How to Cook Lumpia in Air Fryer?

How to Cook Lumpia in Air Fryer?

If you love Filipino cuisine, you must have tried lumpia at least once in your life. This dish comprises delicious spring rolls filled with minced meat and vegetables, wrapped in a thin pastry wrapper and fried until crispy. Now, imagine enjoying that same crunchy goodness without the guilt of deep-frying. Yes, it’s possible with an air fryer!

In this section, I will walk you through how to cook lumpia in an air fryer. You’ll learn how to make crispy and delicious Filipino spring rolls using this popular kitchen appliance. Are you ready to impress your loved ones with your air fryer skills? Let’s get started!

Key Takeaways:

What You’ll Need

Before we start cooking, let’s gather all the ingredients you’ll need. To make lumpia in an air fryer, you’ll need:

Ingredients: Quantity:
Lumpia wrappers 1 pack (around 20-30 pieces)
Ground pork 1 pound
Carrots 2 (julienned)
Cabbage 1/2 small head (shredded)
Bean sprouts 1 cup
Garlic 3 cloves (minced)
Onion 1 medium (chopped)
Soy sauce 2 tablespoons
Salt 1 teaspoon
Black pepper 1/4 teaspoon
Oil 2 tablespoons

Make sure to have all the ingredients on hand before you start cooking. It’s best to have everything prepped and ready to go, so you can focus on the cooking process and achieve the perfect crispy lumpia.

Preparing the Lumpia Filling

Now that we’ve gathered all the ingredients, let’s start preparing the lumpia filling. First, heat a tablespoon of oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the ground pork and sauté until browned. Next, add your selection of vegetables such as cabbage, carrots, and bean sprouts, and sauté for another 2-3 minutes until the vegetables are tender.

To enhance the taste of the filling, season it with salt, pepper, and soy sauce. You can also add garlic and onion powder for some extra flavor. Make sure to mix the filling thoroughly to evenly distribute the seasonings.

A tip to make the filling moist and flavorful is to add a splash of water or broth while sautéing. This trick will also prevent the filling from becoming too dry during air frying.

Once the filling is ready, set it aside to cool. It’s important to let the filling cool down before wrapping it in lumpia wrappers to prevent the wrappers from getting soggy.

Rolling the Lumpia

Now that the lumpia filling is ready, it’s time to roll them up neatly. Take a lumpia wrapper and place it on a flat surface with a corner facing you. Spoon a small amount of filling onto the wrapper, leaving about an inch of space from the edges.

Next, fold the corner closest to you over the filling and tuck it underneath. Fold the left and right sides of the wrapper towards the center and then roll the wrapper away from you to create a neat and tight roll. Dab the top corner with water to help seal the lumpia.

Repeat the process with the remaining ingredients until you’ve used up all the filling. Make sure to keep the rolled lumpia covered with a damp cloth to prevent them from drying out.

For a variation, you can also try folding the lumpia into triangles or squares instead of rolling them up. To do this, simply place the filling in the center of the wrapper and fold the wrapper over to create the desired shape. Seal the edges with water and proceed to air fry as instructed.

Cooking the Lumpia in the Air Fryer

Time to start air frying your lumpia! Preheat your air fryer to 390°F before placing the lumpia in the basket. Make sure to leave enough space between them for even cooking. Cook for 8-10 minutes, flipping them halfway through the cooking time. If you’re cooking a large batch, you may need to do this in two or more rounds.

Once the cooking time is up, remove the lumpia from the air fryer and let them cool for a few minutes before serving. Now, sit back and enjoy the crispy goodness of your air-fried lumpia with your favorite dipping sauce. Just remember to adjust the cooking time and temperature if you’re using a different air fryer brand or model.

Serving and Enjoying Lumpia

Now that your lumpia is ready, it’s time to serve and enjoy! These crispy spring rolls are perfect as an appetizer or as a main course. Here are some ideas for serving:

On Its Own

Enjoy the lumpia on its own as a delicious and satisfying snack.

Dipping Sauce

No lumpia is complete without a dipping sauce. Try sweet chili sauce, garlic vinegar, or soy sauce with calamansi for a traditional Filipino flavor.

Side Dishes

Lumpia is often served with rice or noodles and a side of fresh vegetables. Try pairing them with a simple vegetable stir-fry or steamed rice.

Whether you’re hosting a party or just looking for a tasty snack, lumpia is always a hit. Enjoy this classic Filipino appetizer at home with your own homemade air fryer version.

Tips and Variations

Now that you know how to cook lumpia in an air fryer, let me share with you some tips and variations to make your lumpia even more delicious.

Tips for Cooking Lumpia in Air Fryer

Firstly, it’s essential to preheat your air fryer before cooking the lumpia. This will ensure that the lumpia will cook evenly and become crispy. Additionally, try not to overcrowd the air fryer basket to avoid sticking. You can also lightly spray the basket with non-stick cooking spray to prevent any sticking. Lastly, remember to flip the lumpia halfway through cooking to ensure even browning.

Lumpia Variations

While the classic lumpia filling consists of ground pork and vegetables, you can get creative with your fillings to suit your taste and dietary preferences:

  • Vegetarian lumpia: Use tofu instead of ground pork and add a variety of vegetables such as mushrooms, bamboo shoots, and water chestnuts.
  • Shrimp lumpia: Add cooked shrimp to the filling for a seafood twist.
  • Chicken lumpia: Use ground chicken instead of pork for a lighter filling.

Feel free to experiment with different combinations of fillings until you find your favorite!


Thank you for joining me on this culinary journey to learn how to cook lumpia in an air fryer. With this recipe and technique, you can enjoy crispy and delicious Filipino spring rolls anytime, either as a snack or a meal.

Don’t be afraid to get creative with your fillings and experiment with different combinations of meats, vegetables, or even vegetarian options. You can always adjust the seasonings to suit your taste preferences and dietary needs.

Tips for Success

Remember to always preheat your air fryer and lightly spray the lumpia with cooking oil to achieve that golden and crispy texture. Also, try not to overcrowd the air fryer basket to ensure even cooking and avoid any sticking or overlapping.

If you’re short on time, you can prepare the lumpia filling in advance and store it in the fridge until ready to roll and cook. This will save you some time and effort without compromising the taste or quality.

Variations to Try

If you’re feeling adventurous, try making some variations of lumpia that suit your taste and mood. For instance, you can make chicken or shrimp lumpia instead of pork, or add some cheese for extra creaminess and flavor.

For a vegetarian option, you can use tofu or mushrooms as a protein base and mix them with a variety of vegetables and spices. This will create a healthy and flavorful appetizer or snack that everyone can enjoy.

So go ahead and have fun with your lumpia creations! And don’t forget to serve them with some dipping sauce, such as sweet and sour, garlic vinegar, or chili sauce. These sauces will enhance the taste and add some extra zing to your lumpia.

Thank you for reading, and I hope you have a great time cooking and savoring your lumpia in the air fryer. I wish you the best of luck and happy eating!


Q: Can I use frozen lumpia wrappers?

A: Yes, you can use frozen lumpia wrappers. Just make sure to thaw them before rolling the lumpia.

Q: Can I use a different type of meat for the filling?

A: Absolutely! While ground pork is traditional, you can use ground chicken, beef, or even shrimp as a substitute.

Q: How long does it take to cook lumpia in the air fryer?

A: The cooking time may vary depending on the size of your lumpia and the air fryer model. As a general guideline, it usually takes around 10-15 minutes at 400°F (200°C) to achieve a crispy texture.

Q: Can I freeze leftover lumpia?

A: Yes, you can freeze leftover lumpia. Allow them to cool completely, then place them in an airtight container or freezer bag. They can be stored in the freezer for up to 2 months. To reheat, simply place them back in the air fryer until warmed through.

Q: What dipping sauces go well with lumpia?

A: Lumpia pairs well with a variety of dipping sauces. Some popular options include sweet chili sauce, garlic vinegar dip, or even a homemade peanut sauce.

Q: Can I make vegetarian lumpia?

A: Absolutely! You can easily make vegetarian lumpia by omitting the meat and using a combination of vegetables like carrots, cabbage, and mushrooms for the filling.

Q: Can I air fry lumpia that has been previously fried?

A: Yes, you can air fry lumpia that has been previously fried. This can help to reheat the lumpia and restore some of their crispy texture. Simply place the pre-fried lumpia in the air fryer and cook for a few minutes until heated through.

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