Can you make a case for cold leftover steak being better than fresh warm steak?


Oct 25, 2017
The idea of eating leftover steak right from the fridge without reheating sounded awful when someone on ERA recommended it. I have now seen the error of my ways and you should too. For those who are woke, which do you prefer? Fresh warm steak or cold leftover? Let's leave reheated steak out of this argument. Let's not talk about reheated steak.


Oct 27, 2017
Annapolis, Maryland
I'm okay with eating it cold, but of course warm is better for most cuts with any semblance of marbling. You cook it just enough that the fat starts to render, which makes it juicier. Otherwise you might as well just eat tartare all the time (delicious, don't get me wrong). I'd rather eat steak cold than reheat it and risk cooking it past medium-rare, though.


Oct 26, 2017
I like cold tri tip, maybe on a salad or something straight from the fridge. But it doesn’t beat a good cut of steak hot and cooked to perfection.


Oct 30, 2017
This is crazy talk. There are good ways to reheat steak, but there's no way that cold steak is better than fresh off the grill or fresh off the pan steak.


The Fallen
Oct 25, 2017
It's irrational but I don't like the idea of eating that kind of meat cold, I feel like all those bacteria I cooked it to get rid of will come back if it's cold
Oct 28, 2017
Cold steak cut into "fries" and dipped into a little ketchup is a "weird thing" that I eat occasionally (maybe once or twice a year?) but it really depends on the cut, doneness, how lazy I'm feeling, how close I am to passing out because I forgot to eat, and so on. It is more common for me to use leftover steak as a steak (take the same strips of cold rare steak and panfry to medium rare), pop it into fried rice, or make something like spaghetti sauce or chili with it.