When to Add Frozen Vegetables to Rice: Detailed Timeline!

If you are facing a hard time deciding what is the right time to add frozen veggies to rice, you are in the right place. As a busy parent, I faced the same issue when I started cooking. Then I followed the information in this article to find the solution, I hope this article might also help you.

So, when to add frozen vegetables to rice?

The frozen vegetables can be added at the beginning of the cooking process together with the uncooked rice and water. By the time the rice is finished cooking, it will have thawed and cooked. The optimal time to add frozen vegetables to the rice also depends on the vegetable types. When the water is bubbling or boiling, or at the beginning of cooking, hard vegetables can be added. 

The solution to this problem is quite simple. We’ve addressed all of these possible solutions including some of the best-frozen vegetable rice recipes for you. Now let’s explore the article!

When is the Best Time to Add Frozen Vegetables to the Rice Cooker?

The best time to add frozen veggies to the rice cooker is at the beginning. The frozen veggies will not require additional thawing in this process and cook perfectly once the rice is cooked.

Another key factor here is the vegetable types. When the water is bubbling or boiling, or at the beginning of cooking, hard vegetables can be added.

vegetable types

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When the cooking process has just ended or after the majority of the water has evaporated, softer or frozen vegetables may be added (rice cookers typically feature an internal thermostat to switch from “cooking” to “keep warm” modes).

However, you shouldn’t want to open the rice cooker a lot during the cycle as it loses steam and may damage your cooking results.

In the case of diced vegetables, you can cook them separately and then combine them with the rice right before serving. 

You may know that it only takes 20 minutes to cook rice. Carrot takes 10 minutes to cook with rice, peas take about 3 to 4 minutes, and beans about 5 minutes.

To avoid adding them too late, simply keep the lid on and let them steam for the remaining time. You can add carrots after 10 minutes of cooking rice. For peas, add them when you are at the 16-17th minute of cooking rice. Moreover, you can add beans at the 15th minute of cooking rice. 

When combined with the rice, chunky-cut veggies like the well-known California blend of broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots may not fully cook.

What are the Risks of Not Getting the Timing Right?

Before you eat most frozen veggies, they must first be cooked. 

  • Because of inappropriate timing, mixing veggies with rice can hamper the taste and flavor of your meal. It can also make your rice smell bad.
  • If you do not get the timing right, your food can be undercooked, moderately cooked, or overcooked. 
  • Sometimes undercooked food can cause food poisoning due to some germs like salmonella in the food.
  • If your food contains botulism toxin due to being undercooked, and you eat that, you can face severe health issues like paralysis or even death.
  • On the other hand, keep in mind that more nutrients will be lost the longer you cook them.

You may follow the instructions on the packaging of the frozen vegetable whether it is needed to cook or not before eating.

How to Cook Frozen Vegetables with Rice in a Rice Cooker?

Rice cookers are a great way to prepare frozen vegetables. These can be added at the beginning of the cooking process together with the uncooked rice and water.

By the time the rice is finished cooking, it will have thawed and cooked. Most people suggest that layering the frozen vegetables over the rice is easier rather than mixing them in.

Fresh vegetables need more time to prepare than frozen vegetables because frozen vegetables are already partially cooked. Even so, harder veggies like potatoes or carrots will still take a little longer to prepare than more tender ones. They might still be a little crunchy after they thaw and cook alongside the rice in the rice cooker.

3 of the Best Frozen Vegetables with Rice Recipe

Spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, peas, maize, and yam are a few examples of frozen vegetables that can be bought in supermarkets, either packaged as a single ingredient or as mixes. For your convenience, I have added 3 of the best-frozen vegetables to the rice recipe.


It seems difficult, but it’s not. This traditional rice dish from Spain includes shrimp, fresh pork, and pork sausage. 

This one-dish supper serves a large group and has saffron, pimiento, and green peas for flavor.

traditional rice dish

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1 lb. boneless pork loin roast (cut into 1-inch cubes), 3/4 lb. pork sausage links, 3/4 cup green onions (sliced), 1 clove garlic (crushed), 29 oz. chicken broth, 2 cups rice, 1/2 tsp. Salt, 1/2 tsp. Oregano, 1/4 tsp. saffron (crushed), 1 bay leaf, 1 lb. shrimp (fresh medium, peeled), 10 oz. frozen peas, 2 oz. pimiento strips (drained), 2 Tbsp. parsley (chopped)

Cooking Steps:

Step 1: Sausage should be browned over medium heat in a sizable skillet or 4-quart Dutch oven. Sausage should be drained, with 2 tablespoons of the skillet’s drippings saved.

Add the pork to the skillet along with the green onion and garlic. Cook, stirring periodically, for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the pork is browned.

Step 2: Sausages are added back to the pan along with rice, chicken stock, salt, oregano, saffron, and bay leaf. 

After bringing it to a boil, turn the heat down, cover, and simmer for 25 minutes. 

Add the parsley, pimiento, shrimp, and peas. Cook the shrimp for 10 to 15 minutes under cover. Remove the bay leaf.

Rice with Mixed Vegetables:

Rice and mixed vegetables are common food items for people all over the world. The recipe is easy and time worthy.


Long-grain white rice, Water, Roasted chicken, Butter, Frozen mixed vegetables (carrots, peas, corn, green beans, and lima beans), Salt, and pepper

Cooking Steps:

Step 1: Rinse the rice under cold water until the water runs clear.

Step 2: Add rice, water, roasted chicken and butter to the sauce pot.

Step 3: Bring to a boil

Step 4: Cover the lid and reduce the amount of heat. Then simmer for 15 to 20 minutes or until rice is tender and liquid has been absorbed.

Step 5: Let the rice sit, covered for 5 minutes.

Step 6: When the rice is cooking, cook veggies in another pan. 

Step 7: Fluff rice with a fork

Step 8: Add the veggies with the rice while the rice is cooking and serve!

Add the veggies with the rice

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You can also cook rice with broccoli and carrots, corn and pea, green bean and mushroom, spinach and tomatoes in the rice cooker.

The ingredients and procedures are the same as the rice with mixed vegetables. Only you need to change the frozen veggies as per the menu. You may add chicken or not, it is up to your choice. 

Rice Cooker Fried Rice:

Rice Cooker Fried Rice

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Craving fried rice can be unbearable. Also, making fried rice in a wok will take a bit of effort. That’s why making fried rice in a rice cooker comes as a blessing. However, be careful with the measurement of rice in cups.


2 cups rice, 1 table spoon of oil, 250 grams of any meat, 1 sliced onion, 1 tea spoon of minced garlic, 1 cup of frozen vegies(any of your liking), 2 table spoon of soy sauce and 2 cups of beek stock.

Cooking Steps:

Step 1: Add oil, onion, garlic and chicken (for meat I chose chicken) in the rice cooker.  

Step 2: Now turn the rice cooker to cook and stir until the onions are soft.

Step 3: Once the onion is soft add two cups of rice into the rice cooker and pour the oil over the rice.

Step 4: Now add the beef stock and frozen vegetable.

Step 5: Once you’ve added everything in there mix them well. 

Step 6: Finally put the lid on and let the rice cooker do its magic.

Step 7: Once the cooking is done add soy sauce and stir a bit before serving.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

Can you cook frozen veggies in a rice cooker?

There is no need to thaw frozen vegetables before utilizing them. Simply add them and extend the cooking time in the rice cooker by a few minutes. Try adding herbs or spices to the water before steaming your vegetables to give them some flavor.

Can you add vegetables while cooking rice?

Vegetables steam-cook in a lot less time than white rice, typically between five and 15 minutes, depending on the veggies. White rice typically takes 35 minutes to cook in a rice cooker. Add your vegetables halfway through the rice cooking process for the best timing for adding both of the sides to your dinner.

How long do frozen vegetables need to be cooked?

Depending on the variety, steaming frozen veggies might take anywhere from 2 to 10 minutes. Frozen veggies that have been roasted usually require 20 to 25 minutes, with a turn halfway through. Grilled frozen vegetables: depending on the vegetables, cooking time varies, but is normally between 5 and 10 minutes.


We hope this solved the problems regarding when to add frozen vegetables to rice.

This frozen vegetable fried rice is a no-brainer for me because I always have microwaveable organic rice in the cupboard, eggs in the refrigerator, and soy sauce on hand. 

Remember to wash your hands before and after preparing the food.

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Until then, good luck with your cooking!

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