Egg Roll in a Bowl

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Have you ever craved the savory flavors of an egg roll but didn’t want the hassle (or the calories) of deep-frying? Well, I’ve got a game-changer for you: Egg Roll in a Bowl! This dish takes all the tasty ingredients of a traditional egg roll and serves them up in a convenient, healthier bowl format. Genius, right?

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What is Egg Roll in a Bowl?

Egg Roll in a Bowl, as the name suggests, is a deconstructed version of a traditional egg roll. Enjoying all the delightful flavors and ingredients of an egg roll without the fuss of a wrap, this fusion dish captures the essence of your favorite egg roll, transforming it into a single, featuresome bowl.

It’s a delightful medley of crunchy vegetables, succulent meat, and delicious seasoning that offers a quick, healthy, and versatile option for meal times. To elevate your culinary experience further, you can pair this dish with aromatic jasmine rice, spicy chili sauce, or a fresh, zesty Asian slaw. It’s a wholesome, hearty meal that guarantees to win everyone over, even the most discerning of eaters!

Egg Roll in a Bowl Ingredients

Let’s dive into this mouthwatering dish, shall we? Here are the ingredients that you’ll need:

1 lb. Ground Beef: A lean cut that gives the recipe its hearty and filling base.

12 oz. Coleslaw Mix: Adds a delightful crunch and a pop of color to your dish.

1 tsp. Ground Ginger: Brings a warm, spicy flavor to enhance the savoriness of the meal.

2 Cloves Minced Garlic: Creates a robust flavor background that elevates the entire recipe.

1 Tbsp. Sesame Oil: Gives a slightly nutty and sweet taste to the dish, enhancing its overall depth of flavor.

2 Tbsp. Rice Vinegar: Balances the hearty ingredients with its tangy flavor.

1/4 cup Soy Sauce: Adds a rich, salty, and umami kick that is essential for the overall taste.

1/4 tsp. Red Pepper Flakes: Sprinkle these in for a hint of heat to spice things up.

1/2 tsp. Salt: This essential ingredient enhances all other flavors.

1/4 tsp. Black Pepper: Gives a mild heat and sharp flavor that adds complexity to the dish.

Chopped Scallions for Garnish: Provides a fresh, oniony note that’s the perfect finishing touch.

2 cups Cooked Rice (Prepare 1 cup of dried rice with 2 cups of water): The fluffy bed on which all these vibrant flavors rest.

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How to Make Egg Roll in a Bowl

Now that you have your ingredients, it’s time to turn them into a mouth-watering dish! Even if it’s your first time, fear not, because each step is designed to guide you seamlessly through the process.

  1. Grab 1 cup of dried rice and 2 cups of water, bring it all to a boiling point, and then reduce it to a simmer, covering it with a lid.
  2. Let this sit on low heat for about 15 minutes or until all the water is fully absorbed.
  3. Start by heating a nonstick skillet over medium heat, then add your ground beef. As it cooks, ensure you’re breaking it into small pieces until it’s no longer pink – this is key to having a great texture in your final dish.
  4. Once your beef is beautifully cooked, add in the coleslaw mix.
  5. Allow it to cook with the beef until the cabbage becomes tender and just a little bit caramelized.
  6. In a separate bowl, combine your ground ginger, minced garlic, sesame oil, rice vinegar, soy sauce, red pepper flakes, salt, and black pepper. Give it a good stir, and voila, you have your sauce!
  7. Pour this sauce mixture over your beef and coleslaw mix.
  8. Stir it all up and let it cook a bit longer until your mixture thickens and all those amazing flavors are beautifully combined.
  9. Plate your savory beef mixture over a warm bed of the rice you prepared earlier.
  10. For a punch of color and an added layer of flavor, sprinkle some chopped scallions on top.

Tips for Making This Recipe

  1. Use a quality non-stick skillet. A good nonstick skillet will ensure the beef and coleslaw mix does not stick and burn, which will greatly improve the dish’s flavor.
  2. Don’t rush the rice. Be patient while cooking your rice. It’s tempting to increase the heat to speed up the process, but slow-cooked rice is softer and fluffier.
  3. Break up the beef thoroughly. For a uniform texture and to make sure the beef cooks evenly, break it up into small pieces as it cooks.
  4. Carmelize the cabbage lightly. Permit the cabbage to cook until it’s just slightly caramelized. This will add a hint of sweetness that complements the savory beef.
  5. Adjust the heat according to taste. The amount of red pepper flakes can be adjusted to increase or decrease the spice level.
  6. Take time to infuse the flavors. Let the beef and coleslaw mix simmer in the sauce mixture long enough for the flavors to deeply meld together. This will give your dish an exceptional taste.
  7. Garnish generously. Don’t skimp on the scallions; they add a vibrant freshness that perfectly balances the rich, savory flavors of the dish.

Frequently Asked Questions

What type of rice should I use for this recipe?

This recipe works well with any type of rice you prefer. However, long-grain white rice is usually a good choice as it doesn’t clump together and complements the savory beef and coleslaw mix.

Can I use Chicken or Pork instead of Beef?

Yes, feel free to substitute the ground beef with chicken or pork. Make sure to cook your meat thoroughly until it’s no longer pink.

What crunchy toppings can I add to an Egg Roll in a Bowl?

Crunchy nuts such as toasted almonds, cashews, or peanuts can add a crunchy aspect and a rich nuttiness. Crispy wonton strips, either homemade or purchased, can lend a traditional feel and an extra layer of crispy texture.

Toasted sesame seeds can introduce a mild crunch and a nutty flavor, while crispy fried garlic or onions can give your dish a savory crunch and an aromatic lift. Not to forget, chow mein noodles add a unique twist with their subtle sweetness and satisfying crunch.

How do I store any leftovers?

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. You can reheat the dish in the microwave or on the stove.

Can I freeze this dish?

Yes, this dish freezes well. Store it in an airtight container and it can be frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and reheat thoroughly before serving.


And there you have it, the flavor-packed Egg Roll in a Bowl, cooked perfectly by you! This dish is not only delightful to the taste buds, but its wonderful colors make it a feast for the eyes as well. If you’ve tried making this recipe, we’d love to see how it turned out. Capture a snapshot of your culinary masterpiece and share it with us!

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Yield: 4

Egg Roll in a Bowl

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Savor the flavors of our Egg Roll in a Bowl - a delicious twist on a classic favorite! Elevate your mealtime with this tasty creation.


  • 1lb. Ground Beef
  • 12 oz. Coleslaw mix
  • 1 tsp. Ground Ginger
  • 2 Cloves Minced Garlic
  • 1 Tbsp. Sesame Oil
  • 2 Tbsp. Rice Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 tsp. Red Pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 1/4 tsp. Black Pepper
  • Chopped Scallions for Garnish
  • 2 cups cooked rice.


  1. Prepare 1 cup of dried rice with 2 cups of water.
  2. Cook beef in a nonstick skillet, until no longer pink.
  3. Add Cole slaw with meat and cook down the slaw.
  4. In a small bowl combine Ground Ginger, Minced Garlic, Sesame Oil, Rice Vinegar, Soy Sauce, Flakes, Salt, and Pepper.
  5. Mix Liquids with beef mixture, and cook down until it thickens up.
  6. Plate meat mixture over rice and sprinkle with Scallions.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 592Total Fat: 33gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 108mgSodium: 1459mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 2gSugar: 8gProtein: 35g

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