Egg Roll in a Bowl

17 April, 2020

Seasoned browned pork tossed with a bag of crunchy coleslaw and served over white, steam rice. I truly think this is the champion of lockdown meals, don’t you? 

Since we’re currently living in the Upside Down, aka Lockdown 2020, I’m not able to go to my favorite restaurants in Chinatown or Flushing in Queens. 

One of my favorite parts of the experience is getting a small plate of tightly packed egg rolls. They’re crispy, flaky, steamy, with a crunch inside that makes my heart happy. 

Since we won’t be traipsing down to Chinatown anytime soon, Egg Roll in a Bowl is the next-best thing, especially since it’s so incredibly simple to throw together. You need just 6 ingredients, plus a steamy bowl of white rice- if you prefer. 

Sometimes if I’m feeling a little adventurous, I’ll fry an egg and toss it on the top, along with a drizzle of Chinese hot sauce or sweet and sour sauce. 

I love that this comforting dish can be tossed together quickly on a weeknight. But it’s also a rockstar as a freezer meal! 

This egg roll in a bowl recipe transforms easily into a Freezer Meal Kit. Just pack a bag of browed, seasoned meat along with a bag of coleslaw and the seasonings tossed in. When you’re ready to cook just thaw all the bags, reheat, and serve over freshly made rice. 

Egg roll in a bowl makes a great next-day lunch, too! I like divide portions into glass meal prep containers to stack in the fridge for a quick lunch during the week. Add a microwave pack of Vee-Tee white rice (my go-to microwave rice since it’s so easy and fluffy). 

Once the Egg Roll in a Bowl has been prepared, I can get back to fighting over who gets access to the Zoom room, between my toddler who has a playdate, my kindergartner who has a read-along, and my friends who are waiting for a group happy hour.

Isn’t working from home during a lockdown fun? 😉 

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Egg Roll in a Bowl

  • Author: Ruthy Kirwan
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 18 minutes
  • Yield: serves 4 1x


Egg Roll in a Bowl, with seasoned ground beef or pork, coleslaw mix, lime & ginger! Freezer meal for the Instant Pot, Crockpot, or stovetop.



2 pounds ground pork

1 large yellow onion, diced

4-5 cloves garlic, minced

1 8 ounce bag coleslaw mix

1 tablespoon lime juice

3 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon ground ginger

4 cups cooked white or brown rice


Crockpot: Brown the pork over medium heat, breaking it up with a spoon until it cooks. Transfer to slow cooker and add remaining ingredients. Cook on low for 2 hours, high for 1, until onions are cooked through and soft, Remove from crockpot and serve over rice. 

Instant Pot: Add all ingredient except for rice to slow cooker and secure the lid. Cook on high pressure for 10 minutes with quick pressure release. When the lid can be removed, serve contents over rice. 


Stovetop: Brown the ground pork over medium heat, breaking it up with a spoon as it cooks. Add the remaining ingredients and cook until pork is browned and onions have softened, about 5-8 minutes. Remove from heat and serve over rice. 

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