Italian Egg Rolls (Air Fryer)

Italian Egg Rolls (Air Fryer)

Italian Egg Rolls were something that I created one evening when we were trying to decide what to eat.  I don’t really like to turn on the oven during the summer months, and I’m not a big fan of deep frying foods.  It’s not for health reasons.  It’s because it seems so time consuming, and I didn’t feel like standing over the stove while the egg rolls fried.  I really wanted to make egg rolls, so I decided to try making these Italian egg rolls with the air fryer.  The result was delicious, though the recipe did require some experimentation to get the cooking time just right.    The best part of these egg rolls is that they could be assembled beforehand and stored in the freezer until you’re ready to “fry” them.  Of course, the cooking time would take longer, but the convenience would be worth the extra cooking time.

What will you need to prepare this recipe?

From the Pantry:

  • Roasted Red Peppers
  • Dried Parsley
  • Garlic

From the Refrigerator:

  • Cream Cheese
  • Grated mozzarella Cheese
  • Sliced Pepperoni
  • Egg

Making these egg rolls is a bit time consuming, but the process is simple.  Once you’ve done this, you’ll wonder why you haven’t been making homemade egg rolls your entire life.

All of the filling ingredients go into a bowl.


Italian Egg Rolls (Air Fryer)

Then they’re mixed together until they’re well combined.

Italian Egg Rolls (Air Fryer)Rolling them up is a bit more complicated, but not really difficult.

Italian Egg Rolls (Air Fryer)

First, you place a row of filling in the center of the egg roll wrapper with the wrapper positioned so that it makes a diamond.Italian Egg Rolls (Air Fryer)Fold the bottom of the wrapper up and over the filling and slide it back so that it’s snug against the filling to help hold the shape.

Italian Egg Rolls (Air Fryer)Fold in one side of the wrapper.

Italian Egg Rolls (Air Fryer)Then, fold in the other side of the wrapper.

Italian Egg Rolls (Air Fryer)Finally, roll the rest of the wrapper around the filling to complete the egg roll.  (This was my first one, so it’s not as tight as some of the later ones.)

Italian Egg Rolls (Air Fryer)Continue rolling up all of your Italian Egg Rolls until you used all of the filling.

Italian Egg Rolls (Air Fryer)This recipe made 12 egg rolls.

Once you have all of the Italian Egg Rolls assembled, it’s time to put them in the air fryer.

Only place them in a single layer because, if you have them stacked on top of each other, they don’t cook evenly.  Part of them will be soggy and some parts will be overcooked, or burned.  Italian Egg Rolls (Air Fryer)This photo clearly illustrates the problem of uneven cooking that occurs when the Italian Egg Rolls are stacked in the air fryer.

Italian Egg Rolls (Air Fryer)When cooked in a single layer, they cook more evenly, they’re crunchy all over, and they look nice.  If you like, you can flip them over half way through the cooking time to make sure they come out evenly cooked.

Italian Egg Rolls (Air Fryer)We really liked these Italian Egg Rolls.   Their creamy filling was warm, gooey, and delicious.  Baker’s Man, Sue Chef, and Food Critic all gave them two thumbs up.  My co-workers who tried them, reheated in the microwave the next day, enjoyed them, too.  Unfortunately, reheating them that way caused them to lose their crunchiness.  Regardless, they were still quite good.  Since they were prepared in the air fryer, they’re also lower in calories that if they’d been fried in oil.

Give our recipe for Italian Egg Rolls a try and let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.

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Italian Egg Rolls (Air Fryer)
Recipe type: Appetizer
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 12
Creamy, cheesy, Italian flavors are combined in an egg roll wrapper. These are a great appetizer or they can even be an informal dinner. Serve them as is, or with a side of marinara sauce for dipping. The total cost of this recipe is $5.80 or about $0,49 per egg roll.
  • 1 (8 ounce) package of cream cheese, allowed to soften at room temperature (1.28)
  • 1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese ($0.99)
  • ½ cup chopped roasted red peppers (from a jar) ($0.52)
  • ½ cup diced pepperoni slices ($1.28)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder ($0.04)
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley ($0.09)
  • 1 egg ($0.11)
  • 12 Egg Roll Wrappers ($1.49)
  • Water for sealing the egg rolls.
  1. Set cream cheese on the counter to soften.
  2. Chop roasted red peppers and sliced pepperoni and place in bowl.
  3. Add shredded Mozarella cheese, cream cheese, garlic powder, parsley, and egg to the bowl with the roasted red peppers and chopped pepperoni.
  4. Mix ingredients until well combined.
  5. Divide filling into 12 equal portions.
  6. Place one egg roll wrapper on a plate or cutting board.
  7. Place one portion of filling in the center of the wrapper, shaping it into a log that goes across the center of the wrapper oriented from corner to corner, but only filling the middle two thirds of the wrapper.
  8. Fold the bottom corner of the wrapper over the filling, and use your fingers to snug the wrapper against the mound of filling.
  9. Fold one side toward the middle to cover the filling.
  10. Fold the other side toward the middle to cover the filling.
  11. Dip your finger into the water and brush the water along the edges of the remaining unfolded dough.
  12. Roll the egg roll up until it is sealed.
  13. Place finished egg roll on a platter.
  14. Repeat the folding process (steps 6-12) 11 more times.
  15. Set the temperature on the air fryer to 400 degrees.
  16. Place Italian Egg rolls in a single layer in air fryer and cook for 10 minutes. (You can flip them over half way through the cooking time if you desire.)
  17. Serve as is or with a side of marinara sauce for dipping.

Italian Egg Rolls (Air Fryer)

Nutrition information is for one Italian Egg Roll prepared according to the recipe above.

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 210
% Daily Value
Total Fat 11.1g
Saturated Fat 6.1g
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 47mg
Sodium 401mg
Total Carbohydrates 20g
Dietary Fiber 0.6g
Sugars 0.5g
Protein 7g
Vitamin D 6%
Potassium 1%
Calcium 3%
Iron 8%

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