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How Long Do I Cook Frozen Package Meatballs?

by Hannah Wickford, studioD

Frozen packaged meatballs are a real timesaver on busy nights when you want to give your family a home-cooked meal. Many of the popular brands can be ready to eat in as little as 3 minutes in the microwave, or 15 to 20 minutes in the oven. Whether you’re making Swedish meatballs, an Italian-style meal or appetizers for a dinner party, you’ll find that most brands of frozen meatballs from a package can be adapted to different cooking methods.

Cooking Times and Methods

Frozen packaged meatballs generally take two to three minutes when cooked in the microwave. Some brands require that you cover them lightly, while others recommend that you turn them once during the cooking process. For an extra burst of flavor, place frozen meatballs directly into your sauce, and cook for roughly 15 to 20 minutes or until the meatballs are heated through. Times and temperatures for cooking frozen meatballs in the oven vary widely. Some require almost 30 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit, while others need only 15 to 20 minutes in the oven at 350 F. Always read the package for specific cooking directions for the brand of meatballs you choose.

About the Author

After attending Fairfield University, Hannah Wickford spent more than 15 years in market research and marketing in the consumer packaged goods industry. In 2003 she decided to shift careers and now maintains three successful food-related blogs and writes online articles, website copy and newsletters for multiple clients.

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