One Pan Egg Roll in a Bowl--Keto, AIP, Paleo, Whole30

You and your family are going to love this dish with the great taste of egg rolls in a one pan meal that's super healthy, flavorful, and ready in less than 30 minutes!

This Egg Roll in a Bowl is naturally gluten-free but easily adaptable for any special diet, so whether you're keto, paleo, AIP, whole30, or even vegan, this dish will work for you.

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While it's tempting to want to be like Martha Stewart where we're either making our own egg rolls (or even going so far as making the egg roll wrappers themselves), let's face it. Getting any healthy dinner at all on the table can be a feat, and most of us don't have time for things like rolling egg rolls.

In fact, I bet if I tried, most of them would unroll themselves, resulting in egg roll messiness.

So I figure why not save time, avoid stress, and go straight for the mess.

That's what this dish does. It's the "Ain't Nobody Got Time for Rolling Egg Rolls" dish but it still tastes great.

This truly is one of the best easy meals you'll ever make, plus you can make it all in just one pan so it's an easy clean up meal too.

Make it with precut packaged veggie slaw, and even Martha might commend you on your genius time savings skills.

Why You Want This Recipe In Your Life

Do you often find yourself at 4:00 or 4:30 wondering (aka despairing) "What's for Dinner?!"

Just take my word for it and add this to your recipe box now. Here's why you should...

  • It's an easy one pan meal (which means easy cleanup)
  • It's super healthy--loaded with veggies
  • It's so good you just might find yourself fighting your family over it. It's happened here!

Bonus--it also makes great leftovers and even tastes great cold. Egg Roll insides for breakfast? Yes, please! Seriously this even tastes BETTER with time.

However, take note that according to this reader, you might have to make a TRIPLE (or quadruple) batch in order to be able to have anything left to freeze.

5 stars

Thank you so much for this recipe! It is so delicious! I made a double batch thinking I would freeze it for later… uh.. I just ended up eating every day until it was gone.

The dish also freezes well and though I haven't done it myself, you can even make it in a slow cooker or Instant Pot.

It also makes a great side dish if you omit the meat. Any way you serve it up, it's sure to please.

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You Need at Least ONE of These Pans in Your Kitchen

Some readers have asked me what kind of a pan I use for this dish. This is the pan I use each and every time.

I use it for all sorts of healthy recipes, such as my Honey Bunches of Oats Coconut Chips, Healthy Chili Mac, and Caramelized Coconut Chips.

Cuisinart Stainless Casserole Pan

What makes this pan great is that it's light and on the thinner side so it heats up fast. It's also wider than most pans, giving it a greater surface area for heating, but it also holds quite a bit more than most pans of this type, so you can fit a lot of whatever you are making into it and not have to dirty up (and wash!) multiple pans.

Less cleaning = happier mom!

So now that I'm writing how much I LOVE this pan, I think I need another one--or two.

Ingredients

Here's a list of what you'll need to make this dish. For measurements and more details, see the Printable Recipe Card below.

Directions

Here are basic instructions for this recipe. For more details, please see the Printable Recipe Card below.

  • Place meat in pan and cook until browned.
  • Add the onions, garlic, and sesame oil. Cook until lightly browned.
  • Reduce heat.
  • Add spices, sweetener, red pepper, wine, and broth to the pan. Stir.
  • Add cabbage and stir.
  • Cook until the cabbage slightly wilts.
  • Add carrots and cook until soft.
  • Add tamari and adjust flavorings as desired.
  • Serve plain or over rice or cauliflower rice.
  • Garnish with green onions if desired.
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Serving Options

This dish is great on its own, but we love serving it with cauliflower rice for a low-carb meal. Of course it's great on regular rice as well.

You could also put this in wraps and eat it temaki style, or in gluten-free egg roll wrappers for fun (without having to roll them up perfectly, of course). These keto / low-carb wraps would be a lovely option too.

Special Diet Options / Substitution Notes

This Healthy Eggroll in a Bowl is already a clean-eating recipe, but it's more than just that--it's easily adaptable for special diets.

  • THM: If you're on the Trim Healthy Mama plan, this is an S, E, or FP.  It's an S with beef or pork, and E or FP with lean chicken or turkey.  Serve with rice, if you like, for an E.
    In my opinion, this recipe tastes best as an S. However, you can use lean meat and reduce the fat to 2 teaspoons, and use fat-free broth to make it an E and of course you can add extra carrots if desired, but you might want a bit more broth. With rice, it's a crossover. With cauliflower rice, or plain, and with beef or sausage, it's an S.
  • Keto: Substitute additional cabbage or another low carb veggie for the carrots and make sure to use soy sauce or tamari and not the coconut amino option.
  • AIP (autoimmune protocol) or Paleo: Substitute coconut aminos for the tamari. Use coconut sugar or maple syrup (read Choosing Maple Syrup) or honey for the sweetener.
  • Vegan: Omit the meat (obviously!) and use a vegetable broth like this one. Here's my Vegetable Broth Mix for a DIY option. If you choose to use a broth that contains sodium, you may want to reduce the salt in the recipe.
  • Gluten-free: This recipe, as written, is a gluten-free egg roll in a bowl as long as you use a gluten-free soy sauce or tamari, or the coconut amino option.
  • Beef Alternatives: For the ground beef, you can substitute ground or finely-chopped chicken, or pork. I HIGHLY recommend using quality meat--grass-fed if possible.
  • Tamari Alternatives: You can substitute either soy sauce or liquid aminos for the tamari.
  • Sweetener Alternatives: Instead of stevia, you can use 4 tablespoons of almost any other sweetener.

Recipe Notes

  • Sesame Oil: Yes, you can use another oil, but it just won't be the same. Trust me. For sesame oil, you want to buy a raw version, since cooking with toasted sesame oil makes the oil bitter. You would only want to buy toasted sesame oil if you would like to drizzle it on top of the egg roll after cooking it.
  • Cabbage Buying Tip: One medium head of cabbage yields about 8 - 8.5 cups so plan accordingly.
  • Soy Sauce / Tamari Tips: Personally I like tamari more than soy sauce. Tamari is richer tasting and has less gluten than regular soy sauce. You can even buy gluten-free tamari, which is the best of both worlds! Since soy is almost always GMO, if you're going to use soy sauce, I recommend choosing organic soy sauce.
  • Homemade Garlic Powder: Here's Homemade Garlic Powder if you'd like to make your own garlic powder to use in the recipe. It's a great way to feel a bit like Martha without doing the whole egg roll wrapping thing.
  • Homemade Broth: If you'd prefer to make your own broth, see Homemade Broth Tips.

More Easy Healthy Meals You'll Love

Here are some more family pleasing meals you can get on the table and into your family's bellies fast.

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Egg roll in a black bowl and a pan of egg roll with wooden serving spoon in the background

Egg Roll in a Bowl - low carb, gluten free, AIP option

This Healthy Egg Roll in a Bowl has all of the great flavor of Egg Rolls, but it's an Easy One Pan Meal without the grain wrapper!
4.96 from 110 votes
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Course: Entree
Cuisine: AIP, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Keto, Low-Carb, Paleo, THM:S, Vegan, whole30
Keyword: Egg Roll in a Bowl
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 13 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 345kcal
Author: Adrienne

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef (or turkey, chicken or game meat)
  • 2 medium onions (finely chopped / minced)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons unrefined sesame oil (use another oil for AIP)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ginger (powdered)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper (omit for AIP)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic granules (or 4 cloves garlic, minced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1/16 teaspoon stevia extract (optional - See Recipe Notes)
  • 1/2 tablespoon crushed red pepper (optional. Omit for AIP)
  • 2 tablespoons white wine (omit or substitute more broth for AIP)
  • 1/3 cup beef broth (see vegan option above)
  • 9 cups shredded cabbage (see notes)
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded carrot
  • 4 teaspoons tamari (or to taste - see substitute options above)
  • Green onion for garnish (optional)
  • Cauliflower Rice (or rice)

Instructions

  • Place meat in large pan and cook until browned.
  • On medium high heat, add the onions, garlic, and sesame oil. Cook until lightly browned.
  • Reduce heat to medium.
  • Add spices, sweetener, red pepper, wine, and broth to the pan and stir well.
  • Add the cabbage and stir to coat.
  • Cook, stirring frequently until the cabbage slightly wilts.
  • Add carrots and cook for 2-3 minutes until soft.
  • Add tamari to taste and adjust flavorings as desired.
  • Serve plain or over rice or cauliflower rice.
  • Garnish with green onions if desired.

Notes

If desired, you can drain the beef after cooking. I typically do not as I use either lean meat or healthy (grass fed) meat so there typically isn't much fat left after browning, or I simply don't feel a need to drain it. 

Nutrition

Calories: 345kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 373mg | Potassium: 642mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 5648IU | Vitamin C: 40mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 3mg | Net Carbs: 8g

Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is merely an approximation. Optional ingredients are not included and when there is an alternative, the primary ingredient is typically used. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information given for any recipe on this site. Erythritol carbs are not included in carb counts since they have been shown not to impact blood sugar. Net carbs are the total carbs minus fiber.

The above nutrition facts are estimates only. Please read my Nutrition Disclaimer here.

I'm sure this Healthy Egg Roll in a Bowl will be a dish that you will want to add to your family's menu often.

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480 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I’m absolutely in love with this recipe. I just started my weight-loss journey. Do you have a question, can you freeze this once it’s made like a mill prep? Do you have any ideas as to how to do it.

    1. Awww you made my morning / day! Yes, you totally can. I would think in a container or flat in freezer bags....Does that help?

  2. 5 stars
    I am loving this recipe! I so miss having Chinese food to go since adopting my Keto lifestyle and this really satisfies the cravings! I am making my second batch (in a week lol), this time with ground chicken and tiny shrimp. I have already shared your recipe, and your blog, with several friends. Thanks for the great content, especially this recipe!

    1. Awww thank you so much -- you made my day!! I really need to make this again soon and I'm thinking I need water chestnuts with it. Thanks again so much--more to come soon!

  3. Made this with Trader Joe’s Healthy 8 Veggie Mix, ground turkey cooked with a mushroom medley (provides an amazing beef flavor) and upped the ginger and sesame a bit. OH-SO-GOOD.

      1. 5 stars
        Ohhh Adrienne, I APOLOGIZE, I thought I had rated prior to submitting my response! The medley from TJ is in the frozen food section. I am so going to try that mushroom soup recipe!!! Thank you

        1. No apologies needed at all. I feel sheepish asking but it truly does help us a lot and there are some bloggers who actually artificially inflate these but I don't. Thank you! I'm going to have to check out that medley - thank you!! Oh here's another one LOL. It's a mushroom fudge ;).

  4. 5 stars
    Just made it. So good!!!
    I cut up some Beyond Brats for “meat” because that’s what I had available. Will definitely make it again! Thank you!
    Can’t wait to try more of your recipes! ?

    1. Aww so glad to hear this! You made my day! I am trying to come out with more as quickly as possible. I would try the chicken nuggets (if you eat meat) and the kima. The chili mac is really good as well. Thanks again!

  5. 5 stars
    This is super good. I love all the veggies especially since I can never have enough veggies. I loved all the spices. Will definitely use this recipe again!! Thank you!

    1. So glad you liked it so much. It's been way too long since we made it. Happy New Year and you are so welcome. I have some more recipes in the pipeline...:). Stay tuned!

  6. 5 stars
    This was delicious! I made a few modifications based on what I had, and it turned out so good, even my 5 and 7 year old loved it.
    I used maple syrup instead of stevia, I omitted the broth all together (no replacement) and I used soy sauce (Kikkoman brand isn't organic, but it is non GMO). I ended up using a bit more of the seasonings I think because I didn't have the broth, but it made up for it just fine and was amazing!
    I will definitely be making this again very soon.
    Thank you!

  7. 5 stars
    This is fantastic! I buy Cole slaw fixings...so cabbage is already chopped and add lots of carrot peel ribbons. Use honey as sweeter...so yummy! Mix in some.plum sauce when serving. It's even better as left overs!

    1. So glad you liked it and I love your addition of the plum sauce and I agree 100% w/ the leftover comment. ALWAYS make extra LOL.

  8. 5 stars
    I love this recipe. I understand there a 6 servings per recipe. How many cups, is a serving? Never was a math wiz 🙂

    1. Hi there - so glad you liked it! So it really depends on how much you cook the veggies. The cabbage shrinks up more if you cook it more so the measurements won't be accurate depending on what you do with it. Sorry about that!

  9. 5 stars
    This was so yummy! I also added more spices and put it in rice paper. Our first time and it was a great date night idea! Can’t wait to add scrambled eggs and water chestnuts!

    1. So glad you enjoyed it! What a great idea to add those! I don't handle eggs that great but I'm getting better!

  10. 5 stars
    I love egg rolls and seeing the recipe inspired me to cook them again. I usually use rice papers, but this would be SO much easier in a bowl. I would like to gift you with another recipe that I also use that is SO easy. Taco Soup: Brown 1 chopped onion with 2 pounds of hamburger meat. Add 1 can of Ranch Style beans, 1 can of Ranch Style beans with Jalapeño, 1 can of corn, 1 can hominy, 2 cans stewed tomatoes (or salsa), 2 packages dry Taco Mix. DO NOT DRAIN any of the cans, leave the juice in. Simmer for about 1 hour. Great by itself, served over salad, or with shredded cheese on top. I've never met anybody who did not love this recipe. It's not too hot for our 8 year old grand-daughter, but it's easy to add more seasoning for adults who like it spicier.

    1. I hope you like it and really can't wait to try this recipe! I don't buy canned beans but I bet I can figure something out.......but again, if you aren't draining I will have to really play reverse engineer :).

  11. 5 stars
    This is a great recipe, very yummy and superversatile too! I love that the meat mixture turns out so flavourful, you don't really realise that what you're mainly eating is... the modest cabbage lol. Loved the idea of water chestnuts in the comments, that's a great idea, gonna add some next time. My own addition was more garlic, fresh ginger and about a tbs of doubanjiang (fermented bean + chili paste), it turned out AMAZING! Thanks for the recipe, Adrienne!

    1. Awww sooo glad to hear it. I love what you added - I have never heard about doubanjiang but now I want it!! You are so welcome. I haven't been cranking out as many recipes recently but will get on it. :). Just been buried here. Thanks again!

      1. Hi, I have this (I think, I can't read Chinese, but the jar looks the same :D) https://www.amazon.com/Sichuan-Pixian-Boad-Paste-Chili/dp/B01M31VHNZ/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=doubanjiang&qid=1624200225&sr=8-1 You can also find it under "broad bean chili paste" or spelled as "toban jiang". It's a bit stinky (like anything fermented, I think) but it gives the dish an authentic Chinese restaurant flavour (or at least the restaurants I ate in :D). It's used a lot in Chinese food, I always add a bit of this to stir fries, I enjoy the taste. Hope you like it too 🙂

  12. 5 stars
    Wonderful. One batch last me for several meals. I just eat without any wrap. It’s easy to make. I use a couple cans of Costco chicken. I add some chopped water chestnuts, I love the crunch. Great meal.

    1. I'm sooo glad you liked it! LOVE the water chestnut idea! Adding more recipes soon. Have you ever tried it w/ grass fed beef - YUM!!!!

  13. 5 stars
    Tofu would work for vegans and adding scramble egg would work for vegetarians, too! So many variations to try. Thanks!

  14. 4 stars
    This recipe makes SO MUCH FOOD! I used a wok. It was good, but I did have to add double the spices and added some fresh ginger to make it more flavorful. Took a lot longer than I anticipated because of prep and lots of dishes. Overall worth a try! Thanks for the healthy idea!

    1. Hi there! I'm glad it overall worked for you. That's interesting about the ginger. So you added fresh on top of the dried? My husband (and really all of us) didn't like it when we used more ginger so that's why the recipe is as written but everyone is different! Did you use a food processor for the veggies? I hope to have another version soon!

      1. Has anyone frozen and reheated this dish? If so how long does it last in the freezer and what’s the best method to reheat?

        1. Yes, it's been done. If you use a freezer bag it will last longer. I would freeze pressed shallow into bags and then reheat in a shallow pan with a little bit of liquid over a low - medium heat.

        2. Yes. I always freeze some. I’m the one who eats this so I obviously have to freeze some It freezes very well and still taste great.

  15. 5 stars
    I love this recipe. My husband is more of a meat eater than I am. I really like using a large can of chicken Costco canned chicken). Today I made is using some red wine and I added a bit of broccoli. This is such a yummy recipe. THANK YOU SOOO MUCH!

  16. You state the number of calories, but not the serving size. How much of this recipe equals the stated number of calories?

    1. Hi there - it really depends on how much you cook the cabbage so it's not an easy / accurate measurement to make. Sorry about that!

  17. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious! I've made it with ground beef, ground turkey and ground venison and it turned out great everytime! Thanks!!