Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | August 14, 2017

Foodie Corner – 2017 – Post #7 – Microwave Tamales Revisited

My motto used to be “If it didn’t get done in the microwave, it didn’t get done.” I’ve since learned to use my electric oven and its four-burner cooktop. But …

Foodie Corner – 2017 – Post #7 – Microwave Tamales Revisited

Can you make tamales in the microwave?

My two cents, but please share yours:

Yes, well, sort of. They will never be as wonderful as homemade, take-all-day-to-prepare tamales.

Take 1c gluten-free corn Maza (flour, not meal, and the gluten-free part is essential) and slowly whisk in 5/8c broth (chicken, beef, or vegetable) until smooth and stiff. Mix in pinches of seasonings such as salt, pepper, onion powder, thyme–whatever you like.

In a microwave-safe dish, take half the tamale dough and form 3 flat disks that will be the bases for 3 tamales. Spoon in the centers any desired filling, leaving a half inch around the edges open for sealing. Use the other half of the tamale dough to form 3 top disks, cover each tamale, and pinch to seal the filling inside.

Cover the microwave dish and nuke for 5 minutes. Check for desired firmness. If needed, nuke for 30 seconds and check again. Repeat until the tamales are done. Allow the tamales to cool for a few minutes and serve with any desired sauce.


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