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The 15 Best Frozen Food Items at Trader Joe’s

Be sure to put these items in your cart the next time you shop at Trader Joe’s!
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The red block letters of Trader Joe’s are like a beacon to loyal customers. Day or night, in rain or shine, they promise a singular shopping experience. Walk into any Trader Joe’s, go about your normal weekly shop and you’ll not only discover amazing products that will save weeknight dinners, you’ll probably save a bunch of money too.

There are a few things a lot of people might not know about Trader Joe’s, but one thing the chain is known for in particular is selling their in-house brand almost exclusively and typically at incredibly competitive price points. The freezer section is a perfect example — it’s a wonderful place to peruse and pick out some particularly delightful products, including some much loved Trader Joe’s products. But what essential items should you buy every time?

From single ingredients and appetizers to main courses and desserts, always keep your eyes peeled for these 15 fantastic frozen food items at Trader Joe’s.

Cauliflower Gnocchi

Cauliflower Gnocchi

If you’re looking for a potato alternative, this cauliflower gnocchi is sure to satisfy. Made in Italy, these little dumplings can be cooked from frozen — whether crisped up in a sauté pan, boiled or even microwaved — before being tossed in your choice of sauce. This pasta alternative is so tasty that it might even rival Grandma’s pasta recipes.

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Here we are again with cauliflower, this time in a different iteration of an Italian classic. Pizza of any kind is undeniably delicious, but if you want something a little less carb-y, this is the pizza base for you! The crust, made from riced cauliflower, corn flour, potato starch, olive oil and salt, doesn’t contain the massive amount of cheese usually found in other cauliflower pizza crusts (while cheese is not a bad thing, sometime you want it in moderation, right?), which means each slice contains just 80 calories. Add toppings and enjoy pizza or cut the crust into strips for cauliflower breadsticks — the possibilities are endless! Get your hands on one of these 10.6 -ounce cauliflower crusts for just $3.99.

Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken Tikka Masala

Trader Joes chicken tikka masala is a great alternative to takeout. If you don’t feel like turning to your slow cooker for a homemade rendition, pick up an 8.5-ounce box from the freezer section for just $3.49. With a creamy, slightly spicy tomato sauce, tender pieces of white chicken and a cumin-infused basmati rice on the side, this entrée, which has been a customer favorite since its debut in 2009, is sure to satisfy your taste buds!

Chocolate Lava Cakes

Chocolate Lava Cakes
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Homemade chocolate lava cakes are known for being tricky to perfect. But that doesn’t mean you cannot and should not be able to enjoy them from the comfort of your own home! These frozen lava cakes by Trader Joe’s are apparently well worth the $2.99 per box (each of which includes two individual cakes). They’re decadent and delicious and will make you feel like you’ve got a five star restaurant in your own home — so there’s no need to go to one of America’s most expensive restaurants to get your chocolate lava fix.

Creamy Spinach & Artichoke Dip

Creamy Spinach & Artichoke Dip
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A nationwide fan favorite, this particular frozen appetizer is classic party fare. In The Daily Meal’s very own Trader Joe’s frozen appetizer taste test it was described as “creamy” and “buttery.” It heats up in just a few minutes and is the perfect accompaniment to some sturdy corn tortillas. An 8.8-ounce container will set you back $2.99, which seems like a bargain for melty-cheesy goodness.

Stacked Eggplant Parmesan

Stacked Eggplant Parmesan

Though there may be a few different variations of eggplant parmesan floating around the freezer chests of Trader Joe’s, this product in particular is the one to look out for. The 12-ounce box costs $3.49 and contains a wonderful vegetarian-friendly version of the classic Italian-American dish. The eggplant is sliced about an inch thick and soaks up the rich garlicky tomato sauce it is layered with. Enjoy this on its own, with a nice crusty ciabatta or even over pasta for an easy and delicious dinner.

Frozen Garlic

Frozen Garlic
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Whether you’re trying to get a meal thrown together in a hurry or are preparing a fully fledged dinner party, peeling garlic can be an inevitable and odious task. As an ingredient, garlic is all but magical and adds unbeatable flavor to so many dishes. However, if you’re sick and tired of papery garlic skin, smelly fingers and the time it takes to prepare a simple clove of garlic, then the frozen garlic found at Trader Joe’s (though not an in-house brand) is the time-saving product for you! This product is nothing like the acrid jars of shelf-stable minced garlic. The frozen garlic is presented in cubes in a small tray — much like ice cubes, with twenty 4-gram cubes each equal to one clove — and costs about $2.

Gone Bananas

Gone Bananas

For those craving a sweet treat but still wanting to stick to something healthy, the “Gone Bananas!” chocolate-covered banana bites are the thing to buy! Made with just three simple ingredients — banana, chocolate and coconut oil — an 8-ounce box (about 20 covered slices of banana) costs $1.99. Trader Joe’s also began selling chocolate-covered strawberry pieces, so even if you aren’t a banana fan you’ll find a tasty alternative. At $2.99 for a 5.3-ounce box the strawberries are a bit more expensive, but no doubt just as delicious.

Hold The Cone! Mini Vanilla Ice Cream Cones

Hold The Cone! Mini Vanilla Ice Cream Cones

Who doesn’t love ice cream? These mini cones (coated with chocolate on the inside!) with vanilla ice cream are a fabulous way to enjoy something sweet when you don’t want to commit to an entire full-sized cone. Great for kids and grownups alike, eight mini ice creams come in each box, each weighing 7.9 ounces. One box costs $2.99 and might not last very long in some households.

Key Lime Pie

Key Lime Pie

Trader Joe’s frozen key lime pie is enjoyed by customers who want their summer-y dessert year-round. It’s tart but not too tart, and the crust is perfectly flaky. Never had key lime pie? It's the most iconic food from Florida!

Mandarin Orange Chicken

Mandarin Orange Chicken

Trader Joe’s Mandarin Orange Chicken has been on the (freezer) shelves of Trader Joe’s since 2005 and has even been voted, by customers, as the No. 1 favorite product in stores. Each 22-ounce package contains battered chicken pieces as well as a separate container of sauce. There’s no need for take-out when you have this in your freezer, and since once bag only costs $4.99 (much like Costco’s famous rotisserie chicken) it’s an easy and affordable meal for any day of the week!

Parmesan Pastry Pups

Parmesan Pastry Pups

Pig in a blanket who? These Parmesan Pastry Pups got high scores for their presentation when they went head-to-head against some of Trader Joe’s other popular frozen appetizers. If you are looking for an easy finger food, these $4.49 pastry pups (in a 10.5-ounce box, about 12 pups per box) these mini beef franks, wrapped in puff pastry and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese are not a bad way to go! Serve with some high-quality mustard for extra credit.

Pork Gyoza Potstickers

Pork Gyoza Potstickers

Dumplings of any kind deserve praise, and these pork gyoza potstickers from Trader Joe’s are no exception. With a tasty and balanced filling of pork, cabbage and scallion, and skin that is the perfect thickness, these dumplings are an excellent item to keep on hand for any kind of last-minute meal emergency. Along with a big salad, these dumplings, which come in a big 16-ounce bag for $2.99 and can be pan-fried, boiled or even microwaved, make for a convenient and satisfying meal.

Strawberry Coconut Milk Ice Cream

Strawberry Coconut Milk Ice Cream

If you are vegan or simply avoid dairy, chances are you have hunted high and low for a suitably satisfying ice cream that doesn’t taste overtly non-dairy-y. Well, friends, the search is over. Trader Joe’s own coconut milk-based strawberry ice cream is a thing of dairy-free dreams. Some vegan and non-dairy ice cream imitators get pretty darn close to tasting like the real thing, but none come close to this pint of strawberry-coconut heaven. Soft, creamy and rich, this non-dairy dessert actually tastes like real strawberries and with only 150 calories per 1/2-cup serving this product sold for a mere $2.99, seems almost beyond belief.

Meatless Meatballs

Meatless Meatballs

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The final item on our list is a versatile time-saver. Meatless meatballs are a great, healthy addition to so many dishes and having one of Trader Joe’s 16-ounce bags in the freezer is sure to come in handy. From adding them to any number of perfectly delicious pasta recipes to making mouthwatering game-day snacks (for any game really: football, soccer, Scrabble…) it’s easy to see why these meatballs are one of the foods that Trader Joe’s customers love the most.

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