This Egg Roll In a Bowl recipe is a deconstructed egg roll! It’s made with coleslaw mix, ground beef, and pork, and it’s cooked in a skillet.
Egg roll in a bowl has become one of our favorite meals! It’s easy to make, full of flavor and can be reheated the next day if you have leftovers.
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Ingredients Needed and Substitutions
Two Kinds of Oil
- We used a combination of olive oil and sesame seed oil.
- The olive oil is used to saute the garlic and ginger.
- And a little sesame seed oil adds a lot of flavor.
- For the best results, I suggest using minced garlic and ginger because they add so much flavor!
- But if they aren’t available, you can substitute 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder for one teaspoon of minced garlic.
- For the ginger, use 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger in place of one teaspoon minced ginger.
- Soy sauce adds liquid, sodium, and flavor. You can also use light soy sauce if you prefer.
- Sriracha sauce adds a little heat as well as additional flavor. We only added a teaspoon, but you can add more if you want more spice.
- Chinese 5-Spice is a delicious seasoning blend made from cinnamon, anise, fennel, ginger, and cloves.
- Ground beef adds protein and flavor. If you want milder deconstructed egg rolls, you can use all ground beef, but it won’t be as flavorful.
- For the ground pork, we used mild pork sausage. You could also use hot pork sausage to make it spicier.
- For this recipe, we always use bagged shredded cabbage, also known as coleslaw mix.
- Although the coleslaw mix includes some carrots, we always add additional shredded carrots.
- If you want to shred your own cabbage, start by removing the outer leaves. Rinse and dry the head. Then slice it in half and then quarters. Cut off the core. Then, use a knife or a mandoline slicer to thinly slice the cabbage.
- Sliced green onions add flavor and a pop of color.
- To make the egg roll in a bowl more like a fried egg roll, top it with wonton strips! You can find them near the croutons in the grocery store.
- Or, if you want to make your own wonton strips, cut wonton wrappers into narrow strips and fry them in oil in a skillet. Drain them on paper towels and sprinkle them with salt.
How To Make Egg Roll In A Bowl
Step One: Heat the olive oil and sesame seed oil in a large skillet. Add the minced garlic and minced ginger.
Step Two: Add the soy sauce, sriracha sauce, and Chinese 5-Spice.
Chinese 5 Spice Recipe
You can use this Chinese 5 Spice recipe if you don’t have some in your pantry. As the name implies, it is a combination of five spices: cinnamon, anise, fennel, ginger, and cloves. You only need 1/2 teaspoon for this recipe. So, add 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/8 teaspoon ground anise, 1/8 teaspoon ground fennel, 1/16 teaspoon ground ginger, and 1/16 teaspoon ground cloves.
Step Three: Add the ground beef and ground pork.
In the photo above, I’m using what is known as a meat chopper or meat masher. I love this utensil and use it every time I am cooking ground beef. To use the meat chopper, press straight down into the meat and give it a little twist. It easily breaks the meat up into small pieces. I have the Pampered Chef brand, and you can buy it here on Amazon.
Step Four: Cook the meat until browned, and then drain the grease.
How to Drain Grease From Browned Meat
I’ve found that an easy way to drain the grease is to use paper towels to soak it up. Hold the pan at a slight incline. Move all of the meat to the top half of the incline, and all of the grease will drain to the bottom. Then, soak up the grease with crumpled paper towels.
There are a couple of reasons I like this method. First, you don’t have to worry about spilling the meat out of the pan if you try to pour the grease out of it. Second, the paper towels that soak up the grease can be thrown away immediately, unlike other methods where you collect the grease in a container and have to wait for it to solidify before discarding it.
Step Five: Return the pan to the burner. Add the shredded cabbage and shredded carrots.
Step Six: Cook and stir until the cabbage and carrots are softened.
Step 7: Remove from heat and sprinkle with sliced green onions.
Make Ahead and Leftovers
- If you want to prepare this egg roll in a bowl recipe ahead of time, you can follow the instructions through step three, in which you brown and drain the meat.
- Then, allow the meat to cool and then store it in an airtight container in the freezer for up to three months.
- Thaw the frozen meat in the fridge overnight and reheat it in a skillet and continue making the recipe as directed.
- Fridge: Allow the egg roll in a bowl with coleslaw mix to cool, and then store it in the fridge in an airtight container. It should last in the fridge for 2-3 days.
- Reheat: You can reheat leftovers in a skillet over medium heat or in the microwave.
- Freezer: Leftovers will not hold up in the freezer.
Others Want To Know
Because it has all of the filling ingredients in a bowl instead of being wrapped up in a wonton wrapper.
Wonton strips are just what the name implies: little strips of wonton wrappers that are crispy. They are the perfect topping for this egg roll in a bowl recipe. You get everything in an egg roll without having to actually fry them. Crispy wonton strips are available near the croutons in the grocery store.
Deconstructed egg rolls are so much easier to make, and they are a lighter version of the deep-fried ones.
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Egg Roll In A Bowl
- Heat the olive oil and sesame oil in a large skillet. Add the minced garlic and ginger. Stir and cook for 30 seconds.
- Next, add the soy sauce, sriracha sauce, and Chinese 5-Spice. Stir.
- Finally, add the ground beef and ground pork. Brown and drain.
- Return to heat. Pour the shredded cabbage and carrots on top of the cooked meat. Stir and cook until softened.
- Remove from heat and sprinkle with sliced green onions.
- Top with wonton strips.