What to Serve with Egg Rolls?

If you’re looking for a great side dish to serve with spring rolls, think about what foods match well with the flavor of the spring roll. Whether you are hosting an Asian-themed dinner party for friends or want to try something new, spring rolls are a great addition to any meal.

What to serve with egg rolls? Usually, egg rolls are great with a variety of delicious Asian-style dipping sauces and rice, wonton, noodles, and vegetables.

what to serve with egg rolls

The problem is, what should you serve with them? This blog post will go over delicious main and side dishes and sauce that compliment the spring rolls perfectly.

What is an Egg Roll?

About Egg Roll

Egg roll is a Chinese cuisine that includes vegetables, meat, and rice rolled into a thin dough wrapper. You can find it in almost every Chinese Restaurant in the world.

You can make an egg Roll from thin pieces of pastry, wrap around the filling, and deep-fried until crispy. You usually serve it alongside soy sauce for dipping or plum sauce as well.

The egg rolls have their Philippine cousins, such as spring roll or salad roll, or lumpia.

What’s in an Egg Roll?

The ingredients used in an egg roll can vary depending on the type of cuisine. However, most Chinese-style egg rolls contain cabbage, carrots, onion, and other vegetables wrapped up with pork or chicken inside.

Some standard classic egg roll filling is:

  • Pork – Ground Pork is often included as a filling for traditional spring rolls, but chicken is also common.
  • Shrimp – Shrimp can be used as a filling for traditional egg rolls or fried wontons, which are similar to spring rolls.
  • Vegetarian – Vegetarians will often use tofu and other vegetables like mushrooms in their egg roll fillings.

Is egg roll healthy?

Egg roll is a tasty as well as a healthy alternative to traditional Chinese cuisine. Since it’s usually made from vegetables, egg rolls are low in calories and high in protein.

In addition to being highly nutritious, egg rolls can also be gluten-free, with lettuce or cabbage leaves as wrapper replacement instead of pastry dough. Egg Rolls make for some great appetizers and are an excellent addition to any meal.

How to make an egg roll?

Making egg rolls is easier than you might think. If you are looking for a healthier option, consider replacing the wrapper with lettuce or cabbage leaves instead of pastry dough.

You will need some spring roll wrappers and your favorite filling ingredients, as well as oil for frying them up until golden brown.

First, place the wrapper on a flat surface and add your filling to one end of it. Then fold over the sides and roll up tightly while making sure that everything inside is secure.

Place egg rolls in hot oil or deep fry them until they turn golden brown before serving with dipping sauce for an extra tasty treat.

What to Serve with Egg Rolls?

Dipping sauces

You can serve them with a variety of quick and easy sauces to complement the flavor. Common dips for egg rolls are soy sauce, sweet and sour sauce, or even Thai peanut sauce.

Try something new next time by adding a couple of dashes of hot chili sauce (or sweet chili) to your favorite soy sauce-it’ll make your mouth tingle! These sauces can provide a nice contrast to the rich flavor of the egg roll.

I would suggest serving egg rolls with a sauce that contrasts nicely with the egg roll. Options of Asian dipping sauces include sweet and sour, soy sauce, Thai peanut sauce, or hot chili.

Spicy peanut sauce

Many people are familiar with the famous peanut sauce served with chicken satay. This same dipping sauce also goes excellent with egg rolls.

As you know, peanut sauce is the most popular of all Chinese sauces. It’s easy to make, too. Just combine 4 cups of salted peanuts with 1/2 cup water in a large pot and simmer on low heat for several minutes until the base is firm. If desired, add chili oil to enhance the hot chili flavor. This sauce works well with egg rolls that are fried or baked.

Teriyaki sauce

Terriyaki sauce is an unusual choice for an egg roll, but this way, you can use a teriyaki sauce with a robust and sweet flavor. If you prefer a more savory sauce, try a sweet and sour.

What to Serve with Egg Rolls?
Teriyaki Sauce

Ketchup

It’s easy to make your own from scratch – mix ketchup with water or tomato juice, enough to give you the consistency of ketchup without being too thick. Alternatively, if you have a bottle of Heinz Ketchup, you can use that.

Chili sauce

It’s a good idea to serve these egg rolls with chili sauce or hot sauce, as this will give them a nice kick. However, if you want to be more daring, go for Thailand’s fiery chili pepper sauce! Alternatively, try the sweet chili sauce or a combination of both.

Seafood & black bean sauce

Seafood and black bean sauce is popular in some parts of the US, especially in some Asian restaurants that serve westernized Chinese dishes. You can buy black bean sauce, or you can try making one yourself. The best type for this purpose is the deep-fried spring roll.

Spiced oil

This spiced oil is the most commonly used dipping sauce in China. You can buy it or make it yourself.

Honey mustard sauce

Stir together 1 cup of honey, two tablespoons of prepared mustard, 1/2 teaspoon each of salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce, plus 1/2 cup vinegar or lemon juice in a bowl; then blend in 1/4 cup vegetable oil and two tablespoons melted butter. Toss with spring roll strips.

Hoisin sauce

You can buy prepared hoisin sauce. Or, you can make it yourself by combining 1 cup of soy sauce, two tablespoons light soy sauce, 1/2 cup honey, three tablespoons rice wine vinegar, one tablespoon sesame oil, a pinch of cayenne pepper, and some ground ginger together in a bowl. For more heat, add hot chili s to the mixture if using hot chili sauce.

Tartar sauce

Tartar sauce is a great sauce to serve with egg rolls because it’s creamy and rich in flavor. You will need to make your tartar sauce from scratch. It’s not impossible to make from scratch, and most recipes only require a few simple ingredients.

The sweet and spicy sauce

You can buy prepared sweet and spicy sauce or use a combination of the following ingredients: 2 tablespoons sugar, one tablespoon sodium soy sauce, one teaspoon red wine vinegar or rice vinegar, one teaspoon sesame oil, hot chili powder to taste, black pepper as needed.

Sweet and sour sauce

What to Serve with Egg Rolls?
Egg Rolls with Sweet Sour Sauce. Credit: canva

This famous dipping sauce is usually made from a combination of sugar, vinegar, and ketchup. If you prefer a more savory version, use a teriyaki sauce as your dipping sauce.

Mix 1 cup sugar, two tablespoons corn syrup, one tablespoon vinegar, two teaspoons chili oil in a slight saucepan simmer on low heat for about 5 minutes until the sugar has dissolved completely. Add 1 cup ketchup and mix well. Chill for at least an hour before using if serving with egg rolls or just before serving if not serving egg rolls.

Indian style dipping sauce

Combine 1/2 cup yogurt, one tablespoon garam masala, two teaspoons green chili pickle, finely chopped green chilies, salt & pepper to taste in a small bowl.

Sweetened condensed milk

Sweetened condensed milk works well as a dip for egg rolls, as the sweet taste is a nice contrast with the savory flavors of the egg roll. You can also use this as a dressing for some other dishes if you like.

Sweet chili sauce

This famous sauce is usually made from a combination of sugar, vinegar, and ketchup. If you prefer a more savory version, use a teriyaki sauce as your dipping sauce.

Main dishes

You can enjoy egg rolls for dinner. While I usually prefer brown rice or cauliflower rice, you can also serve the egg rolls over cooked rice noodles or soba noodles.

Rice

Rice is a staple side dish in many meals throughout Asia. A perfect complement to egg rolls, rice is the ideal accompaniment for any entree with an Asian twist.

Fried rice

What to Serve with Egg Rolls?
Fried Rice with Egg Rolls. Credit: canva

Similar to rice, fried rice is a popular side dish throughout Asia. It has the same Asian twist as egg rolls and goes excellent with Chinese food to Japanese sushi or sashimi dishes.

In addition, adding veggies such as carrots, peas, and green onions will make your meal even healthier!

Chow mein noodles

Another popular dish served throughout Asia, and chow mein noodles, are a delicious complement to egg rolls. Delicious even on their own, they also taste great with rice or fried rice as well!

Teriyaki steak and shrimp with steamed rice

Ensuring a delicious dinner for your guests, teriyaki steaks and shrimp will go great with egg rolls.

However, if you want to make things even easier on yourself by serving fewer dishes, vegetables such as cucumbers and carrots are an excellent choice too!

Side dishes

Vegetables such as carrots, cucumbers, and peppers to dip in the peanut sauce or eat separately.

If you want a healthy, low-calorie approach to serving egg rolls as an appetizer or the main course of your meal, fresh veggies are a great choice. You can eat them by themselves or dip them in peanut sauce for even more flavor – it’s up to you!

Wontons

If you’re looking for a delicious side dish to serve with egg rolls, wontons are the way to go! Similar in shape and size to an actual egg roll, they make it easy for your guests to enjoy both dishes at once.

However, vegetables like carrots and peppers are a great alternative if you want something even easier (and healthier) to eat.

Egg drop soup

What to Serve with Egg Rolls?
Egg Drop Soup with Egg Rolls. Credit: canva

Egg drop soup is a traditional Chinese dish that will go great with egg rolls! Similar to wontons, it’s an easy way for your guests to enjoy both dishes at once.

General Tso’s chicken

General Tso’s chicken is another traditional Chinese dish that will compliment your egg rolls perfectly.

If you want to try something a little lighter and healthier than fried rice or chow mein noodles, vegetables such as carrots and cucumbers are an excellent side dish too!

Bok Choy

Served throughout Asia, bok choy is a tasty and nutritious vegetable that will compliment your spring roll perfectly.

Green Beans

Steamed green beans with miso dressing, soy, sugar, sake, and white sesame seeds are another great pairing with the egg rolls. 

Hot and sour soup

Hot and sour soup is also an excellent choice for a side dish. The tangy flavors of the hot and sour broth go well with egg rolls, especially if you’re looking to switch things up from fried rice or chow mein noodles!

Easy Homemade Egg Roll Recipe

These homemade egg rolls are filled with pork and vegetables and then wrapped and fried to golden brown perfection. This classic recipe is one of the favorite recipes that are an ideal make-ahead appetizer for any occasion! Chinese egg rolls are a fantastic snack or starter for Asian cuisine.

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 3/4 pound ground pork (or ground chicken/ground beef as an alternative)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon minced cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3 cups coleslaw mix and/or bean sprouts
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 12 egg roll rice paper wrappers
  • 1 egg beaten
  • oil for frying

Instructions

  1. In a large pan over medium-high heat, heat the 2 teaspoons of vegetable oil. Season the ground pork with salt and pepper before adding it to the pan.
  2. Stir fry the pork in a large pan with oil over medium-low heat for 5 minutes, breaking up the meat with a spatula until it is browned and cooked through. Add the garlic and ginger, then cook for 30 seconds.
  3. Stir in the coleslaw mix and green onions. Sauté until the cabbage is tender, about 3-4 minutes.
  4. Stir in the soy sauce and sesame oil, then remove from heat.
  5. Spoon about 2-3 teaspoons of filling into each egg roll wrapper and fold it according to package direction, using the beaten egg to seal the edges as you go.
  6. Pour 2-3 inches of oil into a deep pot.
  7. To fry egg rolls, heat the oil to 350°F. Fry 3-4 egg rolls at a time, turning once or twice until browned on all sides, approximately 3-5 minutes.
  8. Drain on paper towels or put on parchment paper, and serve with your favorite dipping sauce.

FAQs

What do Chinese restaurants serve with egg rolls?

Generally, Chinese restaurants serve egg rolls with sweet and sour sauce. In addition, you can have shrimp or beef with lobster sauce, chicken with cashew nuts, or just plain chicken.

What is the difference between the Chinese egg roll wrap and a tortilla wrap?

A Chinese egg roll is a thin wrapper made from rice flour. A tortilla wrap is a flour-based mid-dish or side dish. The surface area of a tortilla wrap is much larger than that of a Chinese egg roll wrapper, so it holds more filling.

What foods go well with spring rolls?

Typically, rice or vegetables are an excellent option to serve with spring rolls. In addition to most foods that you would serve with regular egg rolls, plain white rice is a perfect addition to a meal containing spring rolls. You can also have everything from beans and corn, spicy tofu to chili fries.