Trader Joe’s Kalua Pork Spring Rolls Review

Trader Joe's Kalua Pork Spring Rolls

Trader Joe’s has some really flavorful spring rolls in their food lineup. For instance, the Mango & Sticky Rice Spring Rolls are so sweet that they feel like a dessert, while their Vegetable Spring Rolls are a more savory treat.

So when we discovered the Trader Joe’s Kalua Pork Spring Rolls, we knew they could go either way. Are these on the sweeter side or the more savory side? There’s only one way to find out: We’re stuffing our faces with these spring rolls today to see what they’re all about.

Heating these is pretty easy: Simply preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, then place the spring rolls on a baking sheet and put them in the oven for 17 to 20 minutes. You’ll want to flip the spring rolls about halfway through the cooking process. You can also use an air fryer, if you’d like, which has a faster cooking time. We used the oven for these, because we actually don’t have an air fryer in the Freezer Meal Frenzy office. (If you want to read the full cooking instructions straight off the box, check out our package scans at the bottom of this review.)

Trader Joe's Kalua Pork Spring Rolls

Now, we have to say, these come out of the oven smelling absolutely incredible. The sweet-yet-salty scent of cooked pork is strong with this one. So we were surprised to find out that the flavor is actually kind of muted here. It’s there — you’ll definitely taste the pork amidst the cabbage and onions — but it’s not quite as potent as you’d expect from that incredible smell.

The shells turn out nice and crispy, though they definitely feel greasy. If you eat these with your fingers, you’ll want to have some napkins on hand.

Also, there is no sauce included with these. Some people have come to expect that from frozen spring rolls, so it’s worth pointing out here. We do thing that a nice sauce would have really taken these to the next level, so it’s a little bit disappointing that TJ’s didn’t include a sauce packet of some sort.

The box recommends that you only eat two spring rolls for a serving. If you do that, you’ll be looking at 290 calories and 500 mg of sodium. If you go hog wild and eat the full box, though, you’re up to 570 calories and 1,000 mg of sodium. These aren’t really made for dieters, unless you decide to maybe just eat one as the unhealthy side to a much healthier meal.

The Trader Joe’s Kalua Pork Spring Rolls are pretty good, though not quite as flavorful as we were hoping they’d be. We think these are definitely worth trying, but they’re nowhere near as rich as the other spring rolls we’ve sampled from the TJ’s lineup. And if you pick up a batch of these, you might want to have a sauce on hand to dip them in.

To learn more about the nutrition content, ingredients, or cooking instructions for these Trader Joe’s frozen spring rolls, check out our package scans below.

Trader Joe's Kalua Pork Spring Rolls
Trader Joe's Kalua Pork Spring Rolls
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