Lumpia is a Filipino version of spring rolls made with lumpia wrappers which are similar to a spring roll wrapper. They are typically filled with ground chicken or ground pork, carrots, onions, cabbage, ginger, garlic, and soy sauce. Serving lumpia is almost a requirement at Filipino family gatherings and celebrations like Christmas. At four months long, the Filipino Christmas season is the longest-celebrated holiday season in the Philippines. Lumpia comes in both fresh and deep-fried versions and now, Frozen Lumpia in the Air Fryer, is one of my easy air fryer recipes!
My love affair with lumpia began when I was working as the nurse administrator of a dialysis clinic. I had a number of Filipino nurses on staff, and they loved to cook and share their traditional foods. For holidays like Christmas, they brought in huge trays of lumpia, both fresh lumpia, and deep fryer lumpia. It was so delicious. My favorite lumpia was the vegetarian lumpia. There were always different sauces, some spicy, others sweet. It's been 25 years but I have not forgotten the lumpia and all the delicious dipping sauces.
Why You'll Enjoy This Recipe:
- Lumpia is the perfect finger food.
- Lumpia is a tasty finger food that allows guests to carry their plates with them as they mingle and chat with family and friends.
- Partygoers can enjoy this appetizer whether they’re sitting or standing.
- Lumpia in the air fryer is convenient.
- If you’re hosting a large Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year’s Eve party at your home this year, ease your workload by preparing lumpia in the air fryer.
- Make the sauces ahead of time or use bottled sauces served in pretty dishes. Then you can air fry the rolls as the guests arrive, giving you more time to work on the entrees and mingle.
- If dinner is running late, air fry another batch of lumpia!
- Air frying lumpia is the easy way.
- Deep frying is not needed for crispy spring rolls.
- The cooking time is shorter.
- Nothing is needed but the air fryer and tongs. No conventional oven, stovetop, deep fryer, or large skillet is needed.
- This method works for frozen spring rolls, and egg rolls as well.
- No messy cleanup. Just wipe the air fryer tray with paper towels!
- Lumpia is unique.
- Don't show up at a Christmas potluck with the same boring dish. Bring a unique dish, like lumpia, to the party.
- The best way to stand out from the crowd is by bringing Filipino food as your contribution. Don't forget the tasty dipping sauces.
The only ingredient you need for this recipe is frozen lumpia. I also recommend brushing or spritzing the lumpia with vegetable oil before air frying. (Olive oil is too strong a flavor) That's it!
- I have tried many different brands of frozen lumpia, and Philippine Style Egg Rolls by Family Loompya Company are my favorite. They do not dry out in the hot air of the air fryer. I am partial to the pork, but the chicken version is also delicious. Disclaimer: I have not been compensated in any way for my endorsement of this brand of lumpia. I just love them, and I want to spread the word!
Full ingredients list & measurements are provided in the recipe card.
Lumpia are a Filipino version of crispy spring rolls. Typically made from wheat flour, cornstarch, and water, lumpia wrappers are thin and delicate, but strong enough to hold fillings. They are not the same as an egg roll wrapper.
Turn on air fryer and set the temperature to 375 degrees F. Preheat for 2 minutes.
Place the lumpia in a single layer. Spritz with cooking spray or brush with oil.
Set the timer for 9 minutes. Push the basket in and begin air frying.
At 9 minutes check the lumpia. They should be lightly golden brown.
Use tongs to flip the lumpia to the opposite side.
Brush with oil and air fry for an additional 5 minutes.
Remove the lumpia from the air fryer when they are golden brown and the lumpia wrappers are crispy. If not crisp enough you can cook for additional 2 minutes max. Remove the lumpia from the air fryer basket and place it on a serving dish. For best results serve while still warm.
Dipping Sauce Ideas to Serve with Air Fryer Spring Rolls:
- Sweet and sour sauce
- Sweet chili sauce
- Soy sauce with hot chili oil added
- Ponzu sauce
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I use the 4-quart PowerXL air fryer because I cook for two. If you need to make more servings. use something like the Ninja Foodi or one of the larger air fryers.
Food Storage Tips:
Store leftover lumpia in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two days. Do not re-freeze.
Frozen Lumpia in the Air Fryer
- Air Fryer
- 8 ounces frozen lumpia
- 1 tablespoon oil
- Turn on the air fryer and set the temperature to 375 degrees F. Preheat for 2 minutes.
- Place the lumpia in a single layer on the air fryer tray. Spritz with cooking spray or brush with oil.
- Set the timer for 9 minutes. Push the basket in and begin air frying.
- At 9 minutes check the lumpia. They should be lightly golden brown.
- Use tongs to flip the lumpia to the opposite side.
- Brush with oil and air fry for an additional 5 minutes.
- Remove the lumpia from the air fryer when they are golden brown and the lumpia wrappers are crispy. If not crisp enough, you can cook for additional 2 minutes max.
- Remove the lumpia from the air fryer basket and place on a serving dish.
- For best results serve while still warm, with a dipping sauce or two per personal preferences. Garnish with slivered green onion if desired.
Approximate nutrition information is provided as a convenience and courtesy only. You are encouraged to do your own calculations if precise data is required.
We take every effort to ensure that the estimated meal cost per serving is accurate. We use a meal cost analysis application that estimates the cost of a recipe based on groceries purchased at a Walmart store in my geographical area, northern California.