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Cabbage Rolls on a plate

Traditional Cabbage Rolls

Cabbage rolls made the most traditional way, grandmother’s way, they are to-die-for. This recipe is the epitome of Ukrainian comfort food.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Russian, Ukrainian
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 15 servings
Calories 179kcal


Cabbage Rolls

  • 1 large cabbage head
  • 1 lb ground meat chicken and beef is a great combo
  • 1/2 lb white rice
  • 2 medium onion thinly diced
  • 2 large carrots grated
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp salt adjust to taste
  • 1 tsp pepper adjust to taste

Cabbage Rolls Sauce


  • Boil rice in a pot of salted water until it's cooked. Saute grated carrots and thinly cut onions with olive oil.
    Ingredients for cabbage rolls
  • Cool rice and carrots with onion, combine them together with the meat in a large bowl, add greens and spices, and mix well.
    Filling for the cabbage roll
  • Bring 1 gallon water to boil in a large deep pan, and place the cabbage in the pan. Boil for 2-3 minutes, cut and takeout the upper cabbage leaves, trying to keep them from braking. Repeat until the cabbage leaves are too small. Let the leaves cool.
    Cabbage boiling at a pot
  • Cut out the hard part of the cabbage leaves by slicing each piece into two and removing the middle of the leaf
    Cabbage leaves in a bowl
  • Place cabbage leaf into your hand, add filling and fold over the cabbage leaf into a roll.
    Hand with cabbage leaf, another and with cabbage roll
  • Press the top of the pocket into the filling.
    Rolled yo cabbage roll in process
  • Place the cabbage rolls into a ceramic pot, spaced tightly together.
  • For the Sauce - preheat skillet with a bit of oil, add onion rings and saute until they are golden brown. Pour sour cream and tomato sauce into the pan. Combine everything together.
    Onion sour cream and tomato sauce in a pan
  • Pour sauce over cabbage rolls. Bake them in an oven at 375F for 45 minutes.
    Sauce over the cabbage rolls
  • Serve the cabbage rolls while they are warm with a dollop of sour cream.
    Cabbage Rolls in a bowl


Calories: 179kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 91mg | Potassium: 374mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1549IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 1mg