Egg Roll In A Bowl

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A healthy and protein-packed take on crispy Chinese egg rolls, this egg roll in a bowl recipe makes an easy weeknight dinner the whole family will love.

Chinese egg rolls are made from shredded cabbage, aromatics (like garlic, onion, and ginger), and roasted pork, rolled inside a wheat flour wrapper and fried in hot oil. This egg roll in a bowl is a healthy version: unwrapped, un-fried, and packed with protein and flavor. It’s a quick-prep, one-skillet dinner that you can have on the table in 30 minutes. I use ground pork and shredded cabbage (or coleslaw mix) from a bag, and the only chopping involves a bunch of scallions, a knob of ginger, a few cloves of garlic, and a handful of cashews (the nuts are not a traditional egg roll ingredient, but they add a rich and healthy crunch to the dish in place of the crispy fried wrapper).

Instead of the traditional egg roll dipping sauces, I add sweet and sour sauce directly to the dish and also serve some on the side. If you have some duck sauce and Chinese hot mustard packets stashed away in your kitchen, you can serve those with it, too.

What You’ll Need To Make Egg Roll In A Bowl

egg roll in a bowl ingredients

Step-by-Step Instructions

Slice the scallions, chop the ginger and the cashews, and mince the garlic.

mise en place for egg roll in a bowl

In a large nonstick skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the light scallions and ginger and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes.

light scallions and ginger in skillet

Add the garlic and cook 20 seconds more; do not brown.

adding the garlic to the skillet

Add the pork and continue cooking, breaking the meat apart with a wooden spoon.

raw pork in skillet

Cook the pork until browned, 3 to 5 minutes.

browned pork in skillet

Add the coleslaw and soy sauce to the skillet.

adding coleslaw and soy sauce to skillet

Cook, stirring occasionally, until the coleslaw is wilted and cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes.

wilting coleslaw

Stir in the sweet and sour sauce, sesame oil, cashews, and dark green scallions.

adding sweet and sour sauce, dark scallions, and cashews

Taste and adjust seasoning, if desired.

egg roll in a bowl in skillet

Serve with sweet and sour sauce on the side.

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Egg Roll In A Bowl

A healthy and protein-packed take on crispy Chinese egg rolls, this egg roll in a bowl recipe makes an easy weeknight dinner the whole family will love.

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
Total Time: 30 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced, light and dark green parts separated
  • 1½ tablespoons finely chopped fresh ginger, from a 1½ inch knob (see note)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground pork (preferably 80% lean)
  • 1 (1-lb) bag shredded cabbage or coleslaw mix (about 7 cups)
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons sweet and sour sauce, plus more for serving (I use Kikkoman No Preservatives Added)
  • ½ teaspoon Asian/toasted sesame oil
  • ⅓ cup salted cashews, chopped
  • Rice, for serving (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the light scallions and ginger and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes. Add the garlic and cook 20 seconds more; do not brown. Add the pork and continue cooking, breaking the meat apart with a wooden spoon, until browned, 3 to 5 minutes.
  2. Add the coleslaw and soy sauce to the skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until wilted and cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes.
  3. Stir in the sweet and sour sauce, sesame oil, cashews, and dark green scallions. Taste and adjust seasoning, if desired. Serve with sweet and sour sauce on the side.
  4. Note: For a tutorial on how to chop fresh ginger, click here.
  5. Make-Ahead Instructions: This dish can be made up to three days ahead of time and refrigerated in an airtight container (wait to add the nuts until ready to serve). Reheat in a skillet over medium heat or in the microwave.

Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (4 servings)
  • Calories: 454
  • Fat: 25 g
  • Saturated fat: 5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 29 g
  • Sugar: 19 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 29 g
  • Sodium: 1,244 mg
  • Cholesterol: 71 mg

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Comments

  • This is so easy and can be halved if you just want enough for 2. I have made it 3 times and it does not disappoint. My husband asked if I could add a little hot sauce to it next time and I will do that just to appease him!

    • — Betsy Gefaell on June 6, 2022
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  • I made this and took it to work to share with some coworkers. It was absolutely delicious!!!!
    Everyone raved about how flavorful it was. I will be making this over and over.

    Thank you for sharing

    • — Patricia on May 17, 2022
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  • Made this for my family when on vacation with grandma, grandpa, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Was a big hit and recipe was requested so it could be made again. Everyone agrees this was a much better version of an egg roll, so if you like egg rolls, you’ll definitely like this!

    • — Amy on May 14, 2022
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  • FANTASTIC!!! I love nearly all of your recipes but this one is a standout! For those concerned with sodium, just use lower sodium sauces. It is missing nothing! Serve with an Asian salad and it’s an easy, complete meal.

    • — Amy on May 1, 2022
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