These egg roll meatballs are a wonderfully flavorful, quick veggie-loaded recipe that you are going to love. Naturally gluten free, and super easy to make!

egg roll meatballs in a skillet

You know that “Egg Roll in a Bowl” train everyone is jumping on? You know what I’m talking about, right? All of the deliciousness of an egg roll, but deconstructed (and minus the deep frying) into an easy peasy stir fry! If you haven’t heard of it, totally check it out…or just make these Egg Roll Meatballs.

One night a few weeks ago, I thought I’d try my own twist Egg Roll in a Bowl recipe for dinner. Lots of cabbage, shredded carrot, ground pork and the classic egg roll sauce all thrown into one-skillet and cooked up quickly. And it was so easy. Also delicious.

And my daughter wouldn’t touch it….

While Alice is an incredible veggie eater (something we have been working towards for years and years), she is a typical child and gets suspicious of new foods. Specifically here, cooked cabbage.

Alice loves her raw red cabbage that she lovingly called “princess cabbage” (because, in case you didn’t know this, princess only eat purple food). But cooked variation was a new thing for her in the egg roll in a bowl and she wasn’t interested. Not in the least.

egg roll meatballs in a skillet

I am not one to push food, but when my girl turns up her nose to a veggie, I take it as an opportunity to help her find a new way to eat it that she does enjoy! And in this case, turning the whole (and I will admit, messy) stir fry, into a neat little meatball! The perfect way to enjoy all the flavors and nutrients of an egg roll, but with a new twist!

In case you are wondering what the cabbage and carrots in an egg roll meatball offers up to the healthy of your body, here is a little rundown. 

Why these meatballs rock!

  • Loaded with cabbage! Just 1/2 cup of cabbage can provide your body with 30-35% of your daily vitamin C needs and it also gives your cells some vitamin K and magnesium to work with!
  • They also have oodles of carrots! Carrots, well known for being loaded with beta-carotene and fiber content, is also a great source of antioxidants!
  • Lots of protein!
  • Paleo and Whole30
  • Kid-approved. I trusted them on my young daughter (who is fiercely selective about what she gives her stamp of approval to) and she asked for these on repeat!

Wondering how to store your carrots so they stay fresh as long as possible? Check out my post on How to Keep Cut Carrots Fresh and get the most out of your produce buck!

How to enjoy these egg roll meatballs

  • Over rice or cauliflower “rice”
  • With your favorite noodles
  • with roasted veggies
  • over a salad
  • As an appetizer
  • As a lunch box filler
  • Drizzle them with creamy sauce. I love the sauce from this recipe

Made these Egg Roll Meatballs (or another veggie-loaded recipe!) and now have leftover cabbage? Check out How To Store Cabbage. Whether it is a whole head, cut, or shredded…I’ll share how to store it so it lasts longer and is ready for easy veggie-loading!

Suggested adaptions

  • Cook them as burgers. Not in a meatball mood? Form these into patties and enjoy them as burgers instead!
  • Use whatever ground meat you like. Egg rolls are traditionally made with pork, so that is why I went with that ground meat of choice. But ground chicken, turkey and even ground beef or bison will result in a yummy meatball.
  • Make them nut free. If Paleo/Whole30 not important, switch out the almond flour for oat flour or gluten free bread crumbs.

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egg roll meatballs in a skillet
4.75 from 4 votes

Egg Roll Meatballs

Yield: 20 meatballs
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Cuisine: American
Course: Side Dish
These egg roll meatballs are a wonderfully flavorful, quick veggie-loaded recipe that you are going to love. Naturally gluten free, and super easy to make!


  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1/8 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos, if gluten and soy free is not a priority, can sub soy sauce
  • 2 1/2 cups bagged coleslaw mix (cabbage & carrots)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons almond flour, see above for nut-free option


  • Preheat oven to 400℉
  • In a food processor with the “S” blade, combine bagged coleslaw mix, garlic, and green onions. Pulse until finely chopped.
  • Pour the veggie mixture form the food processor into a large bowl. Add the remaining ingredients to the bowl.
  • Mix well.
  • Using a cookie scoop or small spoon, portion out the ground pork/veggie mixture onto a parchment-lined baking sheet or cast iron skillet. Gently roll the portioned out mixture into balls.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until meatball is cooked through. Enjoy warm.


See above for serving suggestions and suggested adaptions 
Serving: 1meatball, Calories: 86kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 27mg, Sodium: 89mg, Potassium: 122mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 90IU, Vitamin C: 14mg, Calcium: 17mg, Iron: 1mg