Pizza Rolls Recipe

Published on July 31st 2022 by Sarah Leadon.
Last updated on March 20th 2024
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Front View of Pizza Rolls

Jeno Paulucci allegedly invented pizza rolls. Paulucci created Chun King, a facility that packaged Chinese dishes like egg rolls. He substituted the filling for Chinese egg rolls with pizza toppings in the 1960s, and pizza rolls were born. 

Pizza rolls played an integral role in everyone's childhood. They were often eaten as an afterschool snack to keep you full until dinnertime. But being an adult does not mean you can't take a trip back to your childhood. These pizza rolls will transport you back to your childhood. They are gluten-free and cooked in the air fryer, so they are crispy without all that extra grease. They are served with warm tomato sauce so you can dunk these little rolls of deliciousness into the warm sauce. 


What are pizza rolls made of?

Pizza rolls are made of pepperoni, cheddar cheese, mozzarella cheese, pizza sauce, oregano, and basil. The filling is encased in an egg roll wrapper. 


Do pizza rolls have real meat?

Yes, pizza rolls have real meat. The most popular filling is pepperoni. However, pizza rolls can also be made with pork or sausage. 


Why do my pizza rolls explode?

As the pizza rolls cook, the water in the pizza sauce becomes hot and produces hot air bubbles, which pop and cause the pizza rolls to explode. To prevent the pizza rolls from exploding, poke small holes into the pizza rolls before you bake them. The holes let the steam escape and prevent the pizza rolls from exploding. 


What is the best way to cook pizza rolls?

It depends on your preference; you can bake fry, or you can go the traditional route and deep-fry the pizza rolls. You can also air fry pizza rolls; they will be crispy without all the grease. 


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Time & Serves

Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins


  • 1 cup Pizza Sauce


  • 1 teaspoon Dried Oregano 


  • 1 teaspoon Dried Basil 


  • 5 Gluten-Free Egg Roll Wrappers


  • 1/3 cup Mini Pepperoni, chopped 


  • 3/4 cup shredded Mozzarella Cheese


  • 1/4 cup shredded Cheddar Cheese


  • 2 tablespoons of Water 


  • Non-Stick Cooking Spray


Combine the pizza sauce, oregano, and basil in a pot. 


Reserve 1/4 cup of the pizza sauce. Heat the remaining pizza sauce over medium-low heat. 


Arrange the egg roll wrappers on your countertop and cut each wrapper into 4 squares using a sharp knife or pizza cutter. 


Combine the pepperoni, the reserved pizza sauce, oregano, basil, mozzarella cheese, and cheddar cheese in a bowl. 


Add a teaspoonful of the pepperoni filling to one-half the egg roll wrapper, leaving 1/2 inch border. 


Dab the edges of each egg roll wrapper with water. Pull the free edge of the egg roll wrapper over the filling and press around the edges with your fingers to seal the dough. 


Place your air fryer to 350 °F. 


Spray the air fryer basket with non-stick cooking spray. 


Place the pizza rolls into the air fryer basket in an even layer leaving 1/2-inch of space between the pizza rolls. 


Spray the pizza rolls with non-stick cooking spray. 


Cook the pizza rolls for 3 minutes. Turn the pizza rolls over, spray them with non-stick cooking spray and cook them for another 3 minutes until they are golden brown. 


Cook the remaining pizza rolls. 


Place the pizza rolls onto a serving platter. Pour the pizza sauce into a small bowl and serve it with the pizza rolls.

Sarah Leadon

Delve into the fusion of food and mood with Sarah. Discover the emotional journey within each recipe. Beyond the kitchen, she's an avid reader and music lover, lost in the rhythms of life.

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Sarah Leadon

Delve into the fusion of food and mood with Sarah. Discover the emotional journey within each recipe. Beyond the kitchen, she's an avid reader and music lover, lost in the rhythms of life.

More posts by Sarah Leadon