When you cook steak, you'll probably have leftovers. After all, it took a lot of effort to properly cook such a wonderful piece of meat.
If warmed properly, leftover steak can be really delicious. It is a great addition to steak salads, steak fajitas, and other dishes (see our 8 suggestions for using leftover steak), but it must be properly reheated to preserve the flavours and textures of the original dish.
Yet how do you reheat steak while maintaining its tenderness and flavour? You can reheat steak so that it is just as flavorful and juicy as when you initially prepared it by following the instructions below.
- Food can be prepared and reheated using sous vide.
- To maintain the finest flavour and texture, start with ingredients that are at room temperature.
- You can reheat your steak in the oven, microwave, stovetop, or air fryer if you don't have sous vide machine.
Let’s Talk About Heat, Baby!
Using the sous vide technique is, in our opinion, the greatest way to reheat steak.
Food is vacuum-sealed and cooked using the sous vide style="font-weight: 400;"> (low-temperature slow cooking) technique while submerged in warm water. The mild heat from the warm water cooks the food while preserving its flavour and texture. Additionally, it is a great way to reheat steaks.
6 Reheating Techniques for Steak
Here are six warming techniques for steak that will keep it juicy, tender, and full of flavour.
1. Warming Up on the Stovetop
Steak that has been pan-fried on the stovetop is well-seared and flavorful.
Place a teaspoon of butter and oil along with the steak in a saucepan and reheat it over medium heat. Put a lid on the pan.
Once the meat has heated up for a few seconds, rotate the steak once every minute or so until it is cooked to your preference. This should take two to three minutes if you prefer your steak medium-rare.
Your steak will still be soft and tasty even though it might not be as juicy as it was when it was originally cooked. Dice it up into bite-sized pieces to use in fajitas, enchiladas, quesadillas, or steak and eggs. You can also eat it on its own with a great pan sauce.
2. It’s Getting Warmer, Oven Style
The oven is the most frequently mentioned method while searching for ways to reheat steak.
It should take around 30 minutes to reheat the steak in the oven, and the result is juicy and flavorful.
For optimal outcomes, be sure to heat your oven to 250°F. Then:
- Put a strong wire rack on top of a baking dish with a flat rim.
- Steak should be placed on the rack at room temperature.
- The steak should be cooked for 20 to 30 minutes in a preheated oven while being checked frequently to prevent drying out.
- Keep in mind that cooking times can vary according to the thickness.
- When the steak is done, take it off the wire rack and serve it right away.
- It can be served with traditional gravy, delectable pan sauces like peppercorn or mushroom sauce, fragrant herb or anchovy butter, or any other favourite sauce.
- Before serving, cover the steak with your favourite sauce or flavoured butter to let the sauce soak into the flesh and make it more luscious.
3. Too Many Cooks Spoil the Broth, But in This Case, You Can Use It to Reheat Your Steak
You can alternatively decide to reheat your meat on the stovetop by first adding some beef broth to the pan.
It's easy to follow and, better yet, doesn't require any oil, which is great if you're using non-stick skillets.
- The broth should first be heated for 1-2 minutes until it starts to bubble.
- Then add your steak and cook it gently for about a minute on medium heat.
- When your steak leftovers are ready, remove them and serve them right away.
The fact that there is no chance of drying out your steak when you reheat it in broth is the finest part. You're less likely to get a rubbery, flavourless piece of meat because the tasty beef broth helps to keep the meat wet.
To avoid overcooking it, keep in mind that while it may still be juicy after overcooking, the flavour will start to fade.
4. How French Is That: Using Sous Vide to Reheat
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Using the sous vide style="font-weight: 400;"> technique, reheat steak as follows:
- In a zip-top plastic bag, combine the steak with a tiny amount of butter.
- Purse the sack of air as much as you can.
- The bag should be left on the counter for up to 30 minutes to reach room temperature.
- Following the directions supplied, attach the sous vide machine to a big saucepan filled with 120° to 130°F of water.
- Cook the contents of the sealed bag gently for 5-8 minutes in the centre of the saucepan.
For a moreish exterior and a well-seared steak, reverse sear it. The steak should be patted dry with paper towels before being seared for about 60 seconds on each side in a saucepan over high heat.
The steak will be more likely to overcook if you reheat it just after taking it out of the fridge, which could impair the reheating session.
5. Microwaving Steak to Reheat It
Your leftover steak can be heated in the microwave as well. However, you must exercise extreme caution to prevent drying it out by heating it for an excessive amount of time.
On a microwave-safe dish, place the cooked steak and loosely cover it with a damp paper towel.
Cook the steak in the microwave for 30 seconds, making sure the temperature is on medium. Next, flip it over and cook for an additional 30 seconds. Depending on the size and thickness of your steak, repeat this process for a total of 90 to 2 minutes. By heating the steak gradually, you can avoid scorching it and guarantee a juicy end product.
6. Using an Air Fryer to Reheat Steak
Experts in the field estimate that 40% of American households have air fryers. These appliances can reheat meals, even steaks, and they also fried food.
Using an air fryer to reheat leftover steak:
- The steak should be brought to room temperature.
- Set your air fryer to 350°F for frying.
- Fill the basket with the meat.
- The length of time to reheat the steak will depend on its thickness; check it every 2 minutes.
- The interior should be between 110°F and 130°F.
- To prevent overcooking, don't forget to use a meat thermometer.