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Can You Freeze Cooked Steak?

Can You Freeze Cooked Steak?

Steak is an expensive cut of meat, so the thought of it getting wasted isn’t a particularly good one! Can you freeze cooked steak?

Can You freeze Cooked Steak?

The good news is that yes, you can freeze cooked steak. Like most other meats, cooked steaks freeze well and the taste and texture aren’t too badly affected by freezing.

Freezing cooked steaks could prevent them from going to waste if you don’t think you’ll use them up within a couple of days.

You can freeze cooked steaks whole or cut them up into smaller pieces.

As it advised that raw meat is frozen twice if you’ve defrosted steak that now won’t get used up before they go bad, cooking and then freezing them could be one way to stop them from going to waste.

Can You Freeze Fillet Steak

Any type of cooked steak can be frozen, including Fillet Steak, Filet Mignon, Sirloin, Ribeye and Rump steak.

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Steak is an expensive cut of meat, so the thought of it getting wasted isn't a particularly good one! Can you freeze cooked steak?

How To Freeze Cooked Steak

Ideally, cooked steaks should be frozen on the same day as they were cooked. While cooked steaks do freeze well, they don’t taste quite the same as a steak that has been freshly cooked.

If you’re freezing a leftover piece of steak that has been covered in a sauce, give it a gentle rinse and pat dry with a piece of kitchen towel before freezing.

Personally, I like to use up cooked steak that has been previously frozen in dishes such as stir fry and stroganoff, where the steak can be fully reheated and how it’s cooked is less important.

  1. Before freezing, ensure your steak is completely cold from the cooking process. You can freeze steaks in one large piece or cut them into small pieces.
  2. Freeze the steak either in a small zip-lock bag or plastic container. If using a bag, squeeze as much air out as possible
  3. Label and date the steak so you know what it is and when it was frozen.

How Long Does Cooked Steak Last In The Freezer?

You can keep cooked steak in the freezer for around three months before it will start to deteriorate. The cooked steak will be safe to eat after this time, but may become more susceptible to freezer burn and could start to lose some of its taste and texture.

How To Defrost Cooked Steak

The best way to defrost cooked steak is in the fridge overnight. If you plan on eating it for dinner, leaving it in the fridge for 8-12 hours should work just fine too.

While defrosting foods on the countertop is often quicker, it does mean there is a chance the steak will come up to room temperature which can cause bacteria to grow, so this method is best avoided.

Once defrosted, the steak should be used up within 2-3 days.

How To Reheated Cooked Steak

When reheating food that’s been frozen, I prefer to make sure that’s it’s thoroughly reheated all the way through – so if you like a rare steak, it might be best to stick to fresh!

As I mentioned above, cooked steak is best used in dishes that get well cooked – use a thermometer to ensure food is at  75°c for at least 30 seconds or 80°c for at least 6 seconds.

I find the best way to reheated cooked steak is in a frying pan with a little bit of oil. Of course, if you’re using the steak for something that has a long cooking time, like a stew, you don’t need to worry about this as the long cooking time means it’ll easily reach that temperature.