10 net carbs

Egg Roll in a Bowl

This low-carb egg roll in a bowl has all the delicious savory flavors of a traditional egg roll, without the fried wrapper. A quick and healthy dinner comes together in one skillet in less than 30 minutes.

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Egg Roll in a Bowl

Low-carb egg roll in a bowl with spicy mayo sauce.

Low-Carb Egg Roll in a Bowl [Keto]

Total Diabetes Wellness
A protein-packed delicious one-skillet meal with rich Asian egg roll flavors topped with a spicy chili mayo sauce. Enjoy this low-carb take on your favorite Chinese takeout appetizers.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Lunch and Dinner
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 4 servings
Net Carbs 10 g
*Net carbs are per serving


  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 8 green onions sliced, green and white parts divided
  • ½ cup red onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 ounce can water chestnuts, drained & chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 pound ground beef or ground pork
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce (or liquid aminos)
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 14 ounce bag coleslaw mix

Spicy Mayo Sauce

  • cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha


  • Heat sesame oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add white parts of green onions, red onion, and garlic. Add the water chestnuts and ginger. Saute, stirring frequently, until the onions begin to soften, about 5 minutes.
    Top view of skillet cooking green onions, red onions, and garlic.
  • Add ground beef or pork. Cook until meat is browned and no longer pink, breaking up meat with a wooden spatula, about 7-10 minutes.
    Top view of skillet cooking ground pork, onions, water chestnuts, cooking low-carb egg roll in a bowl.
  • Add soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, salt, pepper, and coleslaw mix. Stir until combined. Cook until cabbage is tender, stirring often, about 5 minutes.
    Top view of egg roll in a bowl cooking in a skillet.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together mayonnaise and sriracha. Drizzle spicy mayo sauce over plated servings using a spoon. Or put sauce into a small plastic bag, snip a small hole in one corner, and squeeze sauce over the egg roll in a bowl.
    Top view of making spicy mayo sauce for egg roll in a bowl.
  • Optional: garnish with green parts of the green onions. Enjoy!
    Top view of egg roll in a bowl cooked in a skillet with a small white bowl served topped with spicy mayo sauce and green onions.




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Recipe Variations

  • Meat substitutions – This recipe can be made with any ground meat you’d like – ground pork, ground beef, ground chicken, or ground turkey. If you’d prefer a vegetarian version, you can use tofu instead (simply chop tofu into small cubes and pan fry before adding to the dish.)
  • Oil substitutions – Sesame oil gives this recipe a deliciously rich, nutty flavor. If you don’t have access to sesame oil or can’t use it for allergy reasons, you can use olive oil or avocado oil instead. We don’t recommend coconut oil with the flavors of this recipe.

Optional Garnishes

  • Red chili flakes
  • Sesame seeds
  • Chopped cashews

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I add egg to this recipe?

Yes! This recipe doesn’t contain any eggs, but if you’d like, you can add a couple of scrambled eggs to the dish.

Is this low-carb egg roll in a bowl Keto?

Yes, this low-carb egg roll in a bowl recipe is also Keto. This recipe has 10 grams of net carbs per serving. If you’re looking to lower the carb count further, you can leave out the red onion and omit the water chestnuts.

Is this egg roll in a bowl gluten-free?

Yes, this recipe is gluten-free. Make sure to double-check that the soy sauce you’re using is gluten-free, as many brands of soy sauce contain gluten. Liquid aminos is usually gluten-free, but as always, double-check the ingredient list on your bottle.

Storage and Reheating Guidelines

  • Make-ahead: This recipe can be made 1-2 days ahead of time and stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator until ready to eat.
  • Storing leftovers: Store your leftover egg roll in a bowl in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. You can store any leftover spicy mayo sauce in a separate air-tight container in the refrigerator. 
  • Freezing instructions: For best results, cook the entire dish WITHOUT the coleslaw mix. Once everything is cooled, add the raw coleslaw mix and freeze. By freezing the coleslaw raw it is less likely to be watery and soggy when thawed. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight, and reheat in a skillet over medium heat.
  • To reheat: Reheat egg roll in a bowl in a skillet on medium-low heat and until warmed through. You can also use the microwave, however your greens will be less crisp when reheated this way.

Additional Details

Egg roll in a bowl, also known as “Crack Slaw,” takes all the savory goodness of a classic egg roll and serves it up in a bowl without the carb-laden wrapper. It’s a meal that’s become increasingly popular in low-carb and keto circles, and for good reason.

This dish retains all the flavors you love in an egg roll: the umami-packed meat, the crispiness of cabbage, the depth of soy sauce, and the kick of sriracha. However, it does away with the starchy rice paper, making it an excellent option for those following low-carb or gluten-free diets. Moreover, it’s a breeze to prepare and can be on your plate in no time.

The Benefits for People with Diabetes

When it comes to managing diabetes, keeping blood sugar levels stable is of utmost importance. The egg roll in a bowl recipe offers several key benefits for individuals with diabetes:

  1. Low-Carb Goodness – One of the primary advantages of this recipe is its low carbohydrate content. By eliminating the traditional egg roll wrapper and using coleslaw mix instead, you reduce the carb load significantly. This can help prevent blood sugar spikes, making it a diabetes-friendly choice.
  2. Diabetes-Friendly Ingredients – The ingredients in this recipe are carefully selected to be diabetes-friendly. Ground beef or pork provides a good source of protein, while the coleslaw mix adds essential fiber and vitamins. The use of liquid aminos as a soy sauce substitute helps lower sodium content, a key consideration for diabetes management.
  3. High in Fiber – The coleslaw mix in this recipe is not only low in carbs but also high in fiber. Fiber is known to slow down the absorption of sugar, helping to keep blood glucose levels stable. It also promotes a feeling of fullness, which can aid in weight management—a bonus for those with diabetes.

Tips for Preparation

Here are some tips to ensure your egg roll in a bowl turns out perfectly every time:

  • Customize the Protein – While the recipe suggests ground beef or pork, feel free to switch it up with ground chicken or turkey for a leaner option. Vegetarians can even use plant-based substitutes like tofu or tempeh.
  • Experiment with Vegetables – Don’t hesitate to add more veggies to the mix. Sliced bell peppers, mushrooms, or even shredded carrots can enhance the flavor and nutrition of this dish.
  • Adjust the Spice Level – If you prefer a milder or spicier flavor, you can easily tailor the sriracha in the spicy mayo sauce to your liking. Start with a small amount and adjust upward as needed.
  • Meal Prep Friendly – Egg roll in a bowl is an excellent candidate for meal prepping. You can make a big batch and portion it into containers for quick and easy meals throughout the week. Just reheat and enjoy.

Serving Suggestions

While egg roll in a bowl is delicious on its own, here are some creative serving suggestions to elevate your meal:

  • Over Cauliflower Rice – For an extra-low-carb option, serve your egg roll in a bowl over cauliflower rice. It’s a great way to add more veggies to your meal while keeping it keto-friendly.
  • With a Side of Kimchi – The tangy and probiotic-rich flavors of kimchi pair wonderfully with the savory notes of this dish. A small serving of kimchi on the side can be a tasty and healthy addition.
  • Topped with Crunchy Nuts – While the recipe itself is nut-free, you can sprinkle some crushed almonds or cashews on top for a satisfying crunch and added protein (if allergies aren’t a concern).
  • Fresh Herbs – A garnish of fresh cilantro or Thai basil can add a burst of freshness and a pop of color to your egg roll in a bowl.

Variations of Egg Roll in a Bowl

Egg Roll in a Bowl is an incredibly versatile dish, and part of its charm lies in how easily it can be customized to suit your taste and dietary preferences. Here are some exciting variations to consider:

  1. Asian Inspired Flavors:
  • Sesame Chicken: Swap out the ground beef or pork for diced chicken breast or thigh meat. Use sesame oil and add toasted sesame seeds for a nutty flavor.
  • Teriyaki Twist: Replace soy sauce with a low-sugar teriyaki sauce for a sweeter, yet still diabetes-friendly, option.
  1. Veggie-Centric Options:
  • Vegetarian Delight: Skip the meat altogether and go for a plant-based version. Tofu, tempeh, or meatless crumbles are excellent protein substitutes.
  • Cauliflower Power: Substitute the coleslaw mix with finely chopped cauliflower florets for an even lower-carb version.
  1. Global Flair:
  • Mediterranean Fusion: Use ground lamb or beef and season with Mediterranean spices like oregano, cumin, and paprika. Add feta cheese crumbles for a Mediterranean twist.
  • Tex-Mex Fusion: Transform your Egg Roll in a Bowl into a Tex-Mex delight by using ground turkey, taco seasoning, and topping with guacamole, salsa, and shredded cheese.
  1. Seafood Sensation:
  • Shrimp Showstopper: Swap ground meat for peeled and deveined shrimp. Cook them briefly until they turn pink and opaque. This variation offers a delightful seafood twist.
  1. Spicy Adventures:
  • Fiery Fiesta: Add extra heat with sliced jalapeños or a dash of hot sauce. You can also toss in some crushed red pepper flakes for an extra kick.
  1. Loaded with Extras:
  • Eggcellent Addition: Top your bowl with a fried or poached egg for extra protein and a creamy yolk that adds richness to the dish.
  • Nuts About Nuts: If allergies aren’t a concern, garnish with crushed peanuts or cashews for added crunch and flavor.
  1. Sauces and Dressings:
  • Peanut Sauce Paradise: Drizzle a peanut sauce over your Egg Roll in a Bowl for a Thai-inspired experience.
  • Sesame Ginger Elegance: Create a sesame ginger dressing by combining sesame oil, grated ginger, rice vinegar, and a touch of honey for a slightly sweet and tangy flavor.

Egg roll in a bowl is a delicious, low-carb, and diabetes-friendly dish that offers a myriad of benefits for those seeking to manage their blood sugar levels while savoring fantastic flavors. Whether you’re following a keto, gluten-free, or nut-free diet, this recipe is a must-try. With its simple preparation and customizable options, it’s a delightful addition to your healthy eating repertoire. Give it a whirl and discover the joy of guilt-free indulgence!

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  1. 5 stars
    My husband and I love this recipe and it’s so easy! Love it!!

    1. Thank you for your feedback, Anne! We’re so glad you enjoyed this recipe.