This Instant Pot stuffed cabbage casserole is so tasty! Simple pressure cooker cabbage recipe to make for dinner. Unstuffed cabbage is so much easier to make than the traditional method. The ultimate 15 minute comfort food, we love this recipe!
This Instant Pot stuffed cabbage casserole as we called it was full of flavor, the cabbage maintained a perfect not too soft and not underdone consistency, and overall was a healthy meal for all 5 of us. Definitely one of our favorite Instant Pot recipes now! (originally published 1/18, affiliate links present)
Instant Pot unstuffed cabbage
I hadn’t ever had a stuffed cabbage roll at all until I met my husband.
He raved about this dish his grandmother used to make so I gave it a whirl years ago and shared it here on my slow cooker stuffed cabbage post.
Let’s start with a few basic tips:
- Make sure to Bookmark our InstaPot recipes page. We add new ones each week!
- Then PRINT this —–> Instant Pot cooking times cheat sheet that will help you understand how long meat, vegetables and beans take to cook in your pressure cooker.
- This is a great InstaPot cookbook and a set of wooden utensils are great to grab too.
- I HIGHLY recommend you buy this non stick pot.
- You should still deglaze pressure cooker after sautéing but it won’t have as many issues with this better liner.
For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have (a 6 quart) and use for all recipe creations.
In the past making stuffed cabbage was quite time consuming, and my kids found it hard to eat. SO I thought a deconstructed version would be a bigger hit in our house. That is where this creation came about. 😉
I got to experimenting and boy did it come out great! On the first go around it was perfect, and thinned out with some more broth it makes a great soup reheated as well.
- Two meals out of one creation is my kinda one pot meal I tell you.
Instant Pot unstuffed cabbage rolls
I thought about this dish the other night since I hadn’t made it in a while. A sort of deconstructed Instant Pot stuffed cabbage dish was what I wanted. It took only 12 minutes to cook and was great!
I love being able to dump and go with my pressure cooker and have a complete meal in under 30 minutes including the time it takes to pressurize.
If making this you can opt for ground beef or I like a mixture of 1/2 lb. spicy ground sausage and 1/2 beef.
Unstuffed cabbage casserole really is a complete meal. Other than a dinner roll I don’t serve it with much.
You could but the consistency of the leaves will be a bit mushy when reheated. I suggest storing in the fridge and reheating in the next 2-3 days for the best results. 1 min. in the microwave should do it.
- The cabbage cut up into little squares works perfectly when you’re ready to eat and makes it the perfect consistency once it is done.
I don’t like it too wilted and soft or super crunchy either. This timing made it turn out perfectly. Even the kids said it was a winner of a dinner. 😉
My mother in law was over and raved about it too. You could use ground turkey if you rather, and topped with grated parmesan cheese at the end is a must!
Instant Pot unstuffed cabbage casserole
- 1/2 head of cabbage
- cabbage leaves cut into 1″ squares
- 1 jar spaghetti sauce (I just grabbed what was on sale)
- Can of tomato soup
- or tomato sauce if necessary
- 1 lb. ground beef….or ground sausage is amazing – this is how to defrost Instant Pot frozen ground beef in case you forgot to thaw it out the night before. 😉
- Onion and garlic
- White rice – uncooked
- some have used brown rice, cook times would be different if using this
- Beef broth
- could use water
- Spices, salt and pepper
Like I said, it is a really easy dinner to put together and probably something new you haven’t tried before.
If you love Instant Pot casseroles we have a few here on our site so after you’ve tried and love this you should head on over and make our Instant Pot chicken parmesan casserole too. 😉
I have also made a slow cooker stuffed cabbage soup that was amazing but of course took all day to cook
- Then I made this pressure cooker cabbage soup we loved.
- It’s now included in our list of Instant Pot soup recipes
If you want to make a similar dish but on the stovetop, try our unstuffed cabbage casserole recipe here.
Instant Pot stuffed cabbage casserole
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Time needed: 15 minutes.
Instant Pot Cabbage Casserole
Turn Instant Pot to saute, normal. Add a bit of olive oil, ground beef and diced onion. Could add minced garlic too. Cook until beef is not pink and onions soften
Turn Instant Pot OFF/cancel button and deglaze your pot. Important step so pot does not overheat and can cool off while draining grease and adding other ingredients.
If you do not turn it off in between you may have an error/burn code come on as it senses it is overheating.
- Add ingredients
Pour in all other ingredients EXCEPT rice and cabbage. Do not stir.
When all other ingredients are added pour uncooked rice in, do not stir.
Break up chunks of cabbage and add to top of your mixture, gently push down into the liquid. (make sure pot is not more than 3/4 full or it may not reach pressure)
Put lid on and close steam valve. Cook at high pressure for 10 minutes (or if you don’t have that option push your rice button which will automatically set for 12 minutes).
Do a natural release for 2 minutes, then a quick release.
Lift lid carefully, stir, and serve! Can top with chives or even cheese!! It will thicken more as it sits.
* NOTE: Make sure you do a quick release at the end or else the cabbage will become too soft.
- Also, this will thicken quite a bit as it cools and sits in the pot. Initially it will be a bit thinner.
Just allow the cooked rice and cabbage to sit after pressure cooking to get thicker. Consistency in the photos is approx. 5-10 after taking lid off.
Instant Pot Stuffed Cabbage Casserole
- 1 lb ground beef or ground sausage
- 3 1/2 c beef broth
- 1 tbsp garlic minced
- 1 c rice white, uncooked
- 1 onion diced
- 1 jar spaghetti sauce 20 oz
- 1 can tomato soup 10 oz
- 1 dash hot sauce optional
- 1 tbsp worchestershire sauce
- 1 tsp garlic salt
- 1 tsp oregano
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2-3 c cabbage cut into small chunks 2×2 pcs
- Turn Instant Pot to saute, normal. Add a bit of olive oil, ground beef and diced onion. Cook until beef is not pink and onions soften
- Turn Instant Pot OFF/cancel button and deglaze your pot. Important step so pot does not overheat and can cool off while draining grease and adding other ingredients. If you do not turn it off in between you may have an error/burn code come on as it senses it is overheating.
- Add in all other ingredients except rice and cabbage. Do not stir.
- When all other ingredients are added pour uncooked rice in, do not stir.
- Break up chunks of cabbage and add to top of your mixture, gently push down into the liquid. (make sure pot is not more than 3/4 full or it may not reach pressure)
- Put lid on and close steam valve.
- Push rice button, or if you don't have that then choose pressure high for 10 minutes.
- Allow to naturally release steam for 2 minutes followed by a quick release.
- Lift lid carefully, stir, and serve! Can top with chives or even parmesan cheese!! It will thicken more as it sits.
Wednesday 27th of October 2021
This recipe is fantastic. Made it today as a meal to share with neighbors who were moving as well as our family dinner. Served with some crusty bread. This is soooo good. I don’t like slippery or soggy cabbage. I cooked for 10 minutes on high pressure. The rice and cabbage were perfect. It sat for a few hours before we ate dinner. Nothing became soggy, including the rice. Thanks for sharing this recipe :)
Monday 29th of March 2021
Tried this for the first time and it turned out great - unanimous thumbs up from the family. Will likely add a few things to the mix but will definitely be making it again.
Saturday 11th of April 2020
Kept on getting "burned" notification 🤪 I even cleaned it, added more water. Kept showing up
Friday 3rd of April 2020
Since rice is usually 1:1 with liquid, could I reduce the broth by 1 cup, cook the rice separately and then just add it at the end when everything is cooked?
Monday 16th of March 2020
Excellent..my wife asked me to please bookmark this site. Still learning my IP but your directions were excellent. I read through your instructions several times for baseline and then went with my tastes. Beef and hot Italian pork sauteed with onions, poured into another bowl and drained. Did 3.5 cups broth made with better than bullion and used it to deglaze the pot. (Yes, I have the non stick. Much easier to clean) After adding the meat and onions back to the pot I added the spices and 1 can of great value sauerkraut (Walmart brand). Less than 2T of additional liquid. I used 1 cup of rice a roni beef because I had some I wanted to use up. I used most of an 8 inch head of green cabbage chopped as instructed. (I have an 8 qt viva). Took almost 20 minutes to come to pressure and almost 6 minutes to fully vent on quick release after the 12 minutes cook time. Thank you so much for the inspiration. Much easier than rolling all those stuffed rolls. We are both over full and had to stop ourselves. Plenty to share with the bil and nephew.
The Typical Mom
Tuesday 17th of March 2020
So glad I could help!!