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    How to Cook Frozen Vegetables in the Microwave

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    16 mins

    1 min

    15 mins

    3KillerBs's Note:

    Another basic recipe written down as I teach my older children the cooking skills they need to put good, simple food on their tables. Since microwaving is fast and because it preserves the flavors, colors, and textures without taking up room on the stove I probably do this 5 days out of 7. With slight variations in timing it works for any frozen vegetable. And once the veggies are cooked they can be dressed up with butter, olive oil, cheese, sauces, or garnishes as desired. Note -- this method is for the veggies that come loose in bags rather than packed in blocks.

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    • 1 lb frozen vegetables
    • 2 tablespoons water (optional)


    1. 1
      Put vegetables into a covered, glass casserole or other suitable microwave cooking dish with a lid. Add water if you are making a solid, dense vegetable like Brussels sprouts or if you like your veggies soft-textured.
    2. 2
      Microwave on high for 4-5 minutes. Stir. Repeat twice. The vegetables should now be hot through but still bright-colored and firm.
    3. 3
      Continue the repeats if softer veggies are desired.
    4. 4
      Note -- microwaves vary tremendously. Ultra-high power versions will take less time. Older, lower-power versions will require more. Adjust so that you have 3 cook-stir cycles for the most even results.
    5. 5
      Serve plain or add whatever seasonings or sauces you desire.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on July 27, 2011


      This worked out really well. I've been cooking frozen vegetables in the microwave for a long time without instructions. These came out perfect. No more guessing. Thanks!

      p.s. I need 3 minute cycles in my microwave. Everyone will be different due to different microwaves, taste and texture.

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    Nutritional Facts for How to Cook Frozen Vegetables in the Microwave

    Serving Size: 1 (80 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 72.7
    Calories from Fat 5
    Total Fat 0.5 g
    Saturated Fat 0.1 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 53.3 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 15.2 g
    Dietary Fiber 4.5 g
    Sugars 0.0 g
    Protein 3.7 g

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