Easy Stuffed Vegetarian Napa Cabbage Rolls

5 from 6 votes
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These napa cabbage rolls are made by wrapping tofu fillings with tender napa cabbage and simmering it. It’s hearty and so delicious!

napa cabbage rolls in a bowl

These napa cabbage rolls are made with tofu. It’s healthy, and the seasoning is light, but it will make you satisfy.

If you take a bite, you will enjoy tender napa cabbage, fluffy tofu, and savory soup altogether.

    This recipe is for you if:
  • You love napa cabbage.
  • You are looking for a napa cabbage rolls recipe.
  • You are looking for a vegetarian napa cabbage recipe.

All right, let me show you how to make it. If you want to check the recipe, please jump to the recipe card below. Let’s get started!

About this recipe

  • Japanese napa cabbage rolls recipe
  • Inside is tofu fillings
  • Vegetarian recipe

📋 Ingredients

Here are the ingredients (amounts are in the recipe card below).

ingredients for napa cabbage rolls
  • Napa cabbage
  • Tofu fillings: Carrot, shiitake mushrooms, tofu, panko (bread crumbs), egg, and salt and pepper
  • Soup: Vegetable bouillon, salt, and water

🔪Instructions

Ok, let me walk you through how to make it step by step. You can also watch this video.

How to make napa cabbage rolls
  1. Napa cabbage: Wrap napa cabbage leaves in cling wrap and heat in the microwave for 4-5 minutes until tender.
  2. Other vegetables: Cut carrots and shiitake mushrooms into small pieces and heat in the microwave for 2 minutes.
  3. Mash tofu: Beat an egg in a bowl, add tofu, and mash.
  4. Tofu fillings: Add carrots, shiitake mushrooms, panko, salt, and pepper and mix well to make tofu fillings. (If the tofu fillings are not firm enough,  add panko gradually to make it more firm.)
  5. Wrap: Remove the moisture on napa cabbage with kitchen paper, place the leaves, put the tofu fillings on it. (If the size of tofu fillings is too big, it won’t be rolled with napa cabbage, so make it small.)
  6. Wrap: Close both ends so that the tofu does not pop out, and roll it.
  7. In a pot: Place napa cabbage rolls in a pot. (9 pieces in an 18 cm pot)
  8. Bring to a boil: Add bouillon, salt, and water and bring to a boil over medium heat.
  9. Simmer: Cover and simmer on low heat for 15 minutes.
napa cabbage rolls in a bowl

The seasoning is light, but the napa cabbage soaks the soup, and it’s delicious.

Napa cabbage might be difficult to chew for small children, so it’s better to cut it into small pieces before eating.

You can substitute other vegetables with onions, lotus roots, broccoli, shimeji mushrooms, and so on. Also, it would be great to add tomato juice if you are looking for variations.

For storage, store in the fridge for about 3 days.

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You will feel warm and relaxed after eating. Serve with bread or rice and enjoy these vegetarian napa cabbage rolls!

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Easy Stuffed Vegetarian Napa Cabbage Rolls

5 from 6 votes
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Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: JURI
These napa cabbage rolls are made by wrapping tofu fillings with tender napa cabbage and simmering it. It's hearty and so delicious!

Ingredients

  • 8 to 10 Napa cabbage leaves

Tofu filling

  • 1/4 Carrot, 50g
  • 3 Shiitake mushrooms, 75g
  • 1/2 Firm tofu, 150g
  • 3 Tbsp Panko, 10g/45ml
  • 1 Egg
  • a pinch of Salt and Pepper

Soup

Instructions

  • Napa cabbage: Wrap napa cabbage leaves in cling wrap and heat in the microwave for 4-5 minutes until tender.
  • Other vegetables: Cut carrots and shiitake mushrooms into small pieces and heat in the microwave for 2 minutes.
  • Tofu fillings: Beat an egg in a bowl, add tofu, and mash. Add carrots, shiitake mushrooms, panko, salt, and pepper and mix well to make tofu fillings.
  • Wrap: Remove the moisture on napa cabbage with kitchen paper, place the leaves, put the tofu fillings on it, close both ends so that the tofu does not pop out, and roll it.
  • Bring it to a boil: Place napa cabbage rolls in a pot, add bouillon, salt, and water and bring to a boil over medium heat.
  • Simmer: Cover and simmer on low heat for 15 minutes.

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Notes

  • Equipment: Staub pot 18cm
  • Storage: It will last in the fridge for 3 days.
  • Substitute: You can substitute other vegetables with onions, lotus roots, broccoli, shimeji mushrooms, and so on. Also, it would be great to add tomato juice if you are looking for variations.
  • If the tofu fillings are not firm enough,  add panko gradually to make it more firm.
  • You can boil napa cabbage in a pot. If the white stem is hard, it won’t be easy to wrap, so heat it until it becomes tender.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 100kcal | Carbohydrates: 9.8g | Protein: 8.4g | Fat: 3.7g | Cholesterol: 46.5mg | Sugar: 1.4g
Course: Main
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: napa cabbage rolls, vegetarian napa cabbage recipe
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4 Comments

  1. I don’t own a microwave. Do you have any suggestions what to do instead of microwaving in this recipe? I’m guessing I could lightly fry the carrots and mushrooms. I’m thinking steaming or parboiling the cabbage. What do you suggest would work best?

    1. Hi Jenn, thanks for your comment. I use the microwave to save time, but Yes, you could fry the carrots and mushrooms and steam the cabbage. I think steaming the cabbage taste a bit better than parboiling. I hope it helps!