Easy Recipes

Cabbage Roll Skillet

Cabbage rolls just became a viable weeknight dinner with this quicker to make skillet dinner, which skips the cabbage rolling and gets dinner directly on the table. It’s less work, yet the payoff of a comforting home-cooked meal all the same.


  • 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 lb. (90% lean) ground beef
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped (about 1 c.)
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/2 c. long-grain white rice
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 (14.5-oz.) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (8-oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. granulated sugar
  • Large pinch of ground cinnamon
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 5 c. chopped green cabbage (from about 1 [9-oz.] head)
  • 1 tbsp. chopped fresh dill or parsley leaves, plus more for serving


  1. Step 1In a large, high-sided skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil. Add beef and onion; season with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cook, breaking up beef with a wooden spoon, until beef is cooked through and browned and onion is tender, about 8 minutes. 
  2. Step 2Add rice and garlic to skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until rice is lightly toasted and garlic is fragrant and light golden, about 2 minutes. Add diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, vinegar, Worcestershire, paprika, granulated sugar, cinnamon, 3/4 cup water, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. 
  3. Step 3Bring mixture to a boil, then arrange cabbage over rice mixture. Cover and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer until rice and cabbage are tender and the liquid is mostly absorbed, 22 to 25 minutes.
  4. Step 4Uncover, add dill, and stir to combine; season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with more dill and serve.