Classic pork Egg Rolls are deconstructed into this low carb Egg Roll in a Bowl recipe. All the same great flavors, but so much easier and just as delicious. Fantastic 15 minute meal the entire family will love!
What could possibly be better than an egg roll? How about an Egg Roll in a Bowl! Meaning, egg rolls deconstructed into a bowl where the filling is eaten with a spoon. YES!
I’ve taken Cabbage Rolls and converted them to an easy Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls Skillet, traditional lasagna into Skillet Lasagna, authentic Chile Rellenos turned into Chile Relleno Casserole, and labor intensive sushi rolls to sushi bowls, so why not egg rolls into a stir fry recipe!
There’s nothing quite like food in its authentic form, but holy moly some of those recipes are so time intensive. I love breaking them down for ease, while still maintaining all the flavors we know and love.
This Egg Roll in a Bowl recipe is exactly that. All the same great components, but so much easier – and healthier! No massive amounts of oil needed for deep frying and no egg roll wrappers, making this a great low carb, low calorie dinner option.
Plus, this comes together in only 15 minutes! Weeknight meal winner, for sure.
Why is it called Egg Roll if there’s no egg?
So you’re skimming the list of ingredients for this recipe and you don’t see any egg. That’s not an error! Egg rolls don’t usually have eggs in them.
Then why are they even called egg rolls? There’s a theory that before the egg roll became Americanized (supposedly in the 1930’s), it was actually a variation on a dish called Dan Gun. Featured in a Chinese-American cookbook from 1917, the recipe has the ingredients wrapped in a thin egg omelette. Literally, an egg roll.
But hey, if you want to add some scrambled eggs to this Egg Roll in a Bowl recipe, go for it! I absolutely love scrambled eggs.
Egg Roll in a Bowl Recipe Variations
This recipe is very similar to one included in my Good Fast Eats cookbook from several years ago, but with a few changes. (<< that’s an affiliate link.)
- You can easily swap out the pork for ground turkey or ground chicken.
- Try some broccoli slaw instead of the coleslaw mix.
- As mentioned above, feel free to add in some scrambled eggs, similar to fried rice!
- This dish even becomes gluten free and keto friendly if you make your own teriyaki sauce – store bought varieties usually contain sugar and soy sauce, which includes wheat.
- Make it spicy by adding in a little cracked red pepper flakes or a couple drops of Sriracha sauce.
- Grab some lettuce leaves and use the filling for lettuce wraps!
- Serve it over cook white or brown rice if you’re not following a low carb diet.
Other stir fry recipes we love!
- Sweet and Sour Chicken
- Quick and Easy Pepper Steak Stir Fry
- Easy Cashew Chicken
- Beef and Broccoli Ramen Stir Fry
Be sure to check out my other 20 minute meals to get you through the week!
Egg Roll in a Bowl
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 1/4 pounds ground pork
- 2 cloves garlic , minced
- 1 teaspoon ginger paste
- 1 teaspoon chili garlic sauce
- salt and pepper , to taste
- 1/2 cup good quality teriyaki sauce
- 7 ounces coleslaw mix
- 3 scallions , diced
- cooked white rice , for serving (optional)
- lettuce leaves , for lettuce wraps (optional)
- In a large nonstick skillet, warm the sesame oil over medium-high heat.
- Add the pork, garlic, ginger, and chili garlic sauce; cook, stirring often, breaking up the pork into crumbles with a wooden spoon until no pink remains, about 3-4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Drain off fat.
- Stir in the teriyaki sauce and coleslaw mix. Mix to combine and cook until cabbage starts to soften, about 2 minutes.
- Toss in the scallions.
- Serve in bowls or as lettuce wraps and enjoy!