How to reheat steak

Newly cooked steaks are usually soft and rich, but  when reheated, the steaks become dry, chewy, and lose the original taste. If you want to enjoy the steak again, you can use one of the simple reheating methods below.

  • Preparation time: 5 minutes
  • Reheating time: 5 minutes
  • Total time: 10 minutes

Method 1: Reheating steak on the stove

There are four ways of reheating steak on the stove.

1. Remove the steak from the refrigerator and let it cool down on the kitchen counter for a few minutes. The leftover steak at room temperature will taste better after reheated. Next, heat the pan. Put the steak in the pan, then sprinkle a layer of butter on top. Cook until the steak is warm but don’t overheat it. You can easily increase the heat right from the start but remember to lower the temperature as soon as the butter is added.

Note: The steak will lose its taste very quickly, so you need to watch it carefully.


2. Put the leftover steak in a zipper bag. Add some ingredients and spices to your preference, such as minced garlic, shallots or minced onions, salt and freshly ground black pepper. Close the bag tightly, then put the bag in a pot of boiling water. Cook for 4-6 minutes, depending on the thickness of the steak, until the steak is hot.

Note: This way is not suitable for reheating many pieces of steak at the same time. If you need to reheat many pieces of steak for the whole family, it’s best to put them in the microwave or reheat them directly on the frying pan.

3. Warm up the leftover steak in a large frying pan and sprinkle the beef stock on top. Heat the steak until the gravy has simmered, then allow the meat to soak and be heated in the boiling gravy. When eating, you can slice the steak and share it with a Hoagie roll or a French dip sandwich.

4. Cut the leftover steak into pieces, then fry them with your favorite vegetables. You can eat fried steak with hot rice and soy sauce. Hot rice creates a warm sensation for the steak and keeps the flavor of the steak.

Method 2: Reheating steak in the microwave

1. Keep the steak’s taste by reheating in the microwave. Put the steak on a baking tray used in the microwave. Sprinkle the steak sauce such as Italian sauce, Teriyaki sauce or barbecue sauce on top, then add a few drops of oil or melted butter. Cover the baking tray, then reheat the steak in the microwave on medium heat.

Note: Only reheat the steak until it heats up a little and check every few seconds as too long heating will cause the steak to dry. Setting the microwave oven to medium heat is extremely important because if the temperature is too high, the steak will lose its flavor.

2. Leave the steak at room temperature for 30-45 minutes as an alternative. This way allows the fat and gravy to expand and thicken, thus helping the steak to be flavorful. While waiting, you can turn on the microwave to 80 ° C. When the oven reaches this temperature, place the steak on a baking tray for 10-12 minutes.

This way helps to reheat the steak without making it too hot. You can use the steak with hot side dishes to ensure the right temperature.

Method 3: Reheating steak with heat and pan-frying

The first step is preheating the microwave to 250°F. Then, place the steak on the stand of the baking tray. Place the baking tray in the oven for 30 minutes until the inside of the steak reaches 115 ° F. You can use a meat thermometer to measure the steak’s temperature. Make sure not to overheat; otherwise, you will dry the steak. In addition, it should be noted that the reheating time will vary, depending on the thickness of the steak.

Next, heat a few soupspoons of oil in a pan. When heating the oil, you can take the steak out. Dry the steak with a paper towel, then set aside. If the oil is fuming, it is boiling. Then, fry both sides of the steak until it is brown. Each side of the steak takes about 60-90 seconds to become crispy brown. Turn off the heat. Then, allow the steak to cool down for about 5 minutes before eating.

Note: Although the steak is not as juicy as the first-time processing, the crispy surface of the steak will make the dish more attractive. This way may take longer than merely using a microwave, but the steak will be more rewarding.


  • The leftover steak can be cut into small strips and used with onions, tomatoes, pepper according to Fajita style. Squeeze a lemon on the mixture and serve with Tortilla with sour cream and Salsa sauce.
  • Consider using extra cold steak. Eat like this or cut the steak into small pieces and serve with green vegetables mixed with a bit of feta cheese or blue cheese.
  • You can mince the steak, then heat it with canned mushroom soup, fresh mushrooms, minced onions, a cup of sour cream, salt and pepper as if you were improvising on a Stroganoff. If you have extra beef sauce, you can mix it with the mixture. Bring Stroganoff to simmer for 15-20 minutes, then use it with hot rice or noodles.

What you need

Method 1: Reheating the steak on the stove

  • Oil or melted butter
  • Pan
  • Zipper bag
  • Minced garlic
  • Onion or minced shallots
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Saucepan
  • Large frying pan
  • Beef sauce

Method 2: Reheating the steak in a microwave

  • Insulated baking tray with a lid
  • Steak sauce/ Italian sauce/ Teriyaki sauce or barbecue sauce

Method 3: Reheating the steak with heat and pan-frying

  • Baking tray
  • Tissues
  • Frying pan
  • Oil

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