Can You Microwave a Steak?

It might sound like sacrilege to microwave steak but that doesn’t mean it’s not a possible way to cook steak. If your oven is broken, gas supply down or you’re pushed for time then perhaps microwaving is the only way to go. And here’s how to do it:

How to Microwave a Steak

While you might be sceptical about microwaving a steak, don’t knock it until you’ve tried it! It’s relatively easy and will save you from having to wash up pans or grills, so it certainly has its appeal.

Below are the steps you need to follow in order to microwave a steak:

  1. Prepare Steak
    Remove steak from the fridge and season it with salt and pepper. Leave your steak covered on the countertop for around one hour until it comes to room temperature.
  2. Place on a Microwave-Safe Dish
    Lay your seasoned steak on a microwave-safe dish or plate and add to the microwave.
  3. Heat
    At this stage, you will need to decide how best to heat your steak. You can either heat it on medium or high, and your decision largely depends on how you like to enjoy your steak. Cook your steak for between 5 and 7 minutes, flipping it halfway through. Remember it’s always better to undercook steak, as you can easily return it to the microwave to heat it for longer. If your steak isn’t to your liking after 7 minutes, continue heating it in one-minute intervals.
  4. Serve and Enjoy
    Once cooked to your preference, your steak is now ready to serve and enjoy!

3 Tips for Microwaving a Steak

Unfortunately, microwaving steak is far from foolproof so we’ve come up with 3 vital tips you’ll need to follow if you want to have any form of success:

  • Don’t Add Oil – When you’re cooking steak in the microwave, don’t add oil to the surface of the meat. Doing so will likely result in a burnt mess, which is something that you will almost certainly want to avoid!
  • Finish in the Pan – If you like your steak a little firm on the outside, you could always cook it in the microwave and finish it in the pan on the stovetop. Searing it for just one minute on either side in a frying pan will improve the texture of your steak.
  • Remove Fat – If you’re microwaving your steak, it’s a good idea to remove any large pieces of fat from the steak. Fat can go a little rubbery in the microwave, and it certainly won’t add to the taste and texture of the steak!

Advantages of Microwaved Steak

While you won’t win any Michelin stars for microwaving a steak, it’s certainly possible. Here are some of the benefits of cooking a steak in the microwave:

  1. No cooking skills required
    If you’re a novice in the kitchen, it can be easy to ruin a perfectly good steak if you don’t know how to grill or fry it properly. Microwaving a steak is incredibly easy, and very little can go wrong, so it’s a good option for anyone lacking experience in the kitchen.
  2. It’s a lot less messy
    Grilling or frying a steak produces a lot of mess (think grease, fat, smoke, etc.) and requires a significant clean-up effort. Microwaving a steak, on the other hand, won’t leave you with a great deal of washing up and is one of the best things about cooking a steak in this way.

Disadvantages of Microwaved Steak

Unfortunately, it’s not all good news as you can probably imagine. Here are the main two drawbacks to using the microwave to cook a steak:

  1. It Doesn’t Taste as Good
    Few things can compare to a flame-grilled steak that has been cooked to perfection. And although the microwave will cook your steak sufficiently, it won’t taste anywhere near as good as it would if it was cooked on the grill or in a pan.
  2. It can Go Rubbery
    If you like your steak well done, you have to be careful when microwaving it. Leaving your steak in the microwave for too long will almost certainly cause it to go rubbery, and it will lose a lot of its taste at the same time.

How to Reheat a Steak in the Microwave

Reheating steak that has been correctly and safely preserved in the microwave is perhaps the quickest and easiest method available to you.

The most important thing to remember is that all leftovers must be reheated to an internal temperature of 165F or 75C, so you will need a meat thermometer to check when your steak is done. It’s also a good idea to add a splash of water to the meat, so it doesn’t dry out.

How to Defrost a Steak in the Microwave

The best way to defrost a steak is to remove it from the freezer the day before you plan to eat it and allow it to thaw thoroughly in the fridge. However, if you’re pressed for time, you could always defrost a steak in the microwave.

Remove it from its wrapping and place it on a microwave-safe plate, and set your microwave to its defrost setting. Check your steak every minute or so until it has completely thawed before proceeding to cook it in any way that you choose.

Final Summary

Much to many people’s surprise, you can microwave a steak. While it’s unlikely to yield the same results as a delicious flame-grilled steak, the microwave still gets the job done and will provide you with a steak that is cooked to your liking.