A delicious blend of savory and umami flavors these inside out egg rolls are a 25-minute variation on the classic recipe. It’s lighter, faster, and made in just one skillet to make busy weeknights easier. You’ll fall in love with his unstuffed egg roll recipe in no time.
Looking for something as delicious as takeout but don’t want to spend the money?
This egg roll in a bowl is the perfect busy night solution. It’s high in protein, requires minimal effort and tastes just like the real thing.
Re-create your favorite Asian-inspired dishes without the effort.
As a Certified Nutrition Coach, I love how easy and flavorful this inside out egg roll recipe is. It can be varied for different dietary restrictions and is super easy to whip up.
Definitely one that stays on our weeknight rotation!
What Is Egg Roll In A Bowl
Typically, egg rolls are a combination of ground beef or pork and shredded cabbage all wrapped in a flavor-packed, savory sauce.
Egg roll in a bowl (also known as inside out egg rolls or unstuffed egg rolls) are all the filling ingredients but without the wrapper.
This dish is made in one skillet and comes together far quicker than the traditional recipe.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Quick to make and ready in just 25 minutes
- All the delicious flavor of classic takeout
- Dairy-free and gluten-free
- Busy weeknight dinner
- Cooked in one skillet so no fuss
Ingredients You Need
Ground beef: grab lean ground beef if possible and know that many people made unstuffed egg roll with a blend of ground beef and ground pork so that would work as well.
Fresh seasonings:using fresh garlic, ginger, and onions are what will bring out the flavors in this inside out egg roll. Slice everything finely.
Shredded cabbage: red cabbage or regular both work but make sure it’s very finely shredded. You don’t want large chunks. Splitting the cabbage with grated carrot works deliciously too.
Chili paste (also known as gochujang); each brand can be drastically different in terms of spiciness. Stick with a brand you know or opt to taste test as you make the recipe. Likewise, double-check that the one you have is gluten-free.
Fish sauce and sesame oil are what give a classic Asian-inspired flavor to the inside out egg roll. You only need a little so don’t skip it.
Lime juice: fresh is best and will maximize the flavor of the chili paste.
Soy sauce: another ingredient that you want to double-check is gluten-free. If you need to rock this recipe as paleo, you can use coconut aminos instead.
How To Make It
- Add the ground beef and onion to a large skillet and cook through. Do not drain.
- Mix together the garlic, ginger, pepper, chili paste, lime juice, fish sauce, sesame oil, and soy sauce.
- Add the coleslaw mix to ground meat then cook and stir over medium-high heat.
- Add Thai sauce mixture then stir well.
- Reduce heat to medium and continue cooking until cabbage is tender.
- Serve as-is topped with green onions or with a side dish.
Double check that all your products (the soy sauce and gochujang) are gluten-free.
You’ll maximize your flavor by using toasted sesame oil instead of regular.
Make it paleo: use coconut aminos in place of soy sauce and use a paleo chili paste or make your own.
Fresh ingredients are what bring out the most delicious, classic flavors of this egg roll in a bowl. Powdered spices like ground ginger will work in a pinch but won’t be the same.
Hack: use a store-bought bag of coleslaw to save yourself from shredding the cabbage.
How To Serve Inside Out Egg Rolls
You can enjoy this unstuffed egg roll as-is. Serve it in your favorite bowl and top it with:
- Green onions
- Spicy kimchi
- Sesame seeds
If you want to stretch the meal further for a large family, serve it on top of a scoop of basmati rice or cauliflower rice.
It’s easy to switch up or add ingredients to the egg roll in a bowl to both stretch it further or to give it a pop of color.
Some of my favorite add-ins are:
- Bell peppers
- Chopped green onions
- Scrambled egg (making it kind of like a funky, beef pad thai)
- Red pepper flakes if you LOVE the heat
Storing And Reheating
Store the inside out egg roll recipe in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.
To reheat it you can pop it into the microwave or reheat it in a skillet on medium to low. You may need to add a splash of water to the skillet to moisten it a bit.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Egg Roll In A Bowl
Yes! You can store inside out egg rolls in the freezer for up to three months. Store them in a sealed plastic baggie or freezer-safe airtight container. Before reheating the egg roll in a bowl, let it thaw in the fridge overnight.
Typically ground beef is used when making egg roll in a bowl. However, many people also use ground pork or even a mixture of the two.
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Gluten-Free Inside Out Egg Roll Skillet
- 1 Large skillet
- 1 ½ lbs. ground beef
- 1 large onion diced
- 1 bag of cabbage coleslaw mix
- 1 Tbsp. minced garlic
- 1 Tbsp. minced ginger
- 1 Tbsp. Chili paste
- 2 Tbsp. Lime juice
- 1 Tbsp. fish sauce
- ½ tsp. black pepper
- 1 tsp. sesame oil
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- Fresh basil or cilantro as garnish
- In a large skillet or wok, add the ground beef and onion, and cook until crumbled and cooked through approximately 5-6 min.
- Do not drain.
- In a small bowl add the garlic, ginger, pepper, chili paste, lime juice, fish sauce, sesame oil, and soy sauce, and stir to combine.
- Add the coleslaw mix to ground meat then cook and stir over medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes.
- Add Thai sauce mixture then stir well.
- Reduce heat to medium and continue cooking for 5-10 minutes or until cabbage is tender.
- Serve it with rice if needed and garnish with fresh basil, chopped green onions, or cilantro
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