Have you found yourself with a a need to reheat your leftover steak? When reheated correctly, steak can make one of the best leftover meals. Not only is it pretty easy to reheat leftover steak, there are so many different ways to enjoy it. From steak and eggs to steak fajitas, you really can’t go wrong with repurposing leftover steak.
Since I’m big on reducing our food waste, and I love to repurpose leftovers, it only seems right that I have a blog post on reheating steak. My post on how to reheat a shrimp boil is one of my most popular. I love that people are going to the internet to learn how to avoid wasting food! Sending less food to the landfill is my passion (hence the other side business).
First, consider not reheating it
Steak doesn’t have to be reheated to be eaten safely. Here are a few of my favorite ways to eat cold leftover steak. First I cut it up into little strips then I do one of the following:
- Throw it in a salad with nuts and cheese
- Put it on a sandwich
- Add it to your favorite noodle dish
- Eat it with eggs for breakfast
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How to reheat steak every which way
Believe it or not, there are actually many different ways to reheat steak. The best way depends on how you plan to eat it.
Planning to reheat a steak and eat it like a steak? You’ll most definitely want to reheat it in the oven.
Planning to cook it in another meal? You may not even need to reheat it before using it! For example, if you cut up leftover steak and use it in a quesadilla, there is no need to reheat first.
Our personal favorite is to cut it up and sear it quickly on a cast iron pan and eat it with egg.
You can even microwave leftover steak in a pinch!
Whichever way you choose, you really can’t go wrong unless you overcook it. Read on for the best ways to reheat steak.
How to reheat steak in an oven
If you want to eat your steak like a traditional steak then this is the best way to reheat a steak. This is the most foolproof way to heat up your steak and have it taste similar to it did the night before.
If you are in the habit of accidentally grilling too many steaks, this is the method you need to learn.
Steps for reheating steak in an oven:
- Place your steaks on a wire rack that is set on a rimmed baking sheet.
- Warm the steaks on the middle rack of a 250 degree oven for about 30 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 110 degrees.
- Use a paper towel to pat the steaks dry
- Sear steaks in 1 tbsp of vegetable oil in a cast iron skillet. Sear for 30-60 seconds on each side.
- Let rest for 5 minutes before serving.
How to steam leftover steak
Steaming leftover steak isn’t nearly as good as reheating in the oven, however it works in a pinch, especially if you don’t have an oven.
Step for steaming a leftover steak:
- Place a large pan on medium heat, but move the pan so only half of it is on the heat
- Put your steak close to the pan wall that is furthest from the heat
- On the other side of the pan add 1/4 C of water or less, you don’t want the water to touch the steak
- Put a lid on the pan for about 10 minutes or less depending on the size of the steak
You could also use an actual steamer to do this! Just steam for 10 minutes or less.
Pan sear afterwards for a nice crust.
Cut up and pan sear your leftover steak
This is what we tend to do the most if we want warm steak. This method is quick if you want warm steak without all the wait.
Steps for pan searing your leftover steak:
- Cut steak into thin slices
- Pan sear over medium high heat with 1 tbsp of canola oil for less than 20 seconds on each side
Can you reheat steak in the microwave without drying it out?
Microwaving steak is not the ideal way to reheat it, but sometimes we have to eat quickly and it’s best to eat what you have, right?
Steps for reheating steak in the microwave:
- Place steak in a microwave save bowl
- Add some liquid to the steak- leftover juices, steak sauce, or even water will work
- Place a microwave safe lid on top and microwave on half power in 30 second increments until warm enough
How to reheat steak in an air fryer
- Slide the air fryer basket or tray into the preheated air fryer and set the timer for about 3-4 minutes. The exact reheating time may vary depending on the thickness and size of your steak. You can check the steak periodically to ensure it reaches your desired level of warmth.
- Flip the steak (optional): If you wish, you can flip the steak halfway through the reheating process to ensure even heating on both sides. This step is not necessary, but it can help maintain an even temperature throughout.
And yes, this is more than 4 ways to reheat a steak!
When I first wrote this post the air fryer wasn’t a thing! Now that everyone has an air fryer, I knew I had to update the post. So, yay! You can a bonus way to reheat a steak.
Recipes that do well with leftover steak
If you have leftover steak, you are living the good life. Enjoy.
If you find yourself with some steak and want to get creative, try doing one of the following:
- Steak chili
- Steak quesadillas
- Steak tacos
- Steak salad
- Sliced steak over rice and veggies
- Steak stir fried rice
- Cheesesteak sandwiches
- Steak on pizza
Really, the possibilities are endless!
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