St. Patrick’s Day has been heavy on my brain for the last few weeks, and last weekend I decided to do a little fusion of Irish and Asian cuisine when I made these scrumptious Corned Beef & Cabbage Egg Rolls! They’re very similar to a classic reuben, only wrapped up and fried to golden perfection and dipped in a little thousand island!
Y’all already know how I feel about egg rolls. You’ve seen them quite a few times here on Southern Made Simple! (Cajun Dirty Rice Egg Rolls, BBQ Egg Rolls, Taco Egg Rolls, Sweet Potato Casserole Egg rolls – just to name a few!) I’m not sure what my fascination is exactly, but I just can’t get enough of them. They’re a great appetizer that you get to eat with your hands, and honestly what’s not to love about that?!
Usually during this time of year you can find corned beef brisket for a pretty good price in the supermarkets. My friend Kathleen over at Grits and Gouda has a wonderful and simple tutorial for how to cook your corned beef in the Instant Pot, which is exactly how I cooked mine to make these corned beef & cabbage egg rolls!
To make these egg rolls, simply prepare the brisket and allow it to cool. Shred the brisket as finely as you can, then layer a small amount onto an egg roll wrapper, followed by a layer of shredded swiss cheese and then a layer of shredded angel hair cabbage. Roll it all up, drop it in the fryer for a few minutes and voila!
Here’s a printable version of the full recipe if you’d like to give it a try:
Corned Beef and Cabbage Egg Rolls
For Corned Beef Brisket:
- 3-4 lbs Corned Beef Brisket + seasoning packet included with corned beef
- 1 medium onion sliced
- 2 cups water
For Egg Rolls:
- 1 package egg roll wrappers you can find these in the produce section
- 1 bag shredded angel hair cabbage
- 2 cups shredded swiss cheese
- Shredded corned beef brisket
- Thousand Island for dipping
- oil for frying
For Corned Beef Brisket:
- To prepare the corned beef brisket, I use my Instant Pot. Place brisket inside Instant pot and pour water, seasoning packet and onion on top. (If you don't want to use an Instant pot, prepare the brisket according to package instructions if available)
- Secure lid and make sure the valve is set to seal.
- Set Instant Pot to manual high pressure and cook for 1 1/2 hours
- Allow the Instant Pot to release pressure naturally for roughly 15 minutes, then do a quick release.
- Remove brisket to a cutting board or large plate and allow to rest until mostly cool.
- Shred the brisket with a fork, and then use a knife to cut the shredded meat into smaller portions to make wrapping in an egg roll wrapper easier.
To Assemble Egg Rolls:
- Preheat oil in deep fryer to 350 F
- Lay egg roll wrapper sideways with one corner pointing towards you.
- About 1/4 of the way up the egg roll wrapper, layer a small portion of shredded corned beef, followed by shredded swiss cheese and then shredded cabbage. Be careful not to overfill. Roll the wrapper carefully, tucking in sides midway through the roll. Seal edges with either water or an egg wash.
- Start by frying just one egg roll at a time - submerge egg roll in preheated oil for 4-5 minutes, turning once during cook time.
- Remove from oil and transfer to wire rack to drip off excess oil. Cut into egg roll to make sure it is fully cooked all the way through. If not, adjust your cook time slightly.
- Fry remaining batch of egg rolls and serve with Thousand Island sauce or your favorite dipping sauce. Enjoy!
If you have extra egg rolls left over, I’ve found that they reheat best when popped in an air fryer for a few minutes. I like to dip mine in thousand island dressing, but Russian dressing or even a BBQ sauce would be a great option! While this dish isn’t truly an Irish dish, it’s still a fun little twist on the classic Irish Corned Beef and Cabbage dish, and it’s a perfect appetizer to serve for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration!
Looking for a few more St. Patrick’s Day inspired dishes? Here’s a few you might like!
Irish Soda Bread | Irish Soda Bread Pudding with Bailey’s Caramel Cream Sauce | Bailey’s No Bake Cheesecake Trifles | Shamrock Sugar Cookies | St. Patrick’s Day Sugar Wafers | St. Patrick’s Day Snack Crafts for Kids