When you think of egg rolls, you probably think of a crispy exterior filled with delicious veggies. Maybe you dip your egg rolls in soy sauce or hot mustard, adding a slight umami flavor to your favorite appetizer. If you maintain a vegan diet, you may want to find ways to incorporate egg rolls into your diet without the addition of meat or non-vegan wrappers.
Vegan egg rolls can elevate your kitchen to the next level, and some of these egg rolls are inspired by very unique combinations of flavors.
1. Mouthwatering Plant-Based Egg Rolls
If you are looking for a recipe that is completely drool-worthy and does not put your vegan diet at risk, this mushroom-filled egg roll will do the trick. All the ingredients are plant-based and can be paired with a variety of condiments (though soy sauce is highly recommended). The filling contains sesame oil, onion, cremini or white mushrooms, garlic, vegan oyster sauce, soy sauce, and mirin, and it pairs amazingly with mashed mung bean, salt, and pepper.
2. Try Baking Your Egg Rolls
Have you considered baking your rolls instead of frying them? This recipe takes your budget into account, using affordable ingredients like green cabbage, carrots, and green onions, and then allows you to bake the rolls to crispy perfection. The texture will be a little different, but you’ll still get a good crunch and a delicious flavor.
Of course, you can still opt to deep fry these rolls if you want to achieve the traditionally crispy texture.
3. Craving Takeout Egg Rolls? Try These Veggie Rolls Instead
You’ll make your own glass noodles for this recipe, and it’s much simpler than you might think. Other fillings include shredded cabbage, carrots, and scallions seasoned generously with onion powder, garlic powder, and more. You’ll be able to seal your wheat egg roll wrappers with water before submerging the filled rolls in a deep skillet of vegetable oil.
By the time the rolls are ready to eat, they are going to be crisp and delicious.
4. Use Coleslaw Mix for These Quick & Delicious Egg Rolls
These egg rolls call for a few unique ingredients, including tri-colored coleslaw mix and alfalfa sprouts. You’ll mix these ingredients with ginger, garlic, and green onions for an utterly aromatic experience. You also have a few options for cooking these egg rolls, including baking, air frying, and deep-frying.
If you want to keep your oil intake down, air frying is a great way to continue enjoying your favorite appetizer.
5. Check Out These Vietnamese-inspired Egg Rolls
This recipe takes egg rolls and gives them a Vietnamese-inspired twist. The rolls are packed with healthy veggies, including carrots, taro, and mushrooms, and you’ll also make a sweet and spicy sauce for dipping. The taro and carrots work well together, but the recipe also provides the option of using a white sweet potato if you are not able to find taro.
This recipe also does not require you to cook the filling, which can shorten your cooking time significantly. The exterior of the rolls will be super crispy, but the inside will be super soft.
6. Tofu-Filled Goodness
These egg rolls offer an extra dose of protein thanks to extra-firm tofu that you will mix with the other filling ingredients, which include garlic, red onion, kimchi, scallions, and Portobello mushrooms. Your dish will also incorporate potatoes and sweet potato vermicelli, which will add a hint of sweetness. This combination of foods provides a tender filling structure that makes you forget that the rolls are vegan.
These egg rolls are fried and will pair amazingly with sweet and sour sauce.
7. Want a Low-Sodium Dish? Try These Egg Rolls
If you want to keep your sodium down, these egg rolls are a good option because they contain low-sodium soy sauce and a host of fresh veggies. You’ll get a hearty serving of mushrooms, onion, Napa cabbage, green onion, and cilantro. So, if you want to increase your greens while indulging in a sesame-flavored treat, these Chinese-inspired egg rolls are a great choice.
You can bake or air fry these rolls and dip them in a sweet chili sauce.
8. Egg Rolls Perfectly Suited for Your Next Dinner Party
Are you looking for a deceptively simple dish to bring to your next dinner party? Plant-based egg rolls are the ideal appetizer for your family’s next get-together. Nobody will notice that they are vegan, and nobody will know that they didn’t take long to cook.
Everybody will be too distracted by the delicious flavor of ginger, garlic, carrots, green cabbage, onion, cilantro, and toasted sesame. This is a dish that gets people coming back for seconds.
9. Egg Rolls, But Make Them Southwest
Let’s take a field trip to the Southwest, where we can fill our egg rolls with vegan cheddar cheese, black beans, corn, bell pepper, tomato, and onion. Everybody will be surprised when they pop one of these rolls into their mouths and taste the medley of flavors. Best of all, these egg rolls can be made spicier based on the type of salsa or vegan ranch that you choose to use as a dipping sauce.
Consider creating a chipotle dairy-free ranch dip to really take your dish to new heights.
10. Deep Fry These Chinese Egg Rolls
These egg rolls are perfect for deep-frying, especially with an oil that has a high smoke point. This finger food is savory inside and crunchy on the outside, making it the perfect addition to the rest of a Chinese-inspired meal. Make sure to use fresh veggies to achieve the perfect structure.
While the recipe recommends cabbage, carrots, shiitake mushrooms, and green onions, you can use a plant-based meat alternative or bean sprouts to get a different flavor profile as well.
11. Love Coleslaw? You’ll Love These Vegetable Egg Rolls
Vegan egg roll wrappers help you complete these rolls, which are full of shredded cabbage, carrots, and green onion. You can buy coleslaw instead of chopping fresh ingredients and still achieve the same delicious effect. You’ll still get an excellent flavor thanks to the soy sauce, vinegar, ginger powder, and garlic powder that is contained in the filling.
You’ll cook the coleslaw mix in a cast iron pan, which will allow the sauce and the vegetables to mix well. Then, you’ll deep-fry them or throw them in the oven.
12. Want a Baked Egg Roll With Veggies & Tofu?
If you love the flavors of vegetables and want the option to load your egg rolls with tofu, this is an excellent choice. The tofu adds more protein without sacrificing the filling and structure of the egg roll. You can also use seitan or lentils to achieve a similar effect.
This recipe recommends coconut oil to brown your egg rolls, but you can also make do with some cooking spray. Best of all, you can dip these rolls in sweet and sour sauce if you hunger for something tart.
13. Skip the Wrapper and Make a Vegan Egg Roll in a Bowl
If you love take-out egg rolls but want to skip the grease and oil, why not try an egg roll in a bowl? You can avoid extra fat in your diet with this recipe, which has all the traditional vegan egg roll ingredients–just without the wrap. This dish also contains seasoned crumbles of tofu and a sauce that is tangy and tantalizing.
You can even toss this recipe over a bed of noodles or rice if you want to elevate it from an appetizer to a complete meal. Another bonus? This recipe only takes half an hour to make.
14. Delicious & Nutritious Gluten-Free Baked Rolls
If you’ve been pulling your hair out looking for a healthy egg roll, this baked roll is deceptively nutritious. It contains your classic ingredients: cabbage, carrots, garlic, and ginger. It is also oil-free and plant-based.
It contains no refined sugars or highly processed ingredients. With your wrap choice, it can also be entirely gluten-free. In fact, this recipe recommends an almond flour tortilla to mimic the wrapper.
This meal suits almost any dietary need.
15. One Modification Makes This Vegetarian Dish Vegan
With just a single modification, you can make this vegetarian dish vegan. The only change you need to make is to change your egg roll wrapper. Vegan-friendly egg roll wraps are available, and you can seal them with water instead of an egg.
This recipe also recommends using just a bit of cornstarch to achieve that seal. If you miss your favorite non-vegan egg rolls, this recipe is going to help you reminisce about delicious dishes.
16. Slow Your Roll With a Tempeh Bowl
Egg roll in a bowl is truly a recipe that pleases everybody, and this vegan option is one everybody is going to love. The recipe calls for tempeh, but you are also free to use lentils as a meat substitute. Throw the ingredients over a bed of white rice or even cauliflower rice for a low-carb dish.
You can top it all with vegan spicy mayo and some nuts, which will make this dish more exciting.
17. This Vegan Egg Roll in a Bowl Takes Just One Skillet
This recipe takes just 20 minutes and one skillet, and you’ll have a dish that is ready to serve (with no meat)! This dish is savory and requires little effort, especially if you are in no mood to wrap, seal, and fry your rolls. Plus, the ingredients are readily accessible.
You’ll simply need coleslaw mix, carrots, soy sauce, onion, garlic, and ginger. You can top it all off with wonton strips, which means you don’t have to sacrifice crunch for health or ease.
18. Another Roll in a Bowl . . . This Time With Spicy Kimchi
This low-sodium recipe uses soy sauce, coconut sugar, rice vinegar, and toasted sesame oil in addition to extra firm tofu and spicy kimchi to create a unique flavor profile. You’ll also use a bunch of fresh veggies, including crunchy cabbage, crisp carrots, and snappy green onion. This dish is low-carb, vegan, and packed with flavor.
If you miss the crispness of the egg roll wrapper, you are free to add wonton strips and other ingredients to add more depth to your dish.
19. Japanese-Inspired Vegan Egg Rolls
This recipe, created by Billy Ngo, is truly restaurant-worthy. This dish is deep-fried, but you can choose to bake them until they are crisp. This recipe is accompanied by a vinegar-pink peppercorn sauce, but the rolls go just as well with a plum sauce.
The filling consists of pink peppercorns, mung bean noodles, sesame oil, cabbage, carrots, and shiitake mushrooms.
20. Vegan Tex Mex Rolls Change the Game
This Tex Mex recipe contains tofu, black beans, corn, cilantro, and taco seasoning, creating the ingredients of a taco in an egg roll. You’ll pair this roll with a vegan ranch dip and some avocado, making this a vegan meal you can combine with fresh herbs to achieve a more earthy flavor. This egg roll is a great fusion of Asian and Tex-Mex foods, helping you bring together a unique spread at a party or for a family dinner.