Microwave Tamales

Updated on August 24, 2013
Source

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Corn masa
  • 1 1/4 cups Chicken stock, (Can be substituted with vegetable stock)
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • 1 1/2 cups Desired filling, (Cheese,&jalapenos, Chicken, Pork, etc)..
  • 1 bag Corn husks

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 6 min
Ready in: 16 min
Yields: 6 Tamales

Supplies needed

Microwave safe bowl

Good quality plastic wrap

Try the dish before you judge the method!

Mexican food is one of the most popular ethnic foods in The United States, due greatly to the close proximity of Mexico. As there are with fans of any ethnic foods, there are definitely Mexican food purists. When I tell people that I make tamales in the microwave, I get reactions varying from "That's interesting" to "That's sacrilegious!" This is definitely an unorthodox approach to making tamales, but the times they are a' changin' and we have more tools to work with. It is also worth noting that "traditional" tamales ( According to Wikipedia the Aztecs were making them around 5000-8000 BC) contained everything from frogs to gophers, and I don't hear any purists complaining about the lack of gopher in their tamales.The real test is whether or not the finished result is plate-worthy. Try this recipe out and see for yourself. (You can always add the gopher if you insist on being a purist. )

Cooking Instructions

  1. Soften 6 corn husks in warm water for 10 minutes
  2. Mix masa with chicken or vegetable stock and salt, mix until smooth consistency is achieved
  3. Put about 3 tbsp of masa in center of each corn husk, using extra husk if needed for more surface area
  4. Flatten out masa leaving about an inch of space on all sides of husk to ensure all masa is covered when rolled
  5. Place one tbsp filling in each husk
  6. Fold one end of husk over to the other side in a rolling motion, fold ends inward
  7. Roll like a burrito, making sure each end is tightly sealed
  8. Stack tamales in microwave safe bowl, cover in plastic wrap
  9. Place bowl in microwave and cook for 6-8 minutes, checking after first 6 minutes for appropriate firmness
  10. Let tamales cool for 5 minutes then serve

Rate Me!

3.4 stars from 59 ratings of Microwave Tamales

Questions & Answers

    Comments

      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment

      • profile image

        Carol Crocker 

        5 months ago

        Sam, This recipe ROCKS & congrats on your following Smiles...

      • profile image

        Annemarie Reyes 

        17 months ago

        I had a recipe a long time ago to make roasted poblano peppers,corn,caramelized onion ,and panels cheese tamales in the microwave and they were fantastic. I'm Mexican and I love any idea to make the process faster. Btw if you don't have husks or you want to try before you buy you can use parchment paper .thanks for going outside the box and sharing your no purist ways lol

      • mdscoggins profile image

        Michelle Scoggins 

        3 years ago from Fresno, CA

        Looks really interesting and something I would try since it doesn't seem so drawn out like traditional tamales.

      • profile image

        TheBizWhiz 

        3 years ago

        Those look awesome! I have always wanted to make tamales. Thanks for the recipes.

      • vocalcoach profile image

        Audrey Hunt 

        3 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Tamales are one of my favorite foods, but without meat as I'm a vegetarian. :) Great recipe that I'll be following. Thanks for sharing and I'll do the same.

      • DzyMsLizzy profile image

        Liz Elias 

        3 years ago from Oakley, CA

        Now this, I will have to try! As a vegetarian, I'll omit the gophers--though we have plenty in our back 40, for anyone who wants to come hunting. LOL (Seriously, though, we let them be, for we don't have it in us to kill any animal.)

        Gophers aside, your recipe and technique sounds perfect for a person like myself who does not particularly enjoy cooking. Anything that gets me out of the kitchen faster, I'm all in favor.

        I do like tamales, but as you say, they are a real pain prepared the traditional way. My ex-in-laws used to make tamales for New Years every year; MIL was in the kitchen all day for two days prior, getting ready. They would serve them at midnight on New Years Eve, with the thought being, if you had food on the table at midnight, you'd have food all year. Yeah. Whatever. They were good, but yes, a major pain. Not something you'd care to tackle more than annually.

        Voted up, awesome, useful, shared and pinned.

      • Vacation Trip profile image

        Susan 

        4 years ago from India

        Great recipe. I have never heard of it. Thanks for sharing. Voted up.

      working

      This website uses cookies

      As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, delishably.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

      For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://delishably.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

      Show Details
      Necessary
      HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
      LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
      Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
      AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
      Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
      CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
      Features
      Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
      Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
      Marketing
      Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
      Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
      Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
      Statistics
      Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
      ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)