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Vegetarian Egg Rolls Recipe

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By Andrea Chesman | Sep 28, 2018

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Vegetarian Egg Rolls are filling and satisfying.
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  • 6-10 servings



  • 1 medium head green cabbage, shredded or thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon Asian sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon peanut or sunflower oil
  • 6 ounces shiitake mushrooms, thinly sliced, stems removed and discarded
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 carrot, peeled and shredded
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • 4 scallions, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and minced
  • Canola or other vegetable oil, for deep-frying
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 package (1 pound) egg roll wrappers
  • Hot mustard and Thai sweet chili sauce or Chinese plum sauce, for dipping


  • Combine cabbage and salt in a large bowl, and mix well. Set aside until cabbage is limp and wilted, at least 30 minutes. Rinse under cold running water, and drain well. (The cabbage should taste a little salty. If it's too salty, rinse again.) Return to bowl.
  • Heat a skillet over high heat. Add the sesame and peanut oils, and heat until shimmering. Add mushrooms and soy sauce, and stir-fry until mushrooms are tender, about 5 minutes.
  • Add mushrooms, carrot, bean sprouts, scallions, garlic, and ginger to the cabbage, and mix well. Set aside.
  • Pour 2 to 3 inches of canola oil into a wok, tall saucepan, or deep-fat fryer, and heat over medium heat.
  • Place the egg white in a bowl, and set aside.
  • Dust a work surface and a baking sheet with cornstarch.
  • Place an egg roll wrapper on the prepared work surface, with 1 corner pointing toward you. Mound 2 heaping tablespoons of filling in the center of the wrapper. Bring the corner of the wrapper closest to you up over the filling, and tuck it under the filling, making a log shape. Bring in the 2 side corners. Apply egg white with your fingers or a pastry brush to the last corner of the wrapper, and finish rolling up the egg roll, sealing it closed. Transfer the egg roll, seam-side down, to the prepared baking sheet. Continue filling and rolling until all the filling is used. If an egg roll wrapper rips, roll it in a second wrapper.
  • When all the egg rolls are made, use a deep-frying thermometer to test whether the oil is at 365 degrees Fahrenheit. Or, drop a cube of bread into the oil, and if the oil bubbles around the bread and the cube browns uniformly in 60 seconds, the oil is at the right temperature.
  • Add 3 egg rolls to the hot oil, and fry for 3 minutes, or until golden. Remove and let drain on a wire rack, turning them frequently. Continue frying in batches of 3 until all the egg rolls are fried.
  • Serve hot with dipping sauces.

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