If you have leftover steak on hand, it’s easy to reheat or add it into other meals. This is a super useful time saver for weekly meal prepping. In this post you’ll learn how to reheat steak to keep it tender, juicy and delicious.
Leftover steak is a convenient and tasty option for meal prep or on those nights when cooking feels impossible. The problem with leftover steak is it can get chewy and dried out if it’s not reheated properly. Read on to learn how reheated steak can be as tender and taste as delicious as freshly cooked!
How Do You Reheat Steak without Drying it Out?
The best way to reheat steak is to slowly warm it up in the oven at low heat, and then quickly sear it in a skillet. This method produces a steak that’s juicy on the inside with a nicely charred and crispy exterior.
Method 1: Reheat Steak in the Oven (Our Favorite Way)
The oven may not be the quickest method, but we think it’s well worth the extra time. First, bring the steak to room temperature if it has been refrigerated. Preheat your oven to 250°F and place the steak on a wire rack in a rimmed baking sheet. Next, bake the steak until the internal temperature reaches 110°F. This will take approximately 30 minutes depending on the thickness and size of the steak. When the temperature is reached, sear the steak in a hot cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat for about 1 minute to create a nice crisp exterior. Then let the meat rest for about 5 minutes, and it’s ready to serve and enjoy!
Method 2: In a Microwave (The Fastest Way)
The microwave is the quickest and most convenient way to reheat leftovers, including steak. Start by placing your steak on a microwave-safe tray. Cover the steak with a damp paper towel to keep it moist. Set your microwave to 50 percent power and heat in 30-second increments just until it’s warmed. Be sure to rotate the steak if your microwave doesn’t have a turntable. Cooking times will vary depending on your microwave and the amount of steak you’re reheating.
Method 3: In an Air Fryer
Air fryers are all the rage these days and are also a quick and convenient way to reheat steak. Start by setting your air fryer to 350°F. Place the steak in the air fryer basket and start cooking and checking every 2 minutes until the internal temperature reaches 110°F, and the steak is heated all the way through.
Method 4: On the Grill
This method will give your steak a bit of BBQ flavor, especially if you’re using a charcoal grill. Heat the grill to 400°F. Once hot, sear the steak on direct heat at medium-high for one minute on each side. After that, move the steak away from the flame so that the heat is indirect. Close the grill for a few minutes and cook the steak until the internal temperature reaches 110°F.
Method 5: On the Stove
The stovetop is a very convenient way to heat up leftover steak. Add a tablespoon of oil to a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the steak and a splash of water or beef broth. Cover the skillet with a lid and then reduce the heat to low. Check the steak every 3-4 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 110°F and the steak is heated all the way through.
Method 6: Using a Sous Vide Machine
If you’re lucky enough to have a Sous Vide machine in your kitchen, you’ll discover that it’s the most reliable way to reheat steak. Start by filling a large stockpot with water and attaching the Sous Vide machine. Set the temperature to 120°F. Then, place your leftover steak and a small amount of butter into a sealable freezer bag. Vacuum seal the bag and place it in the pot away from the edges. Cook for about 10 minutes, or until the meat is gently warmed through. The Sous Vide method keeps your meat juicy and tender.
Tips & Tricks
- Bring the steak to room temperature before reheating: You can do this by having it sit on the counter for 10 to 30 minutes (depending on the size and thickness of your meat).
- Use an instant-read thermometer to check for doneness: Your steak is done when the internal temperature is 110°F.
- Avoid overcooking: Check your steak frequently to keep it moist and tender.
How Long to Reheat Steak in the Oven?
Reheating in the oven will vary depending on the size and thickness of the steak. A general guide is about 30 minutes per inch of meat.
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How to Reheat Steak (Step-by-step Instructions)
- 1 pound leftover steak
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Bring the steak to room temperature if it has been refrigerated.
- Preheat your oven to 250°F and place the steak on a wire rack in a rimmed baking sheet.
- Place the steak in the oven and bake the steak until the internal temperature reaches 110°F. This will take approximately 30 minutes depending on the thickness and size of the steak.
- Add oil to a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the baked steak and sear for about 1 minute to create a nice crisp exterior.
- Let the meat rest for about 5 minutes. Serve and enjoy!
- The oven may not be the quickest method, but we think it’s well worth the extra time. If you prefer to use other methods like microwave, stove-top, or air fryer, see the post above