Looking down into a bowl which contains slices of cooked cabbage, bround meat, visibile slices of onion, and julienned carrot. The bowl is topped with sliced green onions.

Quick and Easy Egg Roll in a Bowl

Egg roll in a bowl is a simple and delicious meal that comes together in about thirty minutes which makes it great for a weeknight dinner. In fact, we have been eating this about once a week for the last month. Egg Roll in a bowl is one of Food Critic’s favorite meals, right after homemade macaroni and cheese and enchiladas.

I first heard of egg roll in a bowl on Facebook. The person shared a link to Pinch of Yum’s Egg Roll in a Bowl recipe, so I gave it a try. To say it was love at first bite would be an understatement. The fact that I had dinner on the table in under thirty minutes was a huge bonus. While I love Lindsay’s recipe, there were a couple problems for me. The grocery stores in my area don’t sell ground pork, and when they do, it’s very expensive. The first couple of times I made this dish, I drove to a city that was an hour away for an appointment, and while I was there, went to a large Asian Market where I was able to find the ground pork, and buy it, for ninety-nine cents per pound.

Another problem was that I wasn’t able to find more Chinese five spice in our local area either. I don’t know if this was just because of the pandemic, but my bottle was empty, and there was none on the grocery store shelves. I needed to find a way to make this Egg Roll in a Bowl with things that are readily available in my area. I have to keep Mr. Food Critic happy, after all. I can always find ground turkey or ground beef in my local stores, which I could substitute for the ground pork, but the five spice was problematic. I considered my options, and found a solution that works well.

Looking down into a bowl which contains slices of cooked cabbage, bround meat, visibile slices of onion, and julienned carrot. The bowl is topped with sliced green onions and fried wonton strips.

My solution was to make Egg Roll in a Bowl from breakfast sausage.

Did you know that Chinese five spice powder is a mixture of star anise, fennel seeds, Szechuan pepper corns, cloves, and Chinese cinnamon? Did you know that three of these five spices are also used in breakfast sausage? Of course, breakfast sausage also contains sage and thyme, but I like those flavors, too. I made egg roll in a bowl using breakfast sausage in place of plain ground pork, and it was amazing. The flavor profile was different from Lindsay’s version, but still delicious.

What you will need to prepare Egg Roll in a Bowl

From the Pantry

  • Soy Sauce
  • Ground Ginger
  • Wonton Strips (optional)
  • Brown, or white, Rice (optional)

From the Refrigerator

  • Breakfast sausage
  • Coleslaw Mix
  • Green Onions

From the Root Cellar

  • Onion
  • Garlic

How do you prepare Egg Roll in a Bowl?

If you’re going to serve the egg roll in a bowl over rice, you should get that started before you start the rest of the meal. The rice, especially brown rice, takes longer to cook than the egg roll in a bowl.

A view looking down on a black cast iron pan which contains some partially browned breakfast sausage. The meat is a mixture of light brown, where it has begun to cook, white, and a pale pink, where the meat is raw.  This is the first step to making Egg Roll in a Bowl.

The preparation is really simple. You put the sausage in a pan to brown, and while it’s browning, you quarter and thinly slice the onion, and peel and mince the garlic.

A view looking down into a pan where breakfast sausage is browning with slices of onion mixed in with it which is the next step to make egg roll in a bowl. The meat is partially brown, but areas of pink, under cooked, meat are still visible.

Place the onion in the pan with the partially cooked meat and let it keep cooking while you chop up the green onions for garnish.

Once the meat and onions are done, it’s a simple matter to layer in everything else. Mix it all up, and let the cabbage cook to your desired consistency.

Looking down into a bowl which contains slices of cooked cabbage, bround meat, visibile slices of onion, and julienned carrot. The bowl is topped with sliced green onions. The photo is framed with a burgudy frame. There are banners on the top and bottom. The bannders read. Quick and Easy Egg Roll in a Bowl.

Then, all you have to do is serve it to your family.

How do you serve Egg Roll in a Bowl?

Looking a a bowl full of egg roll in a bowl from the side. The vegetables and meat are barely visible through the layer of friend wonton strops on around the edge and on top. Green onions are visible in the center.

We love to serve egg roll in a bowl over a bed of brown rice and top it with some wonton strips that I pick up for about a dollar at a local discount store. Serving it over rice helps to make the recipe stretch further, and it reminds our family of the bowls you buy at places like Flame Broiler or Waba Grill. If you’re trying to cut carbs, you might want to skip the rice and wonton strips and just serve it topped with some freshly sliced green onions.

Looking down into a bowl which contains slices of cooked cabbage, bround meat, visibile slices of onion, and julienned carrot. The bowl is topped with sliced green onions.

If you don’t have the wonton strips, don’t worry. We eat it without them all the time. If I can’t find the package for a dollar, I won’t buy them. (I’m really cheap frugal. so I can’t bring myself to spend three dollars on a bag of wonton strips at another store when I can usually get them for a dollar.)

Have you ever made Egg Roll in a Bowl? Have you ever made it using breakfast sausage? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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Quick and Easy Egg Roll in a Bowl

This quick and easy Egg roll in a bowl is a simple and delicious meal that comes together in about thirty minutes, or less, which makes it great for a weeknight dinner. It's a frugal meal, too. The total cost for this recipe is $5.22 or about $1.05 per serving. We enjoy to eat this served over rice and topped with wonton strips and green onions. If you're looking for a lower carb option, skip the rice and wonton strips. This recipe serves 5 without the rice. You can easily serve 8 if you serve it on top of a bed of rice.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Servings 5
Calories 299 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound breakfast sausage (made from pork, turkey, or chicken) ($1.98)
  • 1 medium brown or yellow onion quartered and thinly sliced ($0.23)
  • 2 cloves garlic minced ($0.09)
  • 2 (14 oz) packages coleslaw mix ($1.98)
  • 1/2 cup light soy sauce ($0.38)
  • 1 ½ tsp ground ginger ($0.06)
  • 1 bunch green onions sliced ($0.50)

Instructions
 

  • Put sausage into a pan on the stove to cook. Stir frequently to break the meat in to smaller pieces.
  • While sausage is cooking, quarter and slice the brown onion, and add it to the pan. Continue to stir to break the sausage into smaller pieces.
  • Peel and mince the garlic and add it to the pan with the sausage and onions.
  • Once the meat is cooked, add the two packages of coleslaw mix, the soy sauce, and the ground ginger and mix well.
  • Continue to toss the meat and cabbage together until the cabbage has reached your desired degree of tenderness. We like ours pretty soft.
  • Serve topped with sliced green onions. You can serve it over rice or topped with crispy wonton strips.

Notes

We don’t like the taste of sweet breakfast sausage in this recipe, but you can use mild or hot according to your preference.  You can also use pork, turkey, or chicken sausage. 
You can substitute minced garlic from a jar for the cloves of fresh garlic.  1 tsp is about two cloves. 
If you have fresh ginger, you can substitute about 1 1/2 tablespoon grated fresh ginger for the dried ground ginger.  Simply add it in the beginning when you add the garlic and onion. 
Keyword breakfast sausage, brown or yellow onion, coleslaw mix, garlic, green onion, ground ginger, soy sauce

The following nutritional information was calculated for a single serving (one-fifth) of the Egg Roll in a Bowl, prepared according to the recipe above and served without rice or wonton strips.

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13 thoughts on “Quick and Easy Egg Roll in a Bowl

    1. It is good, and very easy. The breakfast sausage adds so much flavor. I just made it for some friends last night. It was percect because the husband likes to eat low carb.

  1. 5 stars
    This egg roll in a bowl is amazing! It tasted really good and delicious! indeed quick and easy to make as well! Thanks a bunch for sharing!

  2. 5 stars
    This was such a delicious dinner! I loved that I did not need to roll up all the eggrolls, yet could enjoy the delicious eggroll filling.

    1. Nart, I’m glad that you liked it. I am all about easy recipes most nights. It’s the secret to getting dinner on the table on a busy weeknight.

    1. Liz, I am so glad that you liked it. It’s definitely kid approved in my house, too. When Food Critic hears that we’re having this for dinner, he shouts “YES!” and does a fist pump. I love that they’re getting their veggies.

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