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Slow Cooker Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

This slow cooker stuffed cabbage recipe is so yummy that even my kids love it! Roll them up, let them cook all day in your crockpot and it tastes amazing. No side dishes needed for this dinner idea. Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day or any time of the year really. Here’s an easy way to make this classic dish.

slow cooker stuffed cabbage

This slow cooker stuffed cabbage recipe that is now part of our favorite crockpot recipes. Perfect addition around St. Patricks Day but so good we make them year round for our family too! (originally published 2/16, affiliate links present)

Slow Cooker Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

We are a typical family, hence the name The Typical Mom. We cook the same dishes week after week. But sometimes it is time to add a new meal! I love easy crockpot meals and so naturally my mind goes there.

Most of our favorite dishes are “dump meals” but every once and a while it’s nice to take some time and make something different. This is one of those but it is so worth it when it is done. A family secret recipe that has been passed down for generations, but shared here with you today. 😉

Let’s talk a little bit about slow cooking shall we?? First off I have a few different varieties and I love them all. Each one has an occasion to be used like….

  1. This is my favorite 6 quart programmable one with a locking lid so it’s great for bringing to a potluck too.
  2. If you just want to serve a few appetizers you should get this one that sit side by side one another.
  3. I prefer not to use liners, but rather just spray olive oil inside before adding my food for easier cleanups.

Let me give you a peek of my pretty thang I bought recently. It goes with my kitchen so I can just leave it out on the countertop all the time. 😉

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Stuffed Cabbage Rolls Slow Cooker with Rice

Everyone has their own method with these, especially if your family has made them for years. Maybe you have your own stuffing but need to understand how to cook it this way. By all means use your own creation and our timing. Ours requires white rice, precooked beforehand. Others leave that out, up to you.

  • We make stuffed green peppers pretty regularly. This recipe reminds me of that. It is inexpensive, pretty healthy, and once you take the time to make the cabbage rolls (less than an hr.), it cooks by itself.

It’s one of those down home meals that you may have had as a child, and a great “present” dinner to get your children to try!

Since then we’ve made this into Instant Pot stuffed cabbage too and it’s a winner. The only difference between the 2 stuffed cabbage rolls is the cook time really.

slow cooker stuffed cabbage

Slow Cooker Cabbage Rolls

First thing first you need to cook the ground beef or turkey. I have also used spicy ground sausage and I will admit, the later was our favorite. Your choice though, either works.

  • Include some diced onions, garlic, any other spices you enjoy. We have used either diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, or spaghetti sauce.

This will later be poured over your slow cooker cabbage rolls.

Stuffed cabbage recipe

At this time make some rice. I use my pressure cookers for this step so it goes quickly. You can follow our Instant Pot white rice or Ninja Foodi rice instructions for that.

  • Once your meat/onion mixture is cooked put it in a large bowl combined with your cooked rice.

Mix together your other ingredients so it will be like an assembly line once you have everything.

Crockpot stuffed cabbage
  • It may look like a lot of steps but after your first time you will pretty much know what to do. 

Boil your largest leaves from each head of cabbage in a boiling pot of water. There are really only 4-5 per head so I would buy 2 if you’re making enough for a family of 4 or more.

It’s a bit like when you blanch bell peppers, you just want to soften them.

stuffed cabbage

When I take the leaves out of the water I put them on a plate with a paper towel to absorb some of the water.

  • Fill the softened leaf with about this much meat mixture in center. Then roll like a burrito with the sides folded in first.
  • Fold the leaf and roll it all the way up securing the side with the seam side up with 2 toothpicks so it doesn’t unravel.
    • Do not use colored toothpicks as the color will bleed through.
Slow cooker stuffed cabbage recipe
Crockpot cabbage rolls.

Crockpot Stuffed Cabbage

I use a larger portable crock pot for this meal. Let them cook and have a fabulous meal. Even my kids love this slow cooker stuffed cabbage recipe!!

  • Cabbage leaves
  • Ground beef – we like spicy ground sausage the best
  • Onion
  • Egg
  • 1 cup cooked rice – make 1/2 cup grain add 1 cup water minimum to cook to fluffy
  • Tomato sauce
    • spaghetti sauce or tomato soup could be substituted
  • 1/4 cup Milk
  • Ketchup
  • Honey
  • Spices

Garlic salt/powder is a must, I use Worcestershire sauce too. I suggest that you use regular toothpicks and not colored. I did that once and it seeped out and turned my leaves pink!

Crockpot stuffed cabbage

Slow cooker stuffed cabbage

  • Cook the ground beef, turkey, or sausage with your onion and garlic. 
  • Combine that with your cooked rice, egg, and milk in one bowl.
  • Combine ingredients for the sauce together and add 1/4 of it into your meat mixture. 
  • Boil cabbage leaves for 2 minutes.
  • Roll meat mixture into cabbage pieces like a burrito folding sides in and securing with 2 toothpicks each. 
  • Put some of your tomato sauce on bottom of crockpot.
  • Lay cabbage rolls down trying not to overlap them, and pour remaining sauce on top. 
  • Cook in your crockpot on high for 4-5 hrs. or low for 8-9 hrs.

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Slow Cooker Stuffed Cabbage

This slow cooker stuffed cabbage recipe is so yummy that even my kids love it! Roll them up, let them cook all day in your crockpot and it tastes amazing. No side dishes needed for this dinner idea. Perfect for St.Patricks Day or any time of the year really. Here’s an easy way to make this classic dish. 
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American, irish
Keyword crockpot, slow cooker, stuffed cabbage
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 301kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef ground turkey or we prefer spicy ground sausage
  • 5 large cabbage leaves or more depending on how many you want to make
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 c milk
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 c cooked rice
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 can tomato sauce 15 oz, or more if you like a wetter filling, can use spaghetti sauce instead
  • 2 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 1/2 tsp worchestshire sauce
  • 2 tbsp honey

Instructions

  • Cook the ground beef, turkey, or sausage with your onion and garlic. 
  • Combine that with your cooked rice, egg, and milk in one bowl. Combine ingredients for the sauce together and add 1/4 of it into your meat mixture. 
  • Boil cabbage leaves for 2 minutes. Roll meat mixture into cabbage pieces like a burrito folding sides in and securing with 2 toothpicks each. 
  • Put some of your tomato sauce on bottom of crockpot. Lay cabbage rolls down trying not to overlap them, and pour remaining sauce on top. 
  • Cook in your crockpot on high for 4-5 hrs. or low for 8-9 hrs.

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Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Stuffed Cabbage
Amount Per Serving (4 oz)
Calories 301 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 81mg27%
Sodium 1196mg52%
Potassium 643mg18%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin A 575IU12%
Vitamin C 9.1mg11%
Calcium 49mg5%
Iron 2.8mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Bertha Oldenkamp

Monday 16th of January 2023

Sounds like the rice and meat would get pretty mushy if it is cooked prior to wrapping in the cabbage then another 4 to 9 hours in a slow cooker!! I would make the stuffing mixture with uncooked meat and uncooked Minute Rice.

The Typical Mom

Monday 16th of January 2023

There wouldn't be enough liquid to get the rice cooked this way, we have been making it this way for tens of years and love it.

Fun size wife

Monday 29th of February 2016

Never heard of cooking the meat before wrapping it in the cabbage leaves.

Miz Helen

Wednesday 17th of February 2016

We just love Stuffed Cabbage and your recipe looks delicious. Hope you had a great Valentine Weekend and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Come Back Soon! Miz Helen

The Typical Mom

Tuesday 23rd of February 2016

Thanks

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