So just like many of you, I was surfing through YouTube, checking out some food reviews, namely the Costco spring roll. While spring rolls are abundantly fried and enjoyed in my country, we do not have a Costco.
So I was thinking, why not make some at home?
Spring rolls are a delicacy here, especially as my city has a well-known and robust Chinatown, known for appetizing Indo-Chinese dishes that will blow your mind.
We love our crispy, flaky, and thinly-wrapped spring rolls, with mixed sauteed veggies and meat inside, deep fried to golden-brown perfection. And this dipping snack dates back to Eastern Jin Dynasty (265 AD to 420 AD.)
You can use different varieties of meat and veggies for these spring rolls and enjoy them baked and non-cooked (rice wrappers come in handy here.)
As for my recipe, I had some leftover vegetables, which were about to go stale in a few days. It was the best way to bid a scrumptious adieu to these tasty veggies. Not to forget, these make some yummilicious game-night snacks, and we have Dungeons & Dragons session soon!
In my gaming group, we love snacking while we play. And these spring rolls will hit the spot.
A perfect crunchy snack, for a perfect evening of friendly table-top RPGs!
So let us dig into my spring roll recipe, inspired by Costco’s pre-made vegetable spring rolls.
Various Ways of Cooking Vegetable Spring Rolls
You can cook spring rolls in various ways. Deep-frying is just one of the popular methods because it enhances the contrasting textures of a crispy, flaky, and paper-thin outer shell and the juicy, flavorful, and tangy veggies nestling within.
But, if deep-frying these dipping rolls is not your jam, then there are two more ways to enjoy these yummy snacks:
According to the Cotsco spring roll instructions, you can choose either way to roll up some snacks for your friends and guests. Air-frying is a healthier cooking method where you use very little oil. You can also air-fry without oil. But I recommend using it to help crunch the wrappers more!
As for baking, you can use your microwave oven to whip up a crunchy, juicy batch of spring rolls in about 15 minutes!
And here is the catch, everyone can enjoy spring rolls because you can heat them up or make them from scratch with all types of cooking methods.
Are There Gluten-Free Spring Roll Wrappers?
Since traditional spring roll wrappers are made with flour, those with gluten allergies might not try them. But the good news is that gluten-free spring rolls exist!
You read it right! If you want to prepare and eat gluten-free vegetable spring rolls, or want to make them for someone with a gluten allergy, get the Vietnamese rice paper wrappers instead!
Rice wrappers contain no gluten and make for some delicious no-cook spring rolls. Just wet the rice wrappers a bit, and add your veggies and sauces.
Roll it like a spring roll, and your chewy, savory spring rolls with mochi-like consistency are ready!
You can also use rice noodles or semolina instead of its flour or wheat variant.
Roll it like a spring roll, and your chewy, savory spring rolls with mochi-like consistency are ready! I had once made spring rolls with rice paper, inspired by Lisa Nguyen, and they tasted heavenly.
My Costco Spring Roll Recipe With Veggies
This recipe is an inspiration from Tiffy Cooks. Although my ingredients vary, I still think she gives the best flavor tips of all!
So here is my recipe to make homemade vegetable spring rolls from Costco:
Step 1: Prep Your Cabbages
Start by chopping up your cabbages and setting the shreds in a bowl. Add some salt and mix it up. Salt helps to draw out the excess water in the leaves and make them crispy for frying.
Leave this for half an hour or so, and start with the other veggies.
Step 2: Julienne Other Vegetables
Up next, start julienning your carrots and green onions into thin slices for stir-frying. You can also dice up some mushrooms into small chunks.
These were the vegetables available to me. If you want to add other veggies like capsicum and bamboo shoots, feel free to play around with this recipe!
It is all about using leftover vegetables that you can utilize for some yummy, crispy homemade snacks.
Vegetables, when stir-fried, add a beautiful, savory, and juicy flavor to fried spring rolls.
Step 3: Stir-Fry the Vegetables
In a wok or a non-stick pan, heat up some oil and toss in the julienned carrots, green onions, and mushroom chunks. Drizzle in dark soy sauce, and sautee for about one to three minutes over medium heat.
The vegetables will now become crispier and more flavorful for the spring roll!
Step 4: Squeeze Our the Cabbage
After 30-45 minutes, use your palms to squeeze out all the excess water from the cabbage and dry the leaves over some kitchen towels.
While some recipes call for washing these leaves a second time to drain out the salt, I say let the salt stay. It adds a crunchy and savory flavor profile.
Step 5: Make Your Spring Roll Mix!
Now it is time to make your final spring roll veggie mix! Put the dried cabbage leaves in a large bowl, and add your stir-fried vegetables.
Mix them together and mix some cilantro leaves, semolina, or rice noodles. I am using wheat semolina as we had some extra at home.
Step 6: Add Your Favorite Flavors Flavors
Now that all the vegetables are mixed, it is time to add the desired flavors. I like to add chopped cilantro leaves, onion powder, garlic powder, and stir-fry sauce for the final touch.
Mix these all up, and your vegetable spring roll filling is ready.
Step 7: Add Filling to the Spring Roll Wrappers
Place your spring roll wrappers and scoop in the vegetable mix in the middle. Take one corner and cover over the veggies, tucking in the two sides.
Start rolling till you have a perfect spring roll shape. Seal the edge using a paste made from flour and water.
Step 8: Fry Your Vegetable Spring Rolls
Heat up oil in a pan and drop in some spring rolls. You need to deep fry these for about four to five minutes, depending on how crispy and crunchy you like the rolls to be.
Take them off the oil and place them on a rack to cool down. Your scrumptious vegetable snacks are ready!
These flaky snacks make for some of the best dipping bites and go with various sweet and garlicky sauces. Try out this recipe if you want to get innovative about using your leftover veggies at home.
Costco Spring Rolls Recipe with Leftover Veggies
- 1 Large mixing bowl
- 1 Non-stick cooking pan
- 1 Wooden spatula
- 5-6 Ingredients bowl
- 1 Tablespoon
- 1 Teaspoon
- 2 Plates
- 1 Kitchen knife
- Half of A Medium-Sized Cabbage
- 1 Tbsp Salt
- 200 Grams Chopped Button Mushrooms
- 150 Grams Green Onion
- 1 Large Carrot
- 2 Tbsp Dark Soy Sauce
- 100 Grams Wheat Vermicelli Noodles
- 10 Grams Cilantro Leaves
- 1 Tsp Onion Powder
- 1 Tsp Garlic Powder
- 1 Tsp Ground Pepper
- 2 Tbsp Stir-Fry Sauce
- 4 Tbsp Cooking Oil
- 5 Tbsp Flour
- Chop half of a cabbage and mix it with salt. Keep aside for 30-45 minutes to draw out excess water.
- Julienne carrots and green onions. Next up, chop your mushrooms for stir-frying
- Stir-fry your veggies in hot oil and add dark soy sauce to sautee
- Squeeze all the liquids from your cabbages and dry them over kitchen towels
- In a bowl, add your cabbages and stir-fried veggies
- Next up, mix in cooked semolina noodles and cilantro leaves
- Finally, add in garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, and stir-fry sauce
- Mix up everything, and your spring roll filling is ready!
- Take your spring roll wrappers, and scoop the vegetable mix in the middle`
- Wrap the mix from the back, and fold the sides inward. Use a flour-water paste to seal the edges
- Use the paste to seal the last edge, and make your spring rolls
- Pour in oil in a pan and let is heat up
- Deep-fry your spring rolls for 6-8 minutes over medium heat
- Flip the sides so that all parts cook evenly
- Enjoy your vegetable spring rolls with some tasty dipping sauce