Yes, I’m sharing the BEST Trader Joe’s frozen foods. The frozen aisles are one of the best places to find Trader Joe’s products ranging from cauliflower rice to almond croissants! I’ve gathered this list of Trader Joe’s best frozen foods, 23 to be exact and while I tried to touch on most categories, I’m sure you might have a few to add to the list as well!
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While veggie burgers and frozen burritos are classic frozen meals, there is so much more to love at TJ’s! Here are some of the best frozen food items from Trader Joe’s.
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Trader Joe’s Frozen Cauliflower Rice
Yes, the frozen cauliflower rice deserves it’s own category! As always, TJ’s always hops on the popular food trends, and they’ve managed to come up with a number of trader joe’s cauliflower rice products. Serve with Trader Joe’s air fryer chicken or make your own cauliflower fried rice with a few veggies and soy sauce.
Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Rice
This product is amazing and I don’t like to be without it. Great for cauliflower fried rice, smoothies, or any stir fry.
I think it’s one of the best things to buy at trader joe’s in terms of quality, versatility, and price!
Riced Cauliflower Stir-Fry
One of the easiest ways to make cauliflower fried rice! I like to fry it up and serve with a fried egg for a filling, veggie-packed meal. Sriracha and garlic chili sauce to taste.
Riced Cauliflower Bowl
This cauliflower rice bowl (vegan!) features a lot of different flavors that (sort of) surprisingly all work well together. It is a little light for a full meal, so I’ll usually add a fried eggs to make it a little more filling.
Trader Joe’s Frozen Vegetables & Fruits
I love to keep a stash of Trader Joe’s products like frozen fruits, veggies, and convenience items.
Put the jarred minced garlic aside! I repeat, put the jar minced garlic aside! If you want to Recipe is below, so save time peeling and mincing garlic, these are the cubes to use. Much better flavor then jarred, just as easy. Use these cubes in everything from Instant Pot chicken stew to grilled chicken drumsticks.
The smoky flavor adds depth to anywhere frozen corn is called for.
I know, trader joe’s frozen fruit is sort of random, but worth a mention. When I was pregnant with Eden and was on a strict gestational diabetes diet, my nightly dessert consisted of siggi’s raspberry yogurt + frozen raspberries + whipped cream. It was light, sweet, creamy, and a tad tart.
They are also fantastic in smoothies, and I think their prices for both organic and conventional frozen fruit is hard to beat.
Best Trader Joe’s Frozen Dinners
Trader Joe’s is known for its frozen meals, and they have some great ones! Here are some of the trader joe’s best items when it comes to frozen meals:
Thai Shrimp Gyoza
If I had to pick a solo-dinner night meal (aka the nights that I have dinner all by myself), Trader Joe’s potstickers would be the meal of choice most of the time! They are also a favorite for Demi to pack for school lunch.
The shrimp is my favorite, but I also like the chicken and pork gyoza potstickers. (UPDATE: I have new and strong opinions of the dumplings after researching and side-by-side testing for the ultimate guide to Trader Joe’s dumplings.
Paneer Tikka Masala
Even Indian food lovers agree that the frozen Indian meals are some of the best items at Trader Joe’s. If you want to recreate an Indian meal at home, by one of each….not that I’ve ever done that…
I also like supplement the paneer masala with a side of dal for a more filling meal.
Cod Provençal with Ratatouille & Rice
Yes, I know what you are thinking. And I thought the same thing. Then my co-worker was heating some up at work, and oddly, this microwave fish smelled GOOD! I’m a fan for no-work lunches.
I also made this for my kids when they were babies and just starting to eat if we needed a quick meal for them. The ingredients are very wholesome.
Linguine with Clam Sauce
I held out on frozen pasta for a longgggggggg time. I just really didn’t think they could be any good. Who knows what finally possessed me to try them, but I’m a fan. The fettucine alfredo is also great – like a grown up mac & cheese. (Bucatini cacio e pepe is better but sometimes you need the EASY option.)
It’s important to note that most of the Trader Joe’s frozen pastas feed one, not whatever is listed on the package. 🙂
Gnocchi alla Sorrentina
Sounds super fancy, tastes super good. This is another one that I had such low expectations for…but it’s simple and tasty. (Check out my thoughts on the best way to prep cauliflower gnocchi.)
Burrata, Prosciutto & Arugula Flatbread
Trader joe’s frozen pizzas are not my favorite, but I do enjoy some of the flatbreads! They have a crunchier crust and delicious flavors like this one. Try naan pizzas at home for a quick dinner option.
Kung Pao Chicken
Salty, spicy, and full of flavor – just what I want in Chinese chicken!
Mandarin Orange Chicken
According to just about every website and article out there, the mandarin orange chicken is one of the best things to buy at trader joe’s and it always makes the fan-favorite lists.
I do think it’s super tasty, but it’s not something I buy every time I’m there. Serve with haricot verts or broccoli and a side of rice. Make the orange chicken in air fryer for less mess! I also have a homemade orange chicken stir fry.
Trader Joe’s Must Haves Appetizers
I ALWAYS pause at the Trader Joe’s appetizer freezer, no matter how rushed I am. It holds a few of the best things at Trader Joe’s. For the full list, check out 12 best (and worst!) Trader Joe’s frozen appetizers.
Parmesan Pastry Puffs
These may look like ordinary pigs-in-a-blanket, but they are not. They are elevated in just the slightest way (with puff pastry and a sprinkle of parm) which makes them perfectly appropriate, no matter what your age is!
Mini Chicken Tacos
Whether you’re putting these on an appetizer spread or packing them up in school lunches like I do, they are a family-friendly snack or meal! Serve them with fresh toppings, sour cream, and salsa.
Trader Joe’s Frozen Meatballs and Proteins
I have strong opinions when it comes to Trader Joe’s frozen foods like meatballs, meat, and seafood. Read on…
Party Size Mini Meatballs
I’m slightly picky about trader joe’s products – meatballs included! And I just don’t love the turkey ones. Beef and mini are the way to go! The mini meatballs don’t have a strong Italian flavor, so can be used in any flavors. These trader joe’s curry meatball rice bowls are a fave!
Argentinian Red Shrimp
While I don’t love all of the seafood at Trader Joe’s, this shrimp actually has a similar flavor and texture as lobster. So naturally, we like to serve it with lemon juice and melted butter. It would also be delicious in my scallop linguine.
At some point, Trader Joe’s changed their salmon burger recipe and the new one is unfortunately, not one that I like. But then they came out with the shrimp burger! It’s a blend of shrimp and white fish and is delicious with a bright slaw and brioche bun.
Trader Joe’s Frozen Breads and Sides
Trader Joe’s frozen croissants and naan are the highlights here. MUSTS!
Garlic Naan Bread
Remember that Indian feast I mentioned above? The naan bread is a must. In addition to serving alongside Indian meals, the naan bread makes a great crust for naan pizzas, buffalo chicken flatbreads, or butter chicken pizzas. Garlic all the way for me, but plain is also great.
This is another item (and I know I’ve said this a lot!) that I just didn’t think could possibly be very good…WRONG! After an overnight proof and a quick bake, you’ve got fresh almond croissants that are flaky with the right amount of sweetness.
Not too long ago, I also tried the mini croissants (no proof needed) and was also super impressed with these. The small size was perfect on my trader joe’s breakfast brunch board and would be a great addition to brunches.
Frozen Jasmine Rice
Much like the trader joe’s cauliflower rice, the frozen grain section is another great dinner time hack! Simply microwave for a few minutes and you’ve got perfectly cooked rice or quinoa. The jasmine rice is my favorite for ground pork stir fry or Trader Joe’s chicken and vegetable curry.
Potato Latkes (Pancakes)
Homemade potato latkes are awesome, there’s no doubt. But the peeling, shredding, and oil splatters? Eh. Once every few years, we’ll make them from scratch, the other times? Trader Joe’s to the rescue.
There you have it. Twenty-three of the best trader joe’s frozen foods! (IMHO) Add yours in the comments!
More Trader Joe’s Recipes
- Trader Joe’s Breakfast Board – The best way to brunch. Perfect for special mornings or brunch parties.
- Trader Joe’s Cheese Board – Both $20 and $45 options for a gorgeous cheese board that’s sure to impress.
- Trader Joe’s Curry Meatballs – This rice bowl is incredibly delicious, healthy, and full of flavor! Just 4 ingredients.
- Trader Joe’s Ground Turkey Meal Prep – Great make-ahead option for healthy lunches.
- Easy Trader Joe’s Meatball & Marinara Subs – 5 ingredient meal that the whole family will love.
- Vegetarian Sheet Pan Nachos – Just 3 ingredients. You could also use this chili for chili cheese dip!