Cabbage Rolls in the slow cooker or Instant Pot

Slow Cooker or Instant Pot Cabbage Rolls Recipe

By Melissa Norris | Instant Pot/ Pressure Cooking

Apr 18

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This slow cooker cabbage rolls recipe is one of my very favorites. I’ve tried the unstuffed version and the oven version, but this is best cooked on low in the slow cooker of Instant Pot. Is there any busy woman out there who doesn’t love her slow cooker or Instant Pot? It’s like having a kitchen robot, I tell it when I want dinner, toss in the ingredients, and at supper time, an amazing meal is ready. Now if we could do this for the rest of the house…

Two cabbage rolls sitting on a white plate with a fork and napkin off to the side. Text overlay says, "Best Ever Slow Cooker Cabbage Rolls".

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Or better yet, put these in your Instant Pot using the slow cooker function, seriously, the Instant Pot has been one of the best investments I’ve made on our homestead and I”ll never go without one.

Delicious Slow Cooker Cabbage Rolls 

Depending upon how long you’re gone for the day and how hot your slow cooker cooks, you might find it over cooks. Because my sweet mother lives up the road, I’ve often dropped off my slow cooker so she could turn it off for me, but now that I’ve discovered my beloved Instant Pot (isn’t it the coolest thing ever), I won’t have to try and fit putting my slow cooker in day care while I’m gone. In the process of making delicious slow cooker cabbage rolls

My picky seven-year-old will eat these slow cooker cabbage rolls with gusto and it’s even better the second day.

Boil a pot of water and add head of cabbage, cook for 2 minutes and drain. (You can freeze cabbage then thaw and skip the boiling part. We just need the leaves soft enough to roll)How to make slow cooker cabbage rolls Recipe at #glutenfree and a family favorite, even with the picky kid

Combine rice, egg, liquid, onion, garlic, beef, salt, and seasonings in large bowl. Tip: If you want more veggies, try grated carrots or cauliflower in place of the rice or quinoa. Place 1/4 cup meat mixture in center of leaf and roll, tucking ends. Place cabbage rolls seam side down in slow cooker.

Mix all sauce ingredients together and pour over rolls. Depending upon the size of the cabbage, I sometimes double the sauce if I have more than 10 rolls, or if I want extra sauce to sop up my bread.

Cook cabbage rolls on low 8 hours in slow cooker, or on high for 4 hours if you didn’t get it started in time. Now ooh and ahh with your family. It’s the perfect mix of sweet and sour. The texture of the cabbage reminds me of pot stickers, another favorite.Best ever slow cooker cabbage rolls These are gluten free and so good even my picky eater eight-year-old gobbles them up. Can you say healthy comfort food? Recipe at
I made quite a few changes to this recipe but the first cabbage roll recipe I ever used was this one, and the one this is heavily adapted from. I adapted it for a healthier gluten-free and traditional foods version.


Pioneering Today Slow Cooker Cabbage Rolls Recipe

  • Author: MelissaKNorris
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours 15 mins
  • Yield: 10 1x



  • 10 cabbage leaves
  • 1/2 cup uncooked wild rice, quinoa, grated carrots and/or cauliflower)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup water or broth
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • Sauce (If you like lots of sauce, feel free to double this, I’ve done it both ways)
  • 1 15 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 2 Tbs. honey
  • 2 Tbs. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce


  1. Boil a pot of water and add head of cabbage, cook for 2 minutes and drain. (You can freeze cabbage then thaw and skip the boiling part. We just need the leaves soft enough to roll)
  2. Combine rice, egg, liquid, onion, garlic, beef, salt, and seasonings in large bowl. Place 1/4 cup meat mixture in center of leaf and roll up like a burrito. Place seam side down in slow cooker.
  3. Mix all sauce ingredients together and pour over rolls. Cook on low 8 hours in slow cooker.

Best Ever Slow Cooker Cabbage Roll recipe at gluten free and even picky kids love it. Healthy comfort food!


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The sauce is especially good when sopped up with some homemade bread made in less than 5 minutes a day.

What’s your favorite slow cooker dish?

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About the Author

Melissa K. Norris inspires people's faith and pioneer roots with her books, podcast, and blog. Melissa lives with her husband and two children in their own little house in the big woods in the foothills of the North Cascade Mountains. When she's not wrangling chickens and cattle, you can find her stuffing Mason jars with homegrown food and playing with flour and sugar in the kitchen.

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