Frozen Dinners

Emily Farris
Emily Farris
January 7, 2021
Anything your traditional oven can do, the Anova Precision Oven can do better — and faster. Yes, that even includes frozen dinners like lasagna, casseroles, and other dense entrées. As a general guideline, most frozen dinners can be cooked in the Anova Precision Oven at 350ºF/177ºC with 100% steam. The cook time will depend on the size, density, and contents of your dish but single-serve frozen dinners usually take about 25 to 30 minutes while larger, family-style casseroles and lasagnas need closer to an hour. While you’re figuring out the proper cook times for your favorite frozen dinners, use the included Food Probe to determine how long each dish takes to reach an internal temperature of 165ºF/74ºC. You probably won’t be able to get the probe into a frozen-solid lasagna (and please don’t hurt yourself or the probe trying!) so plan to carefully insert it into the center of your meal about 15 or 20 minutes into the cook. And make sure you’re really in the center, because if you take the probe all the way to the bottom of the dish, you’ll get a higher reading and take your dinner out of the oven too soon. This method also works for homemade casseroles that have been made ahead and frozen.
Serves
1
Prep Time
00:01
Cook Time
00:45
Frozen Dinners
5 (1)
361
Ingredients
Your favorite frozen meal, with any cellophane or plastics removed.
Steps

1. Preheat

Sous Vide Mode: Off
Steam: 100%
Temp: 350°F
Heat: Rear

2. Place frozen dinner on tray

Put your uncovered frozen dinner on the sheet pan included with your Anova Precision Oven. This will help to contain any messes if your dish bubbles over. For even easier cleanup, line the sheet pan with foil or parchment paper. NOTE: If your frozen meal has a plastic bag you’re supposed to leave on in the microwave or traditional oven, you can remove that. Those serve to help steam the food so it won’t dry out, but cooking in the Anova Precision Oven with full steam will accomplish the same thing. It might get a little browner on top, but when it comes to casseroles and baked pasta dishes, that’s a good thing!
Place frozen dinner on tray

3. Cook

Your food may take more or less time, so use the probe to check the internal temperature about 15 or 20 minutes into the cook.
Sous Vide Mode: Off
Steam: 100%
Temp: 350°F
Heat: Rear
00:45 Timer

4. Serve

Remove your dinner from the oven, let it rest at least five minutes, stir or slice, and enjoy!
Serve
© 2013 - 2021 Anova Applied Electronics, Inc.