Frozen tamales can be reheated in a cooking steamer, a pot fitted with a steamer insert or in the microwave. The amount of time needed varies depending on the number of tamales being heated.Continue Reading
Fill a cooking steamer 1/4 of the way with water or place a steamer insert into a medium or large pot. Fill the pot with water, keeping the water level below the steamer insert.
Turn the cooking steamer on to medium heat. When steaming frozen tamales in a pot, bring it to a boil over medium heat.
Add the frozen tamales to the steamer or steamer insert. Place them with the open end facing up. Cover the pot.
Steam one to four tamales for 25 to 30 minutes. Steam five or more for 35 to 40 minutes. Alternatively, wrap each frozen tamale in a damp paper towel and microwave it for three to four minutes.
Remove the tamales from the steamer or microwave and transfer to a platter or individual plates. Serve the reheated tamales as-is, or top them with a sauce such as red or green chili sauce or salsa.
Although Mexican tamales are not typically considered very difficult to make, it can take some time to prepare and cook all the ingredients needed for this dish. Tamales are made by using three basic components, which are the meat filling, dough and corn wrappers. If the meat filling is pork, then it must be cooked for nearly 2 hours in a slower cooker after all the spice ingredients are added to it.Full Answer >
It takes 15 to 20 minutes to steam tamales. This time frame does not include the time required for preparing the tamale filling and placing it in the corn husks.Full Answer >
Some easy recipes for Mexican tamales are easy-to-make tamales from Herdez and the Food Network's easy corn tamales. A slightly more complicated but authentic recipe is pork tamales from PBS.Full Answer >
Prepared masa can be used for making tamales if it is light and fluffy. A simple test is to drop a ball of the prepared masa in water. If it floats, it is ready to use. If it doesn’t float, add more lard and test again.Full Answer >