This Inside Out Egg Roll is ready in just 20 minutes, and has all the flavor of your favorite egg roll…without the egg roll wrapper! This savory stir fry is made with a premade coleslaw mix, making for a super easy weeknight meal.
Why This Recipe Works
Who doesn’t love the classic egg roll!? Savory, salty, and oh-so-yummy, this has to be one of my top cravings! But thankfully I don’t have to order takeout to satisfy this craving (I hate waiting when I’m hungry!) I can make this delicious Inside Out Egg Roll right in the comfort of my own kitchen.
This recipe is SO perfect for busy weeknights, because it’s total cinch to put together. Not only is it ready in just 20 minutes, but the actual prep time is SO fast because it uses store bought coleslaw mix. Love it!
This satisfying meal combines all of the best flavors of an egg roll, sans egg roll wrapper, and adds in some hot cooked rice for a yummy and hearty meal. You could leave the rice out if you prefer, or you could even add cooked noodles for something totally different. The possibilities are endless!
This savory stir fry is one of my favorite meals for those crazy busy days, but don’t forget about another quick and easy meal: my easy broccoli chicken stir fry! Ready in just 25 minutes, it shares a lot of similar flavor elements with this Inside Out Egg Roll, but features the addition of broccoli instead of coleslaw mix.
- Ground Beef: You can use whatever you prefer, or you could sub for a mix of ground beef and ground pork.
- Coleslaw Mix: This is a serious time saver! Rather than shredding cabbage and carrots, you can use this store bought shortcut with great results.
- Soy Sauce: This brings the flavor and totally makes the dish!
- Sesame Oil: If you want authentic egg roll inspired flavor, sesame oil is the secret ingredient!
- Aromatics: like onion, garlic, and ginger. These add incredible flavor to your dish, and sauteing them just elevates it all the more.
- Sesame Seeds: These make a gorgeous garnish for your inside out egg roll, but you can skip them if you don’t have them on hand.
- Green Onions: For garnish, and for flavor.
- White Rice: Adding cooked rice into the finished dish makes this easy dinner super satisfying.
How to Make This Recipe
If you’re planning on serving your inside out egg roll with rice, get started by cooking 1 cup of white rice according to package directions.
Step One: Add your sesame oil to a Dutch oven or heavy bottomed skillet with a lid, and heat it over medium high heat.
Step Two: Once the oil is hot, add your onions, garlic, and ginger.
Step Three: Stir everything together, and sauté for around 3 minutes, or until the onions are softened and semi-translucent.
Step Four: Add the ground beef and use the back of your spoon or break up and crumble the beef.
Step Five: Mix the crumbled ground beef with the onions.
Step Six: Cook until browned, stirring often, or about 5-7 minutes.
Step Seven: Once your ground beef is fully browned, add the coleslaw mix and soy sauce.
Step Eight: Stir everything together.
Step Nine: Cover your Dutch oven with a lid and cook for 5 minutes.
Step Ten: Remove the lid and allow to simmer for 5 minutes.
Step Eleven: Add in your cooked rice, and fold it in to bring it all together.
Step Twelve: Serve your inside out egg rolls with diced green onions and sesame seeds, or any of your other favorite toppings!
There are so many options for egg roll fillings, and they even come in sweet variations! The typical egg roll that most of us are familiar with is often filled with ground beef or pork, shredded cabbage, and aromatics like onions, ginger, and garlic.
No. The dish is inspired by the filling of an egg roll, which contains beef and shredded cabbage. Only the exterior ever contained egg, and most modern egg rolls do not actually contain eggs now. If you prefer eggs, you can definitely add a scrambled egg or two!
Yes! You can reheat it in the microwave, or by warming in a skillet or Dutch oven until heated through. The leftovers can dry out a bit, so add an additional splash of soy sauce or sesame oil to give it a little boost.
If you store your leftovers in an airtight container, your leftovers should last 3-4 days when stored in the fridge. If you would like longer storage, you can add your leftovers to a freezer bag and store them in the freezer for up to 3 months.
- Sesame oil adds an incredible flavor and is truly the secret ingredient to having an AMAZING Inside Out Egg Roll. You can purchase both regular and toasted; I prefer the toasted sesame oil but you can use whatever you have on hand!
- Using a coleslaw mix is a great time-saving shortcut! If you can’t find one, you can totally shred your own cabbage and carrots to make your own homemade blend.
- This easy recipe is ready in just 20 minutes! To keep this a quick and simple meal, start your rice just before you start the beef and cabbage portion. That way, your rice is ready at the same time as the rest of the meal!
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Inside Out Egg Roll
- 1 cup rice dry (can use white or brown)
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 1 cup diced onion ~1 medium onion
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- 1.5 tsp freshly grated ginger
- 1 lbs ground beef
- 1 bag coleslaw mix 14oz
- 1/3 cup soy sauce
- Green onion for garnish
- Sesame Seeds for garnish
- Cook rice according to package directions
- Heat sesame oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat
- Add onion, garlic and ginger
- Mix together then sauté ~3 minutes until onions are translucent
- Add ground beef to the pan
- Mix it up with the onions and brown for 5-7 minutes
- Add coleslaw mix to the pan and top with soy sauce
- Mix it all together
- Cover with a lid and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes
- Remove lid and let simmer for an additional 5 minutes
- Take your cooked rice and fold it into the beef-cabbage mixture
- Serve your inside out egg roll with a little green onion and sesame seeds on top and enjoy!
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