December 24, 2012   By Kelly Bejelly

Lumpia Recipe

Ok, yes, you are on the correct site and yes, this is not a Paleo Recipe.    However, tomorrow is Christmas and once a year, I break my Paleo vows and make Lumpia.  Lumpia has and will always be a symbol of celebration and Christmas to me.   Growing up my mother would always whip up several dozen for every birthday, graduation and holiday.    I know that this is probably the ultimate sin but I don’t care.    I promise however that this will be the only non-Paleo recipe that I share on my site as it’s truly the only one left that I ever eat.

Until 30 minutes ago when I actually looked at the food label (say what? crazy food label reading nazi here)  I thought the wrappers were made from rice – not shockingly whole wheat.  Yeah,  when I put my foot in it, I put my food in it.    Having said all that, this recipe is super simple.  I don’t mess about with chopping up veggies but simply buy a prepackaged organic veggie slaw mix.

Lumpia Recipe


If you’ve never rolled Lumpa, that’s going to be the tough part.  Here’s a video tutorial I found on how to do it.  Also, you don’t need a ton of cooking oil when frying.  I didn’t measure how much I used but I would say this is 3/4 cup of Palm shortening.

Lumpia Recipe


Lumpia Recipe

Course: Lumpia
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 20
Author: Kelly Bejelly @ A Girl Worth Saving


  • 1 package of Menlo Wrappers
  • 1 lb ground beef or ground chicken
  • 2 cups of chopped veggies - again I use an organic prepackage slaw cabbage, carrots,etc
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1/4 cup oyster sauce
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup palm shortening for frying


  1. In a skillet combined the ground beef, onion, and veggies and cook until the meat is well done.
  2. Add in the salt, pepper and oyster sauce and mix until well blended.
  3. Remove skillet from oven and set aside.
  4. Crack the egg into a small bowl and whisk. This is the "glue" that you will use to seal the wrapper.
  5. Peel the lumpia wrapper in to individual pieces and place one spoonful of filling into the wrapper and roll as the video shows.
  6. At this point I leave out what I want to cook immediately and place the rest in freezer safe bags for later. I will often take the balance and give them away as gifts.
  7. In a medium pan warm your cooking oil. When it's hot drop your lumpia in and fry until golden brown on one side and then flip. These serious brown up in 4 minuted or less.
  8. Repeat.
  9. Remove lumpia from the pan and drain on a piece of paper toweling.
  10. Enjoy!

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  • December 24, 2012 at 11:34 am

    I have never heard of lumpia but I’m sure I’d like it since it’s fried!

    • December 24, 2012 at 4:33 pm

      Lumpia is the Filipino version of egg rolls 🙂

  • December 24, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    My father-in-law’s ex girlfriend introduced me to lumpia. Now, I need to make them! These look fabulous. Merry Christmas!

    • December 24, 2012 at 11:40 pm

      Thank you Laura! Merry Christmas to you also!

  • December 26, 2012 at 10:57 am

    I adore lumpia! We had neighbors that would make it every week… NOM!

  • December 26, 2012 at 11:54 am

    If there’s a time for cheating on diets, the holidays are certainly them!

  • JoAnna
    December 26, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    THANK you SO much for sharing this!! My Aunt shared this recipe with my Mom when I was in elementary school. I LOOOOOOVED these!! I kept telling my Aunt that I wanted to come to her house to make them with her, as time goes, she passed away before “someday” ever came. Thank you again!! 🙂

    • December 26, 2012 at 3:30 pm

      Aw, you’re welcome JoAnna! I hope that you enjoy them 🙂

  • December 27, 2012 at 8:21 am

    I had never heard of lumpia before, either… I love egg rolls!

  • December 27, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    I LOVE lumpia (used to get a really awesome vegetarian version from a food cart!), but I know if I tried rolling them myself, they’d look a mess. Yours are perfect! I think you can be forgiven for the one day of going off the diet. 🙂

  • December 27, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    I LOVE lumpia. A friend of ours makes this for special occasions and it’s so tasty.

  • December 29, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    My niece’s aunt makes lumpia for every family occasion for their side of the family. I love it when she brings it over to my sister’s house, it’s delicious. Now I want her lumpia!

  • Judith
    August 21, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    Wouldn’t it be easy to make these paleo by using coconut wraps?

    • September 10, 2015 at 11:21 am

      You could use coconut wraps hun.

  • Dana
    February 5, 2016 at 9:34 am

    These look wonderful! I am wondering where I can buy these wrappers??? I’m in Michigan.