How to Reheat Corned Beef?

It is no secret that you always cook this scrumptious dish in excess.  Be it St. Patrick’s day or any other day, and what’s more you have qualms in having left over corned beef as you only have to reheat corned beef and eat again later.

When you reheat corned beef, you need it to turn out warm retaining its original succulent taste and not dry and hard.  Cooking too fast and in too high temperature will make the corned beef dry.  Therefore, you need to know the best method to reheat corned beef perfectly and well you have come to the right page to learn it.

First and foremost, when there are leftover corned beef, the essential rule is to properly store the meat.  Corned beef or any other food for that matter left out for more than two hours at room temperature is unsafe for consumption due to bacteria growth.  Corned beef should never be left out on the counter overnight.   Even if you have properly stored the left over corned beef, if the meat gives out a sour smell or has a slimy texture when taken out, it should be thrown out right away.

Therefore it is a must to that you know the proper way to store and methods to reheat leftover corned beef, in order to fully enjoy the heavenly goodness of this delectable dish.


Can you eat Corned Beef next Day?

Yes, you definitely can.   But you should strictly ensure that leftover corned beef is properly refrigerated within two hours of cooking. It is best to use refrigerated corned beef within 3 to 4 days, but if frozen, it can be kept up to 2 months.

Is it Safe to reheat Corned Beef?

If properly stored, yes, it is safe to reheat corned beef at a later date.   Leftover corned can be reheated in an air fryer, oven, microwave, crockpot, skillet or steamer.   Whatever method you choose to reheat, you have to ensure that the corned beef is fully warmed through, before it is served.  Corned beef tend to get dry and tough when reheating.  Adding a little water or broth will help keep moisture.    You have to be mindful not to overheat.  Cutting the corned beef into thin slices before reheating will help heat them more evenly.

Before jump in to the methods, I suggest you to read complete guide on how to reheat pot roast!

How to Reheat Corned Beef in Air Fryer?

Air fryer is very useful not only to cook but also to reheat corned beef.  It is best to cut the whole corned beef into slices to heat it quickly and evenly. Preheat the air fryer to 350o degrees Fahrenheit.  Line the air fryer basket with foil paper and place the beef slices in single layer.  Do not stack them one on top of the other.  Sprinkle beef broth over the beef slices and reheat for five minutes.  Check and flip them over and check again repeat this process until you get them to your required warmth.

I might add here that when reheating corned beef in air fryer makes them drier even after adding liquid.  Therefore, this method is not a favorite of mine.  I would not recommend using the air fryer to reheat corned beef unless there are no options available.

How to Reheat Corned Beef?

How to Reheat Corned Beef in Microwave?

Going by my experience, out of all methods of reheating corned beef in microwave is my favorite and is the quickest and most convenient.  Slice he corned beef and place in a microwave safe dish.  It is okay to overlap or stack the slices on top of each other.  Cover with a wet kitchen cloth or paper towel. 

Microwave on high to 20-30 seconds or until the meat is heated through.   If you are left with a large quantity of sliced corned beef you may need to work in batches.    Instead of covering with kitchen towel you can also sprinkle water or broth over the slices and cover the plate.   This is a great way to moisten the corned beef.

How to Reheat Corned Beef in Skillet?

Place a skillet on the stove on low heat. Add 2-3 tablespoons of water or broth to skillet.  Allow the liquid to heat.  Add corned beef.   Cover skillet with a lid.  Let it steam for about 30 seconds to 1 minute.  The steam makes the beef moist.  If you have a larger quantity it might take a little bit more time.   If you prefer drier beef you may oil the pan without using liquid and increase the heat. 

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How to Reheat Corned Beef in crockpot?

Although it is ideal to cook corned beef in crockpot or slow cooker, according to experts it is not advisable to reheat saved leftovers in crockpot.  After reheating the leftover corned beef using microwave, air fryer, skillet or oven, in order to keep it hot for later you can transfer the beef to the slow cooker with the temperature set to warm.  Crockpot is best used for large quantities.  A small portion would make it dry out.

How To Reheat Corned Beef in Sous Vide?

When you reheat corned beef in sous vide the beef really gets warmed up without being cooked thus retaining the flavor, texture and color.   First you will need to transfer the beef into vacuum sealed bag.  Fill sous vide basin with enough water to completely cover the beef.  If the beef had been in refrigerated reheating at 140o degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes would suffice.  If frozen, you will need to reheat for around one hour.

How to Store Corned Beef for the Purpose of Reheating?

Never store corned beef at room temperature.  It is a must to ensure that cooked corned beef is properly stored in the refrigerator or freezer within two hours of cooking to avoid bacteria setting in.  Place cooked corned beef in airtight containers and seal tightly.  You can also wrap the cooked corned beef in cling wrap.   Separate leftover corned beef into small portions and cling wrap.  This way it will cook quickly.  Allow a little room in containers enabling free air circulation in the container.

If you intend to keep the corned beef for a longer period you need to freeze it.   Place wax paper in between sliced corned beef and place in air tight container.  Tightly wrap whole corned beef in plastic wrap or aluminum foil.  You can place them in zip lock bags, press the air out and freeze. This way you can keep for 2-3 months. 

Reheat Corned Beef in Sous Vide

How do you keep Corned Beef from getting Soggy?

When the meat is not cooked long enough you end up with having mushy, soggy corned beef.  You need to allow it more cooking time to transform into that tender consistency.  Whatever cooking method you may choose, corned beef needs to be cooked over slow low heat and let it simmer gently. 

One more thing, if you are truly enthusiast about meatloaf, I suggest you to read complete guide on reheating meatloaf.


What are methods of reheating different types of leftover corned beef?

Corned beef hash

When you have leftover corned beef hash, it can be reheated gently in microwave.  Add a tablespoon or two of water or broth over hash and cover the bowl before microwaving.   Of course, the potatoes will not be crispy but the original flavor will be retained.

Whole corned beef 

Similarly a whole corned beef can be reheated using the abovementioned methods.   You will need to check to ensure that that whole corned beef is heated through, once the heating process is completed.

Corned beef slices

You can reheat Corned beef slices in similar manner.  If the slices have been frozen, allow them to come to room temperature.   When reheating corned beef slices, drizzling them with stock or broth will enhance the flavor.

What is the Best Way to Reheat Corned Beef?

Out of the many methods given above, after many trial and error experiences, my best choice is using the microwave to reheat leftover corned beef as it is quick and convenient and you are at hand to keep an eye on it.  

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