This Keto Egg Roll in a Bowl is an addictingly tasty one-pan dinner that can be ready in no time using your stovetop or Instant Pot! If you love egg rolls or any Chinese takeout, this recipe will surely become a favorite! Made without an egg roll wrapper, this dinner is easy, much lower in carbs, and full of flavor!
Keto Egg Roll In A Bowl Recipe
If you’re looking for a quick, easy, and delicious meal that fits into a low-carb or keto diet, look no further than Egg Roll in a Bowl. This dish has become increasingly popular in recent years for its ability to capture the flavors and essence of an egg roll without the added carbs and calories from the wrapper. Plus, it’s incredibly versatile and can be customized to your liking.
You’ll typically need ground pork or beef, chopped cabbage or coleslaw mix, soy sauce or coconut aminos, ginger, garlic powder, and a few other seasonings to make this recipe. From there, you can add additional ingredients like mushrooms, bell peppers, or even cauliflower rice to switch things up. The best part? This dish comes together in just 30 minutes, making it perfect for busy weeknights when you don’t have much time to spend in the kitchen.
Not only is this dish delicious and easy to make, but it’s also an excellent option for those following a low-carb or keto diet. By swapping out the traditional egg roll wrapper for coleslaw mix and using low-carb ingredients like coconut aminos, you can enjoy all the flavors of your favorite takeout dish without guilt. So why not try it and see for yourself just how tasty and satisfying this dish can be?
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Indulge your cravings guilt-free with this keto-friendly Egg Roll in a Bowl recipe. It satisfies your taste buds and provides your diet with essential healthy fats and proteins.
✔ Quick, Tasty, and Good for You: Try this recipe for a fast, delicious, and healthy dinner that’s perfect for those busy nights when you’re short on time.
✔ Your Way, Your Taste: Get creative with this recipe – choose beef or pork, and toss in your favorite veggies or ingredients. It’s your bowl, your rules!
✔ Satisfying and Low-Carb: Don’t let its low-carb and keto-friendly status fool you – it’s surprisingly filling and packed with protein and healthy fats. Plus, it’s a guilt-free way to curb those Chinese takeout cravings!
Why Is it called Egg Roll In A Bowl?
Basically, it’s an egg roll that has been deconstructed minus the outside wrapper. It’s a simple and delicious low-carb meal that can be made quickly.
Ingredients In Healthy Keto Egg Roll In A Bowl
Ground beef (or ground pork): Provides the main protein base for the dish.
Small onion, diced: Adds a savory, aromatic flavor to the dish.
Small cabbage, shredded: Contributes a mild, sweet crunch and volume to the recipe.
Garlic cloves, minced: Imparts a pungent, aromatic flavor, enhancing the overall taste.
Beef broth: Enhances the savory depth and provides a liquid base for cooking.
Bragg’s Aminos: Adds a salty, umami flavor, similar to soy sauce.
Butter: Provides richness and helps in sautéing the ingredients.
Ground ginger: Offers a warm, earthy flavor, complementing the other ingredients.
Salt and pepper: Season the dish, enhancing the overall taste.
Toasted Sesame Oil (optional): If used, adds a nutty, toasted aroma and flavor to the final dish.
How To Make Egg Roll In a Bowl Keto-Friendly
Below, you will find brief instructions on how to make this recipe. Make sure to scroll to the bottom of the page for the full recipe and ingredients.
Step 1: First, brown the ground beef or pork in a large skillet with diced onions and minced garlic over medium-high heat. Drain any extra grease.
Tip: If you have a wok or stir fry pan, now is the time to put it to use.
Step 2: Shred your cabbage finely and add it to your ground meat along with ginger, beef broth, Bragg’s aminos, butter, and ginger. Simmer for 15 minutes uncovered until cabbage is wilted and tender. Honestly, the vegetables are my favorite part of this recipe. I could eat cabbage all day long.
Tip: To save time, you can purchase a pre-made bag of shredded cabbage in a coleslaw mix from the store. Some contain grated carrots, but they only add minimal carbs. If I am in a pinch and plain cabbage is unavailable, I’ll use the bag of coleslaw with carrots. A bag of broccoli slaw works well and tastes fantastic in this recipe. If you use fresh cabbage, you’ll find instructions on how to chop it in this helpful video.
Step 3: Season the dish with salt and pepper to your liking.
Optional: Finish with a drizzle of sesame oil. You could even add sesame seeds. Serve hot!
Don’t overcrowd the pan: When cooking the ground meat and vegetables, spread them out in a single layer. This will help them to cook evenly and prevent them from steaming instead of browning.
Don’t overcook the cabbage: Cabbage can easily become overcooked and mushy, so be sure to cook it until it is just tender.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I add more flavor to my recipe?
To enhance the flavor of your egg roll in a bowl, add spices like Chinese five-spice powder, red pepper flakes, or even a touch of Sriracha sauce. Don’t be afraid to adjust the seasonings to suit your preference.
Is a keto egg roll in a bowl suitable for a low-carb diet?
Yes, indeed! This dish is an ideal choice for individuals following a low-carb diet. By omitting high-carb ingredients like traditional egg roll wrappers and using cabbage instead, it’s a satisfying meal that fits well within a keto lifestyle.
How many carbs are in an Egg Roll in a Bowl?
The number of carbs in egg roll in a bowl can vary depending on the ingredients you use. However, this recipe has 9g of carbs and 4g of fiber, making it 5g of net carbs per serving based on dividing the recipe into six equal-sized servings. This makes it an excellent option for those following a low-carb or keto diet.
Low-Carb Egg Roll Variations:
Proteins: If you do not have ground beef on hand, you can always use another protein! Ground pork or ground sausage is full of flavor and very popular choices. If you want to cut the fat, ground turkey or chicken would also be a delicious alternative. You can even use shrimp in this bowl to make shrimp egg roll in a bowl!
Tamari: Used by fermenting soybeans, this Japanese soy sauce can be switched out for Bragg’s Amigos or regular soy sauce. It is often gluten-free (check your labels to ensure) and contains less sodium. It typically has a more robust umami flavor.
Sriracha: Sriracha is a hot sauce (chili sauce) that has become super popular over the last few years. It goes incredibly well with eggs, rice, and meats, making it an ideal topping for your egg roll in a bowl!
Eggs: Although called an “egg roll,” eggs are not usually IN egg rolls. They are used to make the wrapper. With that said, eggs are a popular ingredient for those on the keto diet AND are a staple ingredient in traditional Chinese fried rice. So, if you want to pack this recipe even more filling, I recommend cracking an egg (or two) into your skillet at the very end and scrambling them together with your meat and cabbage.
Cauliflower Rice: Rice is so common among Chinese food, so although this keto bowl is a meal in itself, if you want to stretch the recipe a bit while adding more fiber, you can always top your egg roll “filling” over a bed of steamed cauliflower rice.
Rice Vinegar: A small amount can be added for additional flavor.
Toppings: You can top it with green onions, sesame seeds, or any other toppings you like.
Oil: You can use olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, ghee, or butter instead of sesame oil.
Veggies: While cabbage is the traditional choice, you can experiment with other vegetables like broccoli slaw, Brussels sprouts, or even zucchini noodles to tailor the recipe to your taste.
How To Make Keto Egg Roll in a Bowl In The Instant Pot:
This is a great Instant Pot meal, and by using one, you can cut your cooking time in HALF, making it a fast dinner recipe!
To make this using a pressure cooker:
Step 1: Brown your meat, onions, and garlic using the “sauté” option. This step is important as it helps develop tons of flavor!
Step 2: Add the rest of the ingredients on top before closing the lid—Cook under high pressure for 3 minutes.
Step 3: When the 3-minute cycle is complete, do a QR (quick release). Once the pin drops, remove the lid and stir. If there is still liquid in the bottom of the pot, sauté for another 2-3 minutes to allow the excess liquid to reduce.
Step 4: Serve with freshly chopped scallions or chopped green onions and a drizzle of sesame oil over the top!
Can I Make This Ahead Of Time and Freeze It?
Yes, this recipe freezes very well! It is a fantastic recipe for meal prep.
I suggest doubling or tripling the recipe and freezing the leftovers in an airtight container or plastic freezer bag. It should last between 2-3 months when properly frozen. To reheat, allow the mixture to defrost overnight in the fridge, and then reheat the egg roll filling in a bowl in a skillet or the microwave until just heated through for a simple, easy keto recipe.
More Easy Keto Ground Beef Recipes:
- Keto Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls Skillet
- Easy Keto Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry
- Baked Carb Keto Spaghetti Casserole
- Keto Fried Cabbage & Bacon
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Keto Egg Roll in a Bowl (Stovetop or Instant Pot)
How to Make on Stovetop:
- Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef and diced onion to the skillet. Cook, breaking up the beef with a spatula, until the beef is browned and the onion is softened.
- Add the minced garlic to the skillet and cook for 30 seconds more.
- Drain any excess grease from the skillet.
- Add the shredded cabbage, beef broth, Bragg's Aminos, butter, and ground ginger to the skillet. Stir to combine.
- Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the cabbage is tender and the liquid has reduced.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve immediately, drizzled with toasted sesame oil and garnished with chopped scallions (optional).
How to Make in the Instant Pot:
- Set your pressure cooker to the "sauté" function. Add a tablespoon of oil to the pot. Add the ground beef (or ground pork), diced onion, and minced garlic to the pot. Cook, breaking up the meat with a spatula, until the beef is browned and the onion is softened. Drain any excess grease from the pot.
- Add the shredded cabbage, beef broth, Bragg's Aminos, butter, and ground ginger to the pot. Stir to combine.
- Close the lid and set the pressure cooker to the "high pressure" setting. Cook for 3 minutes.
- Once the 3-minute cooking cycle is complete, release the pressure quickly by moving the steam release valve to the "venting" position.
- Once the pressure has been released, carefully remove the lid from the pot. Stir the mixture to combine.
- If there is still a lot of liquid in the bottom of the pot, set the pressure cooker to the "sauté" function and cook for another 2-3 minutes or until the liquid has reduced to your liking.
- Serve the keto egg roll in a bowl immediately, garnished with chopped scallions and a drizzle of sesame oil (optional).
- Use a sharp knife to dice the onion and mince the garlic. This will help them cook evenly and prevent them from burning.
- Don't overcook the cabbage. It should still be slightly crunchy when the dish is finished cooking.
- Taste the dish before serving and adjust the seasonings as needed.
- Serve the dish immediately. This will help to prevent the cabbage from getting soggy.
- If you want to make the dish ahead of time, simply cook according to the instructions and then let it cool completely. Store the dish in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. When you're ready to serve, simply reheat the dish on the stovetop or in the microwave.
- Get creative with your garnishes! In addition to chopped scallions and sesame oil, you could also garnish the dish with shredded carrots, chopped peanuts, or even a dollop of guacamole.