Remember This Seasoning Tip For The Crispiest Frozen Vegetables

Roasted Brussels sprouts
Roasted Brussels sprouts - Elena Veselova/Shutterstock

Frozen vegetables are such a versatile kitchen essential. Not only are they often easier on the wallet but they also eliminate the worry of spoilage. However, one of the tricker aspects of cooking frozen vegetables is ensuring that they don't end up soft and mushy. That's where this special tip comes into play.

For the crispiest roasted frozen vegetables, there's one common step that should be delayed until the very end: adding oil. While it may be tempting to coat them before roasting, oil can trap the moisture within the vegetables, leading to a softer texture. By roasting them without oil initially, you allow the vegetables to release their natural moisture and crisp up beautifully.

To try this method, preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and spread out your bag of frozen vegetables in a single, even layer. Roast for 25 to 30 minutes or until the veggies are turning golden. Remove the vegetables from the oven, then carefully toss them with oil and seasonings before returning them to the oven for 5 to 10 minutes longer or until sufficiently crispy.

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Perfecting Crispy Roasted Vegetables

Roasted cauliflower
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This method works with any variety of frozen vegetables, from roasted root vegetables to tender roasted broccoli florets, but there are a few key things to keep in mind. Firstly, it's essential to avoid overcrowding the baking sheet. A crowded pan can cause the vegetables to steam rather than roast, resulting in a less crispy texture. Even if this means working in batches, stick to one well-spaced layer for optimal results.

Additionally, parchment paper is a must if you want to prevent all of the tastiest, crispiest bits from being left behind on the pan. Just be certain to line the pan right before roasting (rather than during the preheating stage with the pan in the oven) to prevent burnt parchment and a smoky kitchen. Lastly, all vegetables cook a touch differently, so you may need to adjust the cooking time slightly depending on the size and shape of the veggies on hand. Monitoring them closely toward the end of the cooking time should do the trick.

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