How to Cook Frozen Vegetables

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Frozen vegetables are one of the most economical, readily available ways to add more veggies to your diet. These simple tips will teach you how to cook frozen vegetables for the best tasting sides, and how to add them to all sorts of recipes when fresh isn’t an option.

 

How long does it take to cook frozen vegetables?

The cooking time for frozen vegetables depends on the method you’re using to cook them. While some cooking styles, like roasting, might take longer, they also gives your veggies a different flavor profile that is likely worth the extra time. But for busy nights, there are simple ways to get vegetables on the dinner table in less than 10 minutes.  Here’s a basic comparison of cooking time based upon cooking method – keep in mind this may vary based upon the vegetable and how small or large it has been cut:

ü Sautéed frozen vegetables: typically take 5-7 minutes

ü Steamed frozen vegetables: can take anywhere from 2-10 minutes, depending on the vegetable

ü Roasted frozen vegetables: typically takes 20-25 minutes with a flip halfway through

ü Grilled frozen vegetables: the time varies based on vegetables, but typically takes between 5 and 10 minutes

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Can you eat frozen vegetables without cooking them?

It may be tempting to throw some Super Greens in your next smoothie or defrost Fiesta Quinoa for a cold quinoa salad, but don’t do it!  Unless labeled as ready to eat (like many frozen fruit products), frozen vegetables are not prepared foods and are not safe to consume without cooking first.  All frozen vegetables should be cooked prior to eating.

 

What is the best way to cook frozen vegetables?

While there’s not one way that everyone loves best for cooking frozen veggies, we recommend cooking them on the stovetop as the “best” method of cooking. Sauteeing frozen vegetables on the stove top guarantees the best texture and flavor.  As a secondary option, you could roast them in the overn or even cook them on the grill.  All three of these options are going to result in better tasing veggies than if you boil, steam or microwave them.

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Mistakes to avoid when cooking frozen vegetables

Now that we’ve covered the various options for preparing frozen vegetables, here are some common mistakes to avoid when you cook frozen vegetables. Doing any of these can take away the flavor, texture, and important nutrients that make frozen vegetables so great.

1. Don’t boil your vegetables

One way we don’t recommend cooking your frozen veggies is by boiling them. Boiling frozen vegetables can make them limp, soggy, and flavorless. This can happen if you prepare them in the microwave too, so try to avoid steaming your veggies in the microwave.

2. Don’t forget to re-seal packages tightly

If you’re keeping your frozen vegetables in a plastic bag or another bag with a Ziploc seal, it’s important to make sure they’re sealed tight. If not, you can get freezer burn on your vegetables, which doesn’t make them unsafe to eat, but it can affect the way that they taste and their texture.  We recommend using reusable glass or freezer proof plastic containers to lock out air.

3. Don’t get stuck at “side dish”

It’s true that frozen vegetables are convenient, but that doesn’t mean they have to be used in boring meals, and there’s no reason to delegate them to the corner of your plate! There are lots of options for different vegetables in the freezer aisle, and plenty of ways for you to incorporate them into any kind of recipe. So don’t focus on just your typical vegetable side dishes when frozen vegetables can be the main attraction of your plate.

 

Need more tips about frozen vegetables?

If you’re ready to dive deep into the world of frozen vegetables, we’ve got lots of tips for you! If you want more information on frozen food, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are a professional frozen vegetable supplier for you. 

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