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Crispy Tuna Shanghai on a serving platter with sweet chili sauce
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Crispy Tuna Shanghai

Crispy Tuna Shanghai are quick and easy to make and a healthier and cheaper alternative to meat spring rolls. They're cheesy, tasty, and delicious as a snack, appetizer, or main dish.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Entree
Cuisine: Filipino
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 158kcal


  • 2 cans (6.35 ounces each) tuna flakes in oil, drained well
  • 1/4 cup water chestnuts, drained and finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup carrots, shredded
  • 1/4 cup green onions, finely chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup shredded quick melt cheese (Eden)
  • canola oil
  • 12 spring roll wrappers


  • In a bowl, combine tuna, water chestnuts, carrots, and green onions. Stir to combine, breaking tuna into smaller pieces.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir well.
  • Add cheese. Stir well to combine.
  • Separate spring roll wrappers into individual sheets, Arrange a wrapper on a flat working surface.
  • Spoon tuna filling on the bottom part of the wrapper, fold the wrapper over the filling and then fold sides. Roll tightly into a log and lightly dab with water on the end to completely seal. Repeat with the remaining mixture.
  • In a wide pan over medium heat, heat about 1-inch deep of oil. Add tuna lumpia in a single layer and deep-fry, turning as needed, until golden and crunchy.
  • Remove from pan and drain on a wire rack. Serve immediately with a choice of dipping sauce.



Shred or chop the vegetables very finely so they'll cook quickly and congruently with the wrappers.


Calories: 158kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 309mg | Potassium: 102mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 546IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 1mg