There’s nothing quite like a large steak dinner to satisfy the taste buds. While steak is one of the most delicious meats to enjoy, it can often be heavy and filling, so chances are you’ll have plenty of it left afterwards.
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Cooking and repurposing your leftover steak the following day may seem like a hassle, but there are plenty of simple recipes that can transform your leftovers into new and exciting meals. From pasta and rice dishes to tacos and quesadillas, the options are endless.
This guide will provide a list of 25 of the best leftover steak recipes that are quick, easy to make, and incredibly tasty.
We’ll start off with a simple classic. Simply cook your leftover steak in butter with onions, garlic, and mushrooms and pile into a sandwich with cheese, green pepper, and steak gravy. This recipe will taste so good that you won’t even notice that it was made from yesterday’s leftovers.
Cheesesteak stuffed peppers are perfect when you fancy something a little different for dinner. Bake the peppers until tender, while cooking your leftover steak with onions, mushrooms, and Italian seasoning.
Add a layer of provolone cheese to the bottom of the baked peppers, top with the steak mixture, and then add a further layer of provolone and broil until golden. This recipe is best garnished with some freshly chopped parsley.
3). Steak Enchiladas
If you’re in the mood for a hearty breakfast, then steak enchiladas are a great option. Cook your steak with black beans, corn, onions, chili pepper, and enchilada sauce, and then add to soft and sweet tortillas.
These are then topped with cheese and more enchilada sauce before being baked in the oven until the cheese is melted and golden. To take things up a notch, many people like to add sour cream and guacamole to the recipe for extra flavor.
What better way to repurpose your leftover steak than to make the ultimate hearty lunch. As long as you have a big wok or a pan, this fried rice dish will be a breeze to put together.
The recipe includes zucchini, eggs, mushrooms, peas, garlic, and steak. Simply add savory soy sauce and sweet sesame oil for flavor and this steak fried rice dish will be impossible to resist.
If you’re looking to use your leftover steak to create a dish that can serve up to four people, this steak hash recipe is a great choice. In this recipe, you’ll pair crispy on the outside but fluffy on the inside hash browns alongside your leftover steak.
The two are complemented with flavors of garlic, rosemary, and parsley. Not only is this dish packed full of flavor, it’s super easy to make and extremely versatile and customizable given the fact that it doesn’t require exact measurements.
This recipe provides a satisfying, hearty mix of sweet and savory ingredients that are best served with some focaccia on the side.
All you’ll need to do is cook your leftover steak and cut it into strips, bake some sweet potato slices in the oven until lightly browned and tender, and then add both together with some baby greens, arugula, red onion, and blue cheese. This salad is best served when drizzled with a mustard vinaigrette.
One of the most popular recipes for using your leftover steak is making quesadillas. Simply chop the steak into small chunks, brown it in olive oil, garlic, and chilli powder, and then serve it with melted cheese and savory guacamole in soft and sweet tortillas.
Steak tacos are affordable, flavorful, and super easy to make. If you love your Mexian flavors and textures, you’ll be sure to love this recipe. The main ingredients are steak, queso fresco cheese, pico de gallo, avocado, sour cream, and guacamole.
These ingredients are all wrapped in a sweet and tender tortilla wrap, which is then folded in half, and then enjoyed!
This classic Russian dish is one of the best ways to repurpose your leftover steak. A rich and creamy sauce provides a perfect, tasty base for sauteed steak and mushrooms to be added. The dish is best served either on a bed of rice or fettuccine pasta.
Chili is one of the best comfort meals you can make, and with steak added to the mix, you’ll create something even better. Using your leftover steak, stewed tomatoes, tomato sauce, and a tasty seasoning mix, you can throw this recipe together in minutes and you won’t have to wait too long before tucking in.
One of the best things about chili is its versatility. For example, you can make it as hot or mild as you like according to personal preference.
This recipe is ideal if you’re looking for a keto-friendly, low-carb way to enjoy your leftover steak. The main ingredients are steak, mushrooms, bell peppers, onions, and provolone cheese.
Once cooked, these ingredients are then stuffed inside low-carb wraps made from pork rinds, cream cheese, baking soda, and eggs.
For those who love their Asian cuisine, this sweet and savory beef and broccoli recipe is packed with Asian flair.
Simply mix your juicy steak slices with tender broccoli florets and cook together in a sweet ginger soy sauce. This hearty and healthy dish is best served with a steaming bowl of white rice.
This is one of the healthiest recipes on the list and ideal for a light lunch. Mix together your leftover steak with quinoa, chard, and a rich, tangy tahini dressing. The dish itself may be healthy and light, but the flavor is powerful and delicious.
This slow cooker recipe is extremely easy to make, but packed full of great flavor and texture. To maximize the flavor, it’s recommended to sear the sliced steak before adding it to the slow cooker.
Once the ingredients have been added, you can allow the steak and peppers to slowly simmer and caramelize with the beef stock, tomato paste, and soy sauce, creating a deep and rich sauce. The dish is best served over steamed yellow rice, but you can substitute this for brown or white rice, as well as egg noodles.
The combination of steak and eggs has always made a good pairing, and together with mushrooms and tortilla bread in this recipe, the end result is a hearty and satisfying dish.
These breakfast burritos are a great way to start the day, providing you with plenty of meat, veggies, and protein. This recipe uses a sweet and smoky barbecue sauce to bring all the components together, but you can just as easily use another sauce if you’d prefer.
It may sound like a slightly strange combination, but steak and brussel sprouts work well together in this interesting stir-fry recipe. If, however, you’re not a fan of brussel sprouts, feel free to substitute another vegetable in its place, with broccoli and cauliflower both good options.
Stir-fry the sprouts with jalapeno pepper, ginger, and garlic, then pour over the soy sauce mixture, bringing everything to the boil. Once cooked, stir in the steak and some mint, and then serve over rice.
While cacciatore sauce is more commonly associated with chicken, tender steak in a tomato, onion, and bell pepper sauce is equally as tasty. This recipe also uses zucchini for added crunch and color, while plenty of garlic provides the dish with an abundance of flavor.
This recipe is the full package with tender steak, peas, carrots, and a thick flavorful broth all encased in a flaky crust. The steak and vegetables combine to create a delicious mix of flavors and textures, while the golden crust provides a rustic look for those into aesthetics.
In addition to its taste and appearance, this dish is also incredibly simple to make with a roux made from butter and flour and the crust formed from shop-bought pie pastry.
Philly cheesesteak and pizza all in one, what more could you want? This recipe provides a crisp and tender pizza crust, overloaded with garlic white sauce, onions, peppers, mushrooms, steak, and cheese.
If ever you needed convincing that homemade pizzas are better than pizza chains, one slice of this beefy, cheesy, garlicky pizza should do the trick.
Turning your leftover steak into a thick, creamy soup brimming with flavor is a very appealing option. Add in some mushrooms and a generous dollop of sour cream and you’ll be satisfied for sure.
This recipe is a perfect comfort dish that can warm up your body and soothe your soul - so much so, that you’ll be wanting to have leftover steak on purpose.
In this classic Italian-style dish, steak is combined with mushrooms and a rich sauce to provide a meal full of protein and depth of flavor. This dish is best served with freshly cooked noodles, buttered rice, or crusty bread to soak up all of the flavorful sauce.
22). Steak And Lettuce Roll-Ups
If you’re on a diet, these steak and lettuce roll-ups provide a rich, hearty, guilt-free meal. The main ingredients - steak, carrots, rice, and cucumber slices - are packed into a crispy bed of lettuce, drizzled with a special, sweet glaze.
This sauce is made from hoisin sauce, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and minced garlic to provide a unique combination of delicious flavors. These roll-ups are so good that you won’t even notice how good they are for you.
This speedy and satisfying dish is perfect when you fancy something comforting to eat. Simply grill your leftover steak to the desired degree of doneness, spread with tarragon butter, and serve with some mushroom gnocchi.
The whole recipe should only take around 45 minutes to put together and can serve up to four or five guests.
The penultimate recipe on this list provides some Vietnamese flair with these delicious summer rolls. If the flavor and texture of the meat and vegetables aren’t enough, the sauce, made from fish sauce, sugar, garlic, lime juice, and Sriracha offers a perfect balance of spice, sweetness, salt, and tartness.
The final recipe, and by certainly no means the least, is the creation of pho burritos. This unique twist on a Mexian classic wraps traditional pho ingredients like beef, bean sprouts, scallions, fresh herbs, rice noodles, and beef broth into a tortilla.
It’s worth noting that this recipe is best served with a side of the same warmly spiced broth for dipping.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do you reheat steak?
One of the most effective and popular methods of reheating leftover steak is to slowly reheat it in the oven and then finish it on the stovetop.
Firstly, preheat your oven to around 270℉ and set a wire cooling rack over a baking tray. By placing your leftover steak on top of the cooling rack, it allows the hot air to circulate around the steak giving you a more evenly heated steak.
Once your oven is well-heated, place the steak in the oven and heat until the internal temperature reaches 110℉. This usually takes between 20-30 minutes depending on the thickness of your steak.
Then, heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat and add your steak, searing for roughly a minute on each side. This should cook your steak to medium-rare. So, if you prefer a more well-done steak, keep flipping for another couple of minutes.
If you’d prefer to skip the oven-cooking process and go straight to the stovetop for reheating, this method is admittedly faster. However, it’ll require you to monitor your steak a lot more closely to ensure you’re properly reheating it.
Add your steak to a skillet on medium heat with some olive oil and flip a couple of times. This should only take a couple of minutes for medium-rare.
How long is leftover steak good for?
Leftover steak can be kept safely in the fridge for three days, as long as you have the right conditions to store it. Ideally, your refrigerator should be set to 40℉ or less.
As recommended by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), leftover steak kept at this temperature should be used within three to four days. Storing the meat at the right temperature will slow down the growth of bacteria over this period of time.
How do you prepare leftover steak for the fridge?
Regardless of which type of steak you’re using, it’s essential to avoid exposing it to the air while stored in the fridge.
The best method of ensuring this is to make a tight package to wrap the meat before putting it in the fridge. For added protection, you can even add aluminum foil to seal it extra tightly.
How do freezers prevent steak from spoiling?
Freezers preserve the quality and freshness of the steak by preventing the growth of microorganisms and delaying enzyme activity. This is achieved by freezing the water that microorganisms require to thrive.
The best thing about freezing your steak is the fact that it won’t lose any of its nutrients.