Crispy Fried Cabbage Rolls: Perfect for Parties!

crispy fried cabbage rolls

 In our part of the country, stuffed cabbage rolls are a big deal. We also have this tasty baked dish that consists of fresh bread wrapped around a seasoned meat filling with cabbage. While nothing beats this recipe, baking bread is such a pain. That's why I was happy to try out a version of this recipe with Twin Dragon Egg Roll Wrappers! It's also easy to eat and perfect for your game time family moments.

Note: This is not your typical boiled or mushy meat filling stuffed into a cabbage leaf. This fried dish is actually more like an eggroll.

Crispy cabbage rolls

Fried Stuffed Cabbage Rolls Recipe

To make this fantastic recipe, you'll need:

  • 1-pound ground beef (the leaner, the better)
  • 2 cups shredded green cabbage or  (finely shredded)
  • 1/2 white onion (finely diced)
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons sauerkraut with juice (from a can or jar is fine)
  • 6 Twin Dragon Egg Roll Wrappers
  • Ketchup, for dipping
  • Oil to deep fry
Start by making the filling. Simply brown the ground beef, shredded cabbage leaves, and onions together until the meat is fully cooked. Add the seasoning, sauerkraut, and Worcestershire. Taste to ensure it is salty enough for your liking. (Note: These can have incredible flavor with more salt, but not everyone appreciates as much sodium. I like mine a bit more peppery, as well, so I double the pepper for my husband and me.)

Drain as much juice from the meat mixture as possible, then set aside to cool.

Wrap your fried cabbage rolls by first putting two big spoonfuls of filling about a third of the way from the bottom of the wrapper. Leave a little room on both sides. Tuck in the sides, then start rolling up, tightening the wrap around the filling as you go. Leave a little strip at the top, use your finger to dampen this with a little water, then finish wrapping. Make up all the rolls and set aside while you heat your oil. 

How to stuff a cabbage roll

Heat your deep fryer or a small saucepan with 2-inches frying oil over medium heat until the oil reaches 375 degrees. You can test the oil by tearing off a little wrapper and seeing that it floats and browns up immediately. (Remember, your filling is pre-cooked, so the quicker you can fry your rolls the better. If they take too long, they will hold oil, and that's no fun to eat, at all!)

Fry for just long enough to brown, turning the egg rolls if needed, to make them evenly cooked.
Remove from the oil and let drain on paper towels. Wait 2-3 minutes to cool, then serve with your choice of sauce. We love ketchup! It's the perfect dipping sauce for this dish.

My favorite cabbage rolls recipe

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Fried cabbage rolls recipe

Fried cabbage rolls recipe

Fried cabbage rolls recipe

Fried Cabbage Rolls FAQ

Can you make fried cabbage rolls in the air fryer?

You can certainly wrap these as normal and fry in the air fryer, but you will not get the same bubbly, crispy texture as if you fry in in oil. To help achieve that crunch we love, lightly spray the outside of your cabbage roll wrapper with cooking oil or use a basting brush to lightly add some. Then, air fry as normal. 

I don't have ground beef. Can I use ground pork for the fried cabbage roll?

Yes! You can use ground pork, ground turkey, or even ground chicken. While the beef is a more traditional flavor, this is a very flexible recipe. Use what you have on hand.