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Leftover steak can be a great problem to have, but if you want to reheat it, how do you do it without cooking it more and ruining the perfect texture? This is the best way to reheat steak without making it tough and dry.

Use Hot Water

Don’t worry, we don’t want you to submerge your naked steak in simmering water. But one of the easiest and best methods (according to Chowhound Karl S) of gently reheating steak, is to place it in a tightly sealed food storage bag and run hot tap water over it. Chowhound ipsedixit also uses this technique and says it usually takes a minute or so, depending on the thickness of the beef.

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Press the air out of the bag before sealing it and exposing it to the hot H20. (Karl S adds: “I would use it running because that way you can avoid it cooling off when still.”)

They also note that this hot-running-water technique works well for reheating fish and most solid foods, and is especially handy for animal proteins that will easily recook if exposed to too much heat.

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In the Microwave

We do not recommend this, but if you’re determined to nuke your steak to warm it, at least drape a damp paper towel on top to help protect it, and check it often to be sure it doesn’t dry out (but don’t say we didn’t warn you). Chowhound mostlysunny says to “simply sprinkle water on the steak, put in microwave with plastic covering loosely draped, and cook (depending upon your microwave) for two minutes on power level 5. It does not continue to cook the meat, it just renders it juicier and warm.” If your steak is on the rare side, you’ll also have more wiggle room, of course.

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If you have the option to dial down the microwave’s power setting, do that too.

In the Oven

This is potentially OK as long as you tightly cover the steak in foil; per Chowhound inaplasticcup, you can wrap it up and cook at 375°F for anywhere from 5-10 minutes, depending on the cut and thickness of the meat. While the oven is preheating, take the steak out of the fridge and let it come to room temperature to help it along.

Another variation involves putting the steak in a baking dish with a little oil or butter, then tightly covering the dish with foil and rewarming at 250°F. Definitely err on the side of a lower temperature if your oven runs hot.

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On the Stovetop

Finally, if you want to reheat your steak in a pan, you can do so in warm beef broth; it’s similar to the first method, but obviously impacts the flavor and texture a little more, which can be a good thing if your steak is already fairly dry.

Along the same lines, you can give thin slices of steak a dip in warm gravy or other sauce just until they go up a notch in temperature.

You don’t want to reheat your steak in a screaming hot pan in oil or butter, because you’ll definitely cook it more. If it came off the grill still raw, that may be a good move, but otherwise, exercise caution and you can enjoy your perfect steak for a second night.

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