Various Ways How To Reheat Frozen Tamales: All You Need To Know

By Sarah Martin / a couple of days ago

A widely popular Spanish dish, Tamales is a delicious traditional dish made of dough or masa. Depending on your choice, you can fill it with cheese, fruits, meats, chilies, vegetables and other ingredients that suit your taste.

Tamales is a very delicious and healthy recipe that people from the early times up until now would still eat. How to reheat frozen tamales?

We provide you the different ways to do it and the step by step instructions for a fast and proper reheating of the dish.

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Whether you are cooking tamales for a certain occasion or you have a pre-cooked tamales. This recipe is it is easy to prepare and to reheat. You can reheat from a thawed or frozen state. If you want to thaw frozen tamales, you can just put in the refrigerator for one day.

There are different ways to reheat tamales and follow step by step as video:

Recipe #1 - Steaming Tamales

#1 - Put the tamales inside the steamer. The water level should stay below the tamales.

#2 - Make sure that the tamales stand upright. The time for steaming would depend on the number of tamales.

#3 - If you are reheating 1 to 4 frozen tamales, cover it and steam for about 20 to 35 minutes.

#4 - If you have 5 or more, you should reheat it for 35 to 40 minutes.

#5 - As for the thawed tamales, you can cover it and steam for 20 minutes.​

Recipe #2 - Use Your Microwave To Heat Tamales

To reheat tamales using your microwave, here are the simple steps to do it:

#1 - Using a damp paper towel, wrap one frozen tamale.

#2 - Heat it for about 3 to 4 minutes. If the tamale is thawed, hear it for about 2 to 2:30 mins.

There is another way to do it:

#1 - If your tamale is frozen, defrost it for about 2 to 3 minutes.

#2 - Put the tamales in a plastic container or bag.

#3 - Heat the tamales in the microwave for about 2 to 5 minutes.

Recipe #3 - Reheating Tamales Using A Stove Top

#1 - Set the stove to medium heat and put the pan.

#2 - Add one tea spoon of oil. You can use any cooking oil you like (i.e. olive oil, vegetable oil, palm oil, etc.)

#3 - Take the husk from the tamales and put the tamales inside the pan. Make sure that you cover the lid.

#4 - Every 2 to 3 mins, flip the tamales.

#5 - Once the surface is crispy, your tamales are ready to serve.

Recipe #4 - Reheating Tamales Using Oven

#1 - Set the temperature to 425 degrees.

#2 - Make sure that you remove the husk from the tamales.

#3 - Put some butter inside the pan and place the tamales.

#4 - When the surface is already crispy and dark brown, your tamales are ready.

Recipe #5 - Reheat Tamales with Deep Frying

Another way to reheat tamales is through the use of a deep fryer. This is also a great way to reheat tamales but the downside is that it has extra calories.

#1 - Set the deep fryer and put it to medium heat.

#2 - If you are reheating frozen tamales, defrost it in your microwave for 2 to 3 minutes.

#3 - Take the husk and the drop the tamales into the deep fryer.


Tamale is surely a sumptuous and classic recipe that everyone should try. Now, you can eat your favorite dish and get exactly the same rich flavor especially if you know the proper reheating process.

Depending on your choice, you can simply choose which heating method you prefer. The best way is to use a stove. But if you want a more convenient way, you can use the microwave or the oven.

The drawback of reheating it using microwave is that although it is the easiest way, it does not give you that crispiness

About the author

Sarah Martin

I'm Sarah, And I'm a big fan of eating and cooking. To satisfy my hobby, I do my own cooking because you can't make an omelette without breaking eggs. When I married, I cooked rich dishes by myself in order to provide enough nutrients for my children and all members in my family. Through this blog, I'll share great recipes, healthy living tips. Hope it useful for you!

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