Egg Rolls with Sweet and Sour Sauce

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Candice says:

I know the term tapas is typically reserved for Spanish food, but I use it to describe meals made of appetizers. It’s just easier than making up my own word. I enjoy late-night get-togethers, and one of my favorite menu items is egg rolls! In fact, it’s my most requested! So, I usually go “tapas” style with the egg rolls and include crab wontons and dessert pineapple wontons. Served with homemade sweet and sour sauce and pineapple glaze. I’ll let you decided what you dip in what. This post will tell you how I prepare my egg rolls and sweet and sour sauce.
Pick up some egg roll wrappers from your produce department. If you know where to find tofu, look there. A pack should be plenty for one recipe of my egg roll filling.
I enjoy late night get-togethers and one of my favorite menu items is egg rolls! In fact, it's my most requested! Serve with homemade sweet and sour sauce and pineapple glaze.

Egg Roll Filling Recipe:

  • 1 lb ground beef: a heaping pound is better πŸ˜‰
  • can of bean sprouts (found in “international” section)
  • grated carrots, about 2 large. (I actually prefer the already shredded carrots. more texture)

Here is the most important tip about seasoning your mixture…

SALT! I use kosher, and believe me, putting it in a cute vintage dish makes it taste better. It does! Just salt and pepper the meat to taste. Add carrots and bean sprouts. Taste your filling before wrapping because if it isn’t seasoned before it’s wrapped up, it’s not gonna taste good afterward!

Before you start wrapping, make a quick cornstarch and water paste. This keeps it together! You are going to drop a spoonful near one corner of the wrapper, leaving a little room to make your first roll. Pull the corner over the filling, and on the corners to the left and right, add a dab of paste and tuck each one into the middle. Then you just roll it up…putting a dab of paste on the final corner. Voila.


Keep each finished egg roll on a sheet of wax paper to avoid sticking. When you’re finished, turn your oil (use peanut oil if possible. less greasy) to about medium heat. While that is heating up, it’s time to make your sweet and sour sauce. egg rolls recipe

Once your peanut oil is ready, drop a few in at a time. Keep an eye on them because they can cook quickly! Drain on paper towels and maybe add a bit of SALT from your cute vintage dish!

It's really not that hard to make your own egg rolls and sweet & sour sauce.


Sweet and Sour Sauce Recipe:

  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup vinegar (white or rice)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 T. Ketchup (shut up!)
  • 1T. cornstarch
In a saucepan, add the 1st three ingredients and turn to medium-high heat. Meanwhile, whisk the fool out of the ketchup(shut up!) and cornstarch. I don’t want any lumps, people! Return to your sugar mixture and stir until dissolved. Add the ketchup mixture and whisk until smooth. Let this come to a boil. It’s going to thicken and rise quite a bit, so don’t be scared. Once it gets to this point, it’s pretty much done. You can turn it off and let it cool. Sometimes I add finely cut red pepper.
Make your own sweet and sour sauce
It’s really not that hard to make your own egg rolls and sweet & sour sauce. Let us know in the comments if you try this recipe!
Candice and all of her cute vintage dishes can be found at Ragamuffin Design.
It's not that hard to make your own egg rolls and sweet & sour sauce. Here's my recipe with pictures to show you what to do.
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20 thoughts on “Egg Rolls with Sweet and Sour Sauce”

  1. YUM! Thank you for a new filling recipe. I make this for my kidlets. I use 1 lb. ground meat (any you like) & a package of broccoli slaw (slightly cooked so my kids can eat it easily)

    There is usually a bit of left-over filling so I add it to pre-cooked brown rice and scrambled eggs. Refried Rice!

    A winter fav around here. πŸ˜‰

  2. I'm here for the ketchup. πŸ™‚ We make these, regularly, but I still buy my sweet/spicy sauce. Thanks for giving me a new sauce to try.. (btw, Whole Foods 365 Organic Ketchup, sans HFCS, has made me a bigger believer!)

  3. They really do taste as fabulous as they look… I have had a few (or a few hundred)!! Hope mine can turn out as great as yours; I really am going to try and make them myself sometime!

  4. Oh my, this blog is filled with such comfort food. I really like this one and hope to try it soon. Thanks for visiting my blog. Be sure to click the "follow" button for updates and keeping in touch often!

  5. Needed a sweet and sour sauce for eggs rolls purchased at the store. Tried this recipe because I had all the ingredients on hand Winner! I added hot pepper flakes and powder because we like it spicy. Thanks for the simple recipe.

  6. I’m thinking us in the low-carb community can easily rework this with Zsweet sweetener and Nature’s Hollow sugar-free ketchup. I’ll use it as one of my sauces for Vietnamese Spring Rolls, Yum! Thanks!

  7. OMG at his freaking sauce recipe is amazing! So easy and yummy!!!!!!! I have a teenager amd sassy little toddler to impress at dinner and make this sauce with my homemade lumpia. Store bought sweet and sour will never end yet my house again! THANK U

  8. I will be making these I love egg rolls but it’s just me can you freeze these after cooked or before thank you mouth is already drooling


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