Asian Inspired Roasted Veggies are easy to make on a sheet pan, are prepared with ingredients you likely already have in your pantry. You can even use frozen vegetables to make this simple side.
Roasting frozen vegetables elevates them to a whole new level, so no more mushy, bland, tasteless vegetables for your house!
Why Roast Vegetables?
When I am in a hurry and want to add a vegetable side, I love roasting vegetables for my family, especially if the only vegetables I have on hand are frozen. It requires very little hands on effort, and provides multiple benefits, including:
- Enhanced Flavor: Frozen vegetables are known for being rather bland, and not so tasty. However, roasting brings out the natural sweetness and flavor of vegetables, and the high heat that you roast on can naturally caramelize them, resulting in even more flavor.
- Crispy Texture: Frozen vegetables often have a mushy texture, but roasting creates a pleasing contrast between the crisp outer layer and the tender interior of the vegetables, making them far more appetizing.
- Minimal Ingredients: You do not need a ton of ingredients to make veggies good with this method. I love using this Asian inspired sauce, but you can simpluy use oil, salt, and pepper, and let the flavor of the vegetables shine.
- Easy Preparation: Low mess, low prep, it is a great way to prepare a lot of vegetables with minimal effort.
- Versatility: Many different types of vegetables can be roasted, and they all taste great that way.
Asian Inspired Roasted Veggies
These veggies are the perfect side dish for busy nights because they are also from veggies that are kept in the freezer, and require few dishes, and very little effort. With just a few minute’s prep time, I get a great tasting, easy dinner I can feel good about.
In fact, Asian Inspired Roasted Veggies taste so good, even my veggie hating kiddos will gobble them up alongside some Orange Chicken!
Tips and Tricks
Roasting frozen vegetables is convenient and time-saving, here are some tips to help you roast frozen vegetables successfully:
- Preheat the Oven: Because roasting requires high heat, make sure your oven is fully preheated to a high temperature, 425°F (220°C). Preheating also ensures the vegetables cook evenly and develop a nice caramelized exterior.
- Spread Them Out: Roasting requires space. So be sure to arrange the frozen vegetables on a baking sheet in a single layer, and avoid over crowding. If you have too many on the tray, you will get steamed vegetables instead of roasted.
- Use a High-Quality Baking Sheet: A heavy-duty, rimmed baking sheet is best, as it will result in even heat distribution and more even cooking.
- Extend Cooking Time: Frozen vegetables often have ice crystals on them, and therefore more moisture than fresh, which means they will take longer to roast, and caramelize than fresh vegetables will. Plan to add 5-10 minutes of cooking time, but keep a close eye.
- Check for Doneness: Because no two ovens are the same, and no two frozen vegetable mixes are the same, it is best to test the vegetables with a fork or knife to make sure they’re tender and cooked to your liking before serving. Look for a golden, caramelized exterior, and tender interior.
- Consider Finishing Touches: Before serving, add more flavor by tossing them in a sauce, or serve with a squeeze of lemon juice, a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese, etc.
- Serve Promptly: Roasted vegetables are best served hot out of the oven!
More Asian inspired meals you might enjoy:
- Asian Lemon Chicken
- Honey Asian Chicken
- Asian Dipping Sauces
- Asian Chopped Salad
- Baked Asian Mahi Mahi Packets
Asian Inspired Roasted Veggies
- 2 1/2 TBS soy sauce
- 2 TBS brown sugar
- 1 1/2 TBS sesame oil
- 1 tsp rice vinegar
- 1 tsp Sriracha
- 5-6 cups frozen Veggies
- 1 TBS olive oil
- Salt a pinch
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 tsp sesame seeds
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
- In a small bowl, whisk the soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, rice vinegar and hot sauce together, and set aside.
- Place frozen veggies onto a single layer on the baking sheet, and lightly drizzle with olive oil. Another alternative is to use cooking spray on the sheet before hand.
- Sprinkle with a little salt, and minced garlic.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until tender, bake uncovered.
- Remove from oven, and gently toss in the soy sauce mixture.
- Sprinkle with sesame seeds, and enjoy!
Our recipe card software calculates these nutrition facts based on averages for the above ingredients, different brands, and quality of produce/meats may have different nutritional information, always calculate your own based on the specific products you use in order to achieve accurate macros for this recipe.