MAKE AN EGG ROLL IN A BOWL || QUICK AND EASY

This egg roll in a bowl features all the classic flavors of an egg roll – cabbage, pork, ginger, and soy sauce – but in a bowl.

homemade egg roll in a bowl in a dish

It’s an easy, one pan dish that’s perfect for a quick weeknight meal. And it’s healthy too!

I’ve been making this dish for some time now and it’s always a hit. Everyone I’ve served it to loves it. And I know you will too!

WHAT IS EGG ROLL IN A BOWL?

An egg roll in a bowl is a deconstructed egg roll that is cooked in a skillet and served in a bowl. It’s lower in calories and fat than a traditional egg roll. And it requires no wrapping or frying.

Yet … it’s just as delicious as the classic egg rolls you love. It doesn’t really get any better than that!

Now don’t get me wrong, I adore a good egg roll. And I even love making them when I have time to spend in the kitchen putting them together. I’m all about it.

BUT there isn’t always time. And it’s nice to have this tasty alternative to toss together instead. It’s easy, healthy, and delicious. And it really satisfies you when a craving for egg rolls hits you on a busy weeknight.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

The ingredients used in this delicious egg roll in a bowl recipe are very easy to find. They are available at just about any grocery store.

ingredients for a recipe on a counter

Some of them are not commonly used in a kitchen where Asian dishes are not usually prepared. But they are very useful in the kitchen. And if you plan to dip your toes into the world of Asian cuisine, you will use them regularly.

If not, you will definitely use them to make this dish again and again!

Here’s a list of what you’ll need …

  • GROUND PORK – A good quality ground pork is the protein used in this dish.
  • ONION – A sweet onion is preferred for this dish. Any onion will work.
  • GARLIC – Fresh minced garlic is used to flavor this recipe.
  • CABBAGE – Shredded cabbage is one of the main ingredients in this dish.
  • CARROTS – Shredded carrots add a little sweetness to this dish.
  • AMINO ACIDS – Amino acids are stronger than soy sauce, and they work really well in this dish. If you don’t have them available to you, you can use regular soy sauce.
  • SESAME OIL – This ingredient is very important when making this recipe. It adds a flavor to the dish that other oils simply can’t impart.
  • RICE VINEGAR – This is another ingredient that adds a flavor to this recipe that other vinegars simply will not impart.
  • GROUND GINGER – This spice is common in Asian dishes, and it adds great flavor to this recipe.
  • SCALLIONS – Chopped scallion is used to garnish this dish. But it also adds to the overall flavor profile.
  • SESAME SEEDS – As with the scallion this ingredient is considered a garnish. Yet, it is necessary to complete the flavor profile of the dish.

HOW TO MAKE AN EGG ROLL IN A BOWL

You’ll find a complete, step by step, recipe for this dish at the end of this post. It’s printable if you’d like to have a hard copy on hand.

Here is a brief breakdown of what to expect when putting an egg roll in a bowl together …

Cook the ground pork, sweet onion, and minced garlic until the pork is done and the onions are turning transparent.

pork and onions cooking in a wok

Add the cabbage and carrots. Cook until they are soft.

pork, cabbage, and carrots cooking in a wok

Add the amino acids, sesame oil, rice vinegar, and ginger. Toss well.

ingredients cooking in a wok on the stove

Garnish with scallions and sesame seeds. Serve.

woman topping egg roll in a bowl with scallions

VARIATIONS FOR THIS RECIPE

There are a few substitutions that you can make when preparing an egg roll in a bowl. Particularly, where the protein is concerned.

egg roll in a bowl in a dish to be served

You can use ground chicken, beef, or turkey instead of ground pork if you like. You can also substitute these same meats, chopped in small pieces, as opposed to ground.

Seafood is actually a really great substitution for the protein in this dish. Shrimp and scallops are particularly suited to it’s flavor profile.

Keep in mind that the egg rolls you are accustomed to eating from take out restaurants are made with pork. So, using another protein will significantly alter the flavor you are used to enjoying in a traditional egg roll.

This is not a bad thing. But, if you are looking for an egg roll fix, it may not make the cut.

The vegetables in this recipe can be switched out as well. Red cabbage works really well, because … well … it’s still cabbage, just a bit sweeter.

I have also made this dish with zoodles (zucchini noodles) very successfully.

HOW TO SERVE EGG ROLL IN A BOWL

In researching what others are suggesting to serve with an egg roll in a bowl, I’m seeing a lot of suggestions for fruit and veggie sides.

woman taking a forkful of egg roll in a bowl from a dish

Things like green salads, fruit salads, and steamed or roasted veggies. Personally, I don’t find those suggestions very appealing. But if they appeal to you, than I say go for it. Way to go on getting the extra fruits and veggies in your diet!

I find that this dish is pretty much a stand alone meal in my house. It’s thrown together quickly on a night when there isn’t much time. And enjoyed straight from the pan.

Occasionally, I do serve it over rice. Rice is a favorite in my house. And, honestly, it’s really pretty great served this way. I should do it more often.

The rice cooks while I’m making the egg roll in a bowl. So, it really doesn’t add any time to the overall meal preperation.

I imagine it would be great served over linguine or rice noodles as well. But, no matter how you choose to serve this dish, it’s guaranteed to be a big hit!

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Yield: 4 SERVINGS

EGG ROLL IN A BOWL

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This egg roll in a bowl features all the classic flavors of an egg roll – cabbage, pork, ginger, and soy sauce – but in a bowl.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1 sweet onion , medium, rough chop
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups sliced cabbage, heaping
  • 1/2 c shredded carrots
  • 1/4 c amino acids
  • 1 tbl sesame oil
  • 2 tsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 2-3 scallions, sliced, for garnish
  • 1-2 tbl sesame seeds, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Cook pork, onion, and garlic in a pan, until pork is done and onion begins to turn transparent.
  2. Add the cabbage and carrots. Cook until soft.
  3. Add the amino acid, sesame oil, rice vinegar, and ground ginger. Stir well.
  4. Serve. Topped with scallions and sesame seeds.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 510Total Fat: 34gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 107mgSodium: 110mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 5gSugar: 8gProtein: 34g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix on 3/26/2023. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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