February 5

How To Reheat Sous Vide Steak | Will It Be Equally Juicy and Tasty?


Author: Colin Ma
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When you cook meat sous vide, it always comes out the best with the most tender, juiciest, and most delicious results. But what happens when you want to heat up leftovers after already sous-vide steaks?

I have tested several ways; one on a skillet/seared/stovetop, oven, and the other one is using a microwave. For me, I like to use the skillet on the stovetop because it mimics the process of searing normal sous vide steak to lock in the juices and flavor.

Key Takeaways

  • It is possible to reheat sous vide steak. However, cooked steak is sensitive to heat because if reheated for too long or using the wrong method, it can lose its flavor and become tough
  • Use your oven, stovetop, or even your microwave for reheating steak
  • I have tested these methods and found them effective in preserving the quality of the sous vide steak while reheating it.
  • Overall, the key to successfully reheating steak is to keep the moisture in and prevent the steak from becoming dry or tough.

How to Reheat Sous Vide Steak

Sous vide steak is a delicious and convenient way to prepare a sous vide steak, as it cooks evenly and retains its moisture and flavor. However, when it comes to reheating sous vide steak, it can be a bit tricky.

 If not done properly, the steak can become tough and lose its flavor. That's why it's important to know the best ways to reheat sous vide steak in order to preserve its quality.

Meat and Wine on a table

Stovetop-Best Way to Reheat Steak

One of the best ways to reheat meat is by searing it in a stove pot. This method allows you to add a nice crispy crust to the steak while also reheating it.

You can use olive oil or butter for searing your steaks if you want them to be extra flavorful. Use medium heat so as not to burn your steak.

 Make sure that your pan is hot enough before putting the steaks in so that they will sear properly.

How to Reheat Steak on Stove Top

To do this, heat a skillet on your stovetop and add some olive oil or butter. Once the skillet is hot, add the steak.

Sear the sous vide steak for about 2 minutes on each side until browned.  This will reheat the steak and add a nice crust to it. Then remove the steak from the pan immediately so it doesn’t overcook by sitting in its own juices.

Stove Top


Another great option for reheating meat cooked with sous vide is using an oven. Reheating steak using an oven can provide a number of benefits over other methods such as the microwave.

One of the main benefits is that it can help to retain the steak's texture and moisture. When reheating steak in the microwave, the high heat can cause the steak to dry out and become chewy.

On the other hand, reheating steak in the oven allows for a more gradual and even heating process, which can help to preserve the steak's texture and moisture.

Sous vide half done steak

Gives Your Leftover Steak a Nice Crust

Another benefit of reheating steak in the oven is that it can help to brown and crisp up the outside of the steak, giving it a nice crust. This can be achieved by placing the steak on a wire rack and setting the oven to a cooking temperature of 275°.

This allows the heat to circulate around the steak, which can help to crisp up the outside while keeping the inside moist.

How to Reheat Steak in the Oven?

The process of reheating steak in the oven is relatively simple. First, preheat the oven to the desired temperature (around 275° degrees Fahrenheit).

Next, place your leftover steak on a wire rack and let it heat or warm for 10-15 minutes, or until it has reached the internal temperature of 110°. It can take more time depending on the steak’s thickness.

Finally, let the steak rest for a few minutes before serving. This will allow the juices to redistribute throughout the steak, which can help to improve its flavor and texture.

Woman putting food in the oven

Microwave Method

This is also another way to reheat steak. This is a quick and easy method, but it can dry out the steak if not done properly.

 To prevent this, place a damp paper towel on top of the steak before microwaving it. This will help keep the steak moist. Microwave the steak for about 1-2 minutes, or until it reaches your desired temperature.

Reheating sous vide steak can be done in a variety of ways, each with its own pros and cons. Searing the steak on a stovetop, reheating it in the oven, or microwaving it with a damp paper towel are all great options. The key is to reheat it at the right temperature to avoid overcooking and use the right method to preserve its flavor and texture.

Is Sous Vide Good for Reheating Steak?

Sous vide is a cooking method that involves sealing food in a vacuum-sealer for sous vide and cooking it in a water bath at a precise temperature. Sous vide is often used for steaks, as it allows for precise control over the final temperature and can result in a perfectly cooked, evenly heated steak.

Reheated Steak Comes Out Juicy

When it comes to reheating steak, sous vide can also be a great option. The low temperature of the water bath allows for gentle reheating, preserving the texture and moisture of the steak.

Additionally, the vacuum-sealed sous vide bags can help to retain any juices that may have been present during the initial cooking process, helping to keep the sous vide steak moist and flavorful.

Steak on a plater

How Do You Reheat Steak Without Drying It Out?

There are several methods of reheating steak without drying it out like the ones I have discussed in this article. You can use a skillet or pan on the stovetop and add a small amount of oil or butter.

 Cook the steak on low heat, flipping it occasionally until it reaches your desired temperature.

Another method is to use a microwave and cover the steak with a damp paper towel before reheating it on low power.

You can also use a sous vide machine or sous vide cooker. This is a great way to reheat the steak to the same temperature as it was cooked previously. Whatever method you choose, be sure not to use high temperatures to avoid over-cooking your sous vide and drying out the steak.

About the author

Colin Ma

An avid home chef, Colin is equally passionate about delicious meals as well as the latest cooking appliances. He's also a keen writer about cooking-related topics.


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