How to Reheat Steak So It’s as Delicious as Ever

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Learning how to reheat steak properly means you'll never have to worry about dry leftover steak again!

That leftover ribeye from last night looks pretty tempting, right? But you don’t want to eat it cold. Good news: you can reheat steak without it becoming dry and bland. Here are four simple methods to try, whether you want to reheat grilled steak or any other type of steak.

Method 1: How to Reheat Steak in the Microwave

It may seem like an odd choice, but hear us out! If you’re short on time and need to reheat steak, the microwave is the way to go. Microwaves get a bad rap for drying out food, but with this trick you don’t have to worry.

First, put the steak in a deep, microwavable dish. Next—and here’s the clever part—pour gravy or meat juices over the top. Doing so will keep the steak moist and help it taste even better. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and microwave it on medium power for 30-second periods (max power will dry out your steak in no time), turning the steak in between. You should only need to do this a few times for the perfect, deliciously tender result.

Method 2: How to Reheat Steak in the Oven

This is our favorite way to reheat steak if you have time to spare. It should take around 30 minutes to get right, but the flavorful meat will be oh-so-worth-it.

Before you get started, preheat the oven to 250ºF. Next, put a sturdy wire rack inside a sheet pan and place the steak on the rack. Elevating the meat will help it cook evenly on both sides.

Once the oven is preheated, pop the steak inside and let it cook for 20 to 30 minutes, checking regularly until it reaches your desired doneness. Of course, the cook time will vary depending on the steak’s thickness (flank steak will be quicker than a porterhouse, for example), so keep a close eye on it. The last thing you want is for the meat to dry out.

Method 3: How to Reheat Steak on the Stovetop

To heat up your steak on the stove, add a few tablespoons of beef broth to a nonstick skillet. Place the pan on medium heat. Once the broth starts to bubble, add the meat. Flip the steak after a couple of minutes to help it heat evenly. Thanks to the broth, the steak will be nice and juicy when you dig in.

Method 4: How to Reheat Steak and Get a Perfect Sear

To get a gorgeous sear the second time around, start by following the method for reheating steak in the oven. When the steak is almost at your desired doneness, heat 1 tablespoon of canola or vegetable oil on high in a cast-iron skillet on the stovetop. As soon as you pull the warm steak out of the oven, place it in the hot skillet and sear until a crust has formed on both sides, about 1 to 2 minutes each. Remove from the skillet and enjoy with your favorite side dishes.

Tips for Reheating Steak

  • No matter which reheating method you try, let the steak rest at room temperature for up to 30 minutes before reheating. It encourages even cooking.
  • While the meat reheats, whip up something to slather on top, like homemade steak sauce or one of these flavored butters.
  • Make sure to use your leftovers—steak or otherwise—while they’re still good. This guide on how long leftovers will last will keep you on track.

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Charlotte Grainger
Charlotte Grainger is a creative feature writer, with a flair for food, health and lifestyle pieces. Her work has been seen in a number of national publications including Beyond Words Magazine, Reader's Digest and Psychologies. When she’s not typing away, you can find her trying out new recipes or binging Netflix shows— sometimes simultaneously.