Easy Ground Beef Egg Roll in a Bowl Keto Recipe
Egg Roll Bowls are a family-friendly quick and easy dinner you can make in less than 20 minutes in a single skillet. Made with ground beef, it’s budget-friendly and just as delicious as Asian takeout favorite. But when deconstructed, Beef Egg Roll in a Bowl is a healthy dish that you can serve on its own for a keto meal. Or spoon over rice or ramen noodles for those who aren’t low carb.
My kids love Asian-style recipes. Things like Beef Stir Fry and Orange Chicken are dinnertime staples in my house. Mainly it is because I can stick to my principle of cooking one meal for the entire family, but with a few simple adjustments, it can suit everyone’s preferences.
A few extra carbs in the form of rice or rice ramen noodles for the boys, an extra scoop of meat for the husband, and an extra serving of veggies or some cauliflower rice for me – everyone is happy.
So when I started seeing egg roll bowls popping up all over the interwebs, I knew this was something I needed to add to my repertoire, but using ingredients I always have on hand and flavors we love. Because something told me that I would be making this on the regular.
And I totally do. I totally see why some people call it “Crack Slaw”. I’d literally make it once a week if my family didn’t demand a little more variety. But I do probably work it into the rotation every two or three weeks.
Why? It’s cheap, it’s made with staple pantry ingredients, it’s ready in no time, and it reheats well if someone has to eat earlier or later than the rest of the family. Plus, it’s seriously delicious.
Egg Roll Bowl Recipe
Egg roll bowls are basically a deconstructed egg roll. It has all of the texture and flavor of the egg roll filling but without the grease and work of frying, or the carbs, calories, and gluten from the egg roll skin.
What is inside of an egg roll?
The filling of an egg roll typically contains a mixture of stir-fried veggies and chopped meats, most often cabbage and pork. It is then rolled up in a wheat flour wrapper and deep-fried.
While sausage is often used in egg rolls and egg roll bowls, I usually use ground beef because I almost always have a package in the fridge or freezer. But you can always stick with the traditional sausage. Ground turkey or chicken can also be substituted, but I find it doesn’t have as deep of a flavor, so you might want to bump up the seasonings.
What is in Egg Roll in a Bowl?
- Coconut oil – you can use another neutral oil.
- Ground beef – sausage or another ground meat can be substituted.
- Dried ground ginger – you can use fresh ginger or ginger paste, but ginger powder has a similar flavor and is something I always have in my pantry, even when I don’t have fresh.
- Red pepper flakes – a little squirt of sriracha or another hot sauce works too.
- Soy sauce or tamari – coconut aminos can also be used, though it will affect the taste slightly. You might need to use a little extra or add some additional salt to taste.
- Rice vinegar
- Sesame oil – I would not recommend omitting or substituting the sesame oil. You only need a touch, but it really adds that authentic egg roll flavor.
- Coleslaw mix – or shredded cabbage
How do you make Egg Roll Bowls?
Here is a brief overview and some step-by-step photos to show you how simple it is to make this egg roll bowl recipe. Scroll down to the printable recipe card for the full quantities and details.
- In a large skillet or wok, heat the coconut oil, then brown the ground beef. Drain any excess grease.
- Add the garlic, ginger, and red pepper flakes and cook for a minute or two.
- Stir in the soy sauce, rice vinegar, and sesame oil.
- Add the coleslaw mix and stir until heated through and slightly wilted.
- Serve in bowls with sriracha or other hot sauce and sliced scallions, if desired.
If you have any leftovers, they can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three or four days.
Egg Roll in a Bowl Recipe Variations:
- Chicken or Turkey Egg Roll Bowls – substitute an equal amount of ground turkey or chicken.
- Gluten Free Egg Roll Bowls – be sure to use tamari or gluten free soy sauce.
- Low Carb Keto Egg Roll Bowls – use gluten free tamari in place of the soy sauce. Some people on a keto diet prefer to avoid all soy products, so you can use coconut aminos, but this is actually higher in carbs than soy sauce or tamari. Also, you may prefer to use a coleslaw mix that does not contain carrots or just use shredded cabbage. Also be sure to use plain rice vinegar, NOT a seasoned rice vinegar that has added sugar.
- Paleo or Whole 30 Egg Roll Bowls – substitute soy sauce with coconut aminos, and, as with the keto version, avoid seasoned rice vinegar.
- Egg Roll Rice or Noodle Bowl – serve over rice or rice ramen noodles.
- Low Carb Egg Roll Rice or Noodle Bowl – make the keto variation and serve over cauliflower rice, shirataki noodles, or spaghetti squash.
- Egg Roll Lettuce Wraps – make the variation you prefer and scoop into lettuce cups.
How many calories are in egg roll in a bowl?
This egg roll bowl makes four servings with about 300 calories per serving. This can vary based on the fat content of your ground beef, and if you choose to drain any excess grease. There are also about 8 grams of carbs per serving.
This makes it healthier and lighter than your traditional egg rolls. Plus it is a low carb and keto-friendly recipe. And, with the substitutions mentioned earlier, it can easily fit into a gluten free or paleo lifestyle or Whole 30 plan.
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More Healthy Asian-Inspired Favorites:
- Shrimp Rice Paper Rolls
- Instant Pot Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken
- General Tso’s Healthy Chicken Meatballs
- Orange Chicken Paleo Crockpot Recipe
More Low Carb Ground Beef Recipes:
- Keto Chili Without Beans
- Low Carb Shepherd’s Pie with Cauliflower Mash
- Bacon Cheeseburger Crustless Quiche
- Keto Stuffed Pepper Soup
- Bolognese Ground Beef Stuffed Mushrooms
Beef Egg Roll in a Bowl Recipe
Inspired by a Chinese takeout, but without all of the grease, calories, and carbs, this easy Beef Egg Roll Bowl is a family-friendly keto dinner recipe. So fast, it can be made in one pan in under 20 minutes with almost no prep work. Plus it is budget-friendly and made with pantry staples. And if your family isn’t low carb, just serve theirs over rice or noodles!
I hope you’ll leave a comment and give it a FIVE STAR rating or share a photo on Pinterest!
Easy Beef Egg Roll Bowl
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 1 garlic clove , minced
- 1 teaspoon dried ground ginger (or 1 Tablespoon grated fresh ginger or ginger paste)
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1/4 cup soy sauce or tamari (can substitute coconut aminos, but may need to add salt to taste at the end)
- 1 Tablespoon rice vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
- one 12-16 oz bag coleslaw mix
- Sriracha or other hot sauce, sliced scallions for serving, if desired
- In a large skillet or wok, heat the coconut oil over medium heat. Add the ground beef and cook until browned and no longer pink, breaking up as it cooks. Drain excess grease, if desired.
- Add the garlic, ginger, and red pepper flakes and saute for a minute or two.
- Stir in the soy sauce or tamari, rice vinegar, and sesame oil.
- Add the coleslaw mix and stir in until heated through and slightly wilted, which should take just another three or four minutes.
- Spoon into bowls and serve with sriracha hot sauce and sliced scallions, if desired.
Egg Roll in a Bowl Recipe Variations:
- Chicken or Turkey Egg Roll Bowls - substitute an equal amount of ground turkey or chicken.
- Gluten Free Egg Roll Bowls - be sure to use tamari or gluten free soy sauce.
- Low Carb Keto Egg Roll Bowls - use gluten free tamari in place of the soy sauce. Some people on a keto diet prefer to avoid all soy products, so you can use coconut aminos, but this is actually higher in carbs than soy sauce or tamari. Also, you may prefer to use a coleslaw mix that does not contain carrots or just use shredded cabbage. Also be sure to use plain rice vinegar, NOT a seasoned rice vinegar that has added sugar.
- Paleo or Whole 30 Egg Roll Bowls - substitute soy sauce with coconut aminos, and, as with the keto version, avoid seasoned rice vinegar.
- Egg Roll Rice or Noodle Bowl - serve over rice or rice ramen noodles.
- Low Carb Egg Roll Rice or Noodle Bowl - make the keto variation and serve over cauliflower rice, shirataki noodles, or spaghetti squash.
- Egg Roll Lettuce Wraps - make the variation you prefer and scoop into lettuce cups.