How Long Does Cooked Steak Last In The Fridge?

According to the USDA, a properly stored cooked steak can last about 3 to 4 days in the fridge. This means keeping your fridge temperature at or below 40°F. While this temperature helps slow down bacterial growth, it’s important to note that it doesn’t completely stop it. So, if you’re not planning to eat your leftover steak within a few days, it’s better to freeze it.

Thinking of enjoying that cooked steak from the fridge? Here’s what to check first:

  • Before you eat it, give it a quick look to see if there’s any spoilage or weird colors.
  • Give it a sniff; if it smells weird or just not right, it’s better to throw it out.
  • And remember, don’t risk it if it tastes off when you start eating. When in doubt, it’s always better to play it safe.

FAQs

How to keep cooked steak good for longer in the fridge?

No matter what kind of steak you’ve got, the key is to keep it away from air. Wrap it up real tight, ideally in a vacuum-sealed bag, and keep it in the fridge at the right temp (below 40°F).

Is it okay to eat cooked steak after it’s been in the fridge for a week?

I wouldn’t recommend keeping cooked steak in the fridge for that long. The longer it sits, the higher the chances of getting food poisoning from bacteria. It’s best to eat it within three to four days.

Is freezing a cooked steak a good idea?

Yes, it’s a very good idea, especially if you’re not planning to eat it in the next few days. It’s safe and a great way to keep your steak good for 2 to 3 months.

Frozen cooked hanger steak on a wood-cutting board
Frozen hanger steak on a wood-cutting board

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Written by: Adam Wojtow

Adam Wojtow is a Polish entrepreneur and writer who founded Steak Revolution in 2020 because of his passion for steaks. Adam has been cooking steaks for over 5 years, so he understands well all aspects of steak, from the types of steaks and their cooking times to choosing the best cooking technique for any steak.