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All of the delicious flavors of your favorite fried Chinese restaurant appetizer come together in a lighter, faster, one skillet meal! This “Egg Roll in a Bowl” is a quick and healthy dinner that’s ready in about 20 minutes!
How To Make Egg Roll in a Bowl | 1-Minute Video
It’s like an egg roll without the wrapper!
I honestly can’t take credit for this genius idea, since I’ve seen it plastered all over the internet in recent years. After a craving for Chinese food hit me like a ton of bricks (do you ever get those?!), I decided that it was time to get in the kitchen and create my own Egg Roll in a Bowl!
This Asian-inspired supper has all of the flavors that you love without any of the deep fat frying. It’s just a big, beautiful skillet full of fresh vegetables and lean protein stir-fried in a savory sauce.
In my typical fashion, I even managed to create a recipe that requires almost ZERO prep work! With help from a bag of coleslaw mix and a bag of matchstick carrots, I didn’t even have to pull out my cutting board or my knife for this dinner. Tip — use kitchen shears to snip the green onions right over the skillet. Again, no knife or cutting board necessary!
So, what ingredients will I need for this Egg Roll in a Bowl?
You’ll be happy to know that this easy recipe does NOT require any fancy, expensive, hard-to-find ingredients! You’ll want:
- a bag of coleslaw mix (or shredded cabbage); onion; and a few other fresh veggies (sliced mushrooms would be a delicious addition!)
- ground meat of choice (I used ground turkey here, but ground chicken, ground beef, or ground pork all work well)
- a simple stir-fry sauce made with soy sauce, garlic, ginger, rice vinegar, and toasted sesame oil (plus optional hoisin sauce, if you like)
Trust me — you don’t want to omit that toasted sesame oil! It’s heavenly, and it’s what gives the dish that quintessential “Asian” egg roll taste! Plus, you can pick up a very small bottle of the oil in the Asian food aisle of just about any grocery store, including places like Walmart and Target. Puh-lease…don’t skip it! I go through bottles of toasted sesame oil really quickly around here, because I’m constantly using it in recipes like my Dump-and-Bake General Tso Chicken, my Slow Cooker Orange Chicken and Broccoli, and my Cold Sesame Peanut Noodle Salad (just to name a few).
The simple, fresh flavors in this Egg Roll in a Bowl create a tasty, family-friendly dinner in one skillet. Which means that you have a healthy dinner to serve your crew in less than 30 minutes…with only 1 pan to wash at the end. I’m telling you — this is weeknight dinner perfection!
Other easy Chinese-inspired dinner recipes that you might enjoy:
- Dump-and-Bake Kung Pao Chicken
- Dump-and-Bake General Tso Chicken
- Dump-and-Bake Sweet and Sour Chicken
- Dump-and-Bake Chinese Pepper Steak
Egg Roll in a Bowl
- Large skillet (I own and love this Smithey Ironware Co. cast iron skillet)
- 1 lb. ground turkey breast (can substitute with ground chicken, ground beef, or ground pork)
- 1 sweet onion, diced
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil*
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- 2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic**
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ cup less sodium soy sauce
- 1 (16 ounce) bag coleslaw mix
- ½ cup grated or “matchstick” carrots
- 2 green onions, thinly sliced
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce (optional, but recommended)
- Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add ground meat and cook, stirring, until no longer pink. Drain; return meat to skillet.
- Add diced onion, sesame oil, and rice vinegar to the skillet. Cook, stirring, for a few more minutes (until onion is tender).
- Add garlic, ginger, soy sauce, hoisin sauce (optional), coleslaw mix, and carrots to the skillet. Cook, stirring, for about 5-7 more minutes, or until cabbage is wilted.
- Remove skillet from the heat. Stir in green onions and season with salt and pepper, to taste.