There’s nothing better than a good steak and I bet most often, you don’t have any leftovers! However, for those times you do, it’s important to know how to reheat it without overcooking or drying it out.

What cooking methods are best for reheating steak?

First things first, the microwave is best avoided. It’s incredibly difficult to reheat steak in a microwave without overcooking it.

So, if you can’t microwave it, what can you do?

  • Pan Sear in Cast Iron Skillet. This is my favorite way to reheat sliced steak. Heat your skillet over medium-high heat until quite hot, then add the steak slices. Keep them moving and reheat until just warmed through, about 1-2 minutes.
  • Sous Vide. This is by far the best method for whole steaks (and for cooking steak in general!). It’s the only way to be 100% sure you won’t overcook your perfect steak. Seal the steak using a vacuum sealer or another air removal method and heat at 130 degrees F for 30 minutes-1 hour.
  • Oven in Cast Iron Skillet. Place the cast iron skillet in the oven and preheat to 250 degrees F. Preheating the skillet makes this process quicker! Once preheated, add the steak and cook for 10 minutes, flip, and then another 10 minutes.

Tips for Reheating Steak

  • As mentioned, sous vide is the only sure fire way to reheat your steak without drying it out, but a pan sear or oven will work just fine.
  • Ultimately, the interior of the steak should reach 130-135 degrees for a medium-rare steak.
  • When using the pan sear or oven methods, set your steak on the counter for 20-30 minutes first to start bringing up the temperature.
  • If you also have a leftover sauce, I recommend reheating separately. Sauce is usually best reheated in the microwave or a saucepan on the stove.
  • Consider getting creative with your leftovers! I love to use leftover steak in sandwiches and stir fries.

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