Authentic Golumpki (Gołąbki, Stuffed Cabbage) Recipe (2024)

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on Apr 25, 2018, Updated May 10, 2020

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Golumpki (Gołąbki, Stuffed Cabbage)A rose by any other name is still a rose. That is very true with today’s post which is a Polish recipe for stuffed cabbage.

This is the number one Golumpki Recipe on Google, and you can read on to learn how we make this classic comfort food.

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Golumpki (Gołąbki, Stuffed Cabbage)

Some people call it pigs in a blanket, while others call it cabbage rolls and yet still others call it stuffed cabbage. No matter what anyone else calls it, I call this Polish recipe for stuffed cabbage (P0lish golabki) utterly delicious.

Our whole family agrees that this golumpki recipe is one of our favorite meals.

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Golumpki (Gołąbki, Stuffed Cabbage)

When I was a child growing up in Detroit, we had stuffed cabbage all the time. However we never called it stuffed cabbage, we called it Golumpki, the Polish name for stuffed cabbage.

Golumpki is traditionally made for special occasions like weddings, first communions and during holidays like Easter and Christmas.

Traditionally, a Golumpki recipe is ameat mixture such as ground beef, mixed with rice, onions, and spices that is then rolled in a cooked cabbage leaf. It is topped with a tomato sauce and then baked.

Every cook has their variation of family recipes, and therefore this golumpki recipe may be a bit different to what you are used to.

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You may know this recipe as Polish Golabki

My Polish grandmother had her way of making stuffed cabbage, and my mother tweaked her mom’s recipe and made her version, and finally, I have probably tweaked my golabki a bit.

I can barely wait to see how my kids make this when they have kids!

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When it was my turn to learn how to make these, I lived 500 miles away from home. I was attending college in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, far away from where I grew up and consequently found myself having a powerful craving for some Golumpki.

Unfortunately, my mom was in Detroit, so she wasn’t going to be able to whip up a batch. And therefore I found myself wondering, what was a boy supposed to do?

How to Make Polish Stuffed Cabbage

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It seemed pretty obvious that had to take matters into my own hands and so I took ET’s advice and phoned home. My mother explained to me her recipe for Polish golumpki and finally gave me all of her tricks and secrets for this savory Polish recipe for stuffed cabbage.

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After hanging up the phone, I jumped right into it and finally made my very first batch.

They weren’t as good as my mom’s, but I kept trying. We love family recipes, and our pierogi recipe is another favorite dish that I grew up with.

What are some of your favorite family recipes? Leave us a comment below and let us know.

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Well, that was more years ago than what I want to admit, and my version of golumpki is different from my mom’s and my grandmother’s, but my family loves them. Give them a try, and I think you will too.

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Scott’s Cooking Tip for this Polish Stuffed Cabbage

This stuffed cabbage can be cooked a day ahead of serving. Just allow it to cool, wrap it up and chill it in the refrigerator until the next day.

Also, you can freeze it up to one month. Just let it thaw, then reheat the cabbage rolls in a hot oven (350°) for 30-40 minutes.

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If you love Polish food, be sure to see our post, What to Serve with Pierogies – 15 Easy Recipes.

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Hungry but perhaps feeling just a tad lazy? Try our Lazy Golumpki (Stuffed Cabbage Casserole). It has all the flavor without all the effort therefore perfect for the lazy cook within each of us!

My mom always makes her golumpki in an old fashioned roaster.

We usually use a Dutch oven but either one works great.

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Golumpki (Gołąbki, Stuffed Cabbage)

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Authentic Polish Golabki recipe. These Polish stuffed cabbage rolls will feed a crowd. Also, you canmake this recipe ahead and freeze it up to one month before serving.

Prep: 30 minutes mins

Cook: 1 hour hr 30 minutes mins

Total: 2 hours hrs

Yield: 6 servings

By: Scott from Platter Talk


  • Cabbage head
  • 1 lb Ground Chuck
  • 1 lb Ground Italian Sausage
  • 1/2 lb cooked and crumbled bacon
  • A med to large white onion chopped
  • An egg
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 1 Family size can Tomato Soup, I prefer Campbells
  • 3 oz tomato paste
  • pinch of sugar
  • 1 tsp salt, adjust to taste
  • 1 tbs pepper, adjust to taste
  • 3 cups White Vinegar

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  • Put cabbage head in a large stock pot, add water to cover and then add white vinegar to the water.

  • Place on stove on high heat and cover, bringing to a boil.

  • Gently boil cabbage until leaves of cabbage soften and become pliable.

  • Remove from stove and drain water from the pot. Set aside and allow cabbage head to cool.

  • Once cabbage is cooled, remove the leafs from the cabbage head. Take a paring knife and cut the lower portion of the "vein" from the leaf. This vein is very tough and needs to be removed. It will make it much easier to roll the meat mixture in the cabbage leaf. Continue to do this until you remove as many leaves from the cabbage as you can.

  • In a large mixing bowl combine ground chuck, sausage, crumbled bacon, chopped onion, egg, rice, bread crumbs and finally add the salt and pepper. Make certain to thoroughly combine the ingredients together. The "meat" mixture will be a similar consistency to meatloaf. It should be nice and moist. If it seems dry, add an additional egg.

  • Lay a cabbage leaf down on a flat surface thus allowing you to roll it easier. Take some of the meat mixture and form into a large meatball. You may make these as large or as small as you prefer therefore choose the size of your preference. Place the meatball in the center of the cabbage leaf. Wrap the cabbage leaf around the meat mixture (see video above).

  • Place the stuffed cabbage in a roaster with the wrapped edges down in the roaster. Repeat this process placing the Golumpki next to each other, until all of the meat mixture is used up.

  • Mix tomato soup, tomato paste and also a pinch of sugar.

  • Pour tomato soup mixture over the top of the stuffed cabbage and reserve a small amount to be used in the next step.

  • If you have cabbage leaves remaining, cover the entire top of the stuffed cabbage in the roaster.

  • Pour remaining tomato soup mixture on top of the cabbage that you lined the tops of the stuffed cabbage. This step will help steam the Golumpki that lies below and therefore will keep them nice and moist.

  • Put a lid on top of the roaster and bake for approximately 1 1/2 hours.



Try rolling smaller and serve as an appetizer!


Calories: 720kcal, Carbohydrates: 18g, Protein: 31g, Fat: 54g, Saturated Fat: 19g, Cholesterol: 136mg, Sodium: 1490mg, Potassium: 659mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 250IU, Vitamin C: 4.9mg, Calcium: 67mg, Iron: 3.6mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dinner

Cuisine: Polish

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Originally published on November 7, 2013. This golumpki recipe will live on for generations.

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What is the difference between Halupki and Golumpki? ›

In our Polish heritage, they're actually called Gołąbki (also known as Golumpki, Gwumpki, and Golabki), but the Slovak areas made the name Halupki a more recognizable name than Golumpki. Some people just call them "stuffed cabbage leaves" or even "cabbage casserole." We call them delicious!

What is Polish stuffed cabbage made of? ›

"Polish cabbage rolls (filled with a mixture of rice, pork, and beef) stewed in tomatoes. This is a dish I remember my Gram making. I've taken the recipe and tweaked it as I've cooked. The dish is hearty and delicious--and known by other names throughout Eastern Europe.

How long does it take to cook Golabki? ›

Place gołąbki in a casserole dish, top up with a mixture of 2 cups of broth and one cup of water. Bake in 180C /360 F for 45 minutes.

Why are my stuffed cabbage rolls tough? ›

If your cooked cabbage is tough, it's likely because the cabbage is not cooked through yet. Continue to cook the rolls until they're tender. It's also important to make sure you let the rolls rest after they're finished baking.

What does golumpki mean in english? ›

“Gołąbki” that's the Polish term for stuffed cabbage rolls. Though the word literally means “doves” it has become globally recognized as the name for one of Poland's most well known dishes too.

What ethnicity is stuffed cabbage? ›

Stuffed cabbage rolls are a popular Polish dish. Pork and beef mixed with rice or barley are nestled in a cabbage leaf and cooked in the oven or on the stove until tender.

Why do you put baking soda in cabbage? ›

Adding baking soda to your boiling cabbage can help reduce the objectionable smell and maintain the green color long after when it typically turns grayish from cooking for too long. However, this may rid the cabbage of its nutritional value.

How many days is stuffed cabbage good for? ›

Do you want to eat the stuffed cabbage in the next week? If so, place them in the refrigerator. The stuffed cabbage will stay fresh for up to 1 week. If not, place them in the freezer.

What are German cabbage rolls made of? ›

Beef, Rice, and Vegetable Stuffing

These cabbage rolls are stuffed with grass-fed beef, ground heritage pork, raw rice, and vegetables.

What is the difference between Golabki and Golumpki? ›

A favorite fall dish of the Hawthornes is stuffed cabbage rolls or galumpkis, also known as gołąbki in the Polish form. A traditional Polish dish, gołąbki is the plural of gołąbek, which is the diminutive of gołąb, meaning “pigeon,” a reference to the shape of the cabbage roll.

Why is my cabbage tough on my cabbage rolls? ›

If your cabbage rolls are too tough, it means that you have not cooked them long enough. My method to start with, letting the cabbage sit overnight, starts to get the cabbage nice and soft. But if they are still not soft enough after cooking, it means that you need to return them to the oven and cook for longer.

Is it better to freeze or boil cabbage for cabbage rolls? ›

If you want to make stuffed cabbage leaves, you don't have to cook the leaves to make them pliable. It's a lot easier just to freeze the cabbage—an added benefit is it doesn't stink up your house.

Is pointed spring cabbage the same as hispi cabbage? ›

Hispi cabbage is a type of pointed cabbage. This is exactly as it sounds – a cabbage that grows into a point. Pointed cabbage are more compact than other brassicas. The leaves grow closer together and are tender than normal cabbage.

Why are they called Golabki? ›

Etymology. Gołąbki is the plural form of gołąbek, the diminutive form of gołąb ("pigeon, dove"). Max Vasmer accepts this as the origin of the word, stating that the dish was so named due to similarity in shape.

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