Instant Pot Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls in white dishes.
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Instant Pot Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls

Unstuffed cabbage rolls are a savory blend of rice, tomato sauce, ground beef, sausage, spices, and of course, cabbage. This quick and easy Instant Pot version will be the newest addition to your weekly dinner menu.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Come to Pressure and Natural Release20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American, European
Keyword: Cabbage Rolls, Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls, Instant Pot, Cabbage Roll Soup, Unstuffed Cabbage Roll Soup
Servings: 12 Servings
Calories: 198kcal
Author: Berly's Kitchen


  • 1/2 Pound Ground Beef
  • 1/2 Pound Ground Pork or Ground Sausage
  • 1 Cup Yellow Onion (about 1 medium onion, diced)
  • 2 Teaspoons Paprika
  • 2 Teaspoons Garlic Powder
  • 2 Teaspoons Onion Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt (or to taste)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Pepper
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 5 Cups Beef Broth (low sodium if available)
  • 1 Cup White Rice (uncooked)
  • 5 Cups Green Cabbage (half large head, cut into 2-inch pieces)
  • 1/2 Cup Ketchup
  • 1/2 Cup Tomato Sauce


  • Turn the Instant Pot on saute, and wait for the liner to get hot. Add the onions, ground beef, ground pork, salt, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, and pepper. Saute until the meat is cooked completely and no pink remains (about 5-7 minutes).
  • Turn off the Instant Pot, then add the beef broth, bay leaves, and rice. Stir to combine. There should be plenty of liquid to more than cover all the contents of the pot. 
  • Do not stir the next ingredients. Layer them in this order. Add the cabbage in an even layer, then pour the ketchup and tomato sauce on top.
  • Close the lid and make sure the valve is set to sealing. Use the manual (pressure cook) button to adjust the time to 5 minutes. After the time is up, allow a 10 minute natural pressure release before opening the valve to release any remaining pressure. Open the lid, and stir the contents.
  • Serve hot. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.



*The calories listed are an approximate and are based on the ingredients used and serving size of about 1 cup.
*Please see post for additional information regarding the recipe, tips, and substitutions.
*A 6-Quart Instant Pot Duo was used in this recipe. We cannot give advice on increasing or decreasing the volume, since we have not tested the recipe in another size pressure cooker.


Calories: 198kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 850mg | Potassium: 320mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 300IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1.3mg
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