You have those days when you come home from work and realize that you forgot to put the roast beef in the refrigerator before going out.
How can you heat roast beef?
Here are some tips on reheating roast beef that will keep its flavor, moisture, and tenderness.
What is Roast Beef?
Roast beef is an easily identifiable dish recognized by the brown, crusty exterior and red interior.
It is made with beef and will typically be served sliced on a plate or as part of another dish such as pasta, tacos, sandwiches, etc.
Roast beef has been around for centuries with recipes dating back to Tudor times and is thought of as a dish that typically appears on the dinner table.
Today, roast beef can be found in many different forms, with some restaurants even offering it for brunch.
It has also become synonymous with holidays due to its appearance at Christmas time during classic dishes such as Yorkshire pudding or horseradish sauce.
Roast beef today still retains much of its popularity.
Still, people have begun adding their twist by incorporating other types of meats into the recipe, so there’s something for everyone.
Can You Eat Roast Beef the Next Day?
Roasting meat is a perfect way to seal in all of its juices and yummy flavors.
So your leftover roast will be moist and delicious even after another day has passed.
Though don’t push your luck by leaving it for much longer than that.
Just make sure you store any leftovers properly so they stay fresh.
The cooked beef roast will stay for a maximum of 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator.
Beef roast that has been thawed in the microwave or other reheating methods should be eaten immediately.
How to Reheat Roast Beef in a Slow Cooker?
Reheating roast beef can be tricky because of its high-fat content, which leads to rapid oxidation when heated too quickly.
To avoid this problem, follow these simple instructions:
One common way to reheat leftover roast beef is by using a slow cooker.
- Place leftover roast beef in the bowl of your slow cooker and cover with water or broth, depending on how much liquid you need for cooking meatloaf or soup.
- Cook on low until heated through – about 3 to 4 hours.
- Remove cooked meat from the crockpot to prevent overcooking it; drain liquids before serving if necessary.
- Make sure there’s enough room for whatever else you’re going to cook.
It is essential to use a low setting when reheating roast beef.
This will keep the meat juicy and prevent it from drying out or becoming overcooked as fast, giving you more time for other dishes before the dish has cooled too much.
How to Reheat Roast Beef in a Microwave?
Do you know that tempting roast beef in the fridge? You can reheat it just as easily and quickly using your microwave.
Cut up any large pieces into smaller chunks and put them in a microwave-safe dish.
Cover with plastic wrap and poke holes in it to vent steam.
If you have a power-hungry microwave, heat the dish for about one minute at 50% power and then 30 seconds at full power before repeating or remove any plastic wrap if it has browned too much.
Otherwise, reduce cooking time by half to two-thirds of what’s recommended on your oven instructions.
Avoid overcooking as this will dry out the meat. Microwave times may vary depending on wattage, so adjust accordingly.
And that’s all there is to it.
It is a delicious roast beef dinner in minutes without spending hours hovering over the stovetop and risking burnt sauce from forgetting about your pot roast until it starts smoking heavily upon opening up the lid.
How to Reheat Roast Beef in an Oven?
What’s your favorite way of reheating roast beef? The microwave is quick, but it doesn’t always do justice to how good the original meal was, especially when you’re looking for a way to reheat roast beef without drying it out.
The oven is slower but does an excellent job at maintaining the moistness of any food that’s been cooked in it, so this may be the better option if you’re reheating more than one dish or want something specific like pot roast with gravy on mashed potatoes.
If your oven doesn’t have a convection setting, make sure to turn down the temperature by 20°F (or 30°C) from whatever was used when initially cooking, and remember not to use aluminum foil.
It can interfere with how well heat conducts through your pan.
To reheat roast beef in the oven, preheat to 350°F (180°C) and place your casserole dish with contents inside on a rack.
Bake for 20 minutes or until piping hot throughout.
Reheating Rare Roast Beef
It can be tricky to reheat rare roast beef, but it is possible.
The best way to reheat your rare steak without ruining its integrity?
Wrapping the meat tightly in aluminum foil, pouring some water into the packet, and then placing it on a baking sheet.
It’s best not to put too much liquid in this type of dish because you’ll be cooking the roast beef for an extended period if you do.
This will cause all your liquids to evaporate long before everything else has heated through.
The key here is patience – leave them alone.
When using this method, I recommend about 20 minutes on a medium-high oven.
This is a perfect way to use leftovers or even thawing frozen roast beef before cooking it, and you want to reheat the dish later.
Reheating Medium Rare Roast Beef
Reheating medium-rare roast beef is a simple process.
Just remember to use low heat and be careful not to overcook it, or you’ll turn that juicy, delicious steak into dried-out rubber.
Follow these steps for the perfect reheated roast beef.
Tip: If you want to reheat your roast beef in the oven, preheat it at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes before adding the meat.
For an even faster method that will retain more moisture and flavor, use a microwave with a defrost setting.
To get started, carefully slice or cut your medium-rare roast beef into smaller pieces so they’ll heat up quicker and easier without drying out as quickly.
Then add them to whatever sauce was made originally (if any) or some fresh buttermilk if none was used beforehand.
Cover with foil and place on low heat until warmed through – about 20 minutes for more enormous cuts of steak, less time for thinner ones; this rule applies to all other types of meat, as well.
Do not use a higher setting, or the meat will dry out and be overcooked.
Reheating your Medium Roast Beef
Do you enjoy Medium Roast Beef? You know, cooked to that golden brown color on the outside and still lovely and pink on the inside.
If so, you might want to reheat it because nothing tastes as good as a Medium Roasted beef straight out of the oven or microwave.
To reheat your Medium Roast Beef, you’ll want first to cut your beef into bite-size pieces and place it on a microwave-safe dish.
Next, you can put the meat in with some water (or juice) and cover it with a lid.
Allow to cook for three minutes and then stir the pieces of meat.
Then, you’ll want to place the dish back into your microwave on high power setting for 90 seconds or until heated through (this will depend on how much food is in your dish).
If microwaves aren’t an option, you can also heat Medium Roast Beef by placing it in a frying pan over low heat.
Again, you’ll need to be sure that there’s enough oil covering all of the beef; this will allow it to fry evenly while cooking down some fat content at the same time.
The longer you’re reheating it, though, the more likely that any juices from earlier might dry out, so make sure to keep an eye on it.
Reheating Well Done Roast Beef
Although I’m not a big fan of well-done roast beef, some people love it.
However, you will find that reheating this roast is slightly different from other meats because the cooking time in both cases was longer, and higher temperatures were used for cooking.
The best way to reheat your well-done roast beef is by using some of the juices or gravy from when you first cooked it.
I like using these flavors again for this dish because they add an extra layer of flavor that helps make up for what’s been lost during the cooling down process.
Here are steps to reheat your well-done roast beef:
- Remove any excess grease from the meat.
- Put your pan on top of a typical heat source and melt or bring it to room temperature, whatever you prefer to do.
- If using leftover gravy or juices, pour them in now before adding more liquid if needed.
- Add back any seasonings used, such as garlic powder, onion powder, salt & pepper for flavor enhancement, and thyme if desired, which will add an extra layer of taste without being too overpowering.
- Cook everything together until warm all the way through, and then serve.
You can also use a microwave to reheat by following these steps:
- Place your roast beef in an oven-safe dish with a lid, like Pyrex or Corningware.
- Heat for about 1 – 2 minutes at full power and then check the temperature to see if it’s heated through (this will vary depending on how big the meat is).
- Let sit covered for three minutes before serving so that juices can distribute evenly throughout the meat to ensure tenderness and flavor are maintained during reheating process.
- Serve hot.
Roast beef is an excellent meal for a fancy dinner, but it is not usually served regularly.
However, that does not mean that you can’t get the same great taste out of your beef roast by heating it in an oven or over a stovetop.
It’s not always easy to reheat, but we’ve gathered some tips that can help you get it right every time.
So whether you prefer the oven or microwave method for heating leftovers, we’ve got your back with these tips and tricks that will help make sure your family has a delicious dinner tonight.
So which of these has worked best for you?
- If your oven doesn’t have a convection setting, make sure to turn down the temperature by 20°F (or 30°C) from whatever was used when initially cooking, and remember not to use aluminum foil.
- It can interfere with how well heat conducts through your pan.
- To reheat roast beef in the oven, preheat to 350°F (180°C) and place your casserole dish with contents inside on a rack.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until piping hot throughout.