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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!

Bowl of healthy and easy egg roll in a bowl for dinner

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It’s like an egg roll without the wrapper!

Cast iron skillet full of healthy stir fry recipe called Egg Roll in a Bowl

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.

Chopsticks in a bowl of low carb healthy dinner Egg Roll in a Bowl

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).

A skillet with a ground beef, ground turkey, or ground chicken recipe and cabbage for a healthy stir fry.

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!

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Egg Roll in a Bowl

4.96 from 179 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 234 kcal
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!


  • Large skillet (I own and love this Smithey Ironware Co. cast iron skillet)



  • 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.



Cooking Just for Two? Cut the ingredients in half! The cooking instructions remain the same.
*Don’t skip the toasted sesame oil! This gives the dish its classic Asian flavor, and it’s very easy to find a small bottle of the oil in the Asian food section at just about every grocery store (including places like Walmart).
**I use a bottle of refrigerated pre-minced fresh garlic for an easy shortcut.


Serving: 1.5cupsCalories: 234kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 30gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 629mgPotassium: 735mgFiber: 4gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 2873IUVitamin C: 48mgCalcium: 81mgIron: 2mg
Keyword: chinese food, ground turkey, healthy dinner
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Chinese
Author: Blair Lonergan

Hey, I’m Blair!

Welcome to my farmhouse kitchen in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Inspired by local traditions and seasonal fare, you’ll find plenty of easy, comforting recipes that bring your family together around the table. It’s down-home, country-style cooking!

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    1. It is called egg roll in a bowl because there’s no wonton wrapper, it’s just what goes inside an egg roll.

      1. 5 stars
        My family especially the picky eaters absolutely loved this recipe!! Definitely saving this one, Thank you for sharing!

    2. 5 stars
      Try it you’ll like it. If you must have the wrap go for it but to keep it healthy ditch the wrap.

    3. 5 stars
      Best version I’ve had yet! I had a Costco ground turkey pack, so a little over 1LB. I added extra liquid aminos, rice vinegar and also added some Sriracha to the cooking turkey. Added more heat to my portion before eating and it was yunmy! Since I love actual egg rolls with sweet chili sauce, I might try that on some leftovers.

  1. 5 stars
    I received an Egg Roll in a Bowl recipe in an email, thought it sounded quick and easy, decided to make it for dinner. I decided to Google other recipes for the same dish, chose this one and I am so happy that I did! I made the exact recipe with 2 very minor additions. I used a wok, sprinkled the ground chicken with Chinese 5 spice when browning, used shiitake mushrooms instead of shredded carrots, topped with crispy wontons (can) as well as green onions. This dish is so easy and flavorful! It will be a regular in our home.

  2. 5 stars
    We like heat so I added sriracha to the mix on top of some brown rice. Came out great.
    I actually make egg rolls in air fryer with the leftovers. Thanks

    1. 5 stars
      I made this recipe exactly as written. It is delicious. Will be making it quite frequently. Thank you for a recipe that makes dinner prep so easy!

  3. 5 stars
    I cook this every week. I double the garlic and onions and add brown sugar and cook it on a flattop with butter and sirachi. The hidden secret? Brown sugar. One of the best dishes you will ever eat.

    1. 5 stars
      This is so good! Sometimes my husband and I eat it all (4 servings), lol! I add wontons or crushed peanuts on top because we like crunch.

  4. Too many ingredients for a basic representation of an egg roll. Salt and pepper should be incorporated with the meat, and traditionally it should be ground pork, but ground turkey or chicken for a healthier option. Nevertheless, what’s missing is topping it with wonton strips, available at most grocery stores, either in the produce section near salad bags, or in the salad dressing aisle. Makes all the difference to have that crunch!

    1. It’s an easy recipe, easy to follow, even younger teens can make it, and mine do.
      Salt and pepper can be added whenever, so you can see if you even really need it. Love that she used chicken or turkey for a healthier option. Half the time now, Chinese restaurants don’t even put meat in a real egg roll anymore so who would really know what’s “Traditional”
      Sounds like you just needed a post to fuss at
      Blair, we loved the recipe!

  5. 5 stars
    This was excellent! I would say the hoisin sauce was not optional. I added a half cup of diced fresh pineapple which blended in well. Thank you!

  6. 5 stars
    Made it with chicken and DELICIOUS! My picky kids loved it too! Recommend with an Asian hot sauce too! YUM! Will make again!

      1. 5 stars
        Made this last night. We used ground pork. It was excellent! Hoisin is a must. Also topped with chopped cashews. Love that it’s a 20 minute dish! Well done!!!

  7. 5 stars
    Made this for supper tonight. Wow, this was so easy and delicious. Will definitely be having this again. Thanks much for the recipe!

    1. Hi, Lea! I haven’t tried it, because vegetables tend to get mushy and watery when thawed after freezing. If you don’t mind the texture change, then yes…the dish will technically be fine in the freezer for up to 3 months. It’s just not my preference.

  8. 5 stars
    This is the best “Egg Roll in a Bowl” recipe that I have found! You include a broad group of seasonings, which I appreciate.
    We like our flavors assertive here, so I increased the garlic and fresh ginger to 1 T each. Increased hoisin to 2 T; oyster sauce would be good, too. I added 2 T of sambal olek for some heat. Could add sriracha instead. This one’s a keeper–thank you, Blair!

  9. 5 stars
    An awesome recipe. Beought some to my brother and he loved it also. I’m sending him the recipe.