You don’t have to be a big meat enthusiast to know how steak is the queen of this category. Gastronomes will agree that there aren’t many better things than a quality steak, and it has to be rare or medium done. Many gourmands will resent you if you ask for a well-done steak.
But, what if you have a piece of steak left after dinner? Should you throw away such a tasty piece of meat?
We strongly oppose this and bring up the best ways to reheat steak leftovers.
Reheating Steak In The Microwave
Although you are accustomed to simply putting other foods in the microwave, this should not be the first choice for reheating steaks.
At best, if you leave the steak in the microwave for a few minutes, you will get a dry version of the once famous piece of meat. In the worst case, your steak will turn into gummy and hard-to-eat dog food.
But if this is the only solution you have, here are some tips on getting the most out of the whole process.
Step 1: Place the steak onto the plate and grease it
First, put the steak on some microwave-safe plate on which you’re going to heat it. Then—and this is the crucial part—grease it, so it doesn’t go dry while heating. You can use leftover gravy if you have it. If you don’t, put in a teaspoon of olive oil.
Step 2: Cover the steak
You should cover the steak with plastic wrap (please use only ones made for microwaves), or some other suitable cover. This should keep the steak juicy and moist.
Step 3: Flip it a few times
Heat the steak over medium heat at 30-second intervals. Between each interval, it is necessary to turn the steak to heat it evenly. Repeat this a couple of times until you get the desired warmth.
Downside: This way, you won’t get the sharp edges of the steak you’re used to while it’s fresh, but it will be juicy and evenly heated.
Reheat Steak On The Stovetop
This could be a tricky method if you’re not careful. It’s the easiest way to overdo your steak and to dry it out. Here’s what to do to avoid that scenario.
Step 1: Heat a tablespoon of oil in a pan
The best choice is olive oil or the baking oil you have from the day before. Heat it to a medium temperature, carefully not to overheat the skillet.
Step 2: Place the steak onto the skillet
Place your steak on the pan and cover it with lid, so it retains moisture and will not dry out. The steam inside the skillet should nicely retain the freshness of the meat.
Step 3: Turn the meat several times
As with microwave heating, you will need to turn the steak every 30 seconds, so it doesn’t burn and heats up evenly.
Downside: Again, your steak won’t be the same as the previous day, but you’ll certainly have a juicy, not dried, and tasty meal.
Reheat Steak In The Oven
If you have time, treat yourself to slight heating of the steak in the oven. The trouble is, it will take you at least 40 minutes for this process, depending on how fast your oven heats up. Here are the steps.
Step 1: Preheat the oven and prepare the baking tray
Put the oven to preheat at 250 °F—no more than that because the meat will be overcooked. While the oven is heating up, prepare a pan in which to heat the steak and be sure to use a wire rack. By placing the meat on it, you will get equal heating of the steak on all sides.
Step 2: Put the meat in the oven
Put the meat to bake for about 20 minutes. The length of roasting depends on how thick the meat is. Larger pieces will need a little more time to warm up nicely.
Optional Step: Roast the meat in a pan
If you want the best results, after taking the meat out of the oven, you can bake it further in the pan. On a tablespoon of olive oil, fry on each side for up to 60 seconds maximum. This way, you will get a crispy steak that will be very similar to freshly prepared.
Downside: This is the longest of the warm-up methods, and you definitely need to have time for it.
You should definitely not throw away your delicious and rather expensive steak the next day. With a little patience, you can have a juicy and delicious feast again. Just be careful not to dry the meat while reheating it and enjoy the meal.
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