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15-Minute Egg Roll in a Bowl

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Egg Roll in a Bowl! Ground pork browned with garlic and ginger, sautéed carrots and cabbage cooked down in some soy sauce and chili paste, a nice little heap of hot rice. YUM.

If you must know, my favorite lunches lately involve ground pork browned with garlic and ginger, sautéed carrots and cabbage cooked down in some soy sauce and chili paste, a nice little heap of hot rice, a dusting of Chinese five-spice.

Yes, meet The Egg Roll Bowl. I made them, and loved them, and now make them regularly for meal prep. But really, this one is all you guys!

I asked a few months into my maternity leave this fall what your favorite easy recipes were, and SO MANY OF YOU said Egg Roll Bowls!

To which I said: mmmk what the heck is an Egg Roll Bowl?!

To which the internet said: seasoned ground pork and veggies and… kind of whatever else you want… in a bowl. Like an egg roll, but without the wrapper.

Ingredients for Egg Roll Bowls.

And when I realized how

  • Easy
  • Customizable
  • Low carb
  • Straight up DELICIOUS

these were, I was all over it.

The fact that you can buy a bag of pre-shredded coleslaw (sans sauce) and toss it in the pan with your pork, garlic, ginger, and soy sauce and pretty much have this meal, like, completely done? it’s a game changer.

You know I love fast and easy when it comes to meal prep, so all aboard, because this egg roll train is speedy fast.

Egg Roll Bowl in Meal Prep containers.

Two final notes.

  1. Chinese five spice. A new ingredient for us here at POY, but in my opinion, it is worth adding a bottle of this to your spice cabinet even if it is solely for this recipe. I find that a little dash takes this from generic-stir-fry to LEGIT EGG ROLL BOWL. You’re gonna add it, and you’re gonna taste it, and you’re gonna say, yep. There it is. There’s the egg roll taste I’m looking for.
  2. If you fry up some wonton wrappers and stick them in the bowl to be a little extra, I might propose to you.

Check Out Our Video For How To Make An Egg Roll In a Bowl:

Source notes: As the “in a bowl” indicates from the recipe name, this is a deconstructed version of an egg roll. Egg rolls primarily came to be from American Chinese restaurants, and typically always include cabbage, pork, and other filling.

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Ground pork, cabbage, and carrots on white rice.

15-Minute Egg Roll in a Bowl

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Egg Roll in a Bowl! Ground pork browned with garlic and ginger, sautéed carrots and cabbage cooked down in some soy sauce and chili paste, a nice little heap of hot rice. YUM.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 knob of ginger, grated
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese five-spice 
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • chili paste to taste
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 56 cups shredded cabbage or coleslaw mix
  • 3 large carrots, diagonally sliced
  • Rice and green onions for serving


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and ginger and saute until fragrant.
  2. Add the five-spice, soy sauce, chili paste, and pork. Break apart until the meat is browned and cooked through.
  3. Add the coleslaw mix and carrots. Toss until the vegetables are tender-crisp.
  4. Serve over rice, with green onions and Sriracha if you like that kinda thing. (I do.)



Five-Spice: You can make this recipe without it, but I LOVE the flavor that it adds. There’s a little bit of anise in there, and to me, this is what makes it taste like a real egg roll!

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Lunch
  • Method: Sauté
  • Cuisine: Asian-Inspired

Keywords: egg roll in a bowl, egg roll, deconstructed egg roll

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  1. Pinch of Yum Logo

    * Pork: Protein
    * Cabbage: Flushes out unhealthy Estrogens in the body
    * Carrots: Beta-Carotene
    * Ginger: Testosterone and potentially immune boosting properties
    * Olive oil: Healthy cholesterol and natural Testosterone boosting properties
    * Onions: natural immunity and boosts Testosterone

    And that meal is portion sized and healthy. quite friendly on the metabolism. Another great job Lindsay has done! 🙂

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      Hi Lindsay,
      I really love your recipes! Please could we get the
      Nutritional Stats on this recipe. It is very important in our household. Thank you.

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        I love when POY adds nutritional info as an extra but if its that important to your family, you may want to consider figuring it out yourself. There are many ways to do this, one being myfitnesspal. Many (most? ) people do not care about the nutrition info so it can be a lot of extra work to add and if I might add, not always that accurate.

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          Yes my husband uses myfitnesspal and is able to enter any changes I make as well, just as adding an extra carrot, or the rice I make to go along with this recipe.
          This recipe was a hit with my family and I’m planning to make it again next week when we have out of town visitors!

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      Maria Siderius

      Haven’t made it yet, but looking fwd to it. I have Celiac so a lot of times it’s hard to get healthy but “normal” tasting recipes. I’ll use the GF soy sauce but it’s not that great, we’ll see. I love vietnamese and Thai food as it’s something I can eat. Any special recipes for those? Thx for the recipe can’t wait to try other recipes. Ttys

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    Looks delicious! Any recommendations for Chinese 5 spice to order on Amazon, etc? My local grocery store doesn’t carry it

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      I purchase my spices from Penzeys.com, have never been disappointed. They do have what your looking for and a lot more, it’s worth a look.
      I hope this helps you!

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      Also at your local co-op I’m betting they have bulk spice! That’s where I got mine. 🙂

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      I just got some at World Market for $2! Free in-store pickup to boot. Can’t wait to try this tomorrow!

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    Was going to fry up wonton wrappers, just to see if you’d follow through on the proposal…but didn’t want to rock the boat for Bjork, Solvi Afton, and Sage. Your family is too cute!😁 ( And mine would revolt…or celebrate, not sure…😂)

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    Kristine Lynch

    Love the look of this recipe and certainly going to make it , can you post the nuitrition please on it .😊

  5. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I love what you shared, I’m going to combine it with what I’m doing to improve my results.

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    How do you prep these for meal prep? I am new to meal prep and love the idea of this for a school lunch. So I would love to know more about how to do this.

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    Allison Caylor

    I think you sealed the deal for me on hunting down some Five Spice! I’ve been making egg roll bowls for a while now — the first time I tried it was super blah, but the next time I kicked up the ginger, added a good shake of rice vinegar, and served it with green onions and a pile of cilantro. And oh my goodness. SO GOOD. The toppings are definitely game-changing. Also saving my life is jarred ginger puree from the brand Ginger People. It tastes just like fresh ginger in recipes but you can spoon it out in 2 seconds while holding a baby!!

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    looking awesome food and recipe… I will try this hope it will come out like this…thanks for sharing such a nice egg bowl recipe

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    These look amazing!!!

    Is it completely insane to be really super excited about the five-spice? I never expected to see five-spice on POY, I can’t wait to see what else you’ll do with it! 🙂

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    Thanks for your amazing recipes! Only one thing I’d change…Sesame oil tastes fantastic with Chinese food. You won’t regret switching oils for a full- on authentic flavor.

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    My first visit here and I find this recipe…made it right away and it is fantastic! Simple, easy, quick, balanced and delicious- just what I’m looking for. Even fried up the egg roll wrappers on the side. Thanks so much! I’ll be back!

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    Hi Lindsay,
    First time on your site can’t wait too try this recipe sounds delicious and healthy!!
    Thank you!

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    Made this for dinner, all the kids asked for seconds, even the picky one. Truly only took about 15 minutes, which I find to be unusual even when a recipe claims it’s quick. Great flavor, though I did add some extra soy sauce to my bowl since I’m a bit of a salt fiend. My first recipe for your site, now I’m hooked!

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    Thank you so much for a simple, fast recipe! We like a little more kick here, and adding a dash of red pepper flakes and some liquid aminos were 👍.

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    Ok, not gonna lie, I’m shocked. This was way better than I expected! I cooked the carrots for a few minutes before adding the ground pork, but otherwise did not change anything. It was a hit-we’ll make again!

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    This was fantastic! Easy enough my husband made it when I was working late. My family randomly eats egg rolls with cocktail sauce so we topped it up with some of that and loved it!

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    I think this is a perfect recipe. Prepare quickly and it is delicious 🙂 Today I will cook, I’m sure my family will like it. Thank you for the repetition of the dish!