There’s nothing better than having a nice dinner at a fancy steakhouse, especially when you take home leftover steak in your doggy bag. However, it can be quite a challenge to reheat steak at home. There is often a big debate on how to reheat steak. In fact, there are entire forums dedicated to the subject. Do you broil it, pan sear it, or put it in the oven? What is the best way to reheat steak? While the debate may continue, we’ve discovered a few ways to reheat steak and they all require turning on the oven.
Method #1 – Oven + Pan Sear
This first method calls for reheating the steak in the oven and then pan searing. Using this method, the steak remains juicy and you’ll have a nice crispy crust. You will need a wire rack, rimmed baking sheet, a skillet and vegetable oil.
Begin by preheating your oven to 200-250°F and setting the wire rack onto the baking sheet. Arrange the leftover steak on the wire rack and place in the oven. Allow the steak to cook for about 30-45 minutes. Cooking time will vary depending on your oven and the thickness of your steak. When the internal temperature of the steak reaches 110°F, it’s ready to be removed from the oven.
Heat a few tablespoons of vegetable oil in a skillet over high heat until it’s very hot and smoking. Pan sear the steak on both sides. The steak will be ready when both sides are brown and crispy.
Remove the steak from the skillet and let it rest for five minutes before serving.
Method #2 – Aluminum Foil Pouch
This reheating method is quick and so is the cleanup. All you’ll need is foil and some olive oil.
Remove your leftover steaks from the refrigerator and let them sit out at room temperature. Take this time to preheat your oven to 350 F. Brush both sides of the steaks with olive oil. If you like, you can add a few spices such as cracked black pepper or garlic to the steaks.
Spread out a large piece of aluminum foil and arrange the steaks on top. Fold the foil around the steaks to form a pouch. Place the pouch in the oven and let the steaks cook for about 15-20 minutes, or until their internal temperature reaches 165 F.
Method #3 – Simple Oven Reheat
This method is very simple and calls for baking the leftover steak in a bath of beef stock to enhance the flavor and juiciness. You will need a deep baking dish, or roast pan, and a few cups of beef stock or broth.
Start out by preheating your oven to 300-350 F and preparing 1-2 cups of beef stock or broth on the stove. Arrange your leftover steak in the baking dish. Once the beef broth comes to a boil, pour it over the meat. You only need enough broth to cover halfway up the thickness of the steak.
Using aluminum foil or a tight-fitting lid, cover your baking dish and place it in the oven. Cook the steaks until they’re thoroughly warmed. Depending on your oven and the thickness of the meat, it may take 20-25 minutes.