Low Carb Cabbage Rolls

Low Carb Cabbage Rolls

Low Carb Cabbage Rolls

This delicious, healthy Low Carb Cabbage Rolls recipe is sure to become a favorite in your house. A wonderful, hearty dish that tastes amazing served simply with cauliflower mash and a simple serve of greens on the side. Ideal for anyone trying to cut back on sugar and carbs in their life, it’s a recipe the whole family are going to love. It suits low carb, keto and LCHF ways of eating. It’s perfect as well for diabetics, celiacs and those with gluten intolerances.

This is a wonderful way to use up that cheap cabbage that you bought from the supermarket. Serve with low carb sides to keep it low carb kosher such as cauliflower mash. Even the carb lovers in your house are going to love it and they will never guess that it is low carb. It’s a wonderful versatile dish that can cater for the different requirements in your household, which is why I love making this recipe.

Low Carb Cabbage Rolls
Low Carb Cabbage Rolls
Tips for Making Low Carb Cabbage Rolls

A few tips to help you create these delicious rolls. You need to steam or boil large cabbage leaves before you use them to create your rolls in this recipe.

Make sure you boil the cabbage leaves, or steam them, until they are soft enough to roll up. I boil mine for between 10 to 15 minutes. Allow them to cool enough so you don’t burn your fingers. You may also need to cut out the thick stalky part of the cabbage leaf to make it easier to roll it up. I generally do this after I have cooked them so they retain their shape.

Drain the cabbage leaves as quite a bit of moisture comes off them when they cook. You may need to do some patch work as you make these Low Carb Cabbage Rolls if your leaves have holes in them. I simply tear some of the leaf off a larger leaf and lay it over the hole I want to patch.

Creating your  Low Carb Cabbage Rolls

Marinara Sauce Options

I have given you a couple of options for the tomato based Marinara sauce in the recipe below. You can follow the recipe below for an instant recipe or check out this recipe for Low Carb Marinara Sauce, or you could even use a store bought pasta or passata sauce if desired. Make sure you check the ingredients listed on the label to make sure there are no added sugars or preservatives.

I do recommend that even if pushed for time, you do make your own sauce. My recipe for Marinara sauce is really simple to make and it tastes delicious. It’s the perfect recipe for anyone following a keto, low carb or LCHF way of eating or for a healthy meal option.

I hope you enjoy these if you get around to making them.


Low Carb Cabbage Rolls

Low Carb Cabbage Rolls

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Course: Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Keto, LCHF, Low Carb, Mediterranean
Keywords: beef cabbage rolls, cabbage, cabbage rolls, cabbage rollups
Servings: 12 rolls


12 large outer leaves of a cabbage steamed or boiled till soft

    Meat Filling Ingredients

    • 500 gms 16 oz minced/ground beef pork, veal, chicken or turkey can also be used
    • 1 small onion finely chopped
    • 3 teaspoons minced garlic
    • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 ½ cups cauliflower rice
    • Salt and pepper to taste

    Quick Marinara Sauce Ingredients

    • 500 gms /16 oz sugar free diced tomatoes
    • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
    • 1 tablespoon onion powder
    • 3 teaspoons minced garlic
    • 1 tablespoon ACV- Apple Cider Vinegar
    • Optional -1 teaspoon oregano and/or 1 teaspoon thyme
    • Or alternatively use approximately 500 gms/16 ozs of homemade or store bought Sugar Free Marinara Sauce


    To Make The Cabbage Rolls

    • Tear off the larger outer leaves of the cabbage and boil or steam for about 10 minutes until soft enough to roll. Drain and allow to cool so you can handle them. Spread out on a bench top ready to be filled.
    • Mix the minced/ground meat with the remaining ingredients and divide into 12 portions.
    • Shape the meat into rolls and place a roll in the center of each cabbage leaf.
    • Fold the bottom half of the cabbage leaf over the meat, and fold the edges in from the sides to cover the ends of the meat roll. Finally, fold the roll over onto the top part of the cabbage leaf and ensure that the seam of the cabbage roll is on the bottom.

    To Assemble The Dish

    • Mix all ingredients together to create your quick Marinara sauce, or use your premade Marinara Sauce.
    • Spoon a small amount of the Marinara sauce to slightly cover the bottom of a baking dish measuring 20cm x 28 cm/8” x 11”.
    • Lay the cabbage rolls evenly in the tray and spoon over the remaining sauce.
    • Bake in the oven for approximately 1 hour at 180 C/ 350 F or until cooked through.

    Recipe Notes

    Switch minced beef for other minced meat such as chicken, pork, turkey or veal.
    If meat mixture is quite wet you could add just one egg. Alternatively add one or two tablespoons of almond meal to bind a little.
    Store bought cauliflower rice or cauliflower and broccoli rice is suitable for the recipe. The stalky part of the cauliflower, riced, is ideal for this recipe as it creates a bit of "crunch".
    I have subbed sugar free Passata for the diced tomato with success Add a dash of red wine to the recipe for some additional flavor if desired instead of the ACV-vinegar.
    Recipe is suitable for freezing
    Tastes delicious served with Cauliflower Mash

    Nutritional Information

    Serving: 1roll | Calories: 161kcal | Carbohydrates: 7.6g | Protein: 12.4g | Fat: 6.7g | Fiber: 5g
    Note that we calculate our own nutritional values so they may not be precise. Calculate your own if desired. Carb values exclude sugar alcohols such as Erythritol, as they generally have no impact on blood sugar levels. 50% of the carbs from Xylitol is added to nutritional values. This is consistent with industry practice.
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