Can I Reheat a Beef Tenderloin? Tips on Which Method Is Best

Beef tenderloin is difficult to perfect in the first place. Getting that amazing cut of meat beautifully medium rare is harder than it seems.

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Of course, once you get it, you want more… and more. So, what do you do with those leftovers you are bound to have?

Can you reheat beef tenderloin? That’s the question. Is it possible, and if so, how can it be done without drying it out and making it tough and chewy?

Can You Reheat a Beef Tenderloin?

Can You Reheat a Beef Tenderloin

Let’s clear up the first issue. Is it even possible to reheat a beef tenderloin?

Yes. Of course, it’s possible.

Beef is relatively easy to manage. The trick to getting it right begins with the first round of cooking. Seasoning and marinating then heating to the right internal temperature.

If the beef tenderloin has been heated to medium rare, which is the ideal temperature for beef, then you can reheat it relatively effortlessly as long as you only heat it just to warm and you’re careful not to overcook it.

The truth is you can reheat any food that has been refrigerated or frozen. With foods that have been breaded or fried, we are usually better off reheating them in the air fryer or the oven. In contrast, with foods that have been baked or grilled, we are often better off reheating them back in the oven or back on the grill.

With beef tenderloin, we are probably going to be best off in the oven.

But let’s run through each appliance and approach just to be sure.

Should You Reheat a Beef Tenderloin?

Should You Reheat a Beef Tenderloin

Before we get into the “how,” let’s be sure we cover the “what if.”

After all, we want to address all the possibilities in terms of food safety.

Fortunately, beef is not a huge issue in terms of foodborne illnesses or food safety. We don’t typically have to deal with a lot of toxins or contaminants.

Still, we don’t want to completely ignore the potential for things to go wrong.

General guidelines tell us to be sure we heat leftovers to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Of course, you should always do your own research, to cover all your bases. To get you started on that research, check out this article on reheating leftovers by Healthline

How to Reheat a Beef Tenderloin in the Oven

Reheating beef tenderloin in the oven offers the potential for perfect results.

  1. Slice your tenderloin, if it is not already sliced, and wrap the slices in aluminum foil, leaving the wrapping loose so the steam can escape.
  2. Place the tenderloin slices onto the oven rack and heat for 10 minutes.
  3. Serve with your favorite sauces and sides and enjoy!

How to Reheat a Beef Tenderloin in the Microwave

Reheating a beef tenderloin in the microwave is not the preferred way to get the job done, but it is possible, and it doesn’t have to be awful. It can actually turn out quite good.

  1. Place the sliced beef tenderloin on a microwave-safe plate. Pour beef stock over the slices, so it pools on the bottom of the plate.
  2. Cover the plate with a microwave-safe lid and heat in the microwave for 30 seconds. Flip the slices and heat for another 30 seconds.
  3. Heat only until the beef is warmed through then serve and enjoy with your favorite sauces and sides.

How to Reheat a Beef Tenderloin in an Air Fryer

If you have the appliance, and you’re thinking about reheating a beef tenderloin in an air fryer, you can totally get it done!

  1. Take out your beef tenderloin slices and pat them dry with paper towels.
  2. Preheat the air fryer to 380 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Spray the slices with olive oil cooking spray and place them in the air fryer basket, separated out so they are not touching.
  4. Heat for 2-3 minutes and check the beef slices.
  5. Heat for another minute or two if necessary.
  6. Serve with your favorite sauces and sides and enjoy!

How to Reheat a Beef Tenderloin on a Grill

If you’re out at your grill, with it all fired up, you should absolutely reheat your beef tenderloin there.

It can get your tenderloin heated through and give it a bit of a flame-broil flavor.

  1. Heat your grill to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Place your beef tenderloin slices directly on the grill, close the lid, and heat for about 1 minute on each side.
  3. Your tenderloin should be warmed through.
  4. Serve with your favorite sauces and sides and enjoy!

How to Reheat a Beef Tenderloin in a Toaster Oven

If you’ve got a toaster oven, and you’re itching to use it, beef tenderloin is a perfect opportunity to do it.

  1. Preheat the toaster oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Place the beef tenderloin slices directly on the rack in your toaster oven.
  3. Heat the slices for 15-20 minutes or until the beef is warmed through.
  4. Serve with your favorite sauces and sides and enjoy!

How to Reheat a Beef Tenderloin in a Pan on the Stove

Reheating beef tenderloin in a pan on the stove can actually create a whole new spin on your dish. The best approach if you’re determined to use the stove is to cut your beef tenderloin into small pieces.

  1. Heat a cast iron skillet on the stove to medium heat.
  2. Drizzle oil or butter into the bottom of the pan.
  3. When the oil or butter is hot, place the chunks of beef into the pan and sauté until the chunks are crispy on the outside.
  4. Serve on tortillas as tacos or on a salad for a delicious delight.

Winner! – The Best Way to Reheat a Beef Tenderloin Is Using the Oven

The oven is the best way to reheat a beef tenderloin if you want it back in its original state, or as close to it as possible.

What do you think? Do you have a favorite approach to reheating beef tenderloin? Let me know in the comments. I love to hear from my readers!

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