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Instant Pot Cabbage Rolls

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These Instant Pot Cabbage Rolls are my lazy unstuffed version where cabbage rolls aren’t rolled at all but made into a casserole instead! It’s a quick and easy one-pot meal done in a fraction of the time as the traditional recipe. Enjoy the ultimate comfort food from my Ukrainian grandma but with a modern twist and make it in an electric pressure cooker. A time and money saver that will satisfy even the hungriest teenagers!

One-pot meals like Instant Pot chicken and rice (or with potatoes)and Instant Pot rice and beans are in our regular rotation. You can never underestimate the life-changing impact that one-pot, easy clean-up, wholesome, healthy, and hearty meals can have on your lifestyle and your wallet!

Instant Pot Cabbage Rolls

Instant Pot Cabbage Rolls

Cabbage rolls have always been a comfort food. Ground meat and saucy rice, blended with herbs and aromatics soaking up all of the acidic tomato flavours balanced with the hearty texture of the cabbage. A true authentic cabbage roll is a labour of love.

But seriously, who has time for that?!

I get that they’re cabbage rolls, so the idea is to roll them, but if you ask this Ukrainian (me), there is zero point to it. They’re cute for about a minute and then we turn them into deconstructed cabbage rolls as soon as they hit the plate. Topped with sour cream and dill it’s a gloriously messy plate of absolute deliciousness, but again, the roll isn’t necessary!

Sure, old fashioned cabbage rolls will always be special, and if you have the time and energy to put towards rolling them, have at it. This particular recipe, however, is for those of you who are looking for a short cut and fast and easy way to get all of the signature flavours of a delicious cabbage roll, without all of the extra work!

We LOVE cabbage in our home. I feel like there’s cabbage on our table practically weekly, here. With cabbage salad, mango slaw or Ukrainian dill coleslaw, braised cabbage and apple, cabbage and carrot stir fry, and cabbage soup – I’ll never run out of ways to use this humble ingredient (and make my kids love it!).

For 2 years straight I have been making this healthy and easy comfort food which is basically a one pot casserole in the Instant Pot! I’ve even shared a baked unstuffed cabbage roll casserole, too. Either way, my mom might disagree but this is how we enjoy cabbage rolls and there’s no turning back. It’s perfect for when you want the cabbage roll ingredients, without all the cabbage roll work…which is basically any weeknight!

Keep this recipe handy for when you want to be lazy too 🙂

Why this Recipe for Pressure Cooker Cabbage Rolls Works?

  • A time saver recipe. You get all of the flavours of a cabbage roll in a fraction of the time because there is no stuffing, rolling, or simmering!
  • A quick and easy recipe that will have dinner ready in just over 30 minutes.
  • One-pot meal for easy clean-up.
  • It’s budget-friendly comfort food that tastes amazing which means you can serve a large crowd and still save money.
  • Take leftovers for work the next day or pack them in a thermos for school lunch. Meal prep made easy!
  • It’s healthy, satisfying, and always a hit. It’s make-ahead and freezer-friendly too.
Instant Pot Cabbage Rolls served with yogurt and dill on a plate

Ingredients for Cabbage Rolls Instant Pot

  • Ground meat: Ground beef, pork, chicken, and turkey can be used. Ground beef is traditional, but I used ground turkey as a leaner choice. You can also use less meat and not change the recipe. Did you know you can cook ground meat from frozen in an Instant Pot, too?
  • Cabbage: Green, red (purple), napa, or savoy cabbage are all great choices. I have tried all of them. The colour will be masked by the tomatoes anyway.
  • Rice: Brown rice and white rice will both work, however, keep an eye out for the different cook times. You’ll use the same amount of water, no matter which type you use. If you use purple rice, treat it the same as brown rice. Wild rice is not recommended for this recipe.
  • Tomato products: You can use 28 oz of each or a combination of diced or pureed tomatoes, or tomato sauce. Then one small can of tomato paste adds a depth of flavor, especially if you use only diced tomatoes that contain more water and have a more diluted flavour.
  • Spices: Dried herbs like thyme and oregano. If you’re not a fan of thyme, feel free to use basil or rosemary.

Tip: Brown rice and white rice will have very different cook times. If you’re using brown rice, cook it for 22 minutes. If you’re using white rice, you’ll only cook it for 10 minutes.

Have you bought an Instant Pot yet? If not, check out which one I recommend to buy based on my experiences from owning a few of them. If you already have one but are still not 100% confident around it, check out my simple Instant Pot guide to get you started.

How to Make Instant Pot Cabbage Rolls

I used a 6 quart Instant Pot and the entire batch fit in with no problem. The recipe was tested in 8 quart as well so you can definitely use it if that’s the size you have. For 3 quart, cut recipe ingredients in half and keep same cook time.

  • Sauté onion and garlic first, just until fragrant. I like to place my Instant Pot under the hood fan to do this. Just make sure the stove is OFF!
  • Then, sauté ground turkey and spices for about 4-5 minutes, crumbling up the turkey into small pieces as you go. Pink pieces are OK. It will continue to cook under pressure.
  • Add cabbage and stir. This step helps to prevent the dreaded Burn and shrink the cabbage a bit.
  • Then, add remaining ingredients: Pour in broth, uncooked rice, tomato paste, and diced tomatoes, in that order. Do not stir.
  • Cancel Sauté and cook: If you’re using brown rice, cook for 22 minutes. If you’re using white rice, cook for 10 minutes. High pressure for both.
  • Release pressure right awayQuick Release. Again, I like to do so outside or under a hood fan as it can release a smell in all of that intense steam being released.
  • Season more with the freshly grated garlic clove (trust me, life-changing Ukrainian hack) and add fresh herbs like dill or parsley.

Tip: See below for my the best most special way to serve this dish!

Tips for Best Cabbage Rolls Made in the Instant Pot

  • Don’t pre-cook the rice: You add uncooked rice to the Instant Pot and allow it to cook under pressure with all the surrounding liquids.
  • White rice: A few readers have reported success with 10 minutes of cooking time on high pressure.
  • Regular canned tomatoes: If you are not using a can with low sodium, add less salt to the overall recipe.
  • Total recipe time with pressure build-up is 40 minutes: 20 minutes is your idle time to fold the laundry or read a book.
  • Don’t stir after you add the tomatoes: This way you will not get the Burn message.
  • Shred cabbage not too thin: You want sturdy pieces so it doesn’t “dissolve” under pressure. Not too thick, however, so the casserole texture is enjoyable.

In the past 2 months, I have made Instant Pot lazy cabbage rolls 3 times. That’s how much we love it! Hope you do too!


Can I use frozen cabbage?

You can! This is a deconstructed cabbage roll with no actual rolling, so there’s no need for it to be as flexible. Adding frozen cabbage is just fine!

Why is my rice still not cooked?

Hmmm. Rice can be a bit tricky sometimes and it could really be for a number of reasons. So let’s troubleshoot.
1. Do you live at high altitude? Different altitudes will impact the cook time needed for any recipe.
2. Did you see IP come to pressure? Sometimes when we think it’s building pressure, it’s really not. This is due to the valve not being set properly to sealing or the silicone ring that seals the lid is not in properly or worn out.
3. The type of rice matters. Keep in mind the difference in cook times for brown rice and white rice. Brown rice takes longer but 18-20 min should be plenty.
4. Last, what you could try doing is giving it a stir and allowing it to sit with the lid on. The residual heat will continue to cook the rice and you should be good to go.

Next time you could try adding a few extra minutes of cook time or doing a natural release rather than a quick release.

Can I use buckwheat instead of rice?

Despite the name, buckwheat isn’t wheat at all and it is still totally gluten-free. If you would rather use that instead of rice, I would cook it for 10 mins on high with quick release.

What are some other healthy rice recipes my kids will love?

Chicken and rice casserole, Instant Pot chicken burritos, Mexican chicken and rice, and Korean beef and rice bowls are some of the ones my kids are loving right now. They’re so simple and pair well with all sorts of other dishes!

Instant Pot Cabbage Rolls inside the pressure cooker

How to Serve Cabbage Rolls

The best I advice I can give you is from my heart. The way we enjoy cabbage rolls is with a generous amount of sour cream or plain yogurt on top and a slice of dark rye bread or the North American version which is toasted whole grain bread. That’s it! Literally the best way to eat them, pure and simple.

Don’t forget to sop up all that sauce at the bottom of the plate. That sauce is the best! Seriously, YUM!

Making Stuffed Cabbage Instant Pot in Advance

Make ahead freezer meal: Saute the turkey on its own and crumble it up into small pieces. Add all the ingredients, except broth, to a gallon-size freezer-friendly bag (I love these reusable ones) with tomato products going first. The cabbage will be kept separate in a 2nd bag just for the sake of saving space. Freeze for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to cook it, cook from frozen with the broth following the directions as listed.

To store: Refrigerate leftover casserole in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

To freeze (cooked casserole): Once completely cooled, transfer to an airtight container for up to 3 months. It freezes beautifully! Thaw on a counter for 6-8 hours or in the fridge overnight. Reheat from thawed.

To reheat: Simmer with a splash of water or stock on low heat. The tomato and spice flavour is so rich, a splash will not dilute the final dish.

Instant Pot Cabbage Rolls served with sour cream and fork

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Instant Pot Cabbage Rolls

Instant Pot Cabbage Rolls {Authentic Ukrainian Recipe}

These Instant Pot Cabbage Rolls are my lazy unstuffed version where cabbage rolls aren't rolled at all but made into a casserole instead! It's a quick and easy one-pot meal done in a fraction of the time as the traditional recipe. Enjoy the ultimate comfort food from my Ukrainian grandma but with a modern twist and make it in an electric pressure cooker. A time and money saver that will satisfy even the hungriest teenagers!
4.96 from 65 votes
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Ukrainian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 388kcal
Author: Olena Osipov


  • 2 lbs cabbage medium-coarsely shredded
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 large garlic cloves minced + 1 clove, grated (divided)
  • 2 lbs ground turkey or other meat
  • 2 tsp thyme dried
  • 2 tsp oregano dried
  • 1 3/4 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 1/2 cups water + 1 bouillon cube OR any stock low sodium
  • 2 cups uncooked brown rice rinsed & drained
  • 6 oz can tomato paste low sodium
  • 28 oz can diced tomatoes low sodium
  • 1 small bunch dill finely chopped
  • Greek yogurt or sour cream for serving


  • On Instant Pot, press Sauté and let appliance preheat on high until display says Hot.
  • Swirl oil to coat, add onion and 2 cloves of garlic; cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add turkey, thyme, oregano, salt and pepper; cook for 4 minutes, constantly breaking meat into small pieces with spatula. Meat won’t get browned and some pink pieces are OK.
    Instant Pot Cabbage Rolls
  • Add cabbage and stir.
    Instant Pot Cabbage Rolls
  • Add water + bouillon cube (stock), rice, tomato paste and diced tomatoes. Do not stir.
    Instant Pot Cabbage Rolls
  • Close the lid, set pressure vent to Sealing and press Cancel to turn Sauté off.
    Instant Pot Cabbage Rolls
  • Then press Pressure Cooking on High for 22 minutes. Display will say ON, Instant Pot will take about 15 minutes to come to pressure, you will see a bit of steam coming out from a valve, then float valve will rise and countdown will begin.
  • After 22 minutes, display will say OFF. Turn pressure vent to Venting position and let steam out, which takes 2-3 minutes. I recommend doing so outside to avoid the smell and mess in the house.
    Instant Pot Cabbage Rolls
  • When float valve (pin) is down open the lid, add 1 grated garlic clove and dill, then stir gently but well.
  • Serve hot with Greek yogurt and whole grain toast.
    Instant Pot Cabbage Rolls

Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

    Freeze Leftovers: Fully cook, cool completely and freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw on a stovetop covered on low.

      Freezer Meal: Saute just turkey until small pieces. Add all ingredients to gallon size bags with tomato products going first, no broth and cabbage in a 2nd bag (too much to fit into 1). Freeze for up to 3 months. Then cook from frozen with broth for 22 mins (brown rice) or 10 mins (white rice) on High pressure with QPR or NPR.



        • Don’t pre-cook rice: You add uncooked rice to Instant Pot.
        • White rice: A few readers have reported success with 10 minutes cooking time on high pressure.
        • Not low sodium canned tomatoes: Add less salt.
        • Total recipe time with pressure build up is 40 minutes: And 20 minutes is an idle time to fold the laundry.
        • Don’t stir after you add tomatoes: This way you will not get Burn message.
        • Shred cabbage not too thin: So it doesn’t “dissolve” under pressure. And not too thick so casserole texture is enjoyable.
        See recipe post for more tips and FAQs.


        Serving: 1.5cups | Calories: 388kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 618mg | Potassium: 675mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 159IU | Vitamin C: 43mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 2mg
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        1. 5 stars
          Very good & easy! The hardest part is shredding the cabbage then cleaning up the mess from it. 😉 I used brown rice and the hubs didn’t even notice. This is a keeper!

        2. 5 stars
          Oh, yum! We used red cabbage, and jasmine rice. I think the next time we make it, I’ll probably put in instant pot beef bone broth and we’ll have more meat and cabbage, and less rice.

        3. 5 stars
          OMG, I loved this recipe! I didn’t think there would be enough stock with the brown rice but no problem! I only had dried dill bit still awesome. (I will buy fresh dill next time I make it.) I loved the grated fresh garlic minced in at the end as well. The only thing I added was a bit of Frank’s hot sauce and some everything bagel spice blend at the end! Can’t wait to make again;)

        4. 4 stars
          Would make again but will leave out the tomato paste next time. The tomato taste overwhelmed the other flavors.

        5. 5 stars
          This was so tasty thank you so much. I was worried about the rice not cooking but it was perfect.

          1. Probably just on top, stirring and letting it sit a few minutes covered takes care of it. Add 3-4 minutes to cook time next time or do Natural Release.

        6. 5 stars
          This dish was great! I made sure to put plenty of dill in it and topped the dish with a healthy spoonful of 2% Greek Yogurt and some extra dill. I halved the recipe cause my instant pot is on the smaller side, but I still have plenty of left-overs for the rest of the week. I have to use the remaining cabbage and onion and all this dill I bought, so I’ll probably cook the same thing and freeze it for a treat when I’m lazy during my finals. Thank you for the recipe!

            1. I was also wondering cause I recently bought a large amount of buckwheat (yes I made sure it was toasted “kasha” ;] ) how you would adapt buckwheat into this recipe. I know from another recipe I found online that buckwheat is really quick to cook (recipe said 5 min on high with 20 min natural release; came out pretty decent). I saw your buckwheat soup recipe and I’m gonna have to try that one too! Thanks again!

        7. 5 stars
          Girl, this was a big pot of comfort food at its best! I subbed quinoa (only because I didn’t realize I had no rice and really wanted to try this recipe) and would for sure use rice next time, but it’s warm and delicious and just hits the spot! It made a ton, and I thought I might be overloading the IP with too much cabbage, but all worked out. Thanks for yet another great recipe!

        8. 5 stars
          I have never had cabbage rolls before and I was so pleasantly surprised. This was so delicious, I will definitely make this again!! The recipe was so easy to follow, I shared it with my family. So GOOD!!

        9. 5 stars
          My wife and I just made this recipe last night – totally delicious! We made it with ground chicken, and then after releasing the pressure stirred in another handful of shredded cabbage along with the dill for garnish. It also tastes great the next day!

          We love your recipes – tonight my wife Cheryl will be making your Instant Pot chicken alfredo!

        10. 5 stars
          I’ve tried this twice now and our family loves it. We tried ground turkey and ground beef now and prefer the beef. One time I only had a can of diced tomatoes and a can of tomato sauce instead of the 28 ounces diced tomatoes. We actually liked it even better more saucy. Delicious, try it!

        11. 5 stars
          Wow! Awesome! My first time cooking with rice in the instapot and you hit this recipe to perfection! This took me back to being a kid helping my gramma Anna make them! Thank you

        12. 5 stars
          I was looking for a lazy cabbage roll recipe and under pressure as I type. I had savoy and usually do a fancy cabbage roll ball but was not feeling the work. Can’t wait to tuck in

        13. 5 stars
          The recipe was a hit, the fresh garlic was perfect. I used to follow a similar recipe for my crockpot but who wants to wait 8 hrs. But this one is so much better. I’ve followed a number of your instant pot recipes and all were delish.

          1. I am so happy that you like this recipe Catherine. I agree, who wants to wait 8 hours. Love cooking in my instant pot!

        14. 5 stars
          This is a great recipe. I have short grain brown rice so I increased the time to 25 minutes or it’s too “al dente” for me. We do a teaspoon of dried dill before cooking and another teaspoon at the end. We have been remodeling our kitchen and make this weekly since then! Also add diced carrots while cooking onion. Love it.

        15. 4 stars
          A splash of Worcestershire sauce would also be good. I sliced the cabbage thinly and it turned out good. I also love my instant pot.

        16. If I cut the recipe in half, would half the water (3/4 cup) be enough? I have a 6 quart IP and it says to use at least 1 cup of liquid.

        17. 5 stars
          This recipe is very forgiving of modifications. I half-sized the recipe. I was short on brown rice, so used about half as much wild rice. I substituted a bag of slaw mix for the required chopped cabbage. I did use a pound of ground turkey. It turned out delicious. My husband was eating so quietly, I thought at first that something might be wrong. Turned out he was just chowing down. We really like this dish, and the best part is, we still have some more in the fridge! Thank you for coming up with these easy recipes. Next time I’ll make it with the prescribed ingredients.

        18. 5 stars
          This is so so good! Might be one of my favorite ifoodreal recipes to have on hand for filling easy lunches. My favorite thing about all Olean’s recipes is they are FOOL PROOF! Everything turns out amazing..every time.

        19. 5 stars
          Olena, you’re batting a thousand with me. This is the third recipe I’ve made of yours and, like the other two, it was a big hit. I made “real” cabbage rolls earlier this year and thought the same thing you did. What a lot of work for a dish that disintegrates as soon as you cut it up! This is the perfect alternative. Дуже дякую!

          1. Haha, I know, right?! Glad someone else understands. Happy to help. Past weekend I spent an hour flipping crepes but at least we eat them whole and stuff. Cabbage rolls? Nah, chop-chop and bye-bye.

        20. 5 stars
          Easy, fast, and delicious! I enjoy cabbage rolls but don’t have time to make the traditional presentation. I tried this recipe last week. I followed the instructions exactly as outlined. For the meat, I used a blend of beef and Italian sweat sausage. In less than 30 min., I enjoyed fantastic tasting InstaPot cabbage rolls. The recipe provided enough leftovers to share with family and spice up lunches for the next two days. Interestingly, as good as the meal was fresh out of the cooker, it was even better over the next few days. Great recipe! It’s a must try.

        21. 5 stars
          This recipe tastes great and serves as an easy weeknight dinner with leftovers for the week. We’re a big fan of cabbage rolls and these hit the spot!

        22. Hi do you have a healthy cabbage roll recipe that I could have the one you put in the oven.Thank you so much June.

        23. 5 stars
          Great recipe! Thanks for the suggestion to do the quick release (vent) outside! I never would have thought of that! Per your suggestion, and because it is summer for me, I take the IP outside when its ready for cooking and plug it in to my outlet on the deck, and the cabbage smell stays outside! My family loves it! Thanks so much!

        24. 5 stars
          I used this recipe as a basis to use what I had on hand. I have learned so much from you about my relatively new IP…I could use cooked chicken breast, (previously cooked in IP, and frozen), and cooked rice that I had on hand, adjusted the liquids a little, cooked 10 min, quick release, and it was delicious! Thanks for all your work!!!

          1. You are so welcome Stephanie. I just love helping people learn how easy it is to use their instant pots!

        25. 5 stars
          Really tasty! So much less work than cooking the cabbage and stuffing and rolling all those leaves. I always hated that but loved the results. Will definitely make again.

        26. 5 stars
          SOOOOOO DELICIOUS!!! Even better the next day! Followed the recipe as written and enjoyed with sour cream and hot sauce. Thanks Olena for another great recipe, you are a magical genius!

        27. 5 stars
          This was great and easy to make. I left out the garlic because neither my husband nor I care for it. I also had to substitute the 28 oz diced tomatoes with whatever tomato products we had to add up to the 28 oz in the recipe. Ilena’s recipes are so easy to follow or adjust, and are always healthy. So glad I found her website and I have shared it with family and friends.

        28. 5 stars
          I make this often! I love it as do my family and my young children. The dill is amazing! Thanks Olena 🙂

        29. 5 stars
          This recipe was so easy to make, yet it was so delicious that even
          my picky eaters loved it !!!! Thank you for keeping us healthy, it’s nice to be
          able to enjoy delicious foods with wonderful flavors without all the calories and fats!

        30. 5 stars
          This recipe was so easy to make, yet it was so delicious that even
          my picky eaters loved it !!!! Thank you for keeping us healthy, it’s nice to be
          able to enjoy delicious foods with wonderful flavors without all the calories and fats!

        31. 5 stars
          I am new to Instant Pot and have been hesitant to try a cabbage roll casserole. I was scared it would burn on the bottom as it always does when I make it on the stove. This recipe was so easy to follow and I trusted the step where it said to not stir in the rice, broth and tomatoes (I used pasta sauce and tomato soup – it’s all I had on hand) and it did not burn!! (I usually set off the smoke alarm when I cook). I even trusted putting in the dill, it was sooooo amazing!! Will definitely be making this again!!!

        32. 5 stars
          Soooo delicious ? I could eat the whole pot! I recently purchased an instant pot to try this particular recipe. I followed your instructions to a T. My family loved it and it came out perfect! I’m looking forward to more great meals.
          Thank you❤️

        33. I thought 10 minutes for white rice seemed short so I did 12 and the rice was still not cooked. Have a scale and followed the recipe to the T not sure what went wrong next time I’ll try 16 minutes?
          Maybe put the rice on the bottom closer to the broth?

          1. Hi Mike. You know it is Instant Pot. It could be the altitude or the rice itself. Just FYI, white rice is ready in IP in 3 mins with 10 mins natural release. So it cooks very fast. When we add other ingredients cook time increases. Sure, try 16 mins – should work! 🙂

        34. 5 stars
          This came out better than the taste of cabbage rolls from your favorite restaurant. I made enough to eat some everyday as a side. I made it on the stove and it came out great. Great job.

        35. 5 stars
          Loved this recipe with the rice in it. Some of my rice didn’t get submerged with the liquid/tomatoes so I tossed the uncooked grains when I opened it. Loved the added dill! Will be adding to our rotation.

        36. 5 stars
          Hi Olena,
          I love your healthy and easy recipes! Thanks so much! I made this today, and it is great. I am wondering, though, if I was supposed to drain the diced tomatoes before adding them. This seems a little soupier than I expected. God bless!

          1. Hi Jane. Glad you liked it! You are not supposed to drain tomatoes. Casserole is more liquidy when you first open but after you stir and it sits for an hour, it becomes more thick. You can use 1/2 cup less broth next time and see how you like that.:)

        37. Hi! Do you know if the cabbage roll recipe would work with riced cauliflower instead of rice?

          1. No because cauliflower rice will not absorb any moisture but rather release it. It’s a vegetable. Plus 2 cruciferous veggies is too much. Also it is not an Instant Pot candidate. You could make it on the stove better.

          1. I have not myself tried cooking this recipe with white rice. You can experiment. As a rule of thumb, white rice will cook faster in the instant pot than brown rice.

          1. This recipe is more of a cabbage roll casserole. The taste is the same whether or not it is rolled up or shredded in!

        38. 5 stars
          I actually made this recipe twice this week. The first time through the process of course I stuck to the script and it was simply fantastic!! Olena, you did a super job!! My wife has a Polish background and her family preferred to have sour head cabbage like the Croatians make Sarma. When I made it tonight I veered off the recipe just a bit. I used 1lbs of shaved cabbage and then added 32oz of sauerkraut. There are not a lot of places to purchase sour head cabbage. It tasted just like my mother-in-laws Sarma. Thank you so much for having your site up and running. Everything that I have made from this site gets “put into the meal rotation.” Thank you for your hard work and dedication.

          1. Hi Jeff. Thank you for your wonderful review!!! I know exactly what you mean. My family made cabbage rolls with fresh cabbage. But we have Croatian friends and they use sauerkraut. 🙂

        39. 5 stars
          I have been making a dish similar to this in the oven. The method is:

          Mix ground beef, onion, rice, garlic powder, salt, pepper, eggs, Worcestershire Sauce & Tabasco. Line bottom of a large pot with half of the cabbage. Press beef mixture on top; add remaining cabbage. Pour tomato juice over cabbage/beef. Juice should be no more than 1/4 inch above top of cabbage. Bake (uncovered) for 1-1/2 to 2 hours at 350F.

          Anyone have any thoughts on cook time. Thanks

              1. It is a ton of fun. I have YouTube channel with lots of tips. Once you understand how it works you can make anything in it. Good luck!:)

            1. I also had this problem. Some rice was cooked and some was still raw… I think the reasons why are:
              1. I put too much cabbage(forgot to weigh it). My 8q pot was practically 2/3rd full. I weighed the last quarter after putting in 3/4 of a cabbage and realized it was probably about 3 lbs of cabbage instead of the 2 that’s required. Next time I’ll use only half a head.
              2. I didn’t think the order of ingredients mattered but they do. I made the mistake of putting the rice last so it wasn’t really touching any liquid. I think its important to specify to put the rice BEFORE the tomatoes and liquid. I even put twice the amount of liquid because I prefer mine to be more saucy but that didn’t help.

              1. Too much cabbage was not the issue. Otherwise, it would just release more liquid. Instructions specify tomatoes last. No liquid will touch rice ever in IP because it’s not like pot on stove-it needs half amount of it. And it doesn’t matter because everything cooks under pressure. What the problem was the altitude you live at or type of rice, just add 3-4 mins to cook time. 5 mins if you want very soft rice and next time it will be perfect for you. For more sauce add more broth. That’s it and enjoy!

        40. 5 stars
          Second time making this and it was amazing! Used Napa cabbage this time making the prep so much easier for me and I also remembered to get the fresh dill which totally kicked it up a notch!

        41. 5 stars
          Finally got around to trying this one and it’s another 5 star recipe!! Forgot to buy dill but next time I will remember 🙂

        42. 5 stars
          I love this recipe! The recipe makes a lot of servings so I freeze half in single servings to take to work for lunch.

        43. So, what to do when Burn message is displayed? I opened the lid, and it’s all mixed up with tomato paste already.
          I wasn’t following the recipe to the T (used tomato sauce instead of diced tomatoes) so my bad. But what to do now?

        44. 5 stars
          Omg yum! And I am picky about my food. This is easily over eaten in my house. I could not believe that such a simple recipe could taste so flavourful. I added paprika due to the small percent of Hungarian in me. I loved how fast it was to make with the Instant Pot. Thank you!! Keep the recipes coming please.

        45. Hi, I have a few questions if you don’t mind. First of all, I only have quick cooking brown rice (boil in bag), which takes 10 min on the stove as opposed to 45-50 min for regular brown rice. Do you think it would work in this recipe/IP or would it get too mushy?
          Second, we usually add chopped celery & shredded carrots to golubtsi. Would it work here? Third, I have 1 lb of ground chicken, which cooks faster than turkey & tomato paste & tomato sauce, not diced tomatoes. Would anything need to be adjusted, like cook time? I’m new to IP cooking & not sure how to adjust my recipes to it, but if I could make golubtsi without rolling the cabbage & all that’s involved, it would be a game changer. Not sure if my mother would get behind this – she’s very set in her ways, but maybe I have a chance with my daughter who loves golubtsi. As far as I’m concerned, the less work the better & if the taste is close enough, it’s good enough for me. Besides, I much prefer stuffed peppers to golubtsi both taste wise & work wise – stuffed peppers are a lot less work & taste better to me. but if/when my mother makes golubtsi, I gladly eat them. And if I can make them this way, I might just be making them more often. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

          1. Quick cooking rice won’t work. Yes, you can add your extra veggies. No need to change time for chicken.
            Especially since you are new to IP I would recommend getting comfortable with it by following recipes and then changing things. Just not to get discouraged.:)

            1. That’s why I ask so many questions. I can wing it on the stove top, but IP is a whole new animal. Not sure what to do or how it will come out especially since my first two tries in it were not great. First thing was whole cooked chicken, which did not cook evenly, but I did add more water than the recipe called for. My bad. The second one was chicken bone broth, which was a disaster & I did follow the recipe with a lot of great reviews. Not sure what happened there. Now I make sure to ask a lot of questions especially if I need to substitute something. Speaking of which, what if I leave out the rice? Would I need to change anything? I might just cook it separately & add in after. I’m just trying to use up leftover cabbage & also I don’t know when I’ll be able to get my hand on regular brown rice. Also, I only have tomato paste & sauce. Would liquid amounts need to be changed?

              1. Asking questions is good. Instant Pot is like baking. It needs precise measurements and testing.
                Since no liquid evaporates, you can’t leave out the rice because then you will have all that extra liquid nothing absorbing it. You can’t cook it separately and add it after.
                You can use tomato sauce in place of diced tomatoes BUT it has to be same 28 oz.
                When wondering if substitution will work, think dry vs. water ingredients if it is going offset the ratio.
                Honestly, I would just follow the recipes to a T until you get a hang of it. BTW, do you know I have Youtube channel dedicated to healthy IP recipes ?

        46. Thank you for your help.. I used the correct size tin of diced tomatoes but they had a viriety of spiced pepper and a few other things in the tin.. I think the amount of liquid in the tin was very low compared to straight diced tomatoes.. I added a cup extra water and it worked fine..
          Thanks so much fur the help..

        47. I made this following the recipe closely.. The rice never cooked at all after 18 min on high presure.(organic brown long grain). I had to cook for another 12 min on med pressure as not burn everything else) . Could it matter the make of rice? I usually cook this rice for 35 min on the stove. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

          1. Hmmm. Rice could be a bit tricky sometimes. It could be anything. Let’s troubleshoot.
            1. Do you live at high altitude?
            2. Did you see IP come to pressure? Maybe it didn’t due to sealing ring not in place properly or worn out etc.
            3. What size IP did you use?
            Sometimes make of rice could matter…Stove cooking time doesn’t matter with pressure cooking. Whole point is that it cooks food much faster, so 18-20 mins for brown rice is plenty.

          1. No. You will end up with a very watery dish because cauliflower will release more water and there will be no rice to absorb any water.

        48. 5 stars
          I cooked it just now. It’s my second dish after buying the Instant Pot, the first one was cooked corn on the cob. Both me and my husband loved it, and fresh dill really matters! One question though. I have Duo 6qt, and I never got Hot on the display when Saute. It was showing On. I got afraid that I would burn the pot by warming it up continuously without any food so I started the process of following recipe steps without Hot on display. It showed On all the time until I cancelled Saute to move to pressure cooking. Is it OK?

          1. Hi there. If you waited a little bit longer you would see Hot. It takes a bit of time, I know. All it means is that your pot is hot enough to fry in it. Just like a skillet kind of. Just an indicator a skillet doesn’t have. It is ok you started sauteing before, might have been not that hot but just might take longer to saute. You wouldn’t see Hot after sauteeing because ingredients added “cool” off the pot. It is all good and so happy you enjoyed the recipe!:)

            1. I see. So, the pot won’t be damaged if it is getting heated being empty? How much to wait until Hot? Is it about 10 min? I’ll try next time. Just didn’t want to burn my Instant Pot during the first day 🙂

              1. It won’t get damaged if you don’t leave it for an hour like that.:) About 4-5 minutes. And it doesn’t beep when Hot shows up, so watch for it. That’s IP-DUO model, right?!

        49. 5 stars
          Love this recipe! I appreciate that it uses brown rice and turkey. I’ve made it twice and it is a big hit with the Family

        50. 5 stars
          Olena, if I wanted to make it with just 1 lb of turkey (cutting all ingredients in half as well), will the timing still be 18 min. or will it be less? Thanks! (I am from Kiev too, and I love cabbage rolls!!! 🙂 )

            1. 5 stars
              Thanks, Olena! And for the full recipe, with 2 lb of turkey, is it good for 6 quart Instant Pot, or needs to be the 8 quart? I only have the 6 quart, though… Thanks!

              1. 5 stars
                I just made the lazy cabbage rolls ( lazy golubtzi! 🙂 ) – wonderful! And what I especially like is that they are made with brown rice and turkey – so they are not just tasty, they are healthful too :). Thanks again, Olena!

              2. 5 stars
                It came out perfectly, Olena! The ultimate comfort food on a cold day! :). Can’t get enough of it :).

        51. 5 stars
          I just made this and it was soooo good! Husband said it was amazing. We loved it. I made it with diced tomatoes and green chiles instead of all diced tomatoes since that was all I had and it turned out great.

          1. Yay! Saves a lot of time this way. Oh, those tomatoes are amazing. Add flavour and spice. I never seem to have those on hand cause my tomatoes are from Costco. I should buy a few cans for fun. 🙂

        52. 5 stars
          Excellent. I’m use to southern cuisine being that the family is from Mississippi, I find most dishes lacking seasoning & flavor. I didn’t think I was going to like it, but I am trying to cook healthier and cut back on red meat when I found this recipe. It was very easy to make and I was very pleasantly surprised, it is very tasty & delicious. I loved it.

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