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Baked Spring Rolls- A Healthier Alternative

Lately I have been wanting to create a recipe for healthier spring rolls. When I was younger I used to love eating spring rolls, dipped in plenty of plum sauce, but these days I rarely eat them. I thought about making spring rolls that were baked, instead of deep fried, and when one of my classmates in culinary school was offering up a package of spring roll wrappers, I jumped on the chance. They sat in my freezer for about a month- until tonight, that is. I have been trying to stay away from soy products (besides fermented soy, like miso, and soy sauce) but I can’t stand wasting food, so I decided to use up a pack of organic tofu I had in the fridge. I actually marinaded the tofu for about a day and I really liked how much flavour it took on. I could use a little practice on my spring roll wrapping technique, but this finished product was delicious. Instead of plum sauce, I made an almond butter sauce and it was wonderful paired with the rolls.

Baked Spring Rolls with Almond Butter Dipping Sauce

Tofu:

  • 1 package extra firm organic tofu cut into 1/2 inch thick slices
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup tamari
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • pinch of red chili flakes
  • 4 drops of stevia (or, of course a sprinkle of sugar or honey)

Combine all the ingredients in a shallow dish and let marinade for at least an hour. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, bake for 12 minutes.

Spring Rolls:

  • 1 large carrot, julienned
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, julienned
  • 1 can water chestnuts, diced
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped
  • pinch of red chili flakes
  • 1/2 tsp each- minced garlic, ginger, lemon grass (I used a bottled paste of each of these, otherwise, sauté these together until garlic is cooked), sesame oil
  • baked tofu, cut into thin strips
  • 8 x 8 spring roll wrappers
  • sesame oil, for brushing

Combine carrot, pepper, water chestnuts, scallions in a bowl with chili flakes, garlic, ginger, lemon grass and sesame oil. Take a spring roll wrapper in front of you so it looks like a diamond. Take a few strips of tofu, carrots, peppers, water chestnuts, and scallions, and place on the bottom end of the wrapper. Roll the bottom over the filling, tuck the sides of the wrapper in, and roll like a cigar. Place on a lined sheet pan, seam side down and brush with sesame oil. Repeat until all filling has been used (just eyeball the amounts!). Preheat the oven to 400 F and cook spring rolls for 8 minutes. Flip over, brush with oil and cook for 5 more minutes.

Almond Butter Dipping Sauce (Adapted from Rebar):

  • 1/4 cup smooth almond butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp ginger, minced
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp sambal oelek
  • 1/4 cup tamari
  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar

Blend all ingredients in food processor, or by hand, with a whisk.

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  • Excellent idea, I do not like frying, therefore I usually kind of pan fry the spring rolls, but baking it, would be even better 🙂 Will definitely try!
    By the way, great pictures, the rolls look definitely yummie!

  • Waw,…that sauce looks incredibly tasty, Koko!!

    I allways bake my spring rolls in the oven because of the health issues.
    I think I like your filling too!

    MMMMMM,….lovely!

  • Does the spring roll wrapper crisp up with baking? Is the texture similar or is it just to be appreciated differently?

  • Beautiful spring rolls. Great idea to bake them! The almond butter dipping sauce looks really tasty too. 🙂

  • Thanks, Juliana, Sophie, and Jennifer!!
    Jessica- The wrapper does crisp up because it is brushed with sesame oil, although it is less crispy than deep-fried rolls. The texture is similar, and is definitely recognizable as a spring roll. I would say that the main difference is that the inner layers may not be quite as crunchy. It could also depend on what you fill the rolls with- I used a filling I had never tried in a spring roll before, whereas if I had used the cabbage and rice noodle, etc. like in the ones I get as take-out, it would have tasted even more alike!

  • I do agree with you. Since we started baking the spring rolls better than deep frying them we eat them more often and my stomach don’t curl up too much in disgust of “too much oil”…

    The idea of using sesame oil seems really tempting! And your sauce seems yummy, I’ll have a go at it and give you feed back!

  • Parker

    They looked and smelled awesome Koko! Too bad I didn’t get to try one… my procrastinating self!

  • I always wondered if spring rolls could be baked. I’ve been wanting to try it but here you are affirming the idea. Thank you for sharing… now I could go ahead and bake mine without doubting the idea.

  • Thanks Zoe, I hope you like them!
    Thanks Parker!
    Skip to Malou, glad I could help! I hope you enjoy some baked spring rolls =)

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  • Great spring rolls! We really loved these, and they are super easy to make. We ran out of the original filling (and still had spring roll wrappers), so we made some more filling with scallions, bok choy and water chestnuts. Yum!

  • I’m so glad you enjoyed the spring rolls! I’m also SO glad that you commented- my friend and I are going on a year long trip and we were thinking about incorporating some bike trips into it. Your site has so much great info!

  • These look so good. Missed them the first time around- I have to try these goodies.

  • Mmm I need to make these again!

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