by Olena

Instant Pot Cabbage Rolls

by Olena

5 from 18 reviews

Unstuffed Instant Pot Cabbage Rolls is healthy 30 minute one pot dinner without extra work. Ultimate comfort food like my mom and grandma in Ukraine used to make.

Dinners like Instant Pot stuffed peppers and bolognese sauce are in our regular rotation.

Instant Pot Cabbage Rolls on a spoon with a steam

Pressure Cooker Cabbage Rolls

Instant Pot cabbage rolls have zero point to roll them. We make them unstuffed and deconstructed on a plate with sour cream and dill right away. Such a healthy and easy comfort food one pot casserole. Instant Pot is amazing for casseroles.

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How to Make Instant Pot Cabbage Rolls

  1. Sauté onion, garlic, ground turkey and spices for 6 minutes or until turkey is in small pieces
  2. Add uncooked sliced cabbage and stir. It helps to prevent burning. Then add water, uncooked brown rice, tomato paste and diced tomatoes. Do not stir.
  3. Cancel Sauté and cook on high pressure for 18 minutes.
  4. Let pressure out right away. No need to wait because who can?! Add dill and stir.

how to make Instant Pot Cabbage Rolls step by step


  • You add uncooked brown rice to Instant Pot.
  • I have not tried white rice but you can experiment.
  • Total recipe time with pressure build up is 40 minutes. These healthy pressure cooker cabbage rolls can be on your dinner table in 40 minutes. And 20 minutes is an idle time to fold the laundry.
  • You will not get Burn message. It is well tested recipe.
  • Don’t stir after you add tomatoes.

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

How to Serve Cabbage Rolls

I will give you the best advice ever like if we were eating together. We enjoy Instant Pot cabbage rolls with generous amount of sour cream or plain yogurt on top. And dark rye bread if you can find it. Or more North American version of toasted whole grain bread.

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

Pressure Cooker Cabbage Rolls served with yogurt and dill on a plate

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Instant Pot Cabbage Rolls

5 from 18 reviews

Unstuffed Instant Pot Cabbage Rolls is healthy 30 minute one pot dinner without extra work. Ultimate comfort food!

  • Author: Olena of
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Ukrainian


  • 2 lbs cabbage, coarsely shredded
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced & divided
  • 2 lbs ground turkey
  • 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 long grain 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, for serving


    1. 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 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    2. 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.
    3. Add cabbage and stir.
    4. Add water + bouillon cube (stock), rice, tomato paste and diced tomatoes. Do not stir.
    5. Close the lid, set pressure vent to Sealing and press Cancel to turn Sauté off. Then press Pressure Cooking on High for 18 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.
    6. After 18 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.
    7. When float valve (pin) is down open the lid, add 1 garlic clove and dill, then stir gently but well. Serve hot with Greek yogurt and whole grain toast.

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

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

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.

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Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

A Little More About Me

Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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  1. 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. 🙂

  2. 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

  3. 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!

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

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