If you’ve ever grilled or pan-seared a delicious steak, you know how satisfying it can be to indulge in a perfectly cooked piece of meat. But what happens when you have some leftover steak in the fridge and you’re not sure what to do with it? Instead of letting it go to waste, why not transform it into something new and exciting?

In this article, we’ll explore some creative recipe ideas (more than 25!) for using leftover steak that will leave your taste buds wanting more. From hearty stews to flavorful salads, these recipes will show you how to make the most of your leftover steak.

Each of the recipes we have included are versatile enough to work with any cut of steak you have leftover. So whether you have top sirloin or skirt steak, or have leftover reverse seared steak or grilled steak, you can be sure your leftover steak will work seamlessly in these recipes!

And if you just want to warm up the steak and dig in, here’s the best way to reheat steak.

Best Ways to Use Leftover Steak

There are several ways to repurpose leftover steak and make delicious meals out of it. One of the easiest ways is to slice it thinly and use it as a protein source in salads or sandwiches.

Another option is to chop it up and use it as a filling for quesadillas, burritos, or fajitas. Additionally, leftover steak can be added to pasta dishes, stir-fries, or even used as a topping for pizzas. Finally, you can always reheat the steak and serve it with some vegetables and potatoes for a quick and easy dinner. With a little bit of creativity, there are plenty of ways to make the most out of your leftover steak.

28 Recipes for Leftover Steak

blue cheese steak salad in a large white bowl with romaine lettuce, cherry tomatoes, pickled onions, chives, sliced steak and a creamy dressing drizzled over it all


Blue Cheese Steak Salad
Skip the instructions for cooking the steak and instead lightly re-warm the steak in a skillet or under the broiler, then slice and piled onto romaine lettuce with tomatoes, pickled onions and a scrumptious creamy blue cheese dressing!
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breakfast tacos filled with scrambled eggs, black beans, tomatoes, avocado slices and cilantro set on parchment paper-lined trays


Migas Breakfast Tacos
Follow the recipe instructions as written, but add diced leftover cooked steak to the eggs halfway through cooking. The perfect steak and eggs breakfast taco!
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large white platter filled with lettuce greens and herbs, topped with slices of steak, thin slices of shallot, and chopped peanuts


Thai Steak Salad
Use leftover steak instead of cooking the steak as listed in the instructions. Slice your leftover steak and toss with the recipe marinade then pile onto the salad and enjoy! This salad is fresh, savory, spicy and herby.
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sliced steak, fried eggs, and cucumbers on a plate with orange napkins and glassware set around it


Korean Steak and Eggs
Instead of cooking a skirt steak, slice your leftover steak, re-warm it slightly and brush with the delicious gochujang sauce. Serve the steak with buttery fried and basted eggs along with a mix of pickled veg. Breakfast (of breakfast for dinner) is served!
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steak sandwich on a wood cutting board with pesto and grapes set around it


Italian Steak Sandwich
Thinly slice your leftover steak and pile it high onto a large loaf of ciabatta along with melty provolone, pesto, arugula and roasted red peppers.
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nachos on a baking sheet topped with cilantro, tomatoes, kimchi, melted cheddar cheese and a sauce


Korean Nachos
Swap the shredded chicken out in favor of finely cubed leftover steak. These nachos are full of flavor, slightly spicy and are the perfect game day snack.
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caesar salad with croutons in a large white bowl with two serving spoons set in it


Steak Caesar Salad
Cube or slice leftover steak and toss onto our classic Caesar Salad or a quick and delicious lunch or dinner that's ready in 20.
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Saucy gochujang pasta in a shallot bowl topped with sliced green onions.


Steak & Gochujang Noodles
Top our favorite gochujang noodles with sliced leftover steak for a quick and satisfying meal! Finish the dish with a squeeze of lime juice, fresh cilantro and sliced scallions.
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steak tacos in small sheet pans lined with parchment paper.


Steak Tacos
Skip the grilling of the steak and instead thinly slice your leftover steak and pile it into charred corn tortillas with a grilled jalapeno and scallion salsa and mexican crema.
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steak sandwich on a wood cutting board


Leftover Steak and Cheddar Sandwich
A versatile recipe for steak and cheese sandwiches! We recommend using the broiler to toast the bread, melt the cheese and lightly reheat the steak. Play around with different toppings to make it your own!
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large chunks of beef and broccoli over white rice


Easy Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry
This easy beef and broccoli recipe uses thinly sliced leftover steak (any cut works) and gets tossed with a simple homemade ginger and soy sauce. Ready in 30—this is a great weeknight meal and quick way to use up leftover steak. Serve with rice a dinner is done.
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beef and broccoli pasta in a white and blue bowl


Leftover Shredded Roast Beef Pasta
Pair leftover shredded beef with your favorite pasta shape, crisp-tender broccoli and a bit of cheese. It's light, simple and flavorful and can easily feed a hungry bunch.
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sliced steak piled onto a ciabatta roll with an over easy egg and green herb sauce


Steak and Egg Breakfast Sandwiches
Turn your morning eggs and toast into a decadent steak and eggs breakfast sandwich! Featuring an arugula pesto, thinly sliced steak, and an over-easy egg all pile high on a ciabatta bun. A bright and early (and delicious) way to use leftover steak!
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4 steak tacos arranges on a teal of plate with salsa and toppings set around them


Leftover Steak Tacos with Chipotle Salsa
Heat up leftover steak in a spice-infused broth under tender then piled into warm corn tortillas and top with a homemade chipotle salsa and onions. One bite and you'd never know this was made with leftovers!
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cast iron bowl filled with chunks of steak and mushrooms in a rich broth


Leftover Steak and Mushroom Soup
Make this deliciously savory Steak and Mushroom Soup using leftover steak, loads of mushrooms and a handful of herbs and spices. This one is incredibly savory and so satisfying.
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quesadilla topped with sour cream, avocado and salsa on a white plate


Steak Quesadilla
Instead of cooking up a flank steak like the recipe calls for, use leftover steak! Slice the steak then give the slices a slight warm under the broiler or on the stovetop in a pan with a splash of beef broth. Pile the steak slices onto a tortilla with shredded cheese and seasoned onions.
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sliced steak set atop soba noodles in a teal bowl, topped with scallions. chopsticks set on top of the bowl


Beef Soba Bowl
Skip the cooking of the steak and instead slice your leftover steak, rewarm slightly under the broiler or in a skillet in some beef broth, and pile into a bowl with soba noodles, green beans and the most savory sauce.
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eggs,potato and steak hash


Steak and Potato Breakfast Hash
Another great breakfast idea—make a steak hash complete with potatoes and sunny side up eggs! Skip the steak cooking instructions and add the cubed steak to the sautéed onions, peppers and onions.
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penne pasta with steak in a shallow white bowl


Creamy Penne Pasta with Prime Rib
Enjoy a creamy pasta featuring tendering chunks of steak, mushrooms and penne pasta. It's an elegant and decadent way to enjoy steak leftovers!
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baking sheet topped with fries, melted brie, diced steak, and chives.


Baked Brie and Steak Fries
Whip up an excellent appetizer recipe—cheesy steak fries! But these aren't any cheesy fries—they're an elevated take on the classic appetizer made with brie and steak. Serve with a side of raspberry jam for the ultimate sweet and salty bite.
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fries topped with steak, cheese and sliced bell peppers.


Philly Cheesesteak Fries
If you love the idea of cheesy fries but are also craving a philly cheesesteak, then we've got just the recipe for you! Pile waffle fries onto a sheetpan and top with shredded cheese, sliced peppers and onions, and thinly sliced leftover steak.
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sliced steak arranged over cooked onions and peppers


Steak Fajitas
Make an already quick dinner even quicker by using leftover steak! Skip the cooking of the steak and instead reheat it gently in a bit of beef broth on the stove top before piling the sliced into soft flour tortillas with sautéed peppers and onions.
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beef stroganoff over noodles on a large white plate


Leftover Steak Stroganoff
The perfect cooking for two recipe! When you have leftover steak, use it to make a creamy and decadent beef stroganoff!
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pieces of steak pizza set on a white plate


Garlic Steak and Herb Pizza
A fun and delicious way to enjoy pizza—top your favorite pizza crust with a schmear of Boursin cheese followed by thinly sliced leftover cooked steak, mushrooms, spinach and red onion.
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fried rice in a large white bowl with diced steak and vegetables


Steak Fried Rice
Use leftover cooked steak and leftover cooked rice to make the ultimate steak fried rice! Skip the marinading of the steak and instead reheat cubes of cooked steak in the marinade over low heat just until warmed through.
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bowl of ramen topped with sliced steak, soft boiled egg and scallions


Steak Ramen
Thinly slice your leftover steak and pile it into a bowl of steaming hot ramen with some sliced scallions, a soft boiled egg, and a dash of chili sauce.
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Steak Crostini
Use your leftover steak to make an elegant and satisfying appetizer! Layer goat cheese, horseradish, basil and steak on thin slices of baguette then finish with a drizzle of balsamic glaze.
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steak burritos on a white background


Steak Burrito
A great way to use up leftover steak? Stuff it into a burrito with rice, veggies, cilantro, cheese and sour cream. Perfect for meal prep or freezing and reheating for quick meals when life is busy.
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28 Leftover Steak Recipes

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Yield 4 servings
Category Breakfast, Lunch/Dinner


A variety of recipes that revamp and makeover leftover cooked steak!


  • Choose a recipe to make.
  • Acquire ingredients and prep as directed.
  • Reheat steak gently under the broiler or on the stovetop in a bit of beef broth if needed. Add to recipe as directed (you may need to skip a step in directions for cooking steak).
  • Enjoy!


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