10 Ways to Use Leftover Steak

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According to research from The National Resources Defense Council, around 40% of food produced in the United States every year goes to waste.

That’s nothing compared to the food we buy and forget about. As the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations reports, 72 billion pounds of ultimately-uneaten food take a bite out of our wallets each year.

A third of that food gets thrown out because we cook more than we can eat.

You have to admit, there’s nothing worse than wasting a perfect meal like a ribeye steak dinner just because you prepared too much of it. To stop this from happening ever again, you’ll want to start optimally planning your meals.

To help you with meal planning, we’ve prepared 10 ways to use leftover steak to prepare new, exciting meals you’ll be able to eat for days after the original meal:

  1. Easy Steak Fajitas
  2. Potatoes and Steak (With Eggs)
  3. Steak With Sweet Potato Toast
  4. Beef and Brussels Sprouts
  5. Steak With Peppers and Blistered Beans
  6. Steak Pot Pies With Veggies
  7. Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches
  8. Chinese Beef With Broccoli
  9. Diced Steak Nachos
  10. Classic Steak Salad

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1. Easy Steak Fajitas

The Mexican-style fajitas, with some peppers and onion, are a great way to start things off. This dish can make for a great family meal or it can be a quick snack for you during lunch break in the office.

Which Ingredients Do You Need?

  • Two tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • A large red bell pepper
  • A yellow or orange bell pepper
  • A pasilla pepper
  • An anaheim pepper
  • A large sweet onion
  • Chopped cilantro for garnish

2. Potatoes and Steak (With Eggs)

Do you ever find yourself craving breakfast food at dinner time? If you do, then definitely try this potatoes and steak combo. Coupled with some eggs, you can have the perfect breakfast-for-dinner experience of the year.

Which Ingredients Do You Need?

  • Three large onions
  • Four yellow potatoes
  • Four cloves of garlic
  • Four raw eggs
  • A bottle of vegetable oil

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3. Steak With Sweet Potato Toast

Sticking with the potato theme, here we have steak with some sweet potato toast. This meal isn’t only easy to prepare but it will last you for a couple days after the initial steak dinner. You can keep it in a container for up to 4 days after the fact.

Which Ingredients Do You Need?

  • A pound of sweet potatoes
  • A tablespoon of olive oil
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Three ounces of roasted red bell peppers
  • A cup of watercress or arugula
  • Store-bought hot sauce

4. Beef and Brussels Sprouts

Why not turn your steak dinner into something more healthy? If you like brussels sprouts, then we have the recipe for you. You can whip this meal up (perhaps with your hibachi grill) in less than 45 minutes and you can have a tasty, healthy lunch a day after a heavy dinner.

Which Ingredients Do You Need?

  • Two tablespoons of peanut oil
  • A tablespoon of brown sugar
  • Two tablespoons of soy sauce
  • Two tablespoons of fresh lime juice
  • A teaspoon of cornstarch
  • Twelve ounces of fresh Brussels sprouts
  • A red serrano pepper
  • A tablespoon of fresh ginger
  • Half-a-cup of fresh mint
  • Cooked rice

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5. Steak With Peppers and Blistered Beans

Next, we have what might be the tastiest recipe in this guide. This melt-in-the-mouth steak with peppers and beans is great if you have some guests coming to dinner. While serving leftovers may sound counter-intuitive, trust us, this steak will leave your guests speechless.

Which Ingredients Do You Need?

  • Two tablespoons of canola oil
  • Three tablespoons of butter
  • Two tablespoons of flat-leaf parsley
  • Two tablespoons of fresh thyme
  • Six ounces of fresh green beans
  • Five ounces of sweet peppers
  • Two sliced red onions
  • Two tablespoons of fresh lemon juice

6. Steak Pot Pies With Veggies

Take your leftovers, cut them into small cubes, and prepare yourself a good-old steak pot pie. You’ll have to do some additional cooking tomorrow, but steak pot pies are definitely worth a couple hours of waiting.

Which Ingredients Do You Need?

  • A chopped onion
  • Six tablespoons of butter
  • A cup of all-purpose flour
  • A tablespoon of salt
  • Two cups of green peas
  • Two small carrots
  • A tablespoon of dried parsley
  • A batch pie pastry (per pie)
  • Two tablespoons of milk

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7. Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches

Want to turn your leftovers into something really special you eat only a few times a year? Why not try making some Philly Cheesesteak sandwiches? Make the filling, add some American Cheese and peppers, and you’ll have your sandwiches done in half-an-hour.

Which Ingredients Do You Need?

  • A large onion
  • Two bell peppers
  • A pound of white American cheese
  • Half-a-cup of grounded sweet peppers
  • Four Italian rolls
  • Two tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • A teaspoon of black pepper and salt

8. Chinese Beef With Broccoli

Want to try something, dare we say, more exotic? Chinese beef with broccoli allows you to have a healthy meal out of your leftovers, packed with enough taste to keep the rest of your household members from complaining about having the same meat two nights in a row.

Which Ingredients Do You Need?

  • Four tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • Twelve ounces of broccoli
  • Two tablespoons of salt
  • Two cloves of garlic
  • A teaspoon of chopped ginger
  • A tablespoon of potato starch

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9. Diced Steak Nachos

The game night is approaching and you don’t have anything to fall back on? Better take those steak leftovers and turn them into a crowd-pleasing nacho platter. Add some tortilla chips to the mix and you’ll be the designated host for the game night. It’s a gift and a curse really.

Which Ingredients Do You Need?

  • A large onion
  • Two teaspoons of chili powder
  • A teaspoon of grounded cumin
  • A can of refried beans
  • A can of tomato sauce
  • A large pack of tortilla chips
  • Two plum tomatoes
  • Four green onions
  • A pack of Jalapeño pepper rings
  • Four cups of cheddar cheese blend

10. Classic Steak Salad

Last but not least, we have a nice salad that will allow you to stretch one steak dinner into two more meals. The classic steak salad is a great meal in the morning for both adults and kids. The salty-sweet taste of the small pickles will give you a great twist on the dressing.

Which Ingredients Do You Need?

  • Freshly grounded pepper
  • Four tablespoons of extra virgin oil
  • A tablespoon of chopped oregano leaves
  • Two tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
  • A teaspoon of mustard
  • Eight cups of baby arugula
  • Two small carrots
  • Half-a-cup of chopped small pickles
  • Half-a-cup of chopped scallions

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Final Thoughts

Did you know that nearly half of people in the last year have found food in their fridge they didn’t even realize it’s there?

That’s right. There’s a 50-50 chance now that if you go to your fridge, you’ll find some unexpected, long-forgotten leftovers.

Stop wasting food. Become instantly smarter about your meals, and repurpose that delectable prime rib you enjoyed last night.

What do you think about our 10 ways to use leftover steak? Are these dishes ambitious enough for you? Have you ever prepared them before?

Feel free to share this post on your social media. Who knows, maybe you have a friend that has a real steak-wasting problem you don’t know about.

Frederik Nielsen

By Frederik Nielsen

Frederik is a writer and BBQ enthusiast. He leaves no steak unturned in the pursuit of grilled perfection. He currently aspires to become the next Salt Bae.