I love steak. You love steak. Steak is amazing and it fills you up in way chicken, pork or fish does not.
I personally enjoy eating real food at my lunch breaks.
This has two benefits.
- I get to eat great food
- It costs less.
Unfortunately, when you microwave steak you usually get one of two results.
It is either a tasteless brick, or a tasteless peice of rubber. Neither is desirable.
Being a frequent steak eater, I have finally gotten it down to a science.
Follow these rules and you too can have delicious steak.
- Cook the steak as close as possible to when you are going to eat it.
This makes it as fresh as possible. We are going to ‘par’ cook it. Basically, this means that we are going to barely cook it. The microwave will do the rest of the work later. I cook mine alongside my breakfast and it takes me zero extra time. I suggest you do the same.
- Cook your steak
Bust out your favorite cut and season it to your liking. I keep it simple: Salt, Pepper and maybe some garlic powder
Heat up your pan and throw a pad of butter in there. Once the butter has simmered, but not browned – throw your steak in. We want the pan to be hot, as we are searing it and barely cooking it.
- Pack your steak
After your steak is seared (it should be pretty rare on the inside) You will want to pack it up.
This is where the beauty comes in.
I first wrap the steak in a good amount of tin foil while it is still hot. This will help retain heat and help the steak absorb the juices.
I then wrap the steak in paper towel to further insulate the steak (not pictured)
After that, it goes into a Tupperware container and off to work I go
- Do not refrigerate your steak.
This might strike a nerve with some people, but it is imperative that you do not refrigerate it. This is why microwaved steak tastes like crap.
A lot of the brick qualities are from the cooling (and reheating) of the cooked meat.
- Lunch time!
Now all you hard work will be realized. Unwrap your steak from the tin foil and paper towel. Put it back in the tupperware with the lid on, but not sealed.
Microwave for 1-2 minutes depending on the power of the microwave. DONT GET OVERZEALOUS HERE. Less is more. When I first started refining this, I added 15 seconds at a time.
Poke the steak and feel how warm/tender it is.
I eat sweet potatoes and green bean with my steak.
Throw a raw sweet potato in the microwave and in 5-8 minutes, you have a cooked one.
Green beans can be steamed in tupperware raw in 1-2 minutes. Less is more, let them ‘breathe’ afterwards or they will be overcooked.
If you have access to real plates/silverware, I highly recommend using it. Nothing is worse that eating steak on a paper plate with plastic ware.Final word
So how good is this microwaved steak? Pretty damn good. I probably eat it twice per week, even so – I prefer it fresh for dinner. It’s no steakhouse, but using this method is the best way I’ve found to have a healthy, tasty and cheap meal on the go.
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