Filipino Lumpia Recipe with Lumpia Sauce

Lumpia is a Filipino style egg roll filled with pork, beef and veggies. Then fried golden brown. They are always a crowd pleaser and a great appetizer. 

Did you know that I am part Filipino? My grandfather on my Dad’s side was full Filipino.  I don’t make a ton of Filipino  recipes because I didn’t live near my Filipino side of the family growing up, so I wasn’t able to learn.

Fried Filipino Lumpia

As I grow older, I am more interested in my heritage and the kind of food that comes with it. Despite not making a ton of Filipino food growing up, there was one recipe that my family always made:

Lumpia. From BBQs to birthday parties, you can bet you’ll find this Filipino classic on the table.

What is Filipino Lumpia?

Basically, lumpia is the Filipino version of an egg roll. The fillings can be sweet or savory. Sometimes the filling is left uncooked before it’s rolled, and sometimes it is cooked. For this recipe, I like to cook the filling first.

Lumpia filling on a wrapper.

The filling is placed into a thin crepe like wrapper and rolled closed.

Finally, after the lumpia is rolled it is fried until golden brown and crispy.

What are lumpia wrappers?

One of the key ingredients to lumpia, is the wrapper. The wrappers are often made with flour, water and cornstarch.  In my opinion, you can use any egg roll wrapper you can find.

That being said, I do have a preference. Sometimes wrappers are too thick that they don’t get crispy enough. Sometimes the wrappers are too thin and they can tear. You’ll just have to try different brands until you can find the one you like.

Menlo lumpia wrappers.

My personal favorite brand is the Menlo brand. They are the perfect thickness to hold the filling and they get nice and crispy.

What is Lumpia made of?

For this Filipino Lumpia recipe, you will need ground beef, ground pork, celery, carrots, onions, bean sprouts and garlic for the filling. As far as seasonings go, you’ll also need soy sauce, sesame oil, hot oil, ground ginger and salt.

You will also need lumpia wrappers and an egg to help seal the wrapper closed.

Finally, you’ll need oil for frying.

Lumpia is a Filipino style egg roll filled with pork, beef and veggies. Then fried golden brown. They are always a crowd pleaser and a great appetizer. 

How do you make Filipino Lumpia?

Step 1: Prep your veggies. I like to chop all of mine by pulsing them a couple of times in the food processor. This makes prepping the celery, carrots and onions much easier. Just a couple pluses will do, you still want the vegetables to have some structure.

Celery chopped in food processor.

Step 2: Make your filling by cooking beef, pork and vegetables together in a large pan or wok.

Step 3: Allow the filling to cool slightly. Once filling has cooled, using one egg roll wrapper with one point towards you, place 1 -2 tablespoons of filling about an inch from the point closest to you. Working away from you, fold the wrapper over the filling. Next fold in both sides. Dip a pastry brush into the egg and brush the edges. Continue rolling to seal completely. Repeat with remaining filling and wrappers.

Sealing lumpia with egg.

Step 4: To fry the lumpia heat 1 inch of oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot fry lumpia until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Allow to cool several minutes, serve.

How do you freeze lumpia?

I’m not going to lie, lumpia is a labor intensive project. It’s worth it, but it does take some time. It is for this reason, that whenever I commit to making some, I make a lot so that I can freeze them. That way I have some in the freezer whenever I want a quick snack or an appetizer for one of our stir fry nights.

Lumpia on baking sheet for freezing.

To freeze lumpia, roll them and then place them in a single layer on a baking sheet and put them in the freezer. Once they are frozen, you can place them into freezer bags.

When you are ready to cook them simply remove them from the freezer, thaw and fry.

Can you bake frozen lumpia?

While I do prefer to fry lumpia, you can bake it. I would preheat the oven to 425 degrees, brush the lumpia with oil and bake for 15 – 20 minutes or until they have browned.

Lumpia is a Filipino style egg roll filled with pork, beef and veggies. Then fried golden brown. They are always a crowd pleaser and a great appetizer. 

How do you make lumpia sauce?

Every good egg roll needs a good dip. For this recipe, I make an easy soy sauce, vinegar dip. It is simply soy sauce, rice vinegar and granulated garlic it.

If you like it spicy garlic chili sauce is always a good option.

Once you’ve got this recipe in your arsenal, you’re going to want to make it all the time. You’re going to be asked by friends to make it all the time. It’ll become a family favorite for you, just like us. Trust me.

More Filipino Recipes:

Instant Pot Chicken Adobo

Slow Cooker Pork Adobo

Banana Chocolate Lumpia 

Pork Sinigang

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More Appetizer Recipes:

Spicy Chicken Potstickers

Jalapeno Mozzarella Sticks 

Deep Fried Pickles 

Filipino Lumpia Recipe with Lumpia Sauce Recipe

Makes 50 - 60 lumpia Prep Time: Cook Time:
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Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 3 celery stocks, chopped (about 2 cups)
  • 2 carrots, chopped (about 2 cups)
  • 8 ounces mung bean sprouts
  • 10 - 12 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce, divided
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon hot chili oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 50 - 60 lumpia wrappers

Lumpia Sauce

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic

Instructions

1

In a wok or large pan, add ground beef, ground pork, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 1 teaspoon sesame oil, 1 teaspoon hot oil, 1/2 teaspoon of ginger and half of the garlic.

2

Cook until meat has browned. Drain off excess fat.

3

Return meat to wok. Add in carrots, celery, onions and bean sprouts. Cook until the veggies start to soften. Add in remaining soy sauce, sesame oil, hot oil, ginger and salt. Mix well and cook until beans sprouts have softened. Adjust seasoning with more salt as needed.

4

Place 1 -2 tablespoons of filling about an inch from the point closest to you. Working away from you, fold the wrapper over the filling. Next fold in both sides. Dip a pastry brush into the egg and brush the edges. Continue rolling to seal completely. Repeat with remaining filling and wrappers.

5

To fry: Heat 1 inch of oil in a large heavy bottomed skillet. Once hot, fry lumpia in batches until golden brown, about 3 minutes per batch.

6

To freeze: Place rolled lumpia in a single layer on a baking sheet and place in the freezer. Once frozen store in resealable bags. To cook after freezing thaw completely and fry until golden.

7

To make sauce, combine soy sauce, vinegar and granulated garlic.

8

Serve with sauce.

Notes

Nutrition facts not guaranteed.

Nutrition information

Amount per serving: 1 egg roll without dipping sauce
Calories: 206 , Total Fat: 6.1g , Saturated Fat: 0.9g , Cholesterol: 15mg , Sodium: 383mg , Carbohydrates: 29g , Fiber: 1.2g , Sugar: 1.3g , Protein: 10.5g

Leave a Comment

  • Reply
    Darla
    September 13, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    I’d skip the meat or use chicken.

    • Reply
      Deseree
      September 13, 2019 at 9:30 pm

      You could certainly use ground chicken in this recipe!

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