Can you freeze spring rolls?

In this article, we will answer the question “Can you freeze spring rolls?”, and what things you need to consider when freezing spring rolls?

Can you freeze spring rolls?

Yes, you can freeze spring rolls. This article includes a brief guide on how to freeze spring rolls and what things to consider. 

Things to consider when storing spring rolls

Reduce the moisture of the filling 

To prevent the spring rolls from becoming soggy during freezing, you need to take care of the moisture content of its filling. 

The filling will hold some amount of moisture but you can reduce it to a level where they won’t be making the wrapper soggy. 

To do this, you need to use veggies with low moisture content. Chop the veggies and fry them to lower their water content. Let them cool completely before filling the spring rolls with it.

Use flour or starch to separate the spring rolls 

Before you put the spring rolls in the freezer bag, dust the floor of the bag with some flour or starch. The choice of flour/starch is yours. It could be cornstarch, potato starch, or tapioca starch, etc. 

Then loosely pack the dusted freezer bag with uncooked spring rolls in a single layer. After packing, sprinkle the spring rolls with some flour/starch again.

The flour will keep the spring rolls from sticking to each other. Moreover, it absorbs the excess moisture and keeps the surface of the rolls dry. When fried, the flour coating turns crispy and adds to the texture.

Check the temperature of the freezer

Your freezer should be maintained at 0℉ before you freeze the spring rolls. Frequent power outages or a broken freezer that is incapable of reaching the desired temperature will make your spring rolls soggy.

Do the spring rolls need to be thawed before freezing?

No, you do not need to thaw the spring rolls before frying. All the prerequisites that were carried out before freezing allow the spring rolls to be safely fried without thawing. 

However, you need to be mindful of not overcrowding the pan when frying the spring rolls directly from frozen. Doing so will suddenly bring down the temperature of the frying oil. This will increase the frying time and make your spring rolls soggy and flimsy.

How to store cooked egg rolls?

Before you pack the egg rolls for refrigeration or freezing, let them cool. Then tightly pack each spring roll using a plastic sheet. 

Transfer the wrapped spring rolls in a freezer bag or an air-tight container. If you are using a bag. Make sure to squeeze out as much air as possible. Label the bag and chuck it into the freezer.

How to reheat egg rolls?

You do not need to take the spring rolls before frying. Spring rolls can directly be deep-fried or reheated in the oven. 

When deep-frying, always heat the spring rolls first on medium-high heat. This step is important for the thorough cooking of the egg rolls. It also keeps the wrapper from coming loose.

When the spring rolls are cooked for 3-5 minutes or when they start to develop a light golden color, raise the heat to high to fry the spring rolls to a crisp exterior.

How to make spring rolls at home?

Ingredients 

For filling

  • 3 cups cabbage, shredded
  • 1 medium carrot (about ½ cup), shredded
  • ¼ cup bell pepper or capsicum, julienned
  • 2 sprigs of spring onions, whites, and greens separated 
  • 1-2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp vinegar 
  • ¼ to ½ tsp pepper, powder, or crushed 
  • Salt as per taste 
  • 1 cup cooked noodles or half noodle cake (optional)

For vegetable spring rolls

Preparation

  1. Saute spring onion whites in a greased pan.
  1. On high heat, lightly fry the veggies except for the onion greens. Make sure the veggies are still somewhat crunchy.
  1. Stir in the sauce and vinegar. Mix until well combined.
  1. Add onion greens and season with salt and pepper.
  1. Add noodles at this step and fry everything for an additional 1 minute. Add some more salt, pepper, and soy sauce to adjust the taste.
  1. Let the mixture cool completely. 

How to make spring rolls?

  1. Spread the spring roll wrapper and moisten it using the package instructions. Then place a center filling in the wrap.
  1. Roll one edge towards the center of the wrapper to cover the filling. Bring the edges to the center and moisten the leftover edge to seal the wrapper.
  1. Fry in hot oil and take out on the kitchen tissue to remove excess oil.

Other FAQs about Spring Rolls that you may be interested in.

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Are spring rolls always vegetarian?

Conclusion

In this article, we answered the question “Can you freeze spring rolls?”, and what things you need to consider when freezing spring rolls?

References

https://www.thespruceeats.com/how-to-freeze-egg-rolls-4116087

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.