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8 Simple Ways to Repurpose Leftover Steak

Strips of steak sitting on top of a stack of flour tortillas.
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Steak can be pretty pricey, which means you don’t wanna let those leftovers go to waste. Luckily, there are plenty of simple, delicious ways you can ensure your steak dinner makes a grand reprise the next day.

Although steak doesn’t taste the best after being rewarmed in the microwave, there are many ways you can spruce it up. Here are some of our favorites ways to transform leftover steak into a new meal you’ll love.

Steak and Eggs

If you have a small chunk of steak from the previous evening, pair it with some eggs over easy. Simply add a smidge of olive oil to a hot skillet and toss your steak in to rewarm it the right way. You can also add a pat of salted butter to the pan and spoon baste your steak with it to add some extra flavor as it rewarms.

Cook your eggs just the way you like, and serve it all up with a side of home fries if you want a breakfast of champions.

Alternatively, you can slice your steak and add it to a cheese omelet with some sautéed onions and peppers.

Roll Up a Few Burritos

Burritos are another reliable option if you’re looking for a way to use an extra bit of ribeye or sirloin. The best part about homemade burritos is they freeze well, so you can devour them over time.

To make breakfast burritos, stuff them with egg, cheese, mushrooms, peppers, and steak. For dinner or lunch, stuff them with steak, cheese, refried beans, and anything else you love. Follow this easy step-by-step tutorial to make them just right.

Stuff It in a Sandwich

A steak submarine sandwich with melted cheese, onions, and green peppers.
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Steak and cheese sandwiches are always a rave, and there are so many exciting kinds you can make. If you have leftover prime rib, do your best to shave (or thinly slice) the steak. Rewarm it in a skillet of homemade au jus, and then smother it with sautéed mushrooms and onions and melty provolone cheese.

You can also make a classic Philly cheesesteak or keep it light with a pita or naan sandwich. Steak subs always disappear fast! They taste best with some hand-cut french fries.

Steak Quesadillas Are Always a Win

Quesadillas are an excellent option to tuck away those leftovers. Steak, ground beef, chicken, or sautéed vegetables all taste fantastic stuffed into a folded, grilled tortilla.

Serve these with some fresh guacamole, sour cream, and a side of restaurant-style tortilla chips.

Steak and Rice Bowls Anyone?

Rice bowls are an easy (and tasty) way to use that extra steak you’ve got kicking around in your fridge. Whip up your favorite rice, and top it with all the ingredients you love most.

Give it a Mexican flair by topping it with guacamole, Pico de Gallo, some tortilla strips, or any other toppings you like.

If you want to keep things light and healthy, do a rice with quinoa combo and top it with some delicious fresh veggies.

Throw It on a Pizza

A pizza topped with chopped steak, green peppers, and mushrooms.
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Whether you’re about to put a frozen pizza in the oven or you’re making your dough from scratch, steak is an excellent topping.

Simply slice it up thin, and liberally spread it over your meat-lovers pizza.

Add It to Your Salad

Salads always taste better on hot summer days. Toss in your leftover steak and add some protein to those mixed greens. Grilled salmon, shrimp, chicken, and (you guessed it) steak all taste incredible on top of some romaine, spinach, or even some iceberg.

Cut your steak into thick slices, and then rewarm it in a hot skillet with a pat of butter. Once it’s hot, top your completed salad with it, and then drizzle on your favorite dressing.

Stir-Fry It

Stir-fry is another reliable option and a fantastic way to make supper in under 30 minutes. Toss in some broccoli, onions, mushrooms, peppers, and any other vegetable you’d like in your creation.

Looking for a solid stir-fry sauce? Try this one. It’s easy to whip up—you can make it in under five minutes.


There’s so much you can do with that extra chunk of beef from last night’s dinner. Whether you seal and store it in the freezer or create a new meal with it, it’s too good to let it go to waste.

Emilee Unterkoefler Emilee Unterkoefler
Emilee Unterkoefler is a freelance food writer, hiking enthusiast, and mama with over ten years of experience working in the food industry. Read Full Bio »

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