How to heat frozen meatballs

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How to heat frozen meatballs
Meatballs are a favourite with pasta. (James And James/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Meatballs are a favourite with pasta, served with a dipping sauce for appetizers or with gravy and potatoes as a main dish. Make up a big batch of meatballs. Cook them in the oven rather than in a frying pan to keep down the mess. Freeze for future use. Frozen meatballs are available in the frozen food section of the grocery store.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Microwave
  • Water
  • Dishes
  • Roasting pan
  • Frying pan
  • Slotted spoon

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  1. 1

    Put meatballs in a microwave-proof dish only one layer deep. Add 1 tbsp water to the bottom of the dish.

  2. 2

    Cover the dish loosely with cling film.

  3. 3

    Microwave on high for 2 minutes. Turn meatballs over and microwave for 1 minute. Cut one meatball to make sure the insides are hot. If not, microwave for an additional minute or two.


  1. 1

    Place meatballs in one layer in a roasting pan. Add enough water to barely cover the bottom of the pan.

  2. 2

    Cover the pan with aluminium foil.

  3. 3

    Place in a preheated 350 degree oven for 20 to 30 minutes. Test a meatball as in the previous section to make sure it's hot.

    Frying Pan

  1. 1

    Place meatballs in a frying pan in a single layer. Add 1/2 cup of water.

  2. 2

    Turn heat on high. When the water starts to boil shake pan to move the meatballs around. Or use a slotted spoon to turn the meatballs over.

  3. 3

    Lower the heat to low and cover pan with lid. Heat for five or six minutes on low heat until meatballs are heated through.

Tips and warnings

  • Meatballs dry out fairly easily. If you don't want to add water to the pan, add wine, beer or tomato juice instead.
  • Put frozen meatballs directly in the sauce for pasta. By the time the pasta heats, the meatballs will be hot, too.
  • Frozen meatballs will burn on the outside before the inside has thawed if cooked on high heat.

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