Whether you cooked the perfect steak at home or you had something magnificent at a restaurant, you've found yourself with some leftover steak.
A good steak (which is about more than how it's cooked, but also the cut of meat itself) should never be wasted, but what's the best way to reheat steak and not have it become overcooked or dry? There are a few ways, in fact.
Picking Your Reheating Options
There are a few options for reheating steaks, some of them better than others. From the worst way to do it to the best way to reheat steak, here are some tips that will have you eating your leftover steak in no time.
Reheating Your Steak in the Microwave
The idea of putting a steak in the microwave sounds like possibly one of the worst ideas ever thought up, but if you're in a hurry to eat that leftover steak, this may be your only option. Microwaving your steak will dry it out, so you need to know the secret to keeping that slice of heavenly meat moist.
The key is what you cook the steak with. If you have some gravy or even some beef stock on hand, pour it over the piece of steak in a microwavable dish. The idea is to keep the steak moist while it's cooking.
You also want to make sure you're doing it at the right temperature and for the perfect amount of time. Do not use the microwave on high, set it to medium instead. Then cook in 30-second increments, check the steak often and flipping it every minute.
Reheating Your Steak in the Oven
If you don't need your steak reheated quickly, you can reheat your steak inside the oven. This is a time-consuming effort though, but you only need to preheat the oven to about 300 degrees F. You don't want to go much higher than that, to avoid drying the steak out.
Use a wire rack inside your baking dish, as you want the steak to be up off the bottom of the pain. You want the hot air from the oven to be able to circulate around the steak, heating it evenly (which helps keep it from getting dry and overcooked).
Do not put your steak in until the oven is done preheating. You'll cook the steak for about twenty minutes. You can also use some beef broth as a drizzle for this reheating option to help with juiciness.
Check on your steak every ten minutes or so, to ensure it's not drying out. It may be ready in a shorter or longer period, depending on the thickness of the cut.
Reheating Your Steak on the Stove Top
Here's another chance to put that beef broth to good use (if you eat a lot of leftover steaks, single-serving containers of beef broth would be a good investment as a kitchen staple in your household). You can reheat your tasty steak using a skillet, just add some beef broth before you put the steak in.
Use a nonstick pan, for best results. Otherwise, you'll need to use some oil as well. Heat the broth first, until it begins to slightly boil, then add the steak.
This process for heating your steak this way will only take a couple of minutes, and then your steak to be reheated enough to eat. The beef broth ensures that your steak is juicy. It won't mess with the taste of the steak either.
The Best Way to Reheat Steak
The absolute best way to reheat steak combines using the stove top and the oven. This two-step process will make your steak taste like it was just made fresh.
Start by heating your steak to 110 degrees F in the oven (you can set it the same temp you used above). Depending on how thick the steak is, this will take about twenty to thirty minutes. You basically want to follow the same instructions you already received above.
Once you take your mostly reheated steak out of the oven, you want to pat it dry. Heat a tablespoon of oil (olive oil is heart healthy) in your skillet, on high heat. Once smoke starts to rise, add the steak in. You'll cook it for about a minute on each side, just enough to sear it.
Let your steak sit for a moment, but you also want to eat them while they're still at about 125 degrees internally. For food safety, you want to reheat cooked meat (especially meat that was not originally cooked well-done) to this temperature to avoid the chance of food poisoning.
Reheating your steak, no matter which way you use, will not leave it at the “rareness” you initially cooked or ordered it at. But, you don't have to be forced to make it well-done either. Test each of these methods and find out which one works best for you.
Other Ideas for Using Your Leftover Steak
There are lots of easy and yummy things that you can do with leftover steak in order to use it up. If you're not a fan of well-done steak, but you don't want your leftovers to go to waste, you can still warm the meat up and add it to other ingredients to make some delicious meals that you might not have wanted to “waste” a freshly cooked steak on.
Make a Beef Stew
Dice up your steak to prep it to add to some other ingredients. How much beef stew you can make will depend on how much steak you have leftover – you may only be able to make a personal-sized batch (and there's nothing wrong with that).
The other ingredients you'll need include celery, onion, brown or beef gravy, carrots, and potatoes. Dice up the veggies and boil them until the carrot and potatoes are soft. Only use just enough water to soften them, then you can add in a powdered gravy mix to get the perfect thickness (you can add more water if it's too thick).
Add the diced-up steak only a couple of minutes before the mixture is ready, to give it just enough time to warm up. You can season to taste with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and even some dill weed.
Have It in a Salad
Make a delicious salad using your leftover steak. Chicken and shrimp aren't the only good meat options for Caesar salad. Steak Caesar salad is a yummy option for a healthy meal that will make sure your leftover steak is used up.
Shred up some romaine lettuce, dice up your steak and throw it on the lettuce. Sprinkle your salad with some parmesan cheese and top with Caesar dressing. Croutons are optional. You can heat the steak up a bit in the restaurant or use it cold.
Add It to Alfredo or Macaroni and Cheese
Another meal that is good with more than only chicken is Alfredo. Add your leftover steak to an Alfredo dish to give it a classier flavor. Find your favorite Alfredo recipe online and replace the meat option with your leftover steak.
You can also make your macaroni and cheese an “adult” mac n' cheese meal by adding your leftover steak to it (it's way better than adding hot dogs). Add some other seasonings that go well with steak, like pepper and garlic or onion powder.
How Do You Like Your Steak?
If you take your steak well-done, you will definitely need to reheat it using some beef broth because it was already dry when you ordered it. If you like it dry, just pop it in the microwave for a minute, and you'll be good to go. Otherwise, add the broth and often it up some.
If you like your steak just a little bit pink, it will lose that coloring when you reheat it, no matter which option you use, but that doesn't mean it won't still taste great and that doesn't mean it needs to turn to well-done when you're reheating it.
Enjoy Your Steak
When it comes to the best way to reheat steak, it's all about tenderness. Do what you can to keep your steak moist, not dry. No matter how you plan to eat it, you want it to be edible.