How to Reheat Steak Without Drying It Out

How to Reheat Steaks

Steak is so expensive but yet so enjoyable. When you cook your steak to the perfect temperature and finally achieve the restaurant-quality sear you’ve been trying to recreate at home for years, it is the biggest highlight of the day.

However, when a steak is so delicious, you can’t eat it all in one sitting; the quality often suffers since reheated steaks live in the shadows of their counterparts.

Tips For Reheating Steak

Never reheat steak that has just been removed from the refrigerator. Let your steak rest at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before reheating it. Letting the steak rest decreases the chance of overcooking it during the cooking process.

Placing cold meat into a hot pan is a disaster waiting to happen. Not only will you get an uneven sear, but the outside of your steak will be heated while the inside of the steak will still be cold.

How Do You Reheat Steak Without Drying It Out?

We all know that leftover steak will never measure up to a freshly cooked steak. Since we don’t want to waste food, we end up eating a dry, bland, chewy, tough version of the steak we once loved.

However, it’s all about the method you use to reheat your steak. There are several ways to reheat your steak that will yield a juicy moist steak.

How To Reheat Steak In The Oven 

One of the best techniques to reheat your steak is using the oven. Placing it in the oven preserves the moisture content. The key to this hybrid method is slowly heating it in the oven then finishing it on the stove in a scorching hot pan.

Program your oven to 275°F, then arrange a wire rack over a large rimmed cookie sheet. The wire rack promotes air circulation allowing the steak to be evenly heated.

Set the steak on the wire rack, then place it into the oven. Cook the steak for 25-30 minutes until it reaches an internal temperature between 100°F-110°F. Place a tablespoon of olive oil into a cast-iron skillet, then heat it over medium-high heat.

Once the skillet is scorching hot, add the steak and sear it for a minute on each side. Sear your steak until it reaches an internal temperature of 130°F for a medium-rare steak.

Hot Tip
If you prefer a medium-well or well-done steak, continue to flip the steak every minute or so to prevent it from burning until it reaches your desired temperature. Let the steak rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Beef Steak

How To Reheat Steak On The Stovetop

If you do not want to heat your house up with the oven, use the stove. Although this technique takes less time, you will have to pay close attention to your steak.

Place a tablespoon of olive oil into a cast-iron skillet over a medium-high flame. Once it is screaming hot, add your steak and cook your steak for 2-3 minutes, turning it over every minute until you achieve your preferred temperature.

How To Reheat Steak In The Microwave

Although microwaving steak seems like a peculiar choice, that should be illegal; if you are in a rush and need to reheat steak quickly, it is an appropriate option. The only drawback of this method is there is a high chance you may dry out your steak. Thankfully, there is a simple trick you can use to prevent it.

Place the steak into a deep, microwave-safe vessel. Pour gravy or beef broth over the meat. It will preserve the meat and make it incredibly delicious.

Cover the container with microwave-safe plastic wrap over the container and cook it on medium power in 30-second bursts flipping the steak in between each interval until it is evenly heated.

Reheat Steak With Beef Broth On The Stovetop

Even if you reheat steak on the stovetop, there is still a chance you may dry out your steak. To guarantee your steak maintains its juiciness, use beef broth. Add beef broth to your skillet just before you add your steak to the pan.

You won’t even need any oil if you reheat the steak in a nonstick pan. Let your beef broth heat until bubbles appear on the surface of the broth. Add the meat and cook it for 1-2 minutes.

Bottom Line
The steak will absorb the broth’s moisture eliminating the chance that it could become tough and rubbery.

How To Reheat Steak Using The Sous Vide Method

Reheating steak using the Sous Vide technique produces a delicious steak. It keeps the steak juicy and prevents it from overcooking.

Place your leftover steak in a freezer bag with a tablespoon of butter. Remove air as much as you can out of the freezer bag and seal it. Let your leftover steak rest at room temperature for at least 30 minutes, then add water to a stockpot fasten a Sous Vide cooker to the pot using the machine’s instructions.

The temperature of your water should range between 120°F to 130°F. The water should be warm enough to allow steam to build from the pot. Carefully place the steak into the pot, keeping it away from the edges of the pot, and cook your steak for 5-8 minutes.

How To Reheat Steak In An Air Fryer

With the air fryers rise to stardom, it is no surprise that folks started to wonder if you can reheat steak in an air fryer. Best of all, you won’t even have to sear your steak in a hot pan to get the gorgeously crispy skin.

Place the steak into the air fryer’s basket and fry the steak at 370°F in 3-minute intervals until the steak’s internal temperature ranges from 100°F-130°F for a medium-rare steak.

Hot Tip
If you want a medium-well or well-done steak, cook it for another three minutes until it reaches your desired temperature.

How Do You Eat Leftover Steak

Now that you know how to reheat steak, all that’s left to do is reheat it. Choose any one of the methods mentioned above and dig in!

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