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grape leaves

Instant Pot Stuffed Grape Leaves

  • Author: Hannah


6 main ingredients to make the simple and healthy stuffed grape leaves of your dreams! And all in your InstantPot!! (Alternative instructions without an Instant Pot below!)


  • 1 jar of grape leaves
  • 1 3/4 cups rice
  • 1 small sweet onion
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • 1 head parsley
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • salt + pepper to taste
  • optional (but highly recommended for extra flavor): 1 tablespoon of vegetable or chicken stock concentrate. 


  1. Remove grape leaves from jar and rinse well under cool running water. Let soak in water while preparing filling.
  2. Rinse rice under water until the water runs mostly clear.
  3. In a large bowl, combine rice, chopped onion, tomato paste, juice of 1 1/2 lemons, 3 tablespoons of the olive oil, and salt + pepper (I use about a teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper, but adjust to your taste). Add in optional stock if using. Mix well.
  4. Drain the grape leaves and prepare a work station for rolling (I like to have a cutting board for the rolling, and the InstantPot next to it so that I can place each rolled grape leave right in the pot as I go).
  5. Take each grape leave and lay flat on a surface, get about 1/2 tablespoon to a tablespoon of the mixture and place at the base of the grape leave neat the stem. 
  6. Fold each side over and then roll upwards to make a tight wrap. Continue this process for all grape leaves.
  7. Arrange, packing tightly in Instant pot.
  8. Squeeze remaining lemon juice and drizzle at least a tablespoon of olive oil on top. The more olive oil you use, the juicer it will be, so don't be shy about adding a little extra. 
  9. Add 1 cup of water then press the grape leaves down with hand.
  10. Set InstantPot to MANUAL HIGH, 16 MINUTES. 
  11. Let steam natural release for at least 5 minutes before manually releasing.
  12. Enjoy with yogurt.
  13. These stuffed grape leaves keep well in the fridge for several days. To reheat, place back in InstantPot and set to WARM for 20 minutes. You may want to add a little water so that they aren't dried out.