The best frozen vegetables are a real sanity saver. Are you familiar with the psychic toll associated with buying fresh produce and then watching it slowly rot in your refrigerator’s crisper drawer? Well, I am. And it blows! That’s where the best frozen veggies come in. They taste good, they’re generally much crisper than canned vegetables, and they last forever (not literally, but in vegetable time, pretty much forever). Stop beating yourself up about tossing yet another head of broccoli in the trash and stock up on the best frozen vegetable sides at the grocery store.
- Great Value Broccoli Florets in Steamable Bag
If you’re not up for steaming fresh broccoli on the stove top, we get it. And we have pretty cool news. Steam-in-bag broccoli tastes good and cooks up extremely fast in the microwave. Walmart sells the best we tried in our frozen broccoli taste test. Great Value broccoli florets are firm and flavorful, and they don’t get mushy. If you’re looking for the best frozen vegetables to douse in cheese sauce, look no further.
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- Bob Evans Roasted Garlic & Herb Mashed Cauliflower
We’ve ranked a lot of frozen potato products, but we didn’t count them as veggies for the purposes of this ranking. But if you’re ever looking for the best frozen veggies to scratch that frozen potato itch, get this Bob Evans mashed cauliflower. The Garlic & Herb mash is thick, satisfying, and savory. You won’t even miss the starch on your plate.
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- Green Giant Riced Veggies Cauliflower
If you don’t own a microwave, the best frozen vegetables will really make you wish you did. Especially if you’re into cauliflower rice. It cooks perfectly in the microwave—way better than on the stove top. We like Green Giant riced cauliflower because it comes out fluffy and firm—this stuff still has bite.
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- Trader Joe’s Palak Paneer
Trader Joe’s frozen section has some really, really good Indian dishes. If you’re taking a break from take-out, try their Palak Paneer (spinach and paneer cheese). It’s packed with spices, but the paneer is squeaky and creamy. Pair it with some fluffy basmati rice, and this is the best frozen veggie to make a meal out of.
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- Green Giant Creamed Spinach
Frozen creamed spinach is cool because creamed spinach almost always costs, like, $20 as an a la carte restaurant side. At the grocery store? This stuff is literally $1.50. And it tastes good! The spinach has bite and the sauce is rich and savory. The next time you splurge on really nice steaks to make at home, complete the experience (and save some dough) with this frozen vegetable side.
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- Roots Organic Sweet Potato Fries
Okay, we said we weren’t including potato products on this list of the best frozen vegetables, but we made an excuse for these sweet potato fries. We can all agree that sweet potatoes are way more veggie-like than non-sweet potatoes, right? Either way, these oily, flavorful fries will feel like a cheat when you count them as a vegetable with dinner. They taste a lot like sweet potato fries you’d get at a better sports bar, and we love that.
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- Ore-Ida Gourmet Onion Rings
A lot of frozen onion rings are made with a macerated puree of onions in a breaded coating. Not these Ore-Ida onion rings. They’re made with actual rings of onion, not oniony mush. We called this “big, greasy bangle bracelets” and we meant that in the best way possible.
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