Ube turon is another delicious way to enjoy ube. Ube halaya and cheddar cheese wrapped like a spring roll and fried until crispy. It’s the perfect ube snack! Just 5 ingredients and ready in no time.
(If you love ube as much as I do, make sure to bookmark this list of the best must-try ube desserts.)
I make ube halaya all the time, not only because we’re big fans of ube at home but also because I love baking with ube jam (can you tell? LOL).
Ube turon is the latest in a long list of ube desserts I make. And as always, it’s so darn good.
Let’s get to it.
Why you’ll love this recipe
- Easy to make. Unlike other ube turon recipes, mine doesn’t contain malagkit or glutinous rice. I decided to make it simpler and easier to make. Just jam and cheese, that’s it!
- Easy to customize. But it’s incredibly easy to customize. You can add other ingredients that go well with ube, or that you’d like in your turon, like macapuno, langka and even saba or plantain!
- Portable. These are great to bring to picnics and potlucks, perfect for lunch boxes, and for eating on the go.
- Delicious. Ube and cheese in a crispy spring roll wrapper. You won’t be able to eat just one.
How to make
Ingredients and cooking tools
You will need just 5 ingredients in this recipe:
- Ube halaya or ube jam — I always use homemade ube jam in my ube recipes. You can also use your favorite ready-made jam, the important thing is you use ube that you enjoy eating on its own.
- Cheese — I like using strong cheddar cheese because it goes so well with ube. However, you can use whatever cheese you have on hand.
- Spring roll wrapper (or lumpia wrapper) — you can find spring roll wrapper in the freezer section of your supermarket. It’s also available in Asian supermarkets.
- Cornstarch — mixed with a little water, this is what we use to seal the turon.
- Oil — for frying. We use canola oil but you can use whatever you use at home.
As far as cooking tools go, nothing special needed, just a pan for frying.
Position a spring roll wrapper on your workspace (I like using a large cutting board) so that it looks like a diamond when you look down on it.
Place ube jam and slices of cheddar cheese.
Roll starting from the bottom.
Then fold the sides.
Then seal the top by dabbing some cornstarch mixed with water.
Fry on medium-high heat until golden brown. You really only need about a minute on each side.
Remove from pan and allow the excess oil to drain before serving.
Expert cooking tips
Easy, right? Here are more tips for perfect ube cheese turon every time.
- Don’t overfill. I only place about 2 heaping tablespoons of ube jam and 2 small slices of cheese as filling. If you overfill the turon, the filling might ooze out during cooking.
- Wrap snugly but not too tightly. Wrapping too tightly will also cause the filling to ooze out.
- Don’t overcook. Remember that the filling is already cooked. Once the wrapper turns a nice golden brown, take it out.
- Don’t overcrowd. For best results, don’t overcrowd your pan when frying.
- Allow the oil to drip before serving. I like to place the freshly cooked rolls on a wire rack. Placing them on a plate on top of one another tends to make them soft and soggy.
If you’ve ever had ube pies, this tastes very close to that, except we don’t use pastry and it’s fried.
It’s sweet from the ube jam, salty from the cheese, and crispy from frying. It’s delicious!
This recipe uses ube jam.
If you have fresh ube or purple yam, frozen ube or powdered ube, you can’t use them as is. You’ll need to make ube jam first.
Yes, you can.
The temperature and cooking time largely depends on the kind of air fryer you have but you should be good following directions on how to cook generic spring rolls.
Like banana turon, ube turon freezes very well.
You can make a batch, roll them, and place them in a freezer-safe container. Ensure that your container is air-tight so that they don’t get freezer-burn.
You can fry them straight from the freezer, no need to thaw
Ube turon is best eaten the day it’s made because they lose their crispiness the longer they sit.
To store leftovers, place in a covered container in the fridge.
Heat in the microwave before serving and, optionally, pop in the oven toaster to add back a little of that crunch.
More turon recipes
Hope you enjoy this new ube recipe. You can eat on its own, pair with ice cream, drizzle with caramel sauce.
Perfect as a snack, dessert, even breakfast!
And if you love having ube as merienda, try making some ube hopia!
Did you make this Filipino ube cheese turon recipe? I’d love to hear all about it! Leave a comment or a star rating below. You can also tag me on Instagram or Facebook. I’d love to see your creations!
- Position a spring roll wrapper on your workspace (I like using a large cutting board) so that it looks like a diamond when you look down on it.1 package spring roll wrapper (8×8 inch)
- Place 2 heaping tablespoons of ube jam and slices of cheddar cheese.23 oz ube jam or ube halaya, 7 oz cheddar cheese
- Roll starting from the bottom, then fold the sides, then seal the top by dabbing some cornstarch mixed with water.¼ tsp cornstarch
- Fry on medium-high heat until golden brown. You really only need about a minute on each side.oil
- Remove from pan and allow the excess oil to drain before serving.
- The total yield depends on how much filling you put in your turon. The estimated nutrition information is based on 20 turon.
- Careful not to overfill your turon. I only place about 2 heaping tablespoons of ube jam and 2 small slices of cheese. If you overfill the turon, the filling might ooze out during cooking.
- Also avoid overcooking. Remember that the filling is already cooked. Once the wrapper turns a nice golden brown, take it out.
- For best results, don’t overcrowd your pan when frying.
- See post for more tips, FAQs and step-by-step photos on how to fold turon.
Nutritional information are estimates only.