My Mother-in-Law Begs Me for this Egg Roll Recipe

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The moment I met my mother-in-law, I knew we shared a common love: food! Specifically, Asian cuisine. Now, don’t roll your eyes—this isn’t about the cliché stories of in-law rivalry. Quite the contrary—my egg rolls brought us closer! 👩‍🍳❤️👵

Ever since she first bit into my scrumptious egg rolls, she’s been begging me for the recipe. This isn’t just your average, everyday egg roll recipe. No, no, it’s a symphony of flavors that is sure to stir-fry your senses! 🎵🥡

So, let me spill the beans (or should I say, cabbage? 🥬). It all begins with the filling—a hearty, flavourful mix that will wrap your taste buds in a warm embrace.

The Filling: A Symphony of Flavours

The filling is a simple yet mouthwatering blend of pork, cabbage, carrots, onions, garlic, and a sprinkle of magic—a.k.a. sesame oil and soy sauce. These ingredients, when brought together, create a perfect harmony.🎶

Tip: Finely chop all the ingredients to ensure a smooth bite and easy rolling. No one wants a lumpy egg roll!

Now, while the filling is a star, the true art is in the roll. And when I say ‘art’, I really mean it. It takes a gentle hand, a little practice, and a lot of love to get that perfect, golden egg roll. 🖌️🥢

Mastering the Roll

Rolling is all about technique. Start at one corner, tuck in the sides, and roll tightly. Remember, you’re not wrapping a gift—you’re wrapping flavour, fun, and a family favourite! 🎁🍱

Tip: Use a bit of water to secure the corner of the wrapper. It acts like glue and keeps your delicious package intact.

Finally, it’s time for the sizzle! A hot and ready oil bath awaits your meticulously rolled egg rolls. But remember, patience is key. Don’t overcrowd the pan, or you’ll end up with egg roll traffic jam! 🚦🍳

The Final Sizzle

These golden parcels of joy only need a few minutes in the hot oil to reach perfection. You’re looking for a golden-brown color and a crispy texture that sings under your bite. 🎤🌟

Tip: Make sure to drain the fried egg rolls on a paper towel to remove any excess oil. After all, we’re serving comfort food, not a grease festival!

So there you have it, the egg roll recipe my mother-in-law can’t get enough of. And trust me, once you’ve tried it, you’ll be in the egg roll fan club too! 🥢🏆

Mother-in-Law’s Favorite Egg Rolls

Course: DinnerCuisine: Asian


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A quick and easy egg roll recipe that has won the heart of my mother-in-law and is sure to impress your family too!


  • 1 pound of ground pork

  • 1 cup shredded cabbage

  • 1/2 cup grated carrots

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onions

  • 2 cloves of minced garlic

  • 1 tbsp sesame oil

  • 2 tbsp soy sauce

  • 12 egg roll wrappers

  • Oil for frying


  • In a large pan, cook the ground pork over medium heat until no longer pink. Drain the excess fat.
  • Add the cabbage, carrots, onions, and garlic. Cook until the vegetables are tender.
  • Stir in the sesame oil and soy sauce. Remove from heat and let the mixture cool.
  • Place an egg roll wrapper on a clean surface. Spoon about two tablespoons of the mixture onto the wrapper. Fold the bottom corner over the filling, then fold in the sides and roll tightly.
  • Seal the edge with a bit of water.
  • Repeat with the remaining wrappers and filling.
  • Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  • Fry egg rolls, a few at a time, until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.


  • Serve these egg rolls with your favourite dipping sauce.
  • The filling can be made a day ahead and stored in the refrigerator.
  • You can also bake these egg rolls in the oven at 425 degrees F (220 degrees C) for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I use chicken instead of pork?
A: Yes, you can substitute ground chicken for the pork if you prefer. The cooking time might vary slightly, so be sure to cook until the chicken is no longer pink.

Q: Can these be made ahead of time and frozen?
A: Absolutely! Just prepare the egg rolls as directed, but don’t fry them. Freeze them on a baking sheet, then transfer to a freezer-safe bag. They can be fried straight from the freezer, just add a couple extra minutes to the cooking time.

Q: Are these egg rolls spicy?
A: The recipe as written is not spicy. However, you can add some heat by including a chopped jalapeño or some crushed red pepper flakes to the filling, or serve with a spicy dipping sauce.

Jamie Anderson
Jamie Anderson
Hey there! I'm Jamie Anderson. Born and raised in the heart of New York City, I've always had this crazy love for food and the stories behind it. I like to share everything from those "Aha!" cooking moments to deeper dives into what's really happening in the food world. Whether you're here for a trip down culinary memory lane, some kitchen hacks, or just curious about your favorite eateries, I hope you find something delightful!

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