27 Easy and Delicious Ways to Use Leftover Steak
You know how the saying goes, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure?” Well, that’s how we feel about leftovers. At first glance, leftover Thanksgiving turkey, Easter ham, rotisserie chicken, or grilled flank steak (that’s why you’re here, after all) might look boring—but looks can be deceiving. These leftover meat mains can be turned into cold-cut sandwiches, casseroles, pizza toppings, taco fillings, and much, much more. All it takes is a little imagination and a couple extra ingredients.
In fact, some of our favorite steak recipes can be made with last night’s sirloin, flank, or ribeye. We’ve rounded up 27 delicious ways to use your leftover steak to make everything from tostadas to dinner salads. Skip the steak-cooking step, or add steak to a previously-meatless recipe. You’re set with a steak dinner, reimagined.
Start with our crowd-pleasing Seared Flank Steak one night, and be set for the rest of the week. Maybe it should be, “One cook’s leftovers is another cook’s new meal?”
Steak, Sweet Potato, and Blue Cheese Salad
It's no secret: blue cheese makes the perfect complement to steak. In this salad, sweet potato adds a sweet, hearty touch.
Skirt Steak and Cauliflower Rice with Red Pepper Sauce
Your weeknight deserves this healthy one-bowl meal that gets a flavorful finish from red pepper sauce. Tip: Feel free to use frozen "riced" cauliflower.
Easy Steak Fajitas
Recipe: Easy Steak Fajitas
Dress up your leftover flank steak with a caramelized onion-and-bell pepper mix and all the fixings. Everyone can customize their fajitas with toppings like fresh cilantro, guacamole, salsa, and sour cream. Tip: Pick up pre-sliced veggies at the grocery store to save time.
Grilled Steak Salad with Potatoes and Pickled Red Onion
This steak salad will actually have you excited for leftovers. Topped with potatoes, pickled red onion, and a Dijon vinaigrette, it's anything but boring.
Beef-and-Brussels Sprouts Stir-Fry
You won't believe this meal was whipped up with last night's steak. A mixture of jalapeño pepper, ginger, garlic, and soy sauce coats Brussels sprouts and leftover beef (thinly sliced and tossed into the skillet just before eating).
Skirt Steak Soft Tacos with Avocado-Corn Salsa
The real star here is the avo-corn salsa. It makes the most of a simple combination like skirt steak and corn tortillas.
Southern Cheese Steak Sandwiches
Recipe: Southern Cheese Steak Sandwiches
We put a Southern spin on the classic cheese steak by swapping in a pimiento-cheese mixture. Bake these sandwiches on a baking sheet in the oven for ultimate ease.
Grilled Steak Salad with Green Tomato Vinaigrette
Feel free to swap in your favorite garden tomatoes for the heirlooms in this recipe. In the vinaigrette, green tomatoes give the perfect tart touch.
Ancho-Chile Flank Steak and Sweet Potato Tacos
You never imagined you'd be putting roasted sweet potatoes in a taco, right? Well, think again!
Skirt Steak Sandwiches
Recipe: Skirt Steak Sandwiches
This will be your easiest lunch ever—and it feels a little fancy, too. Don't skip the horseradish mayonnaise; it's the perfect condiment to top off the mini sandwiches.
Brisket Tacos with Summer Salsa
Recipe: Brisket Tacos with Summer Salsa
The trick to making chopped steak feel fresh: crunchy summer salsa. Skip the slow-cooker step, and use your leftover beef instead.
Steak & Mushroom Pizza-Dillas
Recipe: Steak & Mushroom Pizza-Dillas
You won't find a more unique way to use your leftover steak than with these "pizza-dillas."
Sheet Pan Flank Steak, Greens, and Yukon Gold Fries
Keep things easy with a classic trio of steak, roasted potatoes, and greens. (In this case, sautéed curly kale.) Just skip cooking the steak, and use your leftover stash instead.
Flank Steak Tostadas
Recipe: Flank Steak Tostadas
Step aside, tacos. Tostadas are the next big thing. Layer the crunchy deep-fried corn tortillas with layers of steak, guacamole, tomatoes, and queso fresco.
Steak and Peppers with Rice
Recipe: Steak and Peppers with Rice
To make this recipe work with last night's steak, use your slow-cooker only for the onion-and-peppers mixture and stir the steak into the dish to warm just before serving.
Grilled Steak with Blistered Beans and Peppers
This might be one of our most favorite, melt-in-your-mouth grilled steak recipes ever—but the blistered beans and peppers still steal the show. Serve a leftover steak main over the savory side, and you won't be disappointed.
Recipe: Burrito Bowls
Weeknights call for recipes with customizable ingredients—so everyone can get exactly what they want. Slice up your leftover steak, and serve it over these easy Tex-Mex bowls.
Steak with Mushroom Gnocchi
Farro Bowl with Curry-Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts
Sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts already make a tasty duo, but it gets even better when roasted with curry powder. This is just the flavorful dish to pair with simple sliced steak.
Steak Tacos with Charred Salsa
Recipe: Steak Tacos with Charred Salsa
Make the most of seasonal ingredients like fresh corn and tomatoes with this quick taco recipe.
Seared Hanger Steak with Braised Greens and Grapes
Greens and grapes make the duo you never knew you needed. Place sliced steak over the braised side dish, and you're set with a tasty one-bowl meal.
Steak House Pizza
Recipe: Steak House Pizza
Feel like you've transported to the steak house with this delicious spin on pizza that is topped with beef tenderloin, blue cheese, red onion, and arugula.
Green Chile Steak Nachos
Recipe: Green Chile Steak Nachos
Need a crowd-pleasing snack? Look no further than this sheet-pan steak nachos recipe.
Recipe: Beef-and-Asparagus Bundles
We've been known to elevate this fan-favorite appetizer recipe by using cold, sliced steak instead of deli roast beef. Garlic-and-herb cheese is the cool, creamy touch that pulls the bundles together.
Flank Steak Sandwiches With Blue Cheese
Flank steak, blue cheese, and arugula make a tasty sandwich-topping trio in this recipe. Grill or toast crusty bread or ciabatta rolls to give these sandwiches a nice crunch.
Grilled Sirloin Tacos
Recipe: Grilled Sirloin Tacos
Simple is sometimes better. Serve these no-fuss tacos with salsa, lime slices, and a fresh cilantro-onion mixture.
Chopped Salad with Steak
Recipe: Chopped Salad with Steak
When in doubt, chop up a perfect dinner salad to use up leftover protein. This steak-studded salad is a winning combo.