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Cabbage and rice stew two plates with bread

Easy One Pot Greek Cabbage and Rice Stew

This Greek traditional cabbage and rice stew is hearty, filling, nourishing and unquestionably delicious. One of the best Mediterranean dishes for cold winter days.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Greek
Servings 4


  • 1 small cabbage
  • ⅓ cup (80ml) olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 2 leeks (the white part) chopped
  • ½ cup celery leaves finely chopped
  • 2 medium carrots thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • ¾ cup (180ml) tomato sauce (passata)
  • 2 cups (500ml) hot water or vegetable broth
  • ½ cup (120g) white parboiled rice
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Fresh lemon juice and chopped parsley


  • Discard cabbage outer leaves and cut into quarters. Cut the stem off of each quarter, and cut then cut it into big square chunks.
  • In a large pot over medium-high heat, add the olive oil until it shimmers. Add the onions and leeks. Stir well for 2-3 minutes until softened and translucent. Add carrots, celery leaves, and tomato paste for another 2-3 minutes. Finally the cabbage for another 5 minutes. Stir well and season to taste.
  • Pour carefully hot water (or vegetable broth) to cover all the ingredients and reduce the heat to a simmer. Cover with a lid. Stir occasionally, until the cabbage is soft for about 10 minutes. Don’t overcook it. Cooking time depends mostly on the size of cabbage chunks.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the rice and thoroughly rinse it under cool water. Drain. When cabbage is soft, add the rice in the pot. Taste and season if needed, and simmer for about 10-15 minutes until rice is ready.
  • If you want more liquid in your stew, uncover the pot while simmering the rice, add some hot water, about ¼ cup (60ml). Repeat if needed but don’t add too much. When the rice is ready, remove from heat.
  • If you like thicker stews, remove from heat and keep the pot covered until the liquid is absorbed.
  • Serve with fresh lemon juice, freshly ground pepper, parsley, and feta cheese (for vegetarians).
Keyword Greek cabbage rice stew