How To Make Filipino Lumpia

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Pork, shrimp, and vegetables are folded into a paper-thin lumpia wrapper and then fried to crisp golden perfection in this traditional recipe for Filipino Lumpia.

Over 20 years ago, I tasted lumpia for the first time. I fell in love with them at first bite.

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Unfortunately, I lost touch with the friend who introduced them to me, courtesy of her mama’s cooking. I remembered them a few years ago and realized that I might be able to make them at home.

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Then I ran into a problem. Where would I find the recipe? I looked online and didn’t find anything that sounded quite right. The lumpia that I remembered was not your average eggroll.

There wasn’t cabbage or an abundance of vegetables in them. I simply remembered that there were a lot of different flavors packed into a very thin wrapper.

I mentioned my lumpia craving to a friend, (thanks, Sandra!) who told me to look for one of her friends on Facebook. I did that and proceeded to message back and forth with her friend, Irene, who was happy to chat about lumpia recipes for a bit to make sure I had it right.

The lumpia turned out fabulously and my middle son immediately requested them for his birthday meal the following year. We like to serve lumpia with this Simple Asian-inspired Rice and bowls of Egg Drop Soup.

In my house, a birthday request is the very highest of food compliments. Everyone in the family devoured these and my youngest actually cried when they were gone. There wasn’t a single one left or we probably would have eaten more.

Over the years, I’ve made traditional lumpia, Baked Filipino Lumpia, and when I’m short on time, this easy recipe for a Filipino Lumpia Skillet is always a hit!

(Once you’ve tried the lumpia skillet, you’ll want to try the original Egg Roll Skillet and the Sausage Egg Roll in a Bowl for more fun variations.)

If you love all the flavors of traditional lumpia and egg roll recipes, but just don’t have the time to roll them each time you’re craving them, the skillet recipes are sure to thrill you!

Dipping Sauces for Filipino Lumpia

We like to use a couple of different sweet and sour hot sauces for dipping. My husband enjoys the heat of Lingham’s Sweet & Spicy Hot Sauce and my younger boys and I prefer the sweetness of Mae Ploy Sweet Chili Sauce.

My oldest son mixes the two and declared that perfect. My friend Irene also mentioned that she likes Frank’s Sweet Chili Sauce, however, I didn’t see that one at my store.

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The first time I made these, I misunderstood the original directions and I cooked and crumbled the ground pork prior to mixing it with the other ingredients.

It was supposed to be mixed together in the style of meatloaf with all the other ingredients and then fried and cooked that way. I loved the way mine turned out, so I have chosen to share that particular method.

I’ve also made them as originally intended with raw meat and they’re delicious that way. I simply find it simpler (with less concern to whether they’re cooked through) to make them the way the recipe is written above.

If you decide to make them with the more traditional method, be certain the meat is fully cooked in the oil. Irene recommends just a teaspoon or so of the mix in each lumpia and the cooking them 5-6 minutes or until golden brown.

How To Make Lumpia

Where To Buy Lumpia Wrappers

I am fortunate to live within a couple of miles of an Oriental supermarket. It is huge! I had never been there before and it was an awesome experience to just wander the aisles.

It was an entire superstore of the most exotic Oriental foods. I can hardly wait to try another new recipe! Luckily,  I was able to find authentic Filipino lumpia wrappers. (There was an entire freezer section of nothing but different wrapping papers!)

Honestly, the special wrappers did make a big difference. The ones that I wrapped using basic spring roll wrappers were delicious, but the ones in the paper-thin lumpia wrappers were phenomenal.

Make authentic Filipino Lumpia at home anytime you like!

Kitchen Tip: I use this bowl, this pan, and these tongs to make this recipe.

 If you’re craving more eggroll style recipes, check out these Italian Eggrolls, Chicken Cordon Bleu Eggrolls, Macaroni and Cheese Eggrolls, Southwestern Eggrolls, and don’t miss these Breakfast Eggrolls with Sausage Gravy!

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How To Make Filipino Lumpia

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Pork, shrimp, and vegetables are folded into a paper thin lumpia wrapper and then fried to crisp golden perfection in this traditional recipe for Filipino Lumpia. Recipe gently adapted from and with thanks to my friend Irene and her mother.
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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 -5 servings

Ingredients 

  • 1 pound ground pork cooked and crumbled
  • 1 8 ounce can water chestnuts chopped
  • 1 4 ounces can sliced mushrooms chopped
  • 1 4 ounce can large shrimp chopped
  • 1/2 cup green onions chopped
  • 1/3 cup sweet yellow onion chopped
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic pressed
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • lumpia wrappers or spring roll wrappers
  • 2 cups oil for frying I used refined coconut oil, flavorless and unscented

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients except for the eggs in a bowl, and mix with your hands. (per Irene, this way it is with love!) After it’s all mixed, cover it and let it sit in the fridge for an hour (or up to 24 hours) before wrapping.
  • Open the lumpia wrappers and cut in half to form rectangular strips or in quarters to make bite size rolls. The lumpia wrappers are larger than most eggroll or spring roll wrappers. If you are using spring roll wrappers, you can cut them in half or leave them the bigger size.
  • Carefully peel the wrappers apart and place about a tablespoon of filling on each one. Roll them according to your preference and then dip your finger in the beaten egg and seal the edges. Set the rolls aside until ready to cook. I found it was easiest to roll them all in an assembly line and then cook them in batches.
  • In a small sauce pan, heat about 2 inches of oil over medium high. Once the oil is hot, use tongs to place a few rolls in the oil at a time. Let cook for about a minute on one side and then turn to cook the other. If the oil covers them completely, just turn as needed to make sure they are cooking evenly. When they are lightly golden brown, remove from the oil and place on a paper towel covered plate. Serve with dipping sauces of your choice. Enjoy!

Notes

I played with the wrappers as I was making these and tried several different sizes, as you can see in the photos. The ones I thought tasted the most like I remembered, were the long rectangular strips left open on the end. The ends were a bit crunchy and we all liked that. My personal favorites were the smaller, almost bite size ones.

Nutrition

Calories: 312kcal · Carbohydrates: 2g · Protein: 19g · Fat: 24g · Saturated Fat: 8g · Cholesterol: 85mg · Sodium: 453mg · Potassium: 375mg · Sugar: 1g · Vitamin A: 125IU · Vitamin C: 3.8mg · Calcium: 28mg · Iron: 1.2mg
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{originally published 1/17/12 – recipes notes and photos updated 3/10/22}

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  1. evelyn1954 says

    I was just going to ask the same question that Wolfdogz asked I just found this recipe and would love to make it. I have never heard of Filipino Lumpia. It sounds yummy and we just made the dipping sauce and it is wonderful. So now we want to try the Lumpia. Do you add the eggs to the mix or are they for sealing the wrappers? Thanks for posting this recipe

    • Mary says

      I'm sorry that I missed the original question. The egg likely won't affect the mix in the end. It is there just for sealing the wrappers though. I'll update the recipe now to make that more clear. Thank you!

  2. Anonymous says

    I like Jufran's sweet Banana Sauce, they also have a spicey Banana Sauce. Look for it in your oriental market where you get the Lumpia wrappers.

  3. sally m says

    I lived on Guam for a year and was taught how to make those by a Philipina. Wrappers are traditionally made by brushing a thick mixture of water and cornstarch on a grill with a sponge and the dipping sauce I was taught was a clove of garlic minced in vinegar. Delicious

  4. Dan Leeder says

    Thank, thank you, thank you!! I grew up in the Philippines eating Filipino food and this is one of my favorites. I have looked for an authentic recipe for a long time and THIS is it!! Thanks. NOW, if you really want to be authentic, you need to serve it with patis (pah-teese'), a fish sauce that, admittedly, could take a bit to get used to, but it is incredible for dipping lumpia or other Asian spring rolls. "Patis" is not a brand name – it is a type of sauce. Because Americans are not familiar with it, it may be sold as "fish sauce." I think if you ask for "patis" at the market, they will steer you in the right direction. Try it!!

  5. Anonymous says

    The Lumpia I make ( from my sisters mother in law who is Filipino) uses ground beef, cabbage, carrots, garlic and soy sauce. They are divine!

  6. Anonymous says

    I can give you the ingredients for making the sauce: just boil 1 cup water, mix with cider vinegar, sugar, salt, banana catsup, chopped garlic and ginger, and prepare cornstarch mix with water and just pour it in in the boiling mixture until it becomes thick. Drop some tabasco sauce to make it more spicy.

  7. Anonymous says

    I use Italian Sausage and wrap mine much thinner. If I use just ground sausage I add shrimp. Or, if you wish, you could use 1/2 Italian Sausage and 1/2 Ground Pork. I too use Patis (a somewhat salty fish sauce similar to soy sauce) to dip. I also make Pancit to go with the Lumpia. I learned these foods and more from a very dear Filipina friend. Filipino food is so good because it is a mixture of Oriental and Spanish. Your recipe looks great!!

  8. Connie Hatch-Feir says

    Never heard of this, but will definitely make them. Couple of questions: can I use fresh (raw or cooked) shrimp and mushrooms instead of canned? Also, what "course" are they served for? Thanks!

    • Mary says

      Yes! Absolutely you can use fresh cooked shrimp and mushrooms instead of canned. I often swap those two when I have them on hand. We eat Lumpia as an appetizer, or side dish. I love it as a main course, but that means making a whole lot of lumpia! I'd serve with rice and a salad or vegetable in that case.

    • Mary says

      Definitely do not overstuff the wrapper. Be sure to read the Cook's Note under the recipe for tips on working with the raw meat. Enjoy!

  9. AmberMoon says

    There's also cheese lumpia. Easier and simpler.

    I've taken a block of pepper jack cheese, cut on the short side but big enough to fill a wrapper and deep fry. Pretty damn good too!

  10. Anonymous says

    I had this 45years ago in the Philippines but it was made with ground beef,carrots and fresh green beans. My friend also made bananas and cinnamon fried in lumpia wrappers.

  11. Shari Kalous says

    My ex son in law is from the phillipines. Grew up there most of his life. This is not how he makes them.
    Most families couldnt afford all these ingrediants back in the day from my understanding.
    I will try this omitting the shrimp, as I LOVE lumpia thanks to him! lol Thanks for sharing!