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Easy Instant Pot Stuffed Cabbage

This Instant Pot stuffed cabbage is a great dinner filled with ground beef, rice, cheese and tons of flavor. If you want to go all out to make an old fashioned favorite, this is how it’s done fast! Just a few minutes in your pressure cooker and dinner is done.

If you loved our Instant Pot stuffed cabbage casserole but really want to do it like your Grandmother did back in the day this one is great too.

Easy Instant Pot Stuffed Cabbage

This Instant Pot stuffed cabbage is now one of my favorites because I can make it so easily and quickly. We are at it again with another dinner to add to our 101+ easy Instant Pot recipes and this one is a favorite. (affiliate links present)

Ninja Foodi Stuffed Cabbage

I wasn’t a fan of cabbage recipes when I was younger. It was something my nana made like a lot but there was no way it was going in my mouth. Fast forward to 40 and now I love it! After making this for my husband when we first got married, I wanted to make it in my new pot and was amazed at how well it turned out.

You can use any brand of electric pressure cooker to make this one. I have a few of them and know that they all work the same way. I love my Mealthy, Crockpot Express and Ninja Foodi pots. The latter has the air fryer function so you could melt some parmesan cheese on the top too if you wanted.

If you are new to pressure cooking we have a lot of easy one pot meal recipes for you here. To begin with let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have (a 6 quart) and use for all recipe creations.

star wars instant pot

Pressure Cooker Cabbage Rolls

I made a version of this a while back that we called unstuffed cabbage casserole on the stove that came out well. But there is something about the traditional style that we love too. So good right??? I have a 6 qt Instant Pot and have a few accessories I use, the bowl I link to below is one that works well for this easy cabbage recipe.

You’re only going to use the outer largest cabbage leaves for this one. Whether you make these in the oven or this method you would need to blanch them quickly so they become softened enough to wrap the middle filling up like a burrito.

Don’t worry though, I hate waste too. The rest of it I have lots of other suggestions for. You can search the word cabbage in my search bar and there are TONS of ideas. I would say our favorite one to do with the rest is to make something like our Instant Pot fried cabbage. Always a huge hit!

head of cabbage

Instant Pot Stuffed Cabbage with Tomato Soup

You are going to start off by making Instant Pot white rice which only takes a few minutes. Then proceed to the next steps like browning your ground beef so all the insides are cooked. You can do all the cooking right inside the same pot using the saute function so you don’t dirty more than one pan.

You could use tomato soup, sauce, or even spaghetti sauce for the moisture. It is best to coat the whole outside so the flavors seep in. Add heat with red pepper flakes if you want or leave mild as is.

  1. Electric pressure cooker
    1. Instant Pot or Ninja Foodi
  2. 7″ bowl is what fits well inside ours
  3. Head of cabbage
  4. Cup of water
  5. Diced tomatoes
  6. Cooked rice – white rice or brown rice
  7. Italian sausage – spicy is good

Salt and pepper to taste, and any other seasonings that are your musts. Below is what your stuffed cabbage rolls will look like when they’re put in the pan and on the trivet inside your pot.

stuffed cabbage
cabbage rolls

Stuffed Cabbage in a Pot

This is how to make this: First you’ll want to get your rice cooking in any way you prefer. I pressure cook it but that is up to you, set aside when done. On the stove top get a pot of water boiling and add blanch cabbage leaf in order to soften them a bit.

  • Take your cooked cabbage (not mushy cooked, just softened so you can roll/fold them) out and place on a paper towel

Set Instant Pot to saute, add sausage, olive oil, onions and cook until meat is no longer pink. Turn pot off now. Add cooked rice and tomato sauce into your mixture, stir. Move this meat mixture to a bowl and rinse out your pot. Pour water into your pot with a trivet inside.

Put 1 cabbage leaf on a cutting board, spoon in meat rice mix and roll up like a present Place this with folded side facing down into a 6-7″ oven safe dish or springform pan

  • Then pour diced tomatoes on top of it all like in the photo above.
    • You can add any seasonings now, at least salt and pepper is great
  • Set to high pressure cook time for 15 minutes
    • I like to quick release the pressure when done
Instant Pot Stuffed Cabbage

Instant Pot Cabbage Rolls

Spoon out on to a plate and sprinkle with more seasonings and parmesan cheese You can add spices of your choice but if you use spicy Italian sausage you really don’t need a lot. For a really flavorful and spicy stuffed cabbage dish just use the sausage and omit the ground beef. I have added some diced onion as well too at times if I have it.

Looking for more simple cabbage recipes? I mean we can’t really get enough either so here we go with a few others you will want to try after this one like;

  1. Instant Pot butter cabbage is simple but the best side dish that goes with all the things.
  2. Of course if you want to make dinner with this veggie at the same time you can do that with our Instant Pot corned beef and cabbage duo.

We share how to cook cabbage of ALL different types and techniques here too. From on the stove to the oven and everywhere in between you’ll find it all here.

pressure cooker stuffed cabbage
pressure cooker stuffed cabbage 2

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Instant Pot Stuffed Cabbage

This Instant Pot stuffed cabbage is a great dinner filled with ground beef, rice, cheese and tons of flavor. Just a few minutes in your pressure cooker! 
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword instant pot, pressure cooker, stuffed cabbage
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 752kcal
Author The Typical Mom



  • Make rice so it is precooked, use your Instant Pot to make it (2 cups). Remove core from cabbage and gently remove the largest outside leaves off, boil for about 3 minutes just so they soften. 
  • Turn your Instant Pot on to the saute mode and add sausage and ground beef. Add diced onion and seasoning salt if you want to add that.
  • Mix in cooked rice and tomato or spaghetti sauce.
  • Lay cabbage leaves out on a large surface and stuff with meat and rice mixture. 
  • Fold the ends of the cabbage leaves over and roll up. Place in a springform pan or oven-safe dish that will fit in the Instant Pot (6"-7" dishes fit in my 6 qt.), with the folded side of the rolls down. 
  • Rinse out pot from meat mixture. Add 1 ½ cups of water to the inner pot of the Instant Pot, then a trivet goes in too. Pour diced tomatoes over the cabbage rolls, place the dish on trivet in the Instant Pot. 
  • Close the lid of the Instant Pot and turn to sealing position. Set for a manual high-pressure time of 15 minutes. 
  • When the time has finished, allow for a natural release. Serve with additional rice if desired.


Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Stuffed Cabbage
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 752 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Fat 30g46%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 83mg28%
Sodium 508mg22%
Potassium 981mg28%
Carbohydrates 91g30%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 28g56%
Vitamin A 345IU7%
Vitamin C 93.8mg114%
Calcium 169mg17%
Iron 4.6mg26%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Instant Pot Stuffed Cabbage
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Beth Moss

Wednesday 2nd of October 2019

for stuffed cabbage rolls: Confused On what you mean by adding one 1-1/2 cups water to "inner pot". Do you mean to the oven safe dish that will contain the stuffed cabbage? Or the slow cooker pot that goes inside of the Ninja Foodi?

The Typical Mom

Monday 30th of December 2019

The inner pot is underneath the dish with the cabbage in it so it can steam.

Tracy Lucas

Sunday 19th of May 2019

Justine I want to try this with my new pot. What kind of dish is safe to put in this cooker metal, glass, ceramic dinner dishes etc... confused on this

The Typical Mom

Monday 20th of May 2019

There's a link in the post that is blue for the 7" bowl.

Carrie Kleckner

Saturday 7th of July 2018

This recipe for stuffed cabbage is my childhood right there! I loved them as a kid & would love them even more now! Thanks for sharing!

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