How to freeze cooked tamales?

In this short article, we will provide an answer to the question “how to freeze cooked tamales?”, thawing of the tamales, and the ways of reheating it in the microwave and as well as on the rice cooker.

How to freeze cooked tamales?

You can freeze the cooked tamales by following the steps given below.

  • Remove cooked handmade tamales from their corn husks and place them on wire cooling racks to cool fully. They should be checked on an ongoing basis to ensure they have cooled enough since they will degrade if kept at room temperature for a long amount of time.
  • Tamales should be kept in airtight containers to prevent contamination. Even though they are heavy and difficult to store in a small freezer, big plastic food storage containers are very effective storage containers. Another alternative is to use plastic food storage bags that are designed to be used in the freezer. Unless the tamales are correctly packed, they are in danger of getting freezer burn and losing their texture.
  • Tamales made at home may be stored in the freezer for up to six months.

How to thaw tamales?

  • Keep the tamales refrigerated until they are fully defrosted. When making a small batch of tamales, this procedure should take between two and three hours, but it may take as long as one day when making a big container of frozen tamales.
  • If you’re steaming the tamales to reheat them, you should leave the husks on. They may be cooked for 30 minutes in a tamale steamer or microwaved for 2 to 5 minutes with a little amount of water for a quick and easy meal. Check How to boil tamales.
  • Before frying or baking the tamales, remove the corn husks from the tamales. Fry the tamales for 5 to 10 minutes in a little amount of frying oil, turning them often, until they are crisp and golden on the outsides. Alternatively, they may be baked for about 30 minutes at 425 degrees F in a baking dish that has been greased or oiled.

Learn how to defrost and reheat cooked tamales that have been frozen.

Place your frozen tamales in the refrigerator for one day or until they are completely defrosted before serving them to your family.

After that, the tamales may be warmed to your liking. They may be warmed in a pan, a microwave, an oven, or the steamer in which they were originally cooked, depending on your preference.

When it comes to freezing tamales that have not been cooked, there are a few things to keep in mind.

Masa is a fragile and perishable component of the tamale. When undercooked, it tends to dissolve when exposed to cold temperatures over an extended time.

This is one of the reasons why some people prefer raw tamales over cooked tamales when they are freezing them. After being thawed and cooked, frozen uncooked tamales may become soggy because the masa failed to hold the filling together, creating an unappealing jumble. Because of this, the flavors and textures may vary from those that have been prepared in preparation.

How Long Do Tamales Last If They Aren’t Refrigerated?

It is mostly influenced by the weather conditions in your region, as well as whether or not the tamales are stored in an air-conditioned environment.

According to a food industry standard, food should not be left out at room temperature for more than four hours at temperatures ranging from 40 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit or for more than 90 minutes at temperatures ranging from 80 to 130 degrees Fahrenheit.

As a result, any uneaten fresh tamales should be refrigerated as soon as they are discovered.

Tamales reheated in the Microwave

Because of what the microwave had done to prior dough-based meals, it is used to believe that the microwave would completely ruin tamales. Interestingly, it turns out that successfully microwaving tamales requires the use of two different factors.

Starting with a damp paper towel, wrap them up to keep the moisture in.

On High for 15-30 seconds at a time, flip them over after each 15-30-second burst in the microwave for a total of 15-30 seconds.

Tamales that have been cooked in a rice cooker

Tamale reheating in the rice cooker is as simple as arranging them in a single layer in the steamer basket of the rice cooker and adding enough water to fill the cooker’s bowl to approximately 2 inches below the rim. Set it to cook, monitoring it every fifteen minutes or so to make sure there is still enough water in the bowl to cook with.


In this short article, we provided an answer to the question “how to freeze cooked tamales?”, thawing of the tamales, and the ways of reheating it in the microwave and as well as on the rice cooker.


Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.