Skillet Cabbage Rolls (Ground Beef)

Skillet Cabbage Rolls (Ground Beef) Recipe

Skillet Cabbage Rolls (Ground Beef) Recipe. If you’re in need of a hearty dinner idea, this is a great pick.

This dish combines ground beef’s richness with the fresh, slightly sweet taste of cabbage, all cooked together in one skillet. It’s easy, filling, and saves you time and dishes.

You’ll need simple ingredients like ground beef, cabbage, onion, garlic, and a few pantry staples like tomato sauce and beef broth. Ideal for a cozy family dinner or when you want something tasty without too much fuss.

It’s straightforward, delicious, and just right for anyone looking for a satisfying meal. No fancy tricks here, just good food that’s easy to make.

cloesup of Skillet Stuffed Cabbage Rolls in a skillet.

Tips and Tricks

Prep Ahead: Mince your onion and garlic in advance. You can even keep these prepped a day ahead in the fridge. This not only saves time but makes the cooking process less hectic.

Brown the Beef Well: Don’t rush browning the ground beef. Let it get a nice, rich color before you add the onions and garlic. This caramelization adds a deep, savory flavor to the dish.

Deglaze the Pan: After browning the beef and sautéing the onion and garlic, pour a little beef broth into the skillet and scrape up any browned bits stuck to the bottom. These bits are packed with flavor and will enhance the overall taste of your dish.

Season in Layers: Season your dish in layers to build more flavor. Add a little salt and pepper when you add the cabbage, not just when cooking the beef. This ensures every layer of your dish is well-seasoned.

Customize the Thickness: If you prefer a thicker sauce, you can let the dish simmer uncovered for the last 5-10 minutes. This allows some of the liquid to evaporate, thickening the sauce naturally without needing a thickener.

Add Fresh Herbs: If you have them on hand, stir in some fresh herbs like parsley or dill towards the end of cooking. Fresh herbs can brighten up the dish and add a pop of fresh flavor.

Acid Adjustment: After the dish has simmered and right before serving, taste it and consider adding a bit more lemon juice if it needs a little more acidity to balance the sweetness of the brown sugar.

Cheese It Up: For a cheesy twist, sprinkle some grated Parmesan or crumbled feta over the top before serving. Cheese adds a nice depth of flavor and creaminess to the dish.

Rice Choices: While white rice is a classic option, you can also serve this with brown rice or even a grain like quinoa for a different texture and added nutrition.

Sour Cream Swap: If you’re out of sour cream or just want to try something different, dollop some plain Greek yogurt on top. It’s just as creamy but with a tangier flavor that complements the richness of the beef and tomato sauce.

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Skillet Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Nesting Lane Indulge
Enjoy a tasty dinner with this Skillet Cabbage Rolls recipe, featuring ground beef and cabbage in a simple, one-pan dinner.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4



  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Season the beef with salt and pepper.
  • Place the seasoned beef in the skillet and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it's browned.
  • Add the onion and garlic to the skillet. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until the onion becomes translucent.
  • Pour in the tomato sauce, beef broth, brown sugar, lemon juice, and Worcestershire sauce.
  • Stir everything together until it's well mixed.
  • Add the cabbage to the skillet. Bring the mixture to a simmer.
  • Cover the skillet and let it simmer for about 20 minutes, or until the cabbage is tender.
  • Serve the dish over rice, topped with a bit of sour cream.


Calories: 360kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 18gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 744mgFiber: 7gSugar: 13gVitamin C: 76mgCalcium: 127mgIron: 4mg
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