11 Recipes to Make with Freezer Ingredients

Need some freezer meal inspiration? Check out these easy recipes for delicious meals all week long.

Many of us have turned our eyes toward pantry items to plan weekly meals, but that’s not the only place where delicious dinner ideas can be found.

How about gaining some inspiration from your freezer? Think fruits, veggies, meat, fish, broth, breads, and even some dairy. Believe it or not you can even freeze butter, eggs, cheese, and milk. My friend just told me about frozen chopped onions and I swear it’s changed my life.

I guess what I’m trying to say is you have options!

Having a freezer of food is one thing. Figuring out how to transform those ingredients into breakfast, lunch and dinner when your mental energy is already stretched thin is another thing altogether. Don’t worry, we’re here to help!

Now, lets put those ingredients to good use with these meals made from simple freezer ingredients.

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How to Make Shrimp Scampi

Shrimp is a great protein to have on hand in your freezer because it cooks up fast. While this recipe calls for fresh shrimp, you can easily sub in frozen shrimp. Pair it a box of pasta and frozen peas, for a complete meal on the table in no time!

Slice of Greek Spinach Pie on a white plate, with a fork, a glass of white wine, and the casserole dish in the background,

Got frozen phyllo? Got frozen spinach? Then you’ve got the makings of Spanakopita! It’s such a convenient vegetarian dish to serve for dinner.

Chocolate Chip Pancakes with Raspberry Sauce - close up of pancake stack

This is an easy breakfast or brinner (breakfast for dinner) that is made from pantry staples and frozen raspberries. Keep this recipe in your back pocket for those nights (or mornings) when you don’t have anything fresh on hand. Plus, who couldn’t use a little chocolate right now?

Got frozen blueberries but no “J” for your PB&J sandwiches. Never fear! Making jam in the microwave is a quick and easy way to make this essential sandwich ingredient. Some may think it’s cheating, but we think of it as working smarter, not harder.

Black Bean Salad

Make a giant batch and eat it for lunch the whole week. It’s just that good! It also uses up canned or frozen beans and frozen corn which makes it even more delicious.

Slow Cooker Taco Soup with sour cream and chips

This soup uses up chicken broth, frozen ground beef, AND frozen corn. How’s that for clearing out your freezer? Added bonus: You can freeze leftovers of this soup to use for another time. It’s the soup that keeps on giving.

Easy Slow Cooker Shredded Chili Chicken Chili in the crockpot

This is a lot like the taco soup but uses chicken and has a few different ingredients. It can also be frozen and reheated when needed. Bonus: It also uses up some of those cans of beans and tomato puree hanging out in your pantry.

BBQ Chicken Burrito Bowls

This burrito bowl uses up a variety of frozen ingredients, but the one that’s the most exciting is using up frozen rice! I know, we tend to get excited about things like that, but you can basically clear out your freezer in one swoop with this recipe!

Hand Pies with Cherries

We do love using fresh cherries when they’re in season, but what happens when you get a craving for something sweet when staying home is the norm and fresh cherries aren’t available? You turn to frozen cherries, of course!

Boneless Skinless Chicken in the Instant Pot cook the chicken

While this isn’t a recipe per se, it is one of our favorite methods for cooking frozen chicken. You’ll always have protein on hand in a pinch and it will make dinner that much easier to get on the table.

Side view of chinese take out orange chicken recipe in a scalloped white bowl with a partial view of a bowl of white rice to the left.

Simply pull out some chicken, orange juice, a bag of veggies, and rice from the freezer and dinner is served.

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Claudia Cash

Claudia is the Community Manager for Simply Recipes, and finds joy building relationships with our readers through Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. As the mother of 5 girls, she is passionate about family dinner and having that time together every day to connect with those we love, even if it's over toast and eggs.

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  1. Debby

    Many of these recipes call for chicken. We can’t even find any in our stores.

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Three photos from left to right. Shrimp scampi swirled with mint and peas in a white bowl. A fork and spoon are set on the right side of the bowl. BBQ chicken burrito bowl is in the center. Each ingredient is in its own section of the bowl. Clockwise: black beans, yellow corn kernals, romaine lettuce, rice and shredded bbq chicken. Chopped tomatoes are in the center of the bowl. The last image is of cherry hand pies. Saucy cherries are viewable inside the pie and a blue bowl with cherries are behind the hand pies.11 Recipes to Make with Freezer Ingredients