Frozen mixed vegetables are incredibly convenient but often lack flavor when just heated in the package. With a few simple cooking techniques, you can transform these vegetables into tasty and nutritious sides. In this article, I will instruct you how to cook frozen mixed vegetables perfectly in 4 different ways

1. How To Cook Frozen Mixed Vegetables in Microwave

Ingredients

  • 1 bag (12 oz) frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1 tbsp butter or olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1-2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

Empty the vegetables into a microwave-safe bowl and add a tablespoon of water if vegetables appear dry

Cut butter or dot oil over the top. Then mix well with salt, pepper and grated Parmesan cheese

Microwave on HIGH in 2 minute intervals, stirring between each, until vegetables are thawed and tender-crisp, 5-7 minutes total.

Stir once more and taste for seasonings, adding more salt and pepper if needed.

2. How To Cook Frozen Mixed Vegetables on Stove

Ingredients

  • 1 bag (12 oz) frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.

Next, add the minced garlic and cook for 1 minute until fragrant. Then add the frozen mixed vegetables and a pinch of salt and pepper. Stir to combine.

Cook for 7-8 minutes, stirring frequently, until the vegetables are thawed and tender.

Remove from heat and season with more salt and pepper to taste.

3. How To Cook Frozen Mixed Vegetables in Oven

Ingredients

  • 1 bag (12 oz) frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Place the frozen vegetables in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet.

Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with thyme, salt, and pepper. Toss to coat evenly.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, stirring halfway through, until veggies are tender and starting to brown at the edges. You can brush veggies with bbq sauce or teriyaki glaze during last 5 minutes.

Transfer to a serving dish and enjoy!

4. How To Cook Frozen Mixed Vegetables in Air Fryer

Ingredients

  • 1 bag (12 oz) frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional seasonings: garlic powder, onion powder, herbs

Instructions

Remove mixed vegetables from the bag and place in a large bowl.

Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt, pepper and any other optional seasonings. Toss to evenly coat.

Transfer vegetables to the air fryer basket in a single layer. You may need to work in batches.

Air fry at 370°F for 15-20 minutes, stirring halfway through, until vegetables are tender and lightly browned.

Transfer cooked veggies to a serving bowl. Add more salt, pepper or seasonings to taste.

With microwave, stove, oven or air fryer, frozen mixed vegetables can transform from bland to delicious. Vary the herbs, spices and proteins like chicken or shrimp for endless meal solutions. Customize your own medleys, too. Frozen vegetables make it easy to “EAT THE RAINBOW” of nutrition every day.

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Julia Jane is a home cook inspired by her mother's cooking. With the desire to share my cooking experiences with everyone, she created this website

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