Crispy Tuna Shanghai Appetizers

Crispy Tuna Shanghai can be easy and quick to prepare and deliciously delicious and cheesy! These fish spring rolls offer an alternative that is healthier and less expensive than meat lumpia. They’re tasty as an appetizer, snack as an appetizer or main dish.

Crispy Tuna Shanghai
Crispy Tuna Shanghai

If you’re a fan of Lumpiang Shanghai but limiting your consumption of meat, then you’ll want to taste these crisp delicious tuna spring rolls that are cheesy and tasty! They’re an excellent option to replace pork shanghai which is ideal for the Lenten season.

You’ll get more nutritious and lower saturated lumpia that doesn’t sacrifice the crunch and delicious flavour you’ve come to associate with the traditional. For a lot less as well!

Ingredient suggestions

I’ve posted a recipe for fish lumpia that I have posted on my blog, and while it is delicious, it requires some extra effort. This version with tuna is easier to make using ingredients from the pantry you’ve got at hand.

  • canned tuna prefer to cook tuna flakes with oil since I find it to be more delicious and moist. You are welcome to use flakes or chunks in brine or even water If you prefer.
  • Chestnuts of water can add crunch to your meals; If you don’t have them you could use jicama instead (singkamas)
  • Green onions and carrots are great for texture and colour. You could also swap or add using diced celery, bell peppers or red onions.
  • Shredded Cheese to give a creamy flavour I prefer using Eden brand, however, any cheese that is processed and filled with quick-melt cheese can be used.
  • Cayenne chilli or cayenne pepper optionally; add 1 tablespoon of cayenne pepper or chilli powder to the tuna mix to give it a punch of spice
  • Lumpia wrappers for a soft and crisp texture, you can use spring roll wrappers
  • OilUse oils with an unfussy flavour and a high smoke point, such as grapeseed, canola or safflower oil.

Cooking Tips

  • The tuna should be rinsed thoroughly because excess moisture can cause the tuna to become soggy and cause the wrappers to tear.
  • Cut or shred the veggies in a fine way so that they cook quickly.
    While wrapping, cover the remainder of the wrappers with a damp cloth to stop drying.
  • Make use of a narrow or small saucepan to make use of less oil. Add enough oil to cover about 2 inches deep.
  • The oil should be heated to an ideal temperature of 350 F to 350 F F. If it is too hot, the wrappers could burn before being fully cooked. Too low and the lumpia could absorb more grease.
  • In batches, cook as necessary to stop the oil from dropping and bring the temperature back to 350F before making the next batch.
  • Don’t pour the water down the paper towels, as they will become soggy from the steam. Drain the water on the wire rack that is placed on baking sheets or a fine-mesh sieve placed on top of a bowl to catch drips of oil.

Serving suggestions

  • Crispy tuna shanghai is delicious to serve as an appetizer snack or as a main course. Serve it with your favourite sauce for dippings like Sweet Chili Sauce, Banana ketchup sweet and spicy sauce or even spicy vinegar.

How do you store

  • Like most foods that are fried the fried lumpia should be consumed fresh since they will get less crisp over time.
  • Keep them in sealed bags and store them at room temperature for 3 to 5 days.
  • To freeze, place the lumpia that has not been fried in a single layer, leaving some space between them on a baking tray. Cover tightly with cling wrap, and chill for 30 to 1 hour or up to they are firm. This prevents the pieces from sticking together. Once frozen, transfer them to an insulated bag that can be resealed and then freeze for 3 months.
  • To fry, don’t freeze. In a 2-inch-deep pan, heat oil until 350 F and then carefully put the roll in. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until golden crisp, and cooked to perfection.

More tuna snack recipes

Are you looking for a straightforward and budget-friendly treat to serve everyone in the family? Crispy Tuna Pies can be simple to make and only requires some pantry staples. They are delicious and filling for an afternoon snack or as an appetizer!

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Crispy Tuna Shanghai

Crispy Tuna Shanghai is 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 Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Entree


  • 2 cans (6.35 grams each) tuna flake in oil, drain well
  • 1 cup of water chestnuts cleaned and cut into fine pieces
  • 1/4 cup carrots and shred
  • One cup chopped green onions Finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper according to your preference
  • 1/2 cup of Quick melting cheese (Eden)
  • oil from canola
  • 12 wrappers for spring rolls


  • A bowl is used to mix the tuna with water chestnut carrots as well as green onions. Stir until the ingredients are well combined, and break chunks of tuna.
  • Add salt and pepper as desired. Stir well.
  • Add cheese. Stir until well combined.
  • Divide spring roll wrappers into separate sheets. Arrange the wrapper on a flat surface.
  • Pour tuna filling onto the bottom portion of the wrapper. Fold the wrapper around the filling, then fold the sides. Then roll it tightly into a log and then lightly dab water at the top to seal completely. Repeat the process with the rest of the mixture.
  • In a large skillet over moderate heat, heat approximately 1 inch deep of oil. Put tuna lumpia on one layer and deep fry and turn until it is crispy and golden.
  • Remove the pan from the oven and let it drain on the rack of a wire. Serve immediately with your selection of dipping sauce.


Chop or shred the vegetables in a fine manner so that they cook quickly and evenly together with wrappers.

Nutrition Information

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“This website provides approximate nutritional information to aid in your decision-making and as a service only. The nutrition data is collected primarily through sources such as the USDA Food Composition Database, whenever it is available, or other calculators online.”

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