Egg Roll in a Bowl is ready in 20 minutes, bursting with flavor, and made in ONE pan. You can make this versatile recipe with ground beef, pork, turkey, and even shrimp. And it tastes just like Asian egg rolls without the egg roll wrapper.
🍲 Why this recipe works
This is an easy-to-make deconstructed egg roll in a bowl recipe!
All you need is a skillet, some crunchy veggies, ground beef, pork, sausage, turkey, or shrimp, and Asian-inspired sauces like soy sauce, rice vinegar, or sesame oil.
It takes less than an hour to prepare, and it's terrific for meal preparation since the tastes improve with time, thanks to the ingredients. It's one of my all-time favorite egg roll dishes because of this.
The dish's name, egg roll in a bowl, comes from the fact that it is a deconstructed version of egg rolls found in Asian restaurants. So if you don't like eggs, don't worry; this low-carb egg roll recipe doesn't include them!
🍽 Ingredient Notes
All you need is a frying pan or large skillet to mix all the components in terms of equipment. I use a bag of coleslaw mix for this dish because it contains carrots and cabbage, but if I have time, I prefer freshly shredded green or red cabbage and carrot.
You can use ahead of cabbage or buy shredded cabbage already in a bag. Whenever possible, buy fresh red or green cabbage, it tastes better, and it's far less expensive!
Soy Sauce - With so many options available, this is largely based on preference. I often use coconut aminos, which contain significantly less salt than soy sauce. My recommendation is to use the option you're the most familiar with.
Meat - I like my egg roll in a bowl with ground pork. However, you could easily make this with ground beef, ground turkey, and even shrimp. All of these options will produce an equally delicious Asian dish.
🔪 How to make Egg Roll in a Bowl
Learn how to make this delicious recipe with my easy-to-follow instructions, detailed recipe shots, and helpful cooking tips. I love making slaw recipes because I don't need to wash lots of cooking equipment afterward, and they typically take less than 30 minutes.
The first step is to chop the onion and garlic. If you can't stand chopping onions, an onion chopper may be a good investment. They're pretty helpful.
Add the garlic, ground pork, and onions to the skillet until slightly browned.
Keep stirring and sauteing.
In the meantime, you can chop the cabbage and shred the carrot.
You want the pork to be completely browned.
Drain the excess juice from the skillet and return it to the heat. Add the ginger, coconut aminos soy sauce, and coleslaw mix of cabbage and carrot for several minutes until the cabbage starts to wilt.
Remove the skillet from the heat and serve with sesame seeds and sliced green onions.
See how easy that is? It can be ready in around 15-20 minutes.
💭 Cooking Tips
This egg roll-in-a-bowl recipe can be enjoyed as a main dish - it's loaded with veggies or as a side dish to something else.
Give the dish a fragrant taste of Asia with a teaspoon of toasted sesame oil and rice wine vinegar at the end before serving.
If you don't want to use pork for this recipe, you can use another form of meat such as ground beef, ground turkey, or ground chicken.
Add some heat to the dish with half a teaspoon of red pepper flakes and fresh ginger. You can also use freshly sliced chilis if you have them.
🙋 Frequently Asked Questions
How to make egg roll bowl vegetarian?
You can make this egg roll in a bowl vegetarian by omitting the meat and adding tofu or more vegetables like shitake mushrooms.
What is the difference between Egg Roll and Spring Roll?
The term "egg roll" refers to two different things: egg rolls, which are wrapped in a thicker, visibly crispier wrapper and drenched in an egg mixture for richness (rolls), and spring rolls, which are wrapped in thin flour wraps or rice papers.
Does an egg roll have egg in it?
Even though egg rolls are often called "egg rolls" because of the egg, it isn't required to make one. The conventional egg roll recipe includes an egg, but most recipes don't need it anymore; nowadays, meat and veggies are commonly wrapped in a rice paper sheath.
📖 Deconstructed Egg Roll Variations
If you love this egg roll in a bowl recipe, then wait till you try these fantastic variations.
Egg roll in a bowl instant pot
Why not try making egg roll in a bowl with an instant pot. It's easier to make this delicious dish by pressing a button.
The recipe uses the same ingredients as our egg roll in a bowl above but adds chicken broth to the sauce.
Secure the lid and select the manual function. Cook at high pressure for only 5 minutes, that's it!
Use a quick release to remove all of the steam.
Egg roll in a bowl with chili mayo
This variation combines a sweet and spicy chili mayo mixed through or served on the egg roll in a bowl. It's perfect for people who like spicy food and those who don't, as the heat level is customizable.
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🧊 Storing and ♨️ Reheating
Storing egg roll in a bowl couldn't be easier! All you need to do is let it cool completely before storing it.
Store in the Fridge
Transfer the leftovers to an airtight container and place it in the fridge. It will keep for up to 2 days refrigerated.
Store in the Freezer
I do not recommend freezing deconstructed egg roll in a bowl because the cabbage will become limp once thawed. Also, for any recipe under 30 minutes, why bother.
How to Reheat
When you want to eat, heat a portion in a hot skillet and serve. Alternatively, you can heat it in the microwave for 1 minute or eat it cold.
👪 Serving Size
This egg roll-in-a-bowl recipe will serve 6 - 8 people and is great for scaling. Plus, it tastes even better the next day as the flavors infuse, enhancing the dish.
It has everything you need for a quick take on Asian egg rolls without the hard work or time.
The crunch from the cabbage and carrots, combined with ground pork, tied together with Asian-inspired sauces, really hits the spot every time.
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Egg Roll in a Bowl
- 1 pound ground pork or pork sausage
- 1 sweet onion - diced
- 3 garlic cloves - minced
- 1 16 ounce package coleslaw OR 1 medium green cabbage shredded (about 3-5 cups)
- 1 large carrot - grated
- ¼ cup soy sauce - use tamari or coconut aminos to make recipe gluten free!
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- salt and pepper to taste
- green onions and sesame seeds for garnish
- Heat a large skillet over medium heat.
- Chop / dice onions and garlic.
- Add pork, onion, and garlic to the skillet. Cook until browned and no longer pink.
- Drain the meat and return it to the skillet.
- Add ginger, soy sauce, cabbage/coleslaw mix, and carrots to the skillet with the meat.
- Cook, stirring for 5-7 more minutes, until cabbage is wilted.
- Remove skillet from heat. Top with sliced green onions and sesame seeds.
- This egg roll in a bowl recipe can be enjoyed as a main dish - it's loaded with veggies or as a side dish to something else.
- Give the dish a fragrant taste of Asia with a teaspoon of toasted sesame oil and rice wine vinegar at the end before serving.
- If you don't want to use pork for this recipe, you can use another form of meat such as ground beef, turkey, chicken or shrimp
- Add some heat to the dish with half a teaspoon of red pepper flakes and fresh ginger. You can also use freshly sliced chilis if you have them.