how long to steam tamales in instant pot

How Long to Steam Tamales in Instant Pot

Cooking tamales in an Instant Pot can be a quick and easy way to enjoy a delicious tamale! The key to success is knowing how long to steam the tamales for the perfect texture and flavor.

What You’ll Need:

  • Tamales
  • Instant Pot
  • Desired toppings


  1. Place the trivet in the pot and add a cup of water.
  2. Place the sealed tamales (already filled with masa) in the pot.
  3. Close the lid, making sure the valve points to sealing.
  4. Set the Instant Pot to high pressure for 10 minutes.
  5. Once the cooking time has completed, allow the Instant Pot to naturally release the steam for 10 minutes.
  6. Open the lid and enjoy your delicious tamales!

It’s that easy to steam tamales in the Instant Pot. With minimal effort and minimal time, you can enjoy tamales with the perfect texture and flavor. Serve them up with your favorite toppings, like cheese, salsa, and cilantro, or enjoy them plain!

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