These salt and pepper spring rolls are an absolute joy! Serve them up as a starter or a dinner party finger food and they'll go down a storm!
With tongue-tingling flavours and the crispy crunchy texture, these sumptuous spring rolls with salt and pepper seasoning are almost too good to be true. Plus, they're incredible easy to whip up!
Why You'll Love This Spring Roll Recipe
- It's easy peasy to make
- The whole dish takes barely 5 minutes
- It's the perfect starter for a Chinese feast
- You can adapt flavours and cater it to your tastes
Equipment Needed To Make This Recipe
- Large wok – a wok is the way to go when making any kind of Chinese dish. The height of the sides of the wok pan serve to retain heat within the pan, while the rounded shape of helps to conduct heat and keep everything cooking at a high temperature. This is ideal for flash flying and getting the best out of spices. Go for a wok that's at least 28cm, although 30cm would be ideal.
- Curved spatula – a curved wooden spatula is the perfect companion for your wok. The curved shape helps to get into the corners to keep those fabulous ingredients moving as they quickly cook.
How To Make Salt And Pepper Spring Rolls
Deep fry the spring rolls accordingly to manufacturer's instructions.
Fry the spring onions and chillies in a wok over high heat.
Add the spring rolls and salt and pepper seasoning. Fry for another few minutes then serve immediately. Enjoy!
Drain the spring rolls on paper towels to remove any excess oil.
What To Serve With Salt And Pepper Spring Rolls
These rolls are delicious on their own, but you could also serve them with a soy sauce dip, vinegar, sweet chilli dip or plum sauce. Check the Asian section of your supermarket or your local Chinese supermarket – there are some fantastic dipping sauces out there!
A round, full bodied red pinot noir would work wonderfully well with the spices in this recipe, as would an off-dry white wine like a Riesling.
- Replace the spring onions with finely chopped shallots for a stronger onion flavour.
- If you're not a fan of heat, omit the chillies from the dish. You can replace them with peppers or use a mild chilli.
- Use sesame oil in place of vegetable oil for a more authentic Chinese flavour. You could also use a canola oil spray if you want to use less oil.
- Making Chinese salt and pepper seasoning is simple. However, if you can't find the ingredients or don't have the time, you can replace it with Chinese five spice.
- If you can't get hold of fresh chillies, use chilli powder. A teaspoon will do.
Use a quality wok when cooking up this salt and pepper sensation! The wok is the way to go with authentic Asian recipes, as you'll be able to cook on a high heat, while easily distributing the heat throughout all the ingredients.
Where can you buy spring rolls?
From any good supermarket or Asian food store. I bought mine from the local Chinese supermarket.
For the easiest option, go for frozen spring rolls – I used the Tsingtao brand.
What does a spring roll have in it?
They typically contain shredded vegetables – normally carrot, bean sprouts, bamboo shoots, garlic and cabbage – as well as shredded pork and shiitake mushrooms. The ingredients are also flavoured with rice wine, soy sauce and sesame oil.
Can I use mini spring rolls?
Absolutely! This recipe works with both large and small varieties.
What is Chinese salt and pepper seasoning?
It’s a delicious spice mix that brings big bold flavour to a variety of dishes.
It's hugely popular in the UK, especially in Liverpool – it's where salt and pepper chips originated – as well as in Scotland.
Chinese salt and pepper seasoning has been used in Chinese takeaways since the 1960s. It's becoming more and more popular, leading to many foodies making their own batch at home.
How do you make Chinese salt and pepper seasoning?
It's easy! Chinese five spice seasoning is a blend of seven select ingredients. These are salt, sugar, Chinese five spice, crushed chilli flakes, garlic powder, ground ginger and ground white pepper.
To find out how to make the perfect batch of this flavourful spice blend, check out my Salt and Pepper Seasoning recipe.
What's in Chinese five spice?
Chinese five spice is a spice mix that contains cinnamon, star anise, cloves, Sichuan pepper and fennel seeds.
What pastry are spring rolls made from?
They are made using a type of Chinese pastry that is similar to filo pastry. This special pastry – sometimes known as spring roll wrappers – is made from wheat flour dough, salt, water and oil.
How do you store leftover salt and pepper spring rolls?
These bad boys are always best eaten straight away. However, if you do find yourself with leftovers, you can store them in an airtight container. Pop them in the fridge and eat them within three days.
More amazing Chinese recipes
If you're a fan of Chinese cuisine, you'll want to try these incredible recipes:
- Salt and chili chicken – a classic Chinese takeaway dish, salt and chili chicken
- Salt and pepper chips – another hugely popular takeaway dish, salt and pepper chips make for a delicious side or a homemade takeaway treat
- Salt and pepper tofu - a firm favourite with vegans and vegetarians
- Chicken and sweetcorn soup - a delicious Chinese starter!
- Sweet chilli chicken stir fry – delicious and extremely easy to make
- Orange peel chicken – this classic Asian recipe is the perfect midweek fakeaway meal
- Prawn dumplings with soy and mirin dipping sauce – fried finger food doesn't get much better!
Learn how to make this Salt and Pepper Spring Rolls recipe and your wallet will never have to suffer from expensive Chinese takeaways again.
- oil, for deep frying
- 20 mini vegetable spring rolls
- 15ml (1 tbsp) vegetable oil
- 6 spring onions, finely chopped
- 2 red chillies, finely sliced
- 5g (1 tsp) salt and pepper seasoning
- Cook the Spring Rolls: Fry the spring rolls according to package instructions. Each spring roll takes about 5 minutes to deep fry until golden and crispy. Cook in batches so as to not overcrowd the pot. Drain on paper towels and set aside until you’re ready to finish the recipe in the wok.
- Heat the oil over a high heat in a wok.
- Stir fry the spring onions and chillies for 1 minute then add the spring rolls.
- Sprinkle with the seasoning and then fry for another 1-2 minutes until the spring rolls are heated through.
- Serve immediately as a starter to a Chinese meal. Enjoy!
- Feel free to make your own spring rolls from scratch. I bought mine from the local Chinese shop. Check the frozen section, I used the Tsingtao brand.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Category: Starter
- Method: Fry
- Cuisine: Chinese
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