How To Cook Frozen Vegetables

How To Cook Frozen Vegetables

What comes in handy and is delicious to eat? Or let us put it in this way– What makes your cooking hassle-free and quick? — If you are a ‘food’ person, you must know what we are talking about– our beloved Frozen vegetables. However, as much as we love frozen vegetables, some of us might not be properly preparing them. For some, the vegetables might be coming out soggy, and for others, they might be ending up too hard to chew. But no need to worry. Today we are here to discuss it all on how to cook frozen vegetables. Let’s begin now.

List of frozen veggies you will find in the market:

  • Spinach
  • Peas
  • Vegetable medleys
  • Corn
  • Cauliflower
  • Okra
  • Green beans
  • Butternut squash
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots

Benefits of using frozen veggies:

  • Variety in cooking- you can test and try different mixes of veggies to make a perfect dish to serve
  • Hassle-free- no peeling, cutting/ chopping, or washing, only cooking your favorite delicacies
  • Yummy- if you cook them just right, you will indeed taste the magic
  • Nutritional value- some misconceptions frozen vegetables are less nutritious; however, it is not the case
  • Low-cost- frozen veggies can be found in stores at a minimal cost and wouldn’t burn a hole in your pocket
various frozen vegetables
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How To Cook Frozen Vegetables

There are many ways to prepare your tasty veggies, and we will talk about them all one by one in detail. So shall we begin now?

Steaming

We will start with the easiest one, steaming. It doesn’t take much to cook frozen vegetables with steaming; nonetheless, most people confuse steaming their veggies with boiling. Boiling the frozen vegetables will not do any good and might even turn them mashy. Steaming requires significantly less water, thus keeping the veggies intact. So what should you do? Let’s see.

1. In a pot, add water at a shallow level and put the steam basket inside. Keep in mind that veggies shouldn’t be seated in water when you put them into the basket.

2. Boil water by covering the pot with a lid.

3. Then, put the frozen vegetables into the basket. (Remember not to thaw the veggies beforehand.)     

4. Again, cover the pot with a lid and often check so that the vegetables do not get mushy. Wait till you get the desired tenderness.

5. Cooking time will depend upon the veggie’s thickness.

6. You can add seasoning of your choices like herbs, pepper, and salt, or even a little butter or oil of your choice.

7. Time is taken to cook:

  • Green beans, asparagus, broccoli, and cauliflower takes about seven to eight minutes to cook
  • Corn and peas require about three to six minutes to get ready
  • Carrots and beets take about nine to eleven minutes to be prepared to eat 
steaming vegetables
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Sauteing

To get the best out of frozen veggie flavors, sauteing should be done on the stove to have more controlled cooking.

1. Heat a pan on medium-high flame and splash the frozen vegetables. Remember not to thaw the veggies before you start cooking.

2. For about six to eight minutes, let them cook, uncovered, and do not forget to stir between the intervals.

3. However, do not over stir as it will lead to the breaking of veggies.

4. Wait till the vegetables release their water. Let the water evaporate. Now you can add oil or butter of your choice (not too much) and fry tenderly.

5. After the veggies have turned their color to a bit of brown, add spices or herbs, or you can even add cheese.

6. If you are a ginger or garlic lover, you can add that for exceptional flavor. 

7. Apart from the ingredients mentioned above, you can also give a lemony touch to your veggies by squeezing some.

Read more: How to Sauté Broccoli

Microwaving

Something that requires nothing is microwaving. Minimal efforts, minimal water, quick and easy! But you have to keep a watch, so you don’t overcook your veggies.

1. In a microwaveable plate, put your un-thawed frozen vegetables and cover them with a lid or paper towel, but ‘do not seal.’ Keep a little bit of spacing or opening so that the air in the container can escape.

2. If you are microwaving green beans, peas,  etc., do not add water as they release moisture. However, if you are microwaving sweet potatoes, Brussel sprouts, carrots, or anything complicated, you must add three to four tablespoons of water.

3. Microwave for about three to seven minutes on high. In between, do not forget to stir after every minute or so. 

4. At last, when it’s ready to be served, you can add olive oil or butter and seasoning to make it tastier.       

Roasting

Best for the last! Roasting is the most desirable way to make your veggies crunchy and crispy but not soggy and serve them as a side platter. Lots of heat, little oil, and your favorite herbs and seasonings make frozen veggies delightful. But like always, remember– do not thaw your frozen veggies. Now, are we ready to do some roasting?

1. Start by coating your roast pan with a little bit of oil and preheating it with your oven to 400-450°F for about ten to fifteen minutes.

2. When preheating is done, scatter all the oil-coated frozen veggies over the pan. Try not to stick them together.

3. Now, for another fifteen to twenty-five minutes, roast the vegetables.

4. Remember to flip them in-between, or they might end up roasting on one side.

5. When we’ve done cooking, sprinkle anything of your taste like herbs, garlic powder, basil, cumin, curry powder, paprika, spices, cheese, etc. Serve hot!  

6. Time is taken to cook:

  • Cauliflower, sweet potatoes, broccoli, carrots, sprouts, winter squash, or any hardy vegetable will take about twenty to twenty-five minutes to be ready to serve
  • For soft veggies like corn, asparagus, peas, etc., time will be around fifteen to eighteen minutes
frozen vegetables and fruits
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How To Cook Frozen Vegetables – Feisty Ending

Now you know four delicious ways to prepare your veggies. You can modify all these cooking methods according to your preferences. If you want to go healthier, you can avoid putting butter or cheese in your dish. Otherwise, you can have some fun on your cheat day!

Jillian Noon

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