Nothing says hearty like a big ole steak dinner, right? But what on earth do you do with the leftovers?! Well, we're going to show you our favorite leftover steak recipes so those pricey cuts never go to waste again!

Steak tacos on a plate with lime from Shelf Cooking.

It's no secret that steak is expensive at the store. Get every penny out of this pricey cut by never letting a single bite go to waste! If you're shaking your head in disbelief thinking leftover steak is for the birds then we're here to tell you that you're wrong!

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Don't do us dirty by tossing those leftover steak pieces in the garbage. Our shelf cooking hearts just can't take it! From breakfast to dinner, we're going to knock your socks off with these delicious leftover steak recipes and make you a believer with a single bite. Let's get to it!


Before we get to the mouth-watering leftover steak recipes, let's go over the basics of how to store your cooked steak. If you plan to use your leftover steak within 5 days, then keep it in an airtight container in the fridge. Pull it out whenever you're ready and it'll be good to go!

If you're not planning to use your leftover steak within that timeframe, store it in an airtight freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months. Pull it out 24-48 hours before you need it and let it thaw in the fridge.

Pro Tip: To prevent senseless waste, make sure you check out our post on how to prevent freezer burn!


Egg muffins in a tin from Shelf Cooking.

Who says you can't have steak for breakfast? Not us, that's for sure! Check out these drool-worthy steak breakfast ideas and try one this morning.

  • Egg Muffin Cups – Make this yummy egg muffin cup recipe with chopped-up leftover steak. Freeze them, then thaw whenever you need a quick breakfast!
  • Breakfast Burritos – Whip up these easy peasy breakfast burritos for a freezer-ready breakfast. Use that leftover steak for a major shelf cooking win!
  • Steak Omelet – Chop up that leftover steak and throw it into your omelet along with any other veggies you have laying around. Yum!
  • Steak and Egg Hash – Try this winning sweet potato hash recipe with steak added in! You won't regret it.
  • Breakfast Casserole – Whip up your favorite egg casserole and toss the steak right in! Chop it up into small bits so it's easier to eat in the dish.

Talk about delicious… We are all about repurposing leftovers around here and this is just the way to do it!


Steak quesadillas on a plate with lime from Shelf Cooking.

Still not sold on the idea of leftover steak? These leftover steak recipes for lunch will make you a convert for sure.

  • Steak Quesadillas – These cheesy steak quesadillas are a great way to curb that Mexican food craving. Plus, they literally take minutes to make!
  • Steak Tacos – Toss your leftover steak strips on a homemade tortilla and top with your favorite things. Spice it up with our homemade taco seasoning, too!
  • Rice Bowls – Pre-cook the rice and this rice bowl lunch can be thrown together in seconds!
  • Fajita Nachos – Grab a baking sheet and make a giant platter for the whole fam! Try our easy fruit salsa on top for a twist the kids will gobble up.
  • Steak Salad – If you love a good steak salad, try this Brio Tuscan Grille copycat recipe from Fun Cheap or Free. The horseradish dressing is sooooo good!
  • Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich – Add bell peppers, onion, or anything else you need to use up and smother it with all the cheese. Yes, please!
  • Lettuce Wraps – Add in your favorite fresh veggies and top with a tasty Asian sauce!

These leftover steak recipes are sure to please even the pickiest of leftover haters! It's easy to learn to love your leftovers with recipe ideas like these. 😉


Shepherd's pie in a pan from Shelf Cooking.

Whip up a delicious meal in a fraction of the time with your pre-cooked leftover steak. Here are some of our best quick and easy leftover steak recipes for dinner!

No matter what cuisine you're craving, we've got a dish to satisfy your tastebuds and keep your grocery budget happy! Trust us, you won't even know it's leftover.

What's your favorite way to use up leftover steak? Share your ideas with us in the comments below!

Leftover steak in quesadillas, tacos, and egg bites from Shelf Cooking.

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Make no mis-steak, leftover steak is great! 😉