Turon (Banana Lumpia)

banana lumpia served on a blue dish topped with powdered sugar
Photo: Bryan Gardner
Prep Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
35 mins

Our homage to the popular Filipino snack turon uses store-bought egg-roll skins to wrap the cinnamon sugar-encrusted bananas. The fruit becomes creamy and almost custard-like during frying.


  • ½ cup packed light-brown sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 3 firm-ripe bananas, peeled

  • 12 fresh or frozen egg-roll wrappers (8 inches each), cut into 6-inch squares

  • Safflower or other neutral-flavored oil, for frying

  • Honey and confectioners' sugar, for serving


  1. Combine brown sugar and cinnamon in a shallow dish. Cut each banana in half crosswise, then in half again lengthwise to create four pieces.

  2. Lay a wrapper on a clean work surface in a diamond shape, with one corner facing you. (Keep remaining wrappers covered with a damp kitchen towel.) Roll a piece of banana in cinnamon sugar, then arrange horizontally about 2 inches from bottom corner of wrapper. Fold bottom corner over banana, then fold in sides over banana. Starting at the bottom, roll up wrapper to form a tight cylinder around banana. Brush top corner with water and press to seal. Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet and cover with plastic wrap. Repeat with remaining wrappers, banana pieces, and cinnamon sugar.

  3. Add enough oil to a heavy, deep-sided skillet (preferably cast iron) to come 1/2 inch up sides. Heat oil over medium-high until a deep-fry thermometer reads 335 degrees. Working in batches, add lumpia, seam-side down, and fry, turning often, until golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Using tongs, transfer to a wire rack set over a rimmed baking sheet to drain. Drizzle generously with honey and dust with confectioners' sugar; serve immediately.

Cook's Notes

Choose bananas that are ripe but still firm for the filling. This will ensure that the fruit stays intact during frying.


Ripe plantains can be substituted for the bananas. Look for fruits with mostly black skins.

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