October 9, 2022

Instant Pot Cabbage Rolls

My mom was Polish, and she would make us rolled Cabbage Rolls in a tomato sauce that their housekeeper taught her how to make. They called them Galumpki, and they were made with green cabbage leaves. I find using Savoy Cabbage leaves makes these a little easier to handle, and this Instant Pot cabbage rolls recipe is a great way to use up some of the roasted tomato sauce I have in my refrigerator. 

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Instant Pot Cabbage Rolls

Instant Pot Cabbage Rolls

Yield: 6 servings

My Polish mother made these cabbage rolls when we were kids. The Instant Pot makes it easy! Sub cauliflower rice for a low carb meal option


  • 1 head Savoy cabbage
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 1/2 small onion diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic microplaned
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups rice cooked
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper
  • 1/2 cup water


Remove as many outer leaves from the cabbage.

Pour 1 cup of water into your Instant Pot and set the trivet inside. Stack the cabbage leaves on the trivet that comes with the pot and close the lid. Press the pressure cook button and set the time to 0 minutes. It will take about 6 for the pot to come to pressure. When done, do a manual release of the pressure and remove the cabbage leaves immediately.

Combine the ground beef, onion, garlic, salt, parmesan cheese, and rice in a bowl and mix thoroughly.

Divide the meat mixture evenly among the cabbage leaves. Place the meat mixture in the center of the cabbage roll. Fold the sides of the cabbage over the top of the meat and roll the cabbage tightly.

Pour 1/3 cup of water into the pot and place the rolls directly into the water.

Combine the tomato sauce with the thyme, salt, red pepper, and pepper. Pour the sauce over the top of the rolls in the pot.

Pressure cook on high for 7 minutes. When the time is up, let sit for 5 minutes to naturally release pressure, then do a quick release

Remove the rolls from the pot and set them on a plate. Spoon the remaining sauce over the rolls

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