more than this delicious and simple dish. When it is made in an air fryer, lumpias are especially crispy and flavorful. While the traditional way of cooking lumpia is by deep-frying, using an air fryer offers an easier, healthier option. Not to mention, air frying will give your lumpia a beautiful, golden coating that simply can’t be achieved with deep frying. Making air fry lumpia is a great way to enjoy the flavor of a traditional Filipino dish without having to worry about all the added fat from deep frying.
What is Lumpia?
Lumpia are a type of egg roll stuffed with savory, Filipino-inspired ingredients. The fillings vary from pork, chicken, beef, pork rinds, shrimp, and vegetables, and seasonings. The shell of the lumpia is typically made of wheat or rice flour. Lumpia comes in many varieties, and can be enjoyed as an appetizer, snack, or even as an entree.
Advantages of Air Frying Lumpia
Air fryers are quickly becoming a popular kitchen appliance. An air fryer works by using hot air to fry food instead of submerging it in hot oil for deep-frying. This method offers several advantages to traditional frying. Firstly, because the food is not submerged in oil, it is generally considered to be a healthier choice than deep-frying and can reduce fat and calorie content. Air frying uses significantly less oil, and gives lumpia a perfect, golden-crisp coating. Additionally, air frying can reduce or eliminate the mess and oils that can be associated with traditional deep-frying. Furthermore, because an air fryer doesn’t take a long time to heat up, it’s a faster option than traditional deep-frying. Air fryers are simple to use and maintain, making them a popular choice for home cooks.
Ingredients and Equipment Needed
For this recipe, you will need the following:
- 1 lb ground pork or chicken
- ½ cup finely chopped carrots
- ½ cup finely chopped green beans
- ¼ cup finely chopped onion
- ¼ cup finely chopped celery
- 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Spring roll wrappers or lumpia wrappers
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 teaspoon water
- Air fryer
1. Add the ground pork or chicken to a skillet and cook until it is cooked through.
2. Add the carrots, green beans, onion, celery, salt, and pepper. Cook until the vegetables are soft and fully cooked.
3. Add the garlic and cook for an additional minute or until fragrant.
4. Set the mixture aside and let it cool to room temperature.
5. Place a wrapper on a flat surface and spoon 1 to 2 tablespoons of filling in the center.
6. Dip your fingers in the egg and water mixture and brush the edges of the wrapper. This will help seal the wrapper.
7. Fold the edges of the wrapper up over the filling and roll it up tightly.
8. Place the lumpia in the air fryer basket without overlapping them.
9. Set the air fryer to 400°F, and then cook for 15 minutes. Flip the lumpia halfway through and cook until golden brown.
10. Enjoy the delicious, crispy lumpia with a dipping sauce, such as sweet and sour sauce.
Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Lumpia
Use parchment paper in the air fryer basket to help the lumpia from sticking.
Make sure the filling is cooled completely before you roll the lumpia.
If the lumpia wrappers are wider than the air fryer basket, cut them in half and seal the edges with a little egg wash.
For extra flavor, consider adding fish sauce, soy sauce, or oyster sauce to the filling.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What can I use as a substitute for the wrappers?
A: If you can’t find lumpia wrappers, spring roll wrappers make an excellent substitute.
Q: Can I use other types of vegetables in the filling?
A: Absolutely! Feel free to add in or substitute other vegetables, such as red bell peppers, mushrooms, or bean sprouts.
Q: How do I store lumpia?
A: Lumpia can be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to three days. You can also freeze lumpia for up to a month.
Q: Can I use an oil-less fryer for lumpia?
A: Yes, you can use an oil-less fryer. However, the lumpia may not be as crisp as they would be with a regular air fryer.
Q: Can I bake lumpia instead of air frying?
A: Yes, you can bake lumpia in the oven at 375°F for about 20 minutes, or until golden brown.
1/2 pound ground pork
1/4 pound shrimp, roughly chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup celery, finely chopped
1/4 cup carrots, finely chopped
1/4 cup onions, minced
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon fish sauce
20 –25 lumpia wrappers
1/2 cup cooking oil for brushing
1 cup sweet and sour sauce for dipping
In a bowl, mix together the ground pork, shrimp, garlic, celery, carrots, eggs, onions, black pepper, and fish sauce.
Lay one lumpia wrapper on a flat surface. Place 1-2 tablespoons of the mixture in the wrapper. Roll the wrapper into a cylinder and seal the seams.
Repeat the process until all the wrappers and filling is used.
Brush the lumpias with cooking oil and place them in the air fryer.
Air fry the lumpias at 375 F for about 8-9 minutes. Turn each lumpia half-way through the cooking process to ensure even cooking.
Once the lumpias are golden and crispy, remove them from the air fryer and let them cool.
Garnish them with fresh cilantro, if desired.
Serve the lumpias with sweet and sour sauce for dipping.
If you do not have an air fryer, you can bake the lumpias in the oven at 375F for 10-12 minutes or until golden and crispy.
For even crispiness, wrap the lumpias in pre-soaked banana leaves before air frying.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Category: Appetizer
- Method: Air Fryer
- Cuisine: Filipino
- Diet: Halal
- Serving Size: 1 lumpia
- Calories: 150 kcal
- Sugar: 0g
- Sodium: 100mg
- Fat: 9g
- Saturated Fat: 2g
- Unsaturated Fat: 6g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 10g
- Fiber: 0g
- Protein: 8g
- Cholesterol: 30mg
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