The Best Frozen Vegetables from Our Taste Tests

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, we are. 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.


best steam in bag broccoli

Best Broccoli

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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Rating:

10/10

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best frozen cauliflower mash

Best Mashed Cauliflower

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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Rating:

9.5/10

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best cauliflower rice

Best Cauliflower Rice

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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Rating:

10/10

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trader joe's Palak Paneer

Best Indian

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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Rating:

9.5/10

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best creamed spinach

Best Creamed Spinach

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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Rating:

9.5/10

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best air fryer sweet potato fries

Best Sweet Potato Fries

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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Rating:

9.5/10

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best frozen onion rings

Best Onion Rings

Red Robin Crispy Onion Rings

Since we make the rules around here, yes, onion rings count as a frozen vegetable. Live with it! And, after a recent second taste test, we determined Red Robin Crispy Onion Rings are the best you’ll find at the grocery store. We are big advocates for whole onion slices and a crispy-crunchy coating—Red Robin’s onion rings check both those boxes. Why go to the restaurant when you can buy these babies and make your onion ring tower at home?

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Rating:

9.5/10

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Season’s Choice Steamed Super Sweet Corn

Best Frozen Corn

Season’s Choice Steamed Super Sweet Corn

Its name may be a mouthful, everything about Aldi’s Season’s Choice Steamed Super Sweet Corn is just right. The texture is tender but firm enough to prevent it from turning into a mushy mess in the microwave. The flavor is pleasantly sweet, he kernels pop in your mouth, and the price is beyond reasonable. Can we get a hell yeah for Aldi? This corn is perfect all on its own, but it’ll shine in corn chowder, skillet corn, or cowboy caviar.

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Rating:

9.5/10

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Kroger Chopped Spinach

Best Frozen Spinach

Kroger Chopped Spinach

You probably think all frozen spinach is the same, right? Wrong! So many brands we tried were too bland, way too salty, or too bitter to taste good. This Kroger spinach has a pleasant, vegetal flavor and a nice al dente texture. Good bite is essential. Your eggs florentine just got tastier, trust us.

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Rating:

9/10

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best frozen peas trader joe's petite peas review

Best Frozen Peas

Trader Joe’s Petite Peas

Trader Joe’s Petite Peas are pea perfection. If you’re looking to add a nice texture to a pasta dish—BAM, these peas have the perfect silky, pop-in-your-mouth texture. If you’re looking for peas flavorful enough to stand on their own—BAM, these peas have the most excellent combination of earthiness up front and sweetness on the finish. They’re flavorful, complex, and perfect for any and every pea purpose.

Rating:

7.5/10

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Sporked Staff

The Sporked Staff tastes everything and anything. They are obsessive about groceries and finding the best of any type of food or drink, from frozen fried shrimp to Dijon mustard to gummy candy. And they're always on a hunt for the best new products. When they aren't eating professionally, they're eating recreationally. And often they're browsing grocery store aisles, just for fun.

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  • Great article . However , healthy eating is where it’s at these days , so please write about tasty products that don’t contain things like soybean oil , sugar , msg , etc .

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