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Cabbage Roll Fried Rice Recipe for a Fragrant Fried Rice Inspired by Traditional Russian Cabbage Rolls

My cabbage roll fried rice recipe makes a fried rice inspired by my Russian grandmother’s cabbage rolls. To the fried onion, garlic, carrot, ground pork, and rice filling that cabbage leaves are usually wrapped around, I add spices, pureed tomatoes, shredded cabbage, and fresh fragrant dill to make a deliciously addictive fried rice that is my new favourite dish.
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main
Cuisine: Asian, Fusion, Russian
Servings: 4
Calories: 521kcal
Author: Lara Dunston


  • 1 cup jasmine rice steamed – or 300g leftover steamed rice
  • 3 tbsp olive oil more if needed
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 180 g brown onion finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 200 g carrot finely diced
  • 300 g cabbage finely sliced
  • 125 g minced pork
  • 125 g ground beef
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp white pepper
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 large gherkin/dill pickle finely diced
  • 2 tbsp fresh dill


  • If you don’t have leftover rice, steam one cup of jasmine rice in a rice cooker, then set it aside to cool.
  • In a round flat-bottomed wok, heat two tablespoons of olive oil, add the butter, then fry the finely chopped onion until soft, add the garlic and continue frying until the garlic is fragrant and onion is translucent.
  • Add another tablespoon of olive oil, then the grated carrot and sliced cabbage, combine the ingredients well, stir-fry for a few minutes, then pop the lid on for five minutes or so until the cabbage starts to soften but still retains some crunch.
  • Add the minced pork and ground beef, tablespoon of tomato paste, bay leaves, seasoning and spices and bay leaves, and combine well and continue to fry until the minced meats are just cooked.
  • Lastly, add the steamed rice, finely diced gherkin/dill pickle and stir-fry until everything is well-combined. Taste, adjust the seasoning to your palate, then add the and fresh dill and fry to combine everything one last time.
  • Transfer to a bowl, garnish with more fragrant dill and serve immediately.


Calories: 521kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 1318mg | Potassium: 661mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 9164IU | Vitamin C: 36mg | Calcium: 92mg | Iron: 2mg