How to Reheat Tamales

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Whether you get your tamales homemade or buy them from the store, you pretty much know that this Mexican food is going to be a slam dunk. It is super delicious and I personally have to eat a chicken or jalapeno/cheese like once a week.

So you might have a couple of tamales left over or you got a couple from your local store and you want to get them piping hot so you can enjoy the wrapped up awesomeoness; how do you go about that? Below I will highly some simple steps you can take when it comes to reheating tamales.

Steam Those Bad Boys!

Tamales are cooked by steaming them, so when it comes to reheating, you can do it the same way.


  1. Fill your steamer with water
  2. Place tamales in the steamer
  3. Turn on the burners till the water starts to boil
  4. If you have refrigerated tamales, allow them to steam for 15-20 minutes
  5. If you have frozen tamales, steam them for 20-30 minutes.

Pretty quick and they will be perfectly heated up and ready to be annihilated!

You can check out the video below to get 1st hand look at how you can steam your tamales. It also gives insight as to what to do if you do not have a steamer.

Throw them in the Microwave

While everyone might not have a steamer on hand,the microwave is another good option to use when it comes to reheating tamales. It can get the job done quickly and they would be just as good as if you had it in the steamer.


  1. Take tamales and cover with plastic wrap and place in a microwave safe container
  2. Put them in the microwave and zap them for 2-5 minutes (depending on the amount you have and how cold it is)
  3. Once heated up you can take out and enjoy.
  4. If the tamales are frozen, you will have to defrost them. This can be done in the microwave as well.

The Oven/Toaster Oven is Also an Option

While all the methods above are pretty quick and will get the tamales done right, you could also do them in oven, if you do not have a steamer or microwave. This is going to take a bit longer and you will not have the same results, as you are essentially baking them in the oven. They will still get reheated, it’s just that the eating experience will be a bit different.


  1. Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees
  2. Take the tamales out of the husks.
  3. Place them in the pyrex dish or baking sheet.
  4. Place in the oven and allow them to reheat for 10-20 minutes (depends on how cold they were).
  5. Once you feel that they are heated up properly and outside has started to crisp a little, then they should be good to go.

There are Also Other Options to Try

If you are looking for other interesting reheating methods such as using the stove top or a deep fryer, then the website has some pretty detailed instructions. You can get some more options to try and some of them actually make the tamales a bit more flavorful and different.

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