Let’s face it. As much as we want to eat that entire freshly-cooked steak in front of us, sometimes it’s just too much for one sitting. That’s why it’s important to know how to reheat steak properly so that it tastes as delicious as possible – both in flavor and texture. There are several ways to reheat steak, but not all are created equal. Let’s cover your best methods for reheating steak and a few to avoid.
Table of Contents
- How to reheat steak for the best flavor
- How not to reheat steak
- Is it safe to reheat a rare steak?
- How many times can you reheat steak?
- Must-read related posts
How to reheat steak for the best flavor
In the oven (the best option)
Reheating a steak in the oven takes a bit longer than some other methods, but it’s worth it for the flavor and texture you get in return. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place your steak on a wire rack over a baking sheet and bake for about ten minutes or until it reaches your desired level of doneness.
On the stovetop
The stovetop is a bit quicker than the oven, but it still delivers delicious results. Simply heat a pan over medium-high heat and add a bit of oil. Once the pan is hot, add your steak and cook for a few minutes on each side or until it reaches your desired level of doneness. If you have the luxury of time, though, stick with using the oven.
How not to reheat steak
These methods may tempt you as they all feel like quick reheating shortcuts. But the results you’ll get won’t be worth the time saved.
In the microwave
This method can cause the steak to become tough and dry, which is the last thing you want. If you must use the microwave, make sure to do so on low power and cook for a shorter time than you would if using other methods.
While still in a sauce
This can cause the sauce to become watery and lose flavor. If you want to reheat your steak in sauce, do so separately from the sauce itself. Then, once both the steak and sauce are heated, you can combine them.
In a broiler
The broiler’s intense heat will cause the steak to cook unevenly, resulting in a tough and dry piece of meat. If you’re looking for steakhouse results (or as close as you can get with a steak reheating), the oven is a better bet.
Is it safe to reheat a rare steak?
While you can reheat a rare steak, it’s important to do so carefully. The reason is that rare steak is more likely to harbor bacteria than other doneness levels. This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t eat rare steak – just be sure to cook it properly in the first place and avoid reheating it multiple times.
How many times can you reheat steak?
Ideally, it would be best if you only reheated the steak once. Reheating it multiple times can cause the meat to become tough and dry and increase your risk of food poisoning. If you need to reheat your steak more than once, be sure to do so carefully and cook it thoroughly each time.
Must-read related posts
- All About Marbling In Meat: What is it? How does it impact flavor? We answer these questions and more.
- What’s The Red Liquid In Steak? You may be surprised by the answer. It’s likely not what you think.
- How Long To Leave Steak Out Before Cooking: We give the why and how long that you need to know.