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How To Reheat Steak in Air Fryer

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How to reheat steak in an air fryer? It’s a straightforward process. Depending on the steak’s size, you’ll need to place the leftover steak in an air fryer and heat it for 4-10 minutes.

Reheating steak in an air fryer is convenient and fast; however, you need to be extra careful not to overcook the meat. Some steak cuts are lean, and some have more fat. Steak cuts that contain more fat are more forgiving when cooking or reheating. While lean steak cuts are tough and dry, they can overcook faster when reheating.

Follow a step-by-step guide on reheating steak in an air fryer basket without overcooking or turning your steak into an inedible piece of meat.

Reheating Steak in the Air Fryer: A Step-By-Step Guide

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  1. Bring steak to room temperature. It’ll allow for the steak to reheat evenly;
  2. Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees Fahrenheit before placing the steak in an air fryer basket. It’ll prevent the steak from overcooking on the outside before the center is juicy and warm;
  3. Coat the leftover steak with a bit of light olive oil (any other oil will work fine);
  4. Place steak in the air fryer. If reheating more steaks simultaneously, make sure they are not touching each other. Do not stack leftover steaks on top of each other. Leave some space in between them. The hot air should circulate around the steaks without intrusion; otherwise, the steaks will cook unevenly;
  5. Air fry leftover steaks at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 4-6 minutes. Flip the steak every two minutes and check the steak’s internal temperature. Use a meat thermometer for an accurate internal temperature reading;
  6. Take the steak out of the air fryer and let it rest for a couple of minutes before serving.

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How To Store Leftover Steak

Store leftover steak in an airtight container, or even better, seal it with a vacuum sealer. USDA recommends using cooked beef within 3-4 days. Store beef in a refrigerator at 40°F or less. You can store leftover steak in a freezer for up to 12 months.

FAQ

How do you reheat steak without drying it out?

To reheat the steak without drying it out, you need to bring the steak’s internal temperature up to around 110°F slowly on low heat. If steak reaches a temperature beyond 160 °F, it will become dry and chewy. First, bring the steak to room temperature only then start reheating the leftover steak. Use one of five reheating methods: in the oven, on a stovetop, in the microwave, sous vide method, or in an air fryer.

Can you reheat the steak twice?

If you do not want to lose flavor and tender texture, it’s best to reheat leftover steak only once. If you handle and store meat properly, you can reheat steak as many times as you want. However, keep in mind that reheated steak loses both flavor and tender texture.

Can you heat sliced steak in an air fryer?

You can heat sliced steak in an air fryer; however, the cooking time is much shorter. Sliced steak can take only a few minutes to heat correctly.

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