Fast, easy, and extremely flavourful, these Rice Paper Dumplings are so simple to make in an air fryer or pan-fried! Crispy on the outside, chewy inside and loaded with healthy veggies and Asian-inspired flavours, these vegan rice paper dumplings are perfect for a party appetizer or snack. They’re completely gluten-free as well!
Why you will love these crispy rice paper dumplings
- Quick & easy: It takes just minutes to throw tigether the filling, roll the dumplings up and air-fry or pan-fry them.
- Healthy: These vegan rice paper dumplings are loaded with veggies and seasoning…and thats about it! There’s no added sugar or salt.
- Use less oil: If you choose to use the air fryer, these rice paper dumplings use far less oil. It’s so easy to do as well!
- Great texture: These crispy rice paper dumplings are both crispy (on the ouside) and chewy inside. Absolutely delicious!
Key ingredients for tiktok rice paper dumplings
- Rice paper: Most large grocery stores have rice paper wraps. You can also find them on amazon. They are great for making fresh summer rolls as well – my go-to when it gets warmer!
- Vegetables: I added onion, garlic, carrots, zucchini, red pepper and some diced spring onions. Very simple ingredients, ones I always have on hand in the fridge making it easier to throw together.
- Spice: Just some chinese 5 spice and chili powder. The heat is spot on and delicious!
- Coconut aminos: Most of the salty-sweet seasoning comes from coconut aminos which is a gluten-free and soy-free substitute for soy sauce which generally contains wheat. I didn’t have to add any extra salt because the coconut aminos are salty enough, just like soy sauce.
- Sesame oil: Toasted sesame oil is nutty and adds a ton of flavour, without having to add much oil. It’s perfect for cooking Asian cuisine.
How to make Crispy Rice Paper Dumplings in an Air Fryer
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How many rice paper sheets should I use per dumpling?
You can use either one or two. I’ve tried both and find that using 2 is easier to wrap, keeping all of the ingredients in, which is handy if you haven’t used rice paper before. However, the ends turn out a little chewier. Using 1 wrapper, I had one accidentally open up because I overfilled it, but they end up much crispier. I definitely prefer the texture of 1 wrapper over 2, just be careful not to overfill them! I used just over 1 tbsp of filling per wrap.
Can I reheat rice paper dumplings?
Yes! Although they’re best eaten right away, you can store these rice paper dumplings in the fridge and reheat them in the air fryer. They get nice and crunchy again! I reheated mine for 5 minutes at 200°C/390°F and allowed them to cool for 5 minutes. I haven’t tried reheating them in a pan.
I don’t advise freezing rice paper dumplings. The rice paper becomes hard and brittle making them inedible.
What fillings can I add to crispy rice paper dumplings?
Variety is the spice of life, and you can certainly pick and choose which vegetables to add to rice paper dumplings, just make sure they are either sliced thin or finely diced.
- Bell peppers (any colour)
- Bean sprouts
- Water chestnuts
- Baby corn
- Snap peas
- Spring onion
- Ginger (pickled or fresh)
- Shrimp (uncooked)
- White fish
- Ground meat (chicken, turkey, pork, beef)
- Rice noodles (thin)
- Crushed peanuts
- Sriracha or another hot sauce
How do you soften rice paper?
I add cool water to a large pasta bowl and soften the rice paper in there for a few minutes, making sure it is fully submerged. Some suggest softening the rice paper in warm water, but I find that the rice paper becomes very flimsy, easy to break and sticks to itself much easier. Using cool water helps it to become pliable without losing its structure and form quickly.
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- 1 tbsp sesame oil (+ a little extra for brushing air fryer and wraps)
- 1 small onion, thinly sliced
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 small-medium carrots, thinly sliced
- 1/2 zucchini, thinly sliced
- 1/2 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
- 1/2 small pointed cabbage, thinly sliced
- 3 tbsp coconut aminos
- 1 tsp Chinese 5 spice
- 1/2 tsp chili powder (I used mild)
- 8 rice paper sheets (or 16 if using double)
- 2 spring onions, sliced thinly
Peanut Dipping Sauce
- 1 tbsp coconut aminos
- 2 tbsp natural peanut butter
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 2 tsp rice vinegar
- 1/2 tsp chili powder (optional)
- 1 tsp sesame seeds (optional)
- Begin by prepping all of the vegetables, making sure they're all thinly sliced.
- Heat 1 tbsp of sesame oil in a medium-large pan on the stove over medium-high heat.
- Sauté the onions for 3 minutes.
- Add the garlic, Chinese 5 spice and chili powder and sauté for 2 more minutes.
- Add the carrots, zucchini and bell pepper along with the coconut aminos and cook for 10 minutes, until the vegetables begin to soften.
- Add the cabbage and stir-fry for 5 more minutes.
Folding the rice paper dumplings:
- Fill a large bowl with cold water. This bowl should be large enough to submerge a rice paper sheet. I used a large pasta bowl.
- Place one rice paper sheet in the bowl, fully submerged, and wait for about 1-2 minutes, until it softens a little.
- Place the soft rice paper on a dinner plate and place a new, hard rice paper wrapper in the bowl of cold water.
- Take a spoonful of stir-fried vegetables and place it in the middle of the soft rice paper wrapper, and add a sprinkle of spring onion.
- Fold the edge closest to you up first, then the sides, and finally the top. The rice paper should stick to itself.
- Move the rice paper roll to the side.
- (Optional) Add the next soft rice paper wrapper to the plate (place another hard wrapper in the bowl of water).
- Place the rolled dumpling on the wrapper, seam side down, and roll as before: bottom, sides, top.
- Repeat for the remaining rice paper dumplings.
Air Fryer Method:
- Preheat the air fryer to 200°C/390°F.
- When the oven is ready, open the basket and lightly brush it with sesame oil.
- Place the dumplings in the air fryer in a single layer, and brush the tops with a little more sesame oil.
- Air fry for 10 minutes, flipping the rice paper dumplings after 5 minutes.
- Heat 1.5 tbsp of sesame oil in a large pan.
- Place the dumplings in the pan in a single layer.
- Fry for 3-5 minutes on each side, until crispy.
- Add all of the ingredients to a bowl and hand blend until smooth.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 83Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 114mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 1g
Nutrition information and calculations will vary with the use of different brands or ingredients. These figures are estimates. Please get in touch if you have questions!