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Feb 14, 2007 12:43 PM

Reheating steak w/o a skillet or grill ... how?

Can I reheat steak in a microwave?

Or should I just not bother and let it come to room temperature?

Thanks for any insights.

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  1. Slice it, toss it in a zip-top with all the air squeezed out, and park it in a bowl of hot (not boiling) water for a few minutes. Warm enough to heat the meat, cool enough not to overdo it.

    1. Do not let it near a microwave unless you want to recook it, which a sensible cook wants to avoid. You should never reheat flesh at more than 30% power anyway (I will forego a rant about how so many Americans do not know how to use an m-wave properly), but a properly done steak should not see the inside of an m-wave.

      Proteins cook at 140F. So the idea of using hot tap water (which is usually no more than 130F unless you set your water heater higher) as suggested above is perfectly sound. 130F is the range of medium-rare steak anyway.

      1. For an office lunch? Toss it in the microwave for a minute. It won't be gourment, but it'll be warm.

        At home? I usually wrap it in foil and put it in the oven at 200 for a little bit until it's warm.

        1. Do NOT reheat in the microwave -- it will ruin the steak. If you can't reheat it in a skillet (I slice it and heat it quickly in butter), I'd eat it room temperature.