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 or simply reheating it, 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!
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
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lauren Grant is a professional culinary food scientist, food writer, recipe developer, and food photographer. Lauren is a previous magazine editor and test kitchen developer and has had work published in major national publications including Diabetic Living Magazine, Midwest Living Magazine, Cuisine at Home Magazine, EatingWell.com, AmericasTestKitchen.com, and more.