Ready-to-eat frozen meatballs are a handy staple for last minute meal planning. They freeze well in bulk and separate easily, making it convenient to reheat only what you need for each meal. As appetizers, mixed in with pasta, soup and stew or as the hero of a great sub sandwich, meatballs are versatile, delicious and go from freezer to plate in 20 minutes or less.
In the Microwave
Place a single layer of meatballs in a microwave safe dish and add a tablespoon of water to prevent the meat from dying out. Loosely cover the dish with plastic wrap or a damp paper towel and heat on high for two minutes. Stir the meatballs, replace the cover and heat for another minute until heated through.
On the Stovetop
Use a covered saucepan or frying pan. Add frozen meatballs and enough water to barely cover the bottom of the pan. Cook on medium-high heat for about five minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking. You can also reheat meatballs on the stovetop in a simmering sauce or soup.
In the Oven
Put meatballs on the bottom of an oven safe dish, add enough water to fill the bottom of the dish and cover it with foil. Heat at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 20 minutes, stirring once or twice to cook evenly.
Nikki Jardin began freelance writing in 2009 and focuses on food and travel articles. She has been a professional cook and caterer for more than 20 years. She holds a degree in environmental science from Humboldt State University.