3 Egg roll recipes with a twist

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Classic egg rolls are delicious, but why not change it up a bit? Try these variations inspired by Southwestern, Mexican and Greek flavors.

Skip the takeout and make egg rolls at home! It's easier than you think and the filling options are endless. Instead of the standard Chinese filling, think outside the box and try beef fajitas, Southwestern chicken or Greek shrimp. Because everything is better fried… even fajitas!

Southwestern chicken egg roll filling

Makes 8-10

Ingredients:

  • 5 ounces cooked chicken breast
  • 1/4 cup black beans
  • 1/4 cup fresh corn
  • 2 tablespoons pico de gallo
  • 1 tablespoon chopped red onion
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Directions:

  1. Chop the chicken breast into small pieces.
  2. Combine the chicken with black beans, corn, pico de gallo, red onion, green onion and cilantro. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Fill the egg rolls and fry according to the directions below.

Beef fajita egg roll filling

Makes 8-10

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces very thinly-cut beef
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped red bell peppers
  • 1/4 cup sliced yellow onions
  • 1/2 tablespoon chopped jalapeño
  • 1/2 cup shredded cabbage

Directions:

  1. Combine the chili powder, cayenne pepper, cumin, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Rub mixture on the beef.
  2. Heat a frying pan over medium heat and cook the beef about 2 minutes per side, or to the desired doneness. Remove from the pan and chop into small pieces.
  3. In the same pan, sauté the bell pepper, onion and the jalapeño until softened.
  4. Combine the chopped beef, sautéed pepper and onion mixture and shredded cabbage.
  5. Fill the egg rolls and fry according to the directions below.

Greek shrimp egg roll filling

Makes 8-10

Ingredients:

  • 4 ounces shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fennel
  • 2 tablespoons chopped red onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons white wine
  • 2 tablespoons chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded cabbage
  • 1/2 cup thinly-sliced cucumbers
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Directions:

  1. Season the shrimp with oregano and salt and pepper, to taste.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium heat, then add the shrimp and fennel. Cook the shrimp, tossing occasionally, until pink and cooked through. (Time will vary depending on the size of the shrimp.) Pour in the white wine and deglaze the pan, scraping the bits off the bottom. Add the red onion and garlic and cook for another minute.
  3. Remove from the heat and combine the shrimp mixture with bell pepper, cabbage and cucumber.
  4. Fill the egg rolls and fry according to the directions below.

Egg rolls

Ingredients:

  • Egg roll wrappers
  • Filling
  • Water
  • Canola oil

Directions:

  • Lay out an egg roll wrapper with one corner pointing towards you. Place 2 tablespoons of filling at the bottom corner. Roll up the wrapper, enveloping the filling, until it's halfway up the wrapper. Fold the two sides in towards the middle, then continue rolling towards the top corner. Brush the top corner with water and seal the egg roll together.
  • Heat a pan with about 2 inches of canola oil and heat to 350 degrees F.
  • Carefully drop in a few egg rolls at a time, frying until golden brown, about 2 minutes.
  • Remove from the oil and drain on a wire rack.

Notes: 

  • Use the frozen egg roll wrappers found in the Asian grocery store, if possible. They fry up to be crispier.
  • Do not heat the oil too hot as the wrappers will only fry on the outside, leaving the inside gummy.

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Karen Miner is the Assignment Editor for SheKnows Food & Travel, ChefMom and FabulousFoods. She is a freelance writer, recipe developer and is also the cook, author and photographer behind the food blog, Tasty Trials, a collection of original recipes and stories. She and her husband live in the San Francisco Bay Area – a food lover's paradise. You can follow her on Twitter at @TastyTrials.