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How To Reheat Steak Without Drying It Out

Want to know how to reheat meat without drying it out?No problem, I got you covered on this one! I’ll show you a super simple and easy way to understand how to reheat steak without drying it out or overcooking it!

glistening steak on cutting board with grill marks

How To Reheat Steaks Without Drying It Out or Overcooking It

Tough chewy dried out shoe leather just isn’t my idea of a fun way to enjoy any kind of meat but especially my prized leftover steak, how about you?

Oh wait, you WANTED to spend that much money on a piece of delicious ribeye and then end up with a leftover piece that’s inedible?

I didn’t think so!

You’ll be worry free once you learn this easy tidbit of info and you’ll be saving every little bite of that delicious steak for yourself rather than giving it to the dog

(but maybe you could spare him a little bite?).

If you’ve been asking yourself, “Can you reheat cooked steak”, the answer is “Absolutely, YES, you can!”

So, while you CAN eat leftover steak cold, you do not have to! It’s so much better warmed up. Right?

Tough chewy dried out shoe leather just isn’t my idea of a fun way to enjoy any kind of meat but especially my prized leftover steak, how about you?.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Ingredients on cutting board
  • The photo above is for a shot of the recipe ingredients. Make sure to label

Here’s the Best Way to Heat Up Leftover Steak!

You’ll LOVE how EASY this is plus it SAVES money (because reusing leftovers ya’ll) and it tastes great and is even juicy!

Here’s an Overview of How To Do It!

  1. Place the steak on a wire rack over a pan in a 250 degree oven.
  2. Heat until thermometer reads 110 (roughly 20-30 minutes if you don’t have a thermometer).
  3. Sear in a hot skillet for 1 minute on each side.

You’ll LOVE how EASY this is plus it SAVES money (because reusing leftovers ya’ll) and it tastes great and is even juicy!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Can I Reheat Steak in a Microwave?

You certainly can, it’s best to reheat in the oven, but a microwave will do in a pinch. You’ll find that the steak runs the risk of being overcooked when heating in a microwave.

Can I Reheat a Steak in a Pan?

Of course you can! You’ll find that the steak is likely to become overcooked using this method, but it’s possible to do so. Read below for more information.

Are There Other Ways to Use Leftover Steak?

Oh, YOU BET! We love leftover steak cut into small strips, seared in the pan and used for …
Fajitas
Omelets
Fried steak, potatoes and onions
Stir Fry.

Is It Safe to Eat Leftover Steak?

Yes, as long as the steak was refrigerated within 2 hours of eating it originally and as long as you are consuming it within a few days.

What Kind of Steak Is Best for Reheating?

The kind of steak you enjoy eating and that is leftover! We mostly enjoy ribeye at our house, but you eat whatever kind of steak you enjoy the most at your house!

How to Reheat Steak In the Microwave

The preferred method to reheat steaks is listed below in the recipe card, BUT, you CAN reheat them in the microwave.

Just be forewarned that steak reheated in the microwave DOES run the risk of being overcooked and there isn’t a lot you can do about that.

  1. Wrap the steak in a damp paper towel and place on a microwave safe plate.
  2. Place into the microwave and set the microwave on half power (if you are able to set the power setting, if not, then just proceed with the next step).
  3. Rethink reheating the steak using this method and consider reheating in the oven.
  4. Microwave for 1 minute and then check the steak for warmth.
  5. Repeat in 30 second intervals until the steak is the warmth that you prefer.
  6. Unwrap from the paper towel and enjoy.

How To Reheat Steak in a Pan

Again, the best way to reheat steak is in an oven using the method described below, however, if you are in a hurry, this is one way to reheat steak.

You do run the risk over overcooking your steak if you use this method.

  1. Preheat 1-2 Tbs of oil in a heavy skillet on the stovetop over medium heat.
  2. When the pan is hot, add the steak. After 1 minute, add 2 Tbs water and then place a lid on the pan and allow to steam for 1 minute. Turn the steak and repeat on the other side.
  3. Remove the lid and allow the water to evaporate from the pan. Cook for another minute or so and the steak should be completely heated through.
Flank steak in white dish

Tips and Tricks

  • When ordering your steak at the restaurant, consider if you plan to have leftovers. If you do, choose the doneness of your steak as the least done that you enjoy so that when reheating you won’t become overdone.
  • Thicker steaks tend to reheat the best and retain their juiciness better, consider this when choosing steaks.
  • Fattier pieces of meat reheat the best, so if it is in your budget, maybe go for the ribeye. It’s one of the more forgiving pieces of steak to cook anyway.
  • Lower temps and retaining fluid is the name of the game here. For the best and juiciest steak, it’s going to take a minute.
  • Here’s everything you wanted to know about doneness in steaks and probably some things you didn’t, from the USDA

PRO TIP: A little pat of butter on top of your finished leftover steak is going to make a WORLD of difference!

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How to Reheat Steaks Without Drying Out or Overcooking

Want to look forward to your leftover steak every single time? Use this recipe to reheat your steak and you'll never be faced with dried out and overcooked leftovers again!
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Course: main
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to reheat steaks, reheat steak without drying it out
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
resting time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 624kcal
Author: Wendi Spraker

Ingredients

  • .5 lb steak ribeye preferred for best flavor and best results
  • 1 tbs vegetable oil
  • 1 pat butter

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 250 and set wire rack over the top of a rimmed baking sheet and set aside.
  • When oven is preheated, place the steak onto the wire rack and place entire baking sheet apparatus on the middle rack in the oven.
  • Heat until the steak comes to an internal temperature of 110 using an instant read thermometer. If you do not have one, it will take about 20-30 minutes to reach this temp depending on the thickness of your steak.
  • When the steak is within 20 degrees of final temp, heat 1 tbs of vegetable oil in a frying pan on the stove top over medium high heat until glistening and very hot.
  • When steak is at 110, remove from the baking sheet and place into the skillet, searing on one side for 1 minute and then flip and repeat on the other side.
  • Remove the steak to a plate. Place pat of butter on top and allow to rest for 5 minutes

Notes

  • When ordering your steak at the restaurant, consider if you plan to have leftovers. If you do, choose the doneness of your steak as the least done that you enjoy so that when reheating you won’t become overdone.
  • Thicker steaks tend to reheat the best and retain their juiciness better, consider this when choosing steaks.
  • Fattier pieces of meat reheat the best, so if it is in your budget, maybe go for the ribeye. It’s one of the more forgiving pieces of steak to cook anyway.
  • Lower temps and retaining fluid is the name of the game here. For the best and juiciest steak, it’s going to take a minute.
  • The thickness of your steak will ultimately determine how long the steak must stay in the oven. A 1 1/2 inch steak will take about 30 minutes. Thinner steaks will be a shorter rewarming time. 
PRO TIP : That little pat of butter is going to make a huge difference in the flavor and juiciness of your steak

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
How to Reheat Steaks Without Drying Out or Overcooking
Amount Per Serving
Calories 624 Calories from Fat 450
% Daily Value*
Fat 50g77%
Saturated Fat 28g140%
Cholesterol 149mg50%
Sodium 154mg6%
Potassium 608mg17%
Protein 46g92%
Vitamin A 125IU3%
Calcium 16mg2%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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A Verse to Share

Each day I am reminded of my inner desires that are greedy, gluttonous and ultimately sinful. As this new year starts I must remember to renew myself in the spirit of Jesus each day and let go of those old desires.

Ephesians 4: 22-24

…to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires,  and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

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