The 10 Best Frozen Dinners at Trader Joe’s, According to One of Our Favorite Instagram Follows

updated May 5, 2021
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Arguably the best aisle in all of Trader Joe’s is the frozen aisle. Not only does the store have a massive selection of options to satisfy whatever craving you might be having at the moment, but they’re also pretty much all winners — dinner winners, that is! TJ’s has so many great finds for a quick, nearly instant dinner. Trust me: I have an Instagram account dedicated to all things Trader Joe’s (@BlackGirlsInTraderJoes), so I know!

Whenever I make a trip (which is often), I make sure to stock up on all my favorite frozen finds, which make dinnertime a breeze. (Seriously, all you have to do is heat and eat them.) Bundle up, because you’re coming with me on a trip down the virtual freezer aisle.

Here are my top 10 picks for the best frozen dinner finds at Trader Joe’s.

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1. Mandarin Orange Chicken, $4.99 for 1 pound

I always pair this glorious bag of sauce-coated chicken pieces with the frozen vegetable fried rice. (I know, I know, that’s two separate picks, but I always shop for them as a pair whenever I’m in the mood for an easy and delicious dinner.) Here’s a tip: Making this chicken in the air fryer is the ultimate life hack.

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2. Breaded Fried Ravioli, $3.99 for 16 ounces

This St. Louis favorite is new to the TJ’s frozen section. It also works when served as an appetizer and paired with marinara sauce. If you want a little kick, pair it with the spicy Arrabiata sauce for dipping!

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3. Chicken Tikka Masala, $3.99 for 8.5 ounces

I love this robust tomato curry, which smothers the chicken atop a cumin basmati rice. When I want to take it to another level I wrap the contents into a tortilla along with some veggies.

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4. Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe, $3.99 for 16 ounces

Joe really took his time with this one … but it was worth the wait. These par-cooked pasta nests are frozen separately from the pepper and cheese sauce, but everything comes together in minutes when you sauté it. Honestly, it tastes homemade.

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5. Taste au Brie et aux Tomatoes Flatbread, $3.99 for 10 ounces

Out of all the frozen “pizzas” that TJ’s has to choose from, I love this simple-yet-fancy version. The crispy crust is topped with melted Brie and tomatoes and it’s pretty much all I need.

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6. Gnocchi al Gorgonzola, $3.99 for 16 ounces

If there’s one thing Trader Joe’s does well, it’s gnocchi. This super-cheesy version doesn’t get the love it deserves, so I’m giving it a shoutout. I love adding a bag to the Organic Creamy Tomato Soup for a whole different spin.

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7. Thai Shrimp Gyoza, $4.99 for 12 ounces

Every single time I buy these, I get home and immediately cook the entire bag. They’re light, flavorful, and so poppable. I like to pair them with TJ’s Sweet Chili Sauce for the perfect combo.

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8. Mac ’n Cheese, $2.99 for 14 ounces

Whether you’re eating it as an entire meal or a side dish, this four-cheese classic is a freezer must-have. There are a bunch of other macs, but this one gets my vote!

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9. Roasted Corn, $2.49 for 16 ounces

I know what you’re thinking: This isn’t a meal. But whenever I get my hands on this bag of corn, I add mayonnaise, lime juice, cilantro, and Everything But The Elote seasoning and pair it with some tortilla chips and we’re in business. It’s totally dinner. I also love to add it to salsa, soups, and stews. Are you seeing why it’s a staple now? The possibilities!

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10. Cauliflower Gnocchi, $2.79 for 12 ounces

What is a frozen food list at Trader Joe’s without Cauliflower Gnocchi on it? There’s a reason it sells out pretty much the second it hits shelves — there are so many ways to make it.

What’s your favorite frozen find at Trader Joe’s?