This frozen air fryer lumpia recipe gives you the same crispiness as when you deep fry, with less fat.
Lumpias are a delicious spring roll originating in the Philippines. They’re crispy on the outside and filled with wonderful Filipino flavors on the inside. They’re great as an appetizer especially served with sweet chili sauce.
Lumpia are often prepared around the kitchen table as a social event. But if you’re short on time, you can also buy pre-made frozen lumpia. These frozen lumpia cook in the air fryer so well, you’ll be surprised they’re not freshly made.
Thanks to the hot air system, the results are a healthier appetizer, and less mess to clean up in your kitchen.
What is Lumpia?
Lumpia is the Philippine’s answer to spring rolls. They are in fact derived from Chinese spring rolls, but of course have their own Filipino twist. They are thinner than typical spring rolls, and have thin outsides like a crepe.
The best part about lumpia is that every family prepares them differently, so there’s a variety of flavors. Some common fillings include bean sprouts, carrots, shaved chicken or pork, and prawns.
The filling for these spring rolls are rolled in a thin rice or flour wrapper, then washed with egg to seal it. They are then deep fried to create a chewy inside and a crispy exterior. You can serve them with different types of sauce, but the most common is sweet chili.
The Philippines also has a dessert version of lumpia, with banana inside instead of meat and vegetables. This version is dunked in chocolate sauce for extra sweetness.
Tips For Cooking Frozen Lumpia in Air Fryer
Do Not Overcrowd the Air Fryer Basket
The wrappers for frozen lumpia tend to stick together. To avoid this, place frozen lumpia apart from each other in the air fryer basket.
Season the Lumpia For A Crispy and Crunchy Flavor
The air fryer ensures you don’t have to cook your lumpia in oil to get them crispy. But if you want some extra flavor, try tossing your lumpia in a light seasoning of cooking oil and salt.
Flip Your Lumpia While Cooking
Always make sure you flip the lumpia halfway through cooking so you get an even golden brown color. I like to check the lumpia as they’re air frying to make sure they’re cooked evenly.
Preheat the Air Fryer to Ensure Even Crisping
Just like with your oven, you’ll want to preheat your air fryer to make sure your lumpia cook evenly. Your air fryer might have an automatic preheat setting, or you will have to preheat it manually. Give the air fryer about 2-5 minutes to get up to temperature before adding the frozen lumpia.
If you add your lumpia before the air fryer is hot, they will get soggy. Once they’re soggy, they won’t crisp up as they should. A nice hot air fryer will give you a crispy outside with a steamy chewy inside, as it should be.
Don’t Thaw The Lumpia
It might go against your instinct, but DON’T thaw the lumpia before adding them to the air fryer. Frozen lumpia keep their shape much better in the air fryer. And, the outside will stay firm and crispy if they’re added to the air fryer frozen.
How Long To Cook Frozen Lumpia in Air Fryer?
When you cook frozen lumpia, you need to give them enough time to cook all the way through. Typically, it takes about 15 minutes at 375°F to cook frozen lumpia. Make sure you turn them halfway through so they cook and crisp up evenly.
If you like your lumpia extra crispy, you can turn up the heat to 400°F. Just make sure you cook them for a little less time—about 10-13 minutes. I wouldn’t recommend going above 400°F, because you run the risk of them burning.
Frozen Lumpia Air Fryer Recipe
- Prep Time2 min
- Cook Time15 min
- Total Time17 min
- Preheat Air Fryer
First thing is to preheat your air fryer to 375°F (190°C). Unless the air fryer doesn’t have the preheating feature, do not start cooking until the air fryer is up to temperature – or you’ll have soggy lumpia.My air fryer doesn’t come with a preheating feature for instance. Still, frozen lumpia came out crispy – so it really depends on the air fryer.
- Arrange Lumpia in Air Fryer BasketBefore adding the frozen lumpia to the air fryer, you can line the basket with aluminum foil. Of course, you can put the frozen lumpia directly in the basket.
To speed up the cleaning process, I always prefer to line the air fryer basket with aluminum foil. If you do so, make sure to poke holes in the foil.
You can also spray the foil or the basket with the cooking spray (optional). In this recipe, I skipped this step but I immediately regretted it. If you’re using aluminum foil, chances are that food will stick to it.
Space the frozen lumpia out evenly in the air fryer basket. Make sure they aren’t touching, or else they will stick together as they cook. Keep in mind you’ll likely have to cook the frozen lumpia in batches to avoid overcrowding
- Cook Frozen Lumpia
Put the basket in the air fryer and cook the frozen lumpia. Cook the frozen lumpia for approximately 7-9 minutes.
- Flip Lumpia
Once the lumpia are halfway cooked, you need to remove the basket and flip them all over. Use the tongs to delicately roll them, and avoid tearing the thin wrapper.
After you’ve flipped the lumpia, return the basket to the air fryer and continue cooking for another 7-9 minutes.
- Check For Crispiness
When you think the lumpia are done, remove the basket and check if they are crispy. If they’re not golden brown and crispy, allow them to cook for another 3 minutes.
Once cooked, transfer all the lumpia to a tray and serve warm.
What to Serve With Air Fryer Lumpia
- Since you usually deep fry lumpia, it pairs especially well with fresh items. I like to serve them with cold noodles like vermicelli or soba noodles. They are also the perfect pairing for a nice light vegetable salad.
- Lumpia are often found on buffet tables at Filipino dinners, so they go with pretty much any Asian dishes. They make a great side for sushi or fried rice. They’re the perfect option instead of frozen egg rolls or frozen spring rolls.
- Since they’re eaten with your fingers, you can cook frozen lumpia for a party or an after school snack. Just make sure you serve them with dipping sauces. My favorite dipping sauce is sweet and sour sauce for a kick of tanginess.
- Other great dipping sauce options include hoisin sauce, soy-ginger sauce and Thai peanut sauce.
Different Types of Lumpia Fillings
If you enjoy these air fryer frozen lumpia, then you might enjoy one of the many variations of lumpia out there. Traditional lumpia consists of ground pork, cabbage and carrots. This is the kind of lumpia you’ll usually find at restaurants or frozen at the grocery store.
- If you want a vegetarian version, try making lumpia stuffed with bean sprouts, cabbage, carrot and green onions.
- For something even healthier than air fried lumpia, try a fresh version. Fresh lumpia are not fried, and are made from rice paper stuffed with vegetables like lettuce and carrots.
- If you’re looking for an unconventional dessert, try ube lumpia. Ube is a bright purple potato that is often mashed with sugar and added to Filipino desserts. The warm gooey center contrasts perfectly with the crispy lumpia wrapper, making them a perfect pairing.
- 3.5g Fat
- 16g Carbs