Instant Pot Cabbage Tamales

An impressive recipe for a lavish dinner party… These stuffed cabbage rolls are packed with a delish meat combo, rice and herby filling and then, topped with a delicious tomato sauce.

Instant Pot Cabbage Tamales
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Eastern Europe
Keyword: Cabbage Tamales
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 31 minutes
Total Time: 56 minutes
Servings: 6
  • 2 cups water divided
  • 3 lb head savoy cabbage outer leaves removed and cored
  • 1/2 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 1/3 lb ground pork
  • 1/3 lb ground veal
  • 1/3 lb ground beef
  • 2(28-ounce) cans tomato sauce divided
  • 1/2 cup onion chopped finely
  • 2 large cloves garlic chopped finely
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • to taste Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Arrange a steamer trivet in the bottom of Instant Pot and pour 1½ cups of the water.
  • Arrange the cabbage head on top of the trivet, core-side down.
  • Secure the lid and turn to “Seal” position.
  • Cook on “Manual” with “High Pressure” for about 9 minutes.
  • Meanwhile,in a bowl, add the rice and remaining water and mix well.
  • Set aside for about 10 minutes.
  • In another bowl, add the meat, 1/3 cup of the tomato sauce from 1 can,
    onion, garlic, parsley, salt and pepper and mix well.
  • Press “Cancel” and allow a natural release for about 5 minutes and then, do a quick release.
  • Remove the lid and transfer the cabbage head onto a plate.
  • Remove the water and trivet from the pot.
  • In the pot, add the remaining tomato sauce from the opened can and 1
    teaspoon of salt and mix well.
  • Again, arrange the steamer trivet over the tomato sauce.
  • Drain the rice and add into the bowl with the meat mixture.
  • Carefully, separate the cabbage leaves from the head and shave off the tough veins.
  • Arrange the cabbage leaves onto a smooth surface.
  • Place about 2 tablespoons of the meat mixture onto each leaf and roll up, tucking in the sides.
  • Arrange the rolled leaves on top of the trivet.
  • Place the remaining can of tomato sauce over the rolls evenly.
  • Secure the lid and turn to “Seal” position.
  • Select “Meat/Stew” and just use the default time of 22 minutes.
  • Press “Cancel” and allow a natural release for about 10 minutes and then, do a quick release.
  • Remove the lid and transfer the rolls onto a platter.
  • Serve hot.
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