21 Delicious Recipes to Make the Most of Leftover Steak

published Apr 16, 2024
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Did you just host a family cookout or big dinner party and now you find yourself with a few extra cooked steaks? Whether it’s a perfectly grilled flank steak, a couple of seared rib-eyes, or even a roasted tri-tip, you can turn those leftovers into brand-new meals the next day.

For a hearty breakfast you can’t go wrong with steak, sunny-side-up eggs, and crispy skillet-fried potatoes to start your day. For lunch, pack a make-ahead salad with thinly sliced steak on top, along with your favorite salad dressing. Dinner can be a quick fried rice or veggie stir-fry with diced steak added in to complete the meal. The possibilities are endless when it comes to leftover steak (and we all know that leftovers make the easiest weeknight dinners!).

From steak sandwiches and hearty dinner salads to stir-fried noodles and quesadillas, there are so many delicious meals to choose from. Here are 21 leftover steak recipes to make the following day.

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Steak Fajita Salad

Inspired by steak fajitas, thin slices of flank steak and charred peppers and onions top a bed of crunchy, chopped romaine and red cabbage. It’s finished off with a chili-lime vinaigrette for a tangy kick and a little bit of heat.

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Carne Asada Fries

Carne asada fries are everything you love about tacos, loaded nachos, and a plate of french fries combined — all piled high in a sharable dish. This is the perfect way to use leftover carne asada.

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Grilled Steak Tacos

If you have leftover grilled flank steak, make tacos! Top them with pico de gallo, sour cream, and crumbled Cotija cheese for an easy weeknight dinner the whole family will love.

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Chopped Greek Salad with Grilled Steak

Add leftover grilled skirt steak to this delicious Greek salad for a hearty main dish full of crunchy veggies and feta cheese in a lemon-oregano vinaigrette.

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Loaded Steak Quesadillas

Everything you love about steak fajitas, in quesadilla form! These quesadillas are packed with thin slices of flank steak, charred peppers and onions, and plenty of melty cheese.

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Braised Steak Pizzaiola with Homemade Sauce

Enjoy your steak, pizza-style. If you have leftover sirloin steaks, they're perfect for this recipe. As the steak simmers, it tenderizes and soaks up the flavors of the sauce. In turn the rich flavor of the meat boosts the sauce into an incredible marinara.

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Easy Frito Pie

Cheesy corn chip-topped chili is a weeknight dinner win. Instead of ground beef, use leftover diced steak for a leveled-up version.

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20-Minute Steak Salad with Chile, Garlic, and Herbs

This easy steak salad (use leftover seared flank or skirt steak!) gets an umami hit from fish sauce, sherry vinegar, and lime juice tossed through a mix of crunchy veg, and is finished with fresh herbs.

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Hawaiian Roll Party Sliders

These Hawaiian roll party sliders are like French onion soup meets slider. They’re piled high with sweet and savory caramelized onions that melt in your mouth, tender slices of roast beef (or thinly sliced leftover steak!), and a blanket of gooey melted Gruyère, all sandwiched together on pillowy sweet Hawaiian rolls.

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Copycat Taco Bell Nacho Fries

This copycat Taco Bell favorite smothers seasoned french fries in cheesy beef for the ultimate crossover between fries and nachos. Use leftover diced flank steak or skirt steak for a tasty upgrade!

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Heirloom Tomato and Steak Caprese

Inspired by traditional caprese (which you know everyone loves), this dinner salad is topped with grilled steak and a punchy basil vinaigrette.

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Sirloin Steak Sandwiches

Stuff leftover sirloin steak into an onion bun and stack it high with tangy quick-pickled onions, an ultra-luxe spread, and peppery arugula. It’s our new favorite way to have steak for dinner.

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Japchae (Korean Sweet Potato Noodle Stir-Fry)

In this classic Korean dish, sweet potato glass noodles get stir-fried in a sweet-savory sauce with baby spinach and thinly sliced carrots, onions, mushrooms. Add thinly sliced leftover seared ribeye to take it up a notch.

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Taco Salad

Crisp romaine gets punched up with cilantro and onions, then tossed with crunchy tortilla strips, spicy beef (use leftover steak instead!), shredded cheese, and lots of fresh veggies like corn and tomatoes. It’s the perfect salad for dinner.

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Grilled Short Rib Chimichurri Party Sandwich

A whole loaf of bread is filled with tender grilled short ribs, chimichurri sauce, pickled red onions, and arugula before being sliced into individual sandwiches to feed a crowd. If you don't have boneless short ribs, you can use leftover grilled skirt steak instead!

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Easy Sheet Pan Beef Totchos

If you love nachos and tater tots (who doesn’t?), these cheesy totchos are for you. Built on a bed of crispy tater tots, these totchos are topped with spicy beef, sweet corn, and creamy cheese. Swap out the ground beef for leftover steak for an easy weeknight meal everyone will love.

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Easy Philly Cheesesteak Sliders

The iconic Philly cheesesteak sandwich is given the pull-apart slider treatment, complete with a double layer of cheese, tender sautéed onions and peppers, and thinly sliced beef or thinly sliced leftover steak.

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Flank Steak Panzanella

Panzanella, the quintessential summer salad, is fashioned with day-old bread and ripe veggies. Toss it with leftover flank steak to make it a meal.

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Beef on Weck

No roast beef? No problem — you can use thinly sliced leftover steak. Stack it on a toasted kaiser roll and smear it with creamy horseradish sauce for this tasty sandwich.

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Hanger Steak with Dandelion, Arugula, and Grana Padano

You can't go wrong with this bitter greens salad with a punchy, assertive dressing. Leftover flank steak would work perfectly here too!

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Steak and Rice Noodle Salad with Mint and Peanuts

Add leftover skirt steak to this chewy rice noodle salad, which has bright and juicy lime, sweet mint, and salty peanuts for a weeknight dinner with big flavor.

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