What to Do With Leftover Steak: 10 Ways to Elevate Leftovers

Leftover steak is far too precious to throw away. Whether you spent last night grilling while enjoying a warm summer’s evening, or you cooked too much for your latest dinner party, it’s a shame to let steak go to waste.

The problem? You’re tired of simply popping your leftovers into the microwave, but you have no idea what to do with leftover steak. You’re in luck! We can help you not only learn how to cook beef that will have your loved ones begging you for the recipe, but how to turn that meal into many more! 

This blog is all about turning yesterday’s uneaten steak into a delightfully delicious meal you can enjoy today. Get ready to elevate your culinary game and indulge those taste buds!

What Can I Make with Leftover Steak?

  1. Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich

This is easily one of our favorite recipes for steak leftovers. It’s a comforting and filling meal that’s ideal for lunch on-the-go or dinner at home. Plus, it really does make the most of the delectable richness steak provides.

To make it, start by thinly slicing your leftover steak against the grain to ensure tenderness. Then sauté onions and bell peppers in a skillet over medium heat for 5-10 minutes with fresh garlic, onion powder, thyme, paprika, and worcestershire sauce. Add the meat to the skillet and saute for another 5 minutes.

Finally, place a generous amount of the steak mixture onto a split hoagie roll, top with a slice of provolone cheese, and broil in the oven until the cheese starts to bubble. Serve warm for some serious compliments to the chef!

  1.  Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry

Are you looking for quick and easy recipes with leftover steak? This dish won’t disappoint. In fact, it can be ready in as little as 20 minutes. 

Begin by slicing your leftover steak into narrow strips. Heat some oil in a wok or large skillet and toss in minced garlic and grated ginger for a pleasing aromatic base. Add the steak strips and saute until they’re heated through. Now throw in fresh broccoli florets and cook until they turn vibrant green and become tender-crisp. Drizzle a mixture of soy sauce, oyster sauce, and honey over the beef and broccoli. Stir for 5-10 minutes and then serve over a bed of steamed rice. You’ll love the vibrant umami flavor and subtle sweetness of the sauce!

  1. Steak and Mushroom Omelette

It’s important not to forget breakfast when thinking of things to make with leftover steak. There are countless morning meals to choose from! A steak and mushroom omelette is one of our absolute favorites, due to its sensational savory earthiness and how filling it is — providing delicious fuel to keep you going till lunch. 

The first step is to slice your steak and saute it over medium heat for approximately 5 minutes (or until heated through). Then set the steak aside and in the same pan, cook sliced mushrooms with fresh garlic, thyme, salt, and pepper until they turn golden brown and release their robust aroma. 

Next, beat four eggs in a bowl, adding a dash of milk, salt, and pepper. Pour the egg mixture into a non-stick skillet and let it cook until the edges start to set. Sprinkle in the cooked steak, sautéed mushrooms, and a generous amount of grated Gouda cheese onto the open face of the omelette. Carefully fold the omelette in half and let it continue cooking until the cheese is entirely melted. Slide onto a plate and serve with potato hash, fresh fruit, or a slice of whole wheat toast for a well-balanced breakfast.

  1. Vegetable Beef Soup

If you’ve found yourself wondering what to do with leftover steak and you prefer to make large-batch recipes you can eat throughout the week, this is the perfect recipe for you. It’s comforting, it’s nutritious, and it makes the perfect lunch on-the-go. 

Start by sauteing aromatic veggies like onions, carrots, and celery until they become fragrant and tender. Add your beef to the pot, followed by broth, diced tomatoes, and your choice of seasonings like thyme, basil, bay leaves, and garlic powder.

Simmer on medium-low heat for about two hours, or until the meat becomes tender, the vegetables soften, and all the flavors meld together. We recommend adding finely chopped cabbage to your soup around the 1-hour mark to make it extra hearty and delicious.

This soup can be frozen and reheated later, or stored in the refrigerator using an airtight container. Either way, it’s sure to warm your belly and taste exquisite!

  1. Steak and Egg Breakfast Hash

If you have a large family and you need ideas for meals with leftover steak that’ll feed your entire clan, we highly encourage giving this dish a try. It can easily be doubled or tripled depending on the number of people you’ll be serving!

Start by dicing your potatoes into one-inch cubes and cooking them in a skillet over medium-high heat until they’re golden brown and crispy. Then set them aside. 

Next, reduce the heat to medium and add beef and diced poblano peppers to the skillet, allowing them to soften and develop a smoky flavor (about 5-10 minutes). Return your potatoes to the pan and season the entire dish with salt, pepper, chili powder, onion powder, and oregano.

While the flavors absorb, crack a few eggs on top of the hash and cook until the whites are set and the yolks are still slightly runny. Finish with shredded monterey jack cheese. Serve when the cheese begins to bubble and watch your children’s faces light up! 

  1. Chili Lime Steak Tacos

Mexican cuisine is all about bold and lively flavor combinations that excite the palate. From the peppery citrus pops of cilantro, to the fiery kick of jalapeno and the briny tartness of cotija cheese — Mexican food is spirited, vibrant and sure to liven up your leftovers. This recipe brings multiple high-impact flavors together to achieve a symphony of flavor. It’s unquestionably one of the best left over steak ideas.

Start by letting your thinly sliced leftover steak sit in a mixture of lime juice, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, and a pinch of salt for 30 minutes. Then cook the steak in a skillet over medium-high heat until it's completely warmed through and starts to caramelize on the outside. 

Next, make a quick pico de gallo by combining diced tomatoes, onions, jalapeños, cilantro, lime juice, and a sprinkle of salt. Warm up 6 tortillas in your oven, using medium-low heat, then load them up with steak and top them off with your pico de gallo mixture. Soon your tastebuds will be dancing the bachata!

  1. Beef and Spinach Rigatoni

Are you a self-proclaimed pasta lover? Do you go crazy for Italian cuisine? Then you’ll love this tip on how to use leftover steak. It’s a simple spin on a classic Roman dish. 

The first step is to boil your rigatoni pasta until it’s al dente. Then, in a skillet over medium heat, sauté minced garlic and diced onions in olive oil until fragrant. Once they begin to simmer, drop in your steak strips and cook until heated through. Next up, add your spinach leaves and allow them to wilt completely. Now it’s time to drain your pasta and add it to the skillet, mixing all the ingredients until combined. 

Season with salt, pepper, italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, and freshly grated parmigiano-reggiano for a savory and delicious meal!  

  1. BBQ Ranch Steak Flatbread

Flatbread makes a perfect Friday night meal for the whole family. It’s stress-free to prepare, plus it’s super satisfying to eat! And, of course, it’s a must-have on our list of what to do with leftover steak.

To make this crowd pleaser, start by preheating your oven to 375° F. Then place a store bought flatbread crust on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Spread a layer of your favorite BBQ sauce over the flatbread, then drizzle ranch dressing over the BBQ sauce. Add thin slices of your leftover steak, and then dress it up with all your favorite toppings. We love red onion, bell peppers, and bacon bits!

Finish with a generous layer of smoked gouda cheese and a sprinkle of fresh parsley. Bake for 7-10 minutes, or until the cheese is golden and melted.

  1. Asparagus Beef Saute

Whether you’re an athlete adding more protein to your diet or simply trying to make more nutritious decisions when planning your meals, having a few healthy ideas for leftover steak in your repertoire is a great way to repurpose protein while remaining committed to your wellness goals.

For this recipe, you’ll want to start by trimming your asparagus and cutting it into 2-inch pieces. You’ll also need to cut 3-4 potatoes into cubes. Then thinly slice your leftover steak. That’s it for prepping!

Now let’s get cooking. Heat a saucepan over medium heat, adding olive oil and minced garlic, and let simmer until fragrant. Add the asparagus and potatoes, then season with salt, pepper, onion powder, oregano, and red pepper flakes. Cook for approximately 10 minutes, or until potatoes begin to crisp on the outside. 

Place steak in the pan with your veggies and stir occasionally, letting it cook for another 10 minutes or so. When the steak has heated all the way through and the vegetables are done (test with a fork), remove and serve warm.

  1. Steak Fiesta Nachos

Nachos are a no-brainer for social gatherings or a no-fuss Friday night dinner. They can be ready to eat in no time and they’re lip-smackingly delicious.

These fiesta nachos are an explosion of flavor, combining fresh ingredients like tomatoes and peppers with the smoky earthiness of your leftover steak — a match made in culinary heaven!

To make them, preheat your oven to 350°F. Then spread a generous layer of your favorite tortilla chips on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Next, finely dice a tomato, green pepper, and red onion. Mix them together in a bowl and then spread evenly over your chips. Season with salt, pepper, oregano, and garlic powder. Now, slice your leftover steak into narrow ribbons and place the steak on top of your chips. 

To finish your nachos off, cover them with a blend of monterey jack and cheddar cheese. Cook for 10-15 minutes (or until the cheese starts to bubble). Remove, sprinkle with chopped cilantro, and serve with guacamole, salsa, and sour cream!

That sums up our list of recipes, but remember — there are no limits regarding what to do with leftover steak. Think about your favorite family meals and consider whether or not you can put a fresh spin on them by incorporating steak. Food is meant to be fun, so don’t be afraid to experiment! That’s usually when the magic happens.

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