Steak is delicious—but as anyone who has tried to reheat a steak the next day knows, reheated steak doesn’t always retain that same rich, wonderful flavor that had your mouth watering the night before. Thankfully, there are some tips and tricks you can follow in order to reheat steak without losing that all-important flavor. The following is a handy guide to teach you how to reheat steak the right way; there are several methods available, so try them all out and pick the one which works best for you.
Method #1: The Microwave
“But wait!” You’re thinking. “I used the microwave before and it turned out terrible.” Yes, if you simply pop your leftover steak in the microwave, it will come out dry and generally unpleasant. There is a special trick to microwaving leftover steak that will leave it tasting just as great as the night before.
First, you need to put the steak into a deep dish that can be microwaved. Then pour over some meat juices or gravy onto the steak, and then wrap the dish with clear plastic wrap. Turn the microwave on medium heat and cook in 30 second intervals until it is heated through. The end result is a delicious steak that is still tender, with some added juices for more flavors.
Method #2: The Oven
If you have plenty of time to spare and you want the absolutely best flavor for your reheated steak, then this is the method to choose. You will need to preheat your oven to 250 degrees, and then once the oven is ready, get a baking tray and a wire rack. Place the wire rack onto the tray, and then place the steak on the rack. The rack will make sure your steak is reheated on both sides. Cook the steak for about 20 minutes to 30 minutes, depending on the size of the cuts being reheated. If the cuts are particularly thick, you may need to cook them for longer; likewise, thin cuts need to be cooked for less so that they don’t try out.
Method #3: The Skillet
This method takes less time than the oven and with the right know-how, can yield similarly tender results. For this method, you’ll need a non-stick skillet and some beef broth. Add the broth to the skillet and let it get warm enough to bubble a bit. Then, add your steak to the skillet and cook. The broth will help keep your steak cut juicy while it heats back up. An alternate method can be used with the skillet if you don’t have broth or you would rather make a thicker sear on your reheated steak: for the alternate method, heat up a bit of vegetable oil in the skillet. Once it’s hot, place your reheated steaks into the pan and let them sear on both sides. Cook until warmed through then let them rest for 5 minutes before cutting into them.
Whichever method you choose, remember to enjoy your reheated steak!