Rice and Raisin-Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

Plump raisins, apple juice, and a bit of sugar and spice lend a sweetness to these flavorful cabbage bundles made with nutritious and nutty brown rice.

Serves4 to 6

Cooking Time6 min

Cooking Methodsauteeing, slow cooking


Total Timea day or more

Kid FriendlyYes

OccasionCasual Dinner Party, Family Get-together

Recipe Coursemain course, side dish

Dietary Considerationegg-free, gluten-free, halal, kosher, lactose-free, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free, vegan, vegetarian

Equipmentcrock pot



Taste and Texturesavory, spiced, sweet

Type of Dishvegetable


  • 1 large head green cabbage, cored
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium-size yellow onion, chopped
  • ½ cup raisins, soaked in warm water 10 minutes and drained
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 teaspoon sugar or a natural sweetener
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • ¾ cup water
  • ¾ cup apple juice


  1. Steam the cabbage in a large pot with a steamer rack until the first few layers of leaves are softened, about 10 minutes. Remove from the pot and allow to cool.

  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, cover, and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the raisins, parsley, sugar, allspice, and cinnamon, season with cayenne, salt, and black pepper, and mix well. Remove from the heat, stir in the rice and lemon juice, and mix well.

  3. Remove as many of the cabbage leaves that are soft and lay them out on flat surface, rib side down. Place about 1/3 cup of the stuffing mixture on each leaf. Roll up each leaf around the stuffing, tucking in the sides as you roll. Repeat the process until the mixture is used up, steaming more cabbage leaves to soften as necessary.

  4. Place the filled cabbage rolls in a 5½- to 6-quart slow cooker, seam side down. Drizzle with the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, the water, and apple juice. Cover and cook on Low for 6 to 8 hours, until the cabbage is tender. Serve hot.


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