Just like your favorite take-out, this one-skillet Egg Roll in a Bowl is a great way to enjoy Chinese food at home without all the carbs!
If you’re anything like me, you’ve got your local Chinese restaurant stored under your favorites on your phone (no? Only me?….weird). Anyway, my love for all things Chinese food is real. But, homemade Chinese can be just as good!
So far my favorite homemade Chinese recipes have been Lo Mein and this incredible egg roll in a bowl recipe. This easy egg roll in a bowl is packed with veggies and delicious flavors and it’s cooked in under 30 minutes. It’s a total hit in our house, I guarantee it’ll be the same in yours!
EGG ROLL IN A BOWL
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Wonton soup, egg rolls, General Tso’s chicken…. man oh man if I could get Chinese take-out every night of the week I would. But neither my stomach nor my wallet will allow that kind of indulgence. Instead, I’ve decided that I’m going to learn how to make my favorite Chinese food dishes at home!
Yes, I am abundantly aware that I will never have the insider tips and tricks that our favorite local Chinese restaurant has. Nothing will EVER replace their delicious teriyaki stir fry or chicken and broccoli, but I can get pretty close.
One of my absolute favorite Asian treats is a crispy spring roll or egg roll filled with ground pork and cabbage. But, I’m trying to cut back on my carbs (and greasy foods…), so I decided I would put my own spin on the classic egg roll and make a “deconstructed” keto-friendly egg roll in a bowl. This dish is SO good that you won’t miss the wonton wrapper one bit. Even my kids beg me to make this egg roll in a bowl recipe (and when do KIDS beg for cabbage?!).
What is Inside of an Egg Roll?
Ground Pork – a traditional egg roll comes filled with yummy seasoned pork. When making them homemade, I also often make it a pork egg roll in a bowl simply because the pork gives a unique and authentic flavor. But, I’ve also used ground turkey or ground beef. No matter what type of meat you use, you’ll love it!
Ground turkey and ground chicken are both great lean meat options that work perfectly in this recipe!
Veggies – just like your favorite Chinese take-out egg rolls, this egg roll in a bowl uses tons of delicious sauteed veggies including onions, cabbage, and carrots! I’ve even used coleslaw mix in a pinch. It has extra carrots which everyone loves!
Sesame oil – because of my slight obsession with homemade Chinese food we always have a bottle of sesame oil on hand. This oil is slightly nutty in flavor and gives that authentic Chinese flavor to your egg roll in a bowl!
How to Make Egg Roll in a Bowl
This dish is one of my favorite family meals to make simply for the fact that I use ONE skillet. That’s it! Such a super easy clean up (and this tired mom LOVES a good easy clean up).
- You’re going to start by browning up your meat. Drizzle some olive oil in a large skillet and add ground pork (or ground turkey). Season it with salt and pepper and cook until it’s almost done. The meat will finish cooking through in a bit! Remove the pork and set it aside in a bowl.
- Add more olive oil to your skillet if needed, and then saute the onions until translucent. Once the onions are cooked, add the carrots, garlic, ginger, and broth to the skillet and cook for about 3 minutes.
- Add the pork back into the pan along with the shredded cabbage, apple cider vinegar, and red pepper flakes (if you’re using them). Then give it all a stir to combine.
- Next, put a lid on the skillet and let your egg roll ingredients cook until the cabbage is wilted and fully cooked.
- While your egg roll in a bowl is cooking, toast your sesame seeds. Watch them carefully, you don’t want them to burn!
- Once you’ve let your egg roll in a bowl cook for about 10 minutes, taste the cabbage, and add salt and pepper as needed. (I love a little kick to my food, so I usually shake in a few more red pepper flakes, but if you like it on the milder side, you might be fine without it.)
- Scoop your egg rolls into your favorite bowls and sprinkle green onions and toasted sesame seeds on top.
Is an Egg Roll Healthy?
A traditional egg roll is wrapped in a flour-based wonton wrapper and deep-fried. While they are undeniably delicious, I can’t lie and say that they are healthy. I am not at all telling you not to have them though, we all deserve a treat sometimes, right?!
But, if you’re looking to cut out some carbs or even just avoid some of the grease, then this weight watchers egg roll in a bowl recipe is for you. By eliminating the greasy wrapper you cut down on carbs and unhealthy fats while not losing any of the delicious flavors. That’s why we call this a keto egg roll in a bowl!
What to Serve with Egg Roll in a Bowl
Lettuce Wraps – so a traditional egg roll comes all neat and tidy inside a wonton wrapper. This pork egg roll in a bowl recipe is NOT neat, tidy, and handheld though. If you prefer it all wrapped up while still keeping it low-carb, go ahead and use a fresh lettuce leaf as a wrapper. It’ll give your egg roll a nice crunch!
Rice – my kids are definitely carb lovers. If a meal doesn’t include carbs, then it’s basically not a meal to them! When I make this easy egg roll in a bowl, I’ll cook up a batch of brown rice to serve to the boys. I love it all on it’s own though, which helps to keep this a low carb egg roll in a bowl!
Looking for some more Asian inspired recipes?
- Asian Ramen Broccoli Slaw
- Wonton Soup
- Crispy Spring Rolls
- Shrimp Fried Rice
- Sheet Pan Orange Teriyaki Chicken & Vegetables
- more MAIN DISH recipes…
Tools used to make this Egg Roll in a Bowl recipe
Cast iron skillet: This cast iron skillet is one of my most treasured pieces of cookware. I’ve had mine for years and make everything from breakfast to dinner and dessert in it!
Food Processor: Slice, chop, and grate anything you need with this food processor. I’ve had this model for years and use it all the time. It’s a great workhorse in my kitchen and I’d recommend it to anyone!
- 2 tablespoons olive oil divided
- 1 pound ground pork or ground turkey
- Salt & pepper
- 1 large yellow onion diced
- 3 carrots peeled and grated
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tablespoon ginger peeled and minced
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 1 head green cabbage shredded
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons sesame oil
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
- Toasted sesame seeds for garnish
- Green onion thinly sliced, for garnish
- Place 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet and add ground pork. Season with salt and pepper and cook pork until almost done, about 7 minutes. Remove the pork and set it aside in a bowl.
- Add more olive oil (if needed) and onions. Saute until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes. Add carrots, garlic, ginger, and broth to the skillet. Cook for 3 minutes.
- Add pork back into the pan along with the cabbage, apple cider vinegar, sesame oil, and red pepper flakes (if using). Stir everything together.
- Put a lid on the skillet and cook until the cabbage is wilted and tender, about 10 minutes.
- Taste cabbage and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper as needed.
- Serve warm with green onions and toasted sesame seeds on top.