A spring roll makes sense in the air fryer because you’ll achieve that perfect crisp that is so satisfying. Try shredding any veg you have in the fridge to mix it up, or even add a bit of shredded chicken or beef, if you fancy. Perfect for a snack, in a picnic or for a full-on buffet. Serve with a side of sweet chili sauce for dipping. –Poppy O’Toole
Air Fryer Veggie Spring Rolls
- 4 oz (100g) vermicelli rice noodles
- 2 cups (200g) carrots julienned or grated
- 3 spring onions julienned
- ¼ garlic clove finely chopped
- 1¼ inch (2 cm) fresh ginger peeled, julienned or finely sliced
- heaping ¼ cup (15g) mint leaves picked and torn
- 2 cups (150g) bean sprouts
- 1-2 tbsp dark soy sauce to taste
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- all-purpose flour to assemble
- 10 spring roll wrappers
- vegetable or olive oil for brushing
- Soak the vermicelli noodles in warm water until softened, then drain and add to a large mixing bowl. Add the carrots, spring onions, garlic, ginger, mint, bean sprouts, soy sauce and sesame oil to the bowl and toss everything together.
- To assemble the spring rolls, mix a little flour and water together to make a smooth paste. Lay one spring roll wrapper out on a clean surface and cover the rest with a damp tea towel. Add about 1 tablespoonful of mixture to the centre of the wrapper, just below the middle. Fold the bottom edge over the filling, then fold the sides over the top, so you have a rough rectangle forming a sort of envelope. Roll up the wrapper tightly into a neat sausage shape around the filling and seal the edge with a little flour-water paste. Brush with oil and place on a lined baking tray, then repeat with the remaining mixture and wrappers.
- Heat the air fryer to 400°F/200°C.
- Place about 4 spring rolls in the air-fryer basket, making sure there is plenty of space between them, and cook for 15 to 17 minutes, until crisp and golden. Repeat with the remaining spring rolls and serve hot.
Excerpted from Poppy Cooks: The Actually Delicious Air Fryer Cookbook by Poppy O’Toole. Copyright © 2023 Poppy O’Toole. Photographs by Haarala Hamilton. Published by Appetite by Random House®, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.