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If you’re looking for more steak meal prep ideas or are here to find your first steak meal prep recipe, we have you covered! We’ll run you through the best places to find good quality steak, how to handle it, and our best steak meal prep recipes!
If you’re new to meal prep, have a look at our how-to meal prep guide!
Tips & Tricks to Meal Prepping Steak
The Best Place to Find Good Quality Steak
The best places to find steak are from well-respected butchers. A great way to find the best steak for your recipe is to simply talk to the butchers; most of them are more than happy to give you some suggestions. You can also use specialized online stores that sell and deliver high-end beef.
How to Tell if Steak is Good Quality
There are few tips to know if a steak is of good quality!
Colour: Good quality steaks shouldn’t be oxidized; this would mean that the steak hasn’t been stored properly or it’s old. You can tell if a steak is oxidized if the color of the beef has started turning a brownish-grey. This rule doesn’t apply to dried aged steaks because they are aged in special conditions.
Storage Conditions: Even if the steak isn’t oxidized, you should still look out for its storage conditions. The refrigerator and meat should be cold, and there should be no damage to the package. The beef packaging should be air-tight, and there shouldn’t be much or any liquid in the packaging. Make sure to also check the best before and expiry date.
Marbling and Connective Tissues: Look for marbling throughout the steak. These are white flecks of intramuscular fat in meat, and it’s a good sign that the steak will be flavorful and juicy. Connective tissues break down during slow, moist cooking, so if your recipe isn’t braised, it’s best to buy a steak with as little as possible or to remove them.
Rest Your Steak
If you’ve meal-prepped steak for the next day and you plan on slicing it, wait! Resting your steak is a crucial step to keep the meat juicy and flavorful. Heat puts strain on the muscle fibers causing them to be narrow and juices to spill out. If you have ever put a probe until a hot steak, you will see the juices pouring out. Once you leave the steak to cool slightly, the muscle fibers start to widen slightly and retain more juices, leaving you with a more flavourful, juicy steak. When dry cooking (grill, pan-fried, or roasting), we recommend resting steak for around ⅓ to ½ of your cooking time.
Cut Against the Grain
I’ve worked in many high-end restaurants and alongside Michelin-starred chefs, and I can tell you this is a trick we all do! It’s a small step that requires cutting from the opposite side of the long muscle fibers (the grain). It leads to the maximum tenderness of your steak.
After the meat is rested, look closely at the muscle fiber’s direction and cut against it! Cuts like loin (strip and rib-eye steaks come from and tenderloin (fillet steak) have a very fine grain and will actually be tender anyway you cook them. But more inexpensive cuts like skirt, hanger, and flank have thicker muscle fibers which are easier to spot and will make a much more significant difference to your steak’s tenderness.
21 Steak Meal Prep Recipes
Right now, you know how to find good quality steak and how to handle it; here are some of our favorite steak meal prep picks!
Hibachi steak is perfect for make-ahead lunches for the week! Easy, 3 ingredients for hibachi steak. Includes veggies and hibachi carrots plus homemade hibachi white sauce!
Packed with colorful, crunchy veggies, protein, whole grain, and yummy feta cheese, this Greek Steak Salad Bowl is sure to leave you satisfied!
These Instant Pot fajitas are incredibly easy to make and take just 15 minutes! One of the advantages of making steak fajitas in the Instant Pot is that they cook faster, but also, there is much less hands-on time than the traditional stovetop method. That means they’re easier to make if you’re busy, plus they make a delicious and healthy dinner, too.
Melt in your mouth tender strips of beef stir-fried in a silky, velvety sauce. You can stir fry this in less time than a trip to the takeout place!
This quick sheet pan recipe makes weeknight meal prep a breeze! With lean steak and plenty of colorful veggies, it’s the perfect healthy dinner.
Steak and Vegetables Stir Fry with Noodles (ActiFry Express Recipe) is the perfect fakeaway as it’s far healthier than a Chinese takeaway. Quick, easy, and delicious, you’ll want to make this again & again!
This Thai Basil steak is incredibly tender and flavorful! It is easy to make and even better as leftovers. It’s gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, and keto; practically perfect for any meat eater’s diet!
This steak bites recipe is the ultimate all-in-one dinner that everyone will love! I like to make them into a one-pan meal by adding zucchini noodles. The combination is easy, healthy, and simple: garlic butter steak bites with lemon zucchini noodles blend tender pieces of meat with a flavorful veggie pasta, all in one pan.
Steak and Asparagus stir fry with peppers and mushrooms comes together in 20 minutes or less. It’s a delicious way to use leftover steak.
If you love fajitas, you may also love convenient recipes, and this sheet pan steak fajitas recipe is about as convenient as you can get. Made with homemade seasoning blends, jalapenos, zucchini, bell peppers, and more, all nestled in flour tortillas with shredded cheese. This dinner is one you’ll want to add to your meal rotations.
Pepper Steak is one of my favorite Chinese takeout dishes. Tender beef along with sautéed peppers and onions seasoned with copious amounts of black pepper. Great low carb meal prep option or quick weeknight dinner.
Air fry steak with herb lemon butter is so quick and easy to make and great for weeknight dinners, meal prep, and special occasions
Garlic steak & mushroom bites are easy, delicious, and a terrific dish to make ahead. It pairs perfectly with all your favorite sides, too!
Steak and broccoli stir fry is a perfect make-ahead meal. It tastes even better the next day once the flavors meld. I like to make a big batch and divide it into smaller portions for lunch during the week.
Easy Argentinian Chimichurri skirt steak is drizzled with sauce and packed with herbs and bold flavors. Chimichurri Steak is quick to make and lightly spicy.
One pan and 30 minutes to make these Easy Steak Fajitas for an authentic, healthy Mexican dinner at home! Serve with white rice or cauliflower rice, lettuce, tomato, avocado, and lettuce wraps or tortillas for the ultimate experience. Great for an easy weeknight meal or meal prep! Gluten-free, paleo, and Whole30 approved!
Steak and Sweet Potato Skillet made in just 25 minutes with just ten simple ingredients. Tossed in a smokey chipotle sauce to bring it all together for an easy and healthy one-pan dinner recipe. It’s packed with protein, complex carbs, and veggies and is paleo, gluten-free, and Whole30. Perfect to add as a gluten-free meal prep.
This comforting Instant Pot Swiss Steak recipe is easy for beginners to make using inexpensive ingredients and takes less time than the stovetop or oven.
You can have tender steak bites for dinner without fussing with a grill. Bite-size filet beef cubes are a delicious and filling low carb, keto-friendly meal. They are marinated in a seasoned, savory vinaigrette, then quickly cooked in an air fryer.
This pepper steak is made with lean striploin and seasoned with garlic, pepper, and soy sauce before sauteeing with sliced peppers. It’s ready in 25 minutes and best served with cooked rice.
Southwest Steak Salad with Spicy Avocado Dressing is quick and easy to prepare. You just need 11 minutes, including prep time to make this healthy and substantial steak meal.
HoHopefully, you found more than one delicious recipe to add to your meal plan. Steak is packed with essential vitamins and minerals like vitamin B6, B12, and iron and can practically fit into any healthy diet in moderation. For more high-protein recipes, have a look at these high-protein meal prep ideas for weight loss and our easy slow cooker bolognese.
Richmond Howard started Meal Prepify in 2019 and has helped over a million people learn how to meal prep, get better at meal planning, and create a kitchen they love to use. He’s an avid home chef and loves to bbq, grill out, and make awesome food for family and friends. He’s been featured on MSN, Renaissance Periodization, and Good Financial Cents.