Air Fryer Frozen Spring Rolls are an all time party favourite! With crispy pastry and juicy filling frozen spring rolls in air fryer are a quick and easy appetizer.
- Easy game day or part food that is quick and easy to prepare.
- Simple, fuss free food that doesn't take hours to make.
- Finger food that you can hold in one hand (drink in the other!)
- Economical when entertaining a crowd!
- Effortless appetizer making them a quick go to as needed!
- Organised grab, heat and eat leaving you time to socialise with the crowd.
- Classic appetizer that everyone knows and loves!
- A fuss free and straight forward way to ensure the food is ready when the guests arrive.
- Option to serve with your favorite dipping sauce for Asian style foods.
Here are the ingredients needed for the recipe.
As you can see, the recipe calls for:
- Frozen spring rolls: you will find a wide variety of these in the frozen section if the supermarket. Choose from a meat based version or vegetarian. The other things to look for are size. Cocktail spring rolls are the smallest (and will cook the fastest). Large spring rolls can over more variety of ingredients but will take longer to cook.
- Vietnamese Dipping Sauce (nuoc cham): Is an ideal pairing for fried spring rolls. You can purchase this from the supermarket in the Asian foods section. Hoisin, peanut and fish sauce are also good serving options for spring rolls.
Top tip: I don't find it necessary to spray the Air Fryer basket or spring rolls with olive oil as they crisp up without it. However, you can choose to do this if you wish.
We start by grabbing the spring rolls from the freezer and placing them into the air fryer basket.
- Place frozen spring rolls into the air fryer basket in one flat layer (Photo 1)
- Cook the spring rolls for 12 - 15 mins (Photo 2)
Top tip: If you have a smaller air fryer, work in batches. Don't stack the spring rolls as they won't get crispy.
Top Tip: There is no need to flip (rotate) the spring rolls during the cook time. You can simply set the total time and let them cook.
Substitutions and Variations
You might like to try larger or smaller versions of readily available spring rolls and give them a go.
- Try varieties that are vegetarian, or have a pork, beef, chicken or lamb filling.
- Consider alternative sauces to the standard or use a store bought Asian style dipping sauce.
- Get a party pack of entertainer's favourites which has a variety of cocktail spring Rolls, money bags and samosas.
Top tip: the smaller the frozen appetizer, the quicker they will cook. If feeding a crowd, avoid using large frozen appetizers that will take longer to cook!
How to Guide
How to store
Cooked spring rolls can be stored in a sealed air tight container for 2 days.
They must be reheated prior to consumption to ensure the filling is hot and the coating is crispy.
How to freeze
If the spring rolls have already been frozen at some stage, it is not recommended to freeze them.
For homemade spring rolls, you can freeze them in an air tight sealed container for up to 3 months.
Top tip: Homemade spring rolls should be frozen raw, not cooked and I recommend using freezer film (ie 'go between') to separate out the layers.
How to reheat
Cooked spring rolls can be reheated in the air fryer.
Simply pre heat then cook for 5-10mins.
Top tip: Whilst the outside will be hot to the touch, it is advisable to check the internal temperature of one (cut with a knife) to ensure they are heated through.
Dipping sauce is essential when serving spring rolls.
The options I recommend as listed above in the ingredients section are Vietnamese Dipping Sauce (nuoc cham), hoisin, peanut and fish sauces. Sweet chilli sauce, dark soy sauce and or light soy sauce are also good options.
Add diversity through chiko rolls, arancini and fish sticks.
Many supermarkets sell a Yum Cha entertainer's pack of cocktail spring rolls, money bags and cocktail samosas.
These are my top tips to ensure you get crispy, delicious spring rolls each time:
- Leave the spring rolls in the freezer until you are ready to cook them so they don't defrost.
- Have a variety of dipping sauces available so people can choose their favourite
- If you have an air fryer with removable trays, lined them with parchment paper to aid clean up (extra flaky bits)
- Use the air fryer to reheat any spring rolls if they have sat out for a while and become cold.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I cook frozen Spring Rolls?
Spring roll are best cooked from frozen and not defrosted to begin with.
They can be cooked via the air fryer, deep fryer, shallow fried in a pan or oven baked.
They don't do well in the microwave as they need a little oil to make the out layer crispy.
How long do you put spring rolls in Air Fryer?
It takes 12 to 15 minutes to cook spring rolls in the Air Fryer.
How do you heat spring rolls in the Air Fryer?
If you have already cooked your frozen spring rolls, you can reheat them in needed in the air fryer. It will take 3-5 mins for the insides to be warmed through.
It is not recommended to refreeze spring rolls that were frozen to begin with.
Can you cook marathon spring rolls in an Air Fryer?
Marathon Spring Rolls are larger than cocktail spring rolls and as such require a longer cook time when being air fried.
To cook marathon spring rolls, pre heat the air fryer and then cook for 15-20 mins at 180 degrees. Test one spring roll by making a cut towards the centre and gently pressing a finger tip to see that they are cooked through.
Why are my spring rolls not cooked through?
Spring rolls will not be cooked through if they haven't been cooked for long enough, if the temperature is not high enough or they are a larger size and therefore require a longer cook time.
How do you deep fry frozen spring rolls?
To deep fry frozen spring rolls, you need a deep fryer which is a different type of appliance to an air fryer.
My Air Fryer versus Deep Fryer (Deep fryer vs Air Fryer) post covers the advantages and disadvantages of each.
If you love air fried food, then here are some more air fryer appetizers that you might like to try. Or check out all of my Air Fryer recipes!
- Air Fryer Stuffed Jalapenos
- Vegetarian Air Fryer Frozen Mozzarella Sticks (Cheese Sticks)
- Easy Air Fryer Pita Chips
- Air Fryer Fish Fingers (Fish Sticks)
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Air Fryer Frozen Spring Rolls (Frozen Spring Rolls in Air Fryer)
- 1 Air Fryer
- 1 Kitchen Tongs
- 1 Plate
- 1 Dipping bowl
- 1 Parchment paper If using air fryer model with trays
- 24 frozen spring rolls Note 1
- dipping sauce Note 2
- olive oil spray optional
- Preheat the Air Fryer at a temperature of 180°C/350 F for 5 mins
- Place the frozen spring rolls into the air fryer basket in one flat layer Note 3
- Push the air fryer basket into place and cook the spring rolls for 12 to 15 mins.
- Use kitchen tongs to remove cooked spring rolls from the air fryer, place on paper towel to soak up any moisture.
- Serve with dipping sauce.
- Note 1 Frozen Spring Rolls will vary in size. The larger they are, the longer they will take to cook.
- Note 2 You can use your favourite dipping sauce. Some popular choices are Vietnamese Dipping Sauce (nuoc cham), hoisin, peanut, fish, sweet chilli, dark and or light soy sauces.
- Note 3 Don't stack the spring rolls as they won't cook or crisp up. It is better to have them in one flat layer, touching is ok. Work in batches if needed (ie smaller air fryer baskets).