COOKING FROM FROZEN:
If you order frozen tamales, this means that the tamal has not been steamed and so the masa dough (corn flour dough) is still raw. Everything inside the tamal is cooked, so if you order frozen, you need to steam them to cook the masa dough. These tamales can be kept in the freezer up to 6 months.
Use a cooking steamer to cook tamales for the first time:
Cook from frozen with aluminum kept on the tamal(es)
Set up your steamer by filling 1/2 with water
Turn heat up to high and wait for water to start boiling
Turn down heat to medium
Next, arrange tamales around the steamer
Steam for 60 minutes on medium high heat. Make sure that the water is not physically touching the tamales because if they do, this will make the masa mushy.
Be aware that water in the steamer could run out. Check consistently while they are cooking and add water as needed.
This part is key to getting the perfect texture of tamal(es). Turn off the stove and take the lid off the pot. Let tamales rest and firm up for 15 minutes.
You will know they are ready when they have the firmness of a soft loaf of bread.
COOKING FROM THAWED:
To speed up your cooking time, you can put your frozen tamales pack in the Fridge the day before to thaw them. Follow same instructions as above except that on Step #6 you will need to steam for 40 minutes. Continue onto step number 7, 8, & 9.
COOKING WITH INSTANT POT?
*These instructions were given to us by a lovely customer who has cooked our frozen tamales many times using these instructions
30 minutes on high pressure
20 minutes slow release/rest
Reheating is your best option for left over cooked tamales. They can be kept in the fridge for up to 5 days.
- Set up your steamer by filling 1/2 of steamer with water
- Turn heat up to high and let water boil
- Turn down heat to medium
- Next, arrange tamales around the steamer
- Steam for 20-30 minutes until soft
*Always follow safe cooking practices and instructions listed on your cookware and equipment.
ALTERNATIVE REHEATING OPTION:
Customers have also shared with us the tamales can be reheated in the oven (or toaster oven at 300 F°) for 20 minutes. Make sure to turn over on opposite side after 10 minutes for even heating.
Updated February 2022