How To Cook Frozen Tamales – Simple Ways To Store

​Add ground, seasoned meat or beans to a corneal dough and roll finely, then we have tamale. To finish off making this dish, use corn husks or banana leaves to wrap the rolled dough and steam it. Tamale is often made once or twice a year and can be stored in a freezer for half a year at most.


After thoroughly researching about how to cook, prepare tamales for storage, store them and reheat them, I think it's bad to keep to myself all of the information.

I have some tips on how to cook frozen tamales in order to maintain their good taste right after cooking till the next day. I’m sure you will find these tips useful and take the most advantage of them in your kitchen.​

How to cook frozen tamales
How to cook frozen tamales


Heating frozen tamales in the oven can bring out their great flavors. As the frozen tamales were prepared and partly cooked in advance, you don’t need to set the oven to its secure temperatures. Tamales, as long as they are hot enough to whet your appetite, are ready to serve.

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  • Preheat the oven to reach 350°F.​
  • Add about 1 inch of water to a roasting pan, then put a rack inside. Make sure its legs are tall enough to keep the rack surface out of the water.
  • Lay just one layer of tamales on the rack. Use an aluminum foil to cover the pan then place it in the oven, allowing the food enough time to heat through or for about 20-25 minutes.
  • Alternatively.
  • Preheat the oven to reach 425°F.
  • Take the corn husks layer out of the tamales.
  • Use butter to grease your roasting pan then lay the tamales on it.
  • Put the pan into the oven then wait till the food turns dark brown and crispy. A dozen tamales need from 30 to 45 minutes to heat through. Depending whether the tamales are more or fewer, it will take more or less time for the food to be ready to serve.

How To Heat Frozen Tamale In A Microwave

How to cook frozen tamales


Of all the tips I list here, this method is the fastest and also easiest way to warm up tamales. Yet, it has one and only drawback: The tamales won’t turn dark brown.


  • Place the tamales in a microwave for 2-3 minutes to defrost them.​
  • Put a desired number of the unfrozen tamales in a plastic bag or the microwave-safe container.
  • Loosely cover the container with a lid or a plastic wrap. Set the microwave at high temperatures then let the food heat up. Wait for about 2 to 5 minutes till the food is ready for use.


​Remove the container lid or the plastic wrap carefully to make sure no steam stuck inside will hurt you.

How To Cook Frozen Tamales On Stove Top

How to cook frozen tamales



  • Heat the pan placed on the stove at medium temperatures.​
  • Add olive oil (1 tablespoon) to the pan, take out the corn husk cover then place the tamale on the frying pan.
  • Flip the tamales every 3 minutes or till the tamale surface becomes crispy.

How To Reheat Tamale In A Deep Fryer

How to cook frozen tamales


Trust your eyes, you read it correctly. Yes, you can deep fry frozen tamales and they still taste good. Yet, this method means the tamales are added more calories.


  • ​Grease the deep-fryer with oil and heat it at medium temperatures.
  • You will have to use the microwave to defrost the frozen tamales for about 2-3 minutes.
  • Take corn husk cover from the defrosted tamales then put them in the fryer. Cook the tamales one by one in about 2 or 3 minutes each time.
  • When the entire tamale surface turns crispy, take them out of the deep fryer. A dozen of tamales needs 10-12 minutes of baking to be ready to serve.

How To Cook Frozen Tamale By Steaming

How to cook frozen tamales


This method is also inexpensive and easy to apply when you warm up frozen tamales. Plus, it is the best way for you to bring out the great flavors the tamales possess. If you want your tamales to taste great, let’s choose this method.

Tips: when you steam the tamale, try not to put too many tamales in the steamer. If the steamer is overcrowded, then you can divide the tamales into two batches or choose a bigger one to cook.

You should perfectly place the insert of the steamer into the pot so that the tamales won’t touch the water.


  • Pour water into the steamer and set it at medium temperature.​
  • Lay the frozen tamales on the edges of the steamer. Make sure the ends of the tamales lie upwards. Steam the food for 20 to 30 minutes until it is ready for use.
  • Alternatively, in case you don’t have any cooling steamer, a stove top can also do the job. To cook tamales on the top of the stove, you need a steamer pot and also a vegetable steamer insert.
  • Fill the steamer pot with 1 inch of water and let it simmer.
  • Arrange the tamales in the vegetable steamer insert, then put it in the pot already filled with water. Steam the tamales for roughly 25 minutes, then take them out of the pot.

​Final thoughts

​Those methods on how to cook frozen tamales listed above are very easy and simple to follow. I hope they will come in handy when you need to cook frozen tamales. Let’s share this with your friends and those who are going to cook frozen tamales. I’m sure they will enjoy the article.

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