There are four EASY ways to reheat your leftover Beef Wellington—in an oven, microwave, toaster oven, or on a stovetop.
For those who haven’t tried it yet, Beef Wellington is an iconic dish that is packed with luscious flavor.
Who knew pastry wrapped meat would be such a delicacy.
But the complexity of flavors and the steps required to get it right mean that you want to make sure your leftovers are enjoyed for a couple of days.
The recipe is made from seared Beef tenderloin that’s coated with a touch of mustard. It’s then wrapped in prosciutto, crepe of chives, puff pastry, duxelles (a finely chopped mushroom mixture), and baked until golden brown.
Every famous chef has their signature Beef Wellington it seems.
Though it requires many steps to craft this succulent entree, it’s sure to impress, especially alongside roasted vegetables, mashed potatoes, or risotto.
In case you get hyped when creating the dish and cook more than you can eat at one time, you’ll likely end up with leftovers afterward–don’t worry!
Luckily, if you properly store and reheat leftover Beef Wellington, your enjoyment of this ultimate indulgence continues even after the feast is over!
As long as you store all the leftovers immediately in the fridge or freezer, yes, it’s possible to reheat your Beef Wellington.
Just like its prep and cooking process, reheating the food is a bit challenging, too.
But keep in mind your main objective: focus on reheating the leftover and try not to recook it—that’s it!
Also, you need to avoid a soggy mess of the pastry shell, and the best way to prevent that from happening is not to thaw your stored leftover unless it’s kept inside the freezer.
How to store leftover Beef Wellington
Before you think about reheating that Beef Wellington you had last night, make sure you’ve properly stored the leftovers.
Beef Wellington will last up to four days in the refrigerator or two to three months in the freezer.
Here are the simple steps on how to store leftover Beef Wellington in the fridge:
- Cut the Beef Wellington into thick slices.
- Put the slices cut-side-down in a single layer in an airtight container or wrap tightly with heavy-duty aluminum foil or plastic wrap.
- Place the container or wrap that is intended to be eaten for up to four days in the refrigerator.
- The remainder goes into the freezer.
How to store leftover Beef Wellington in the freezer
If you’re planning to keep it for a month or two, freezing the Beef Wellington is your answer. Here’s how to do it:
- Cut the Beef Wellington into slices.
- Put the slices in a single layer in a freezer bag. This is to avoid freezer burn.
- Squeeze as much air out as you can, making sure the seal is complete.
- Label the bag to track the date.
- Store the leftovers in the freezer.
Ways to reheat Beef Wellington
As mentioned, there are four ways in which you can reheat your leftover Beef Wellington: in an oven, in a microwave, in a toaster oven, or on a stovetop.
How to reheat Beef Wellington in the oven
The oven method is the best option to warm up your Beef Wellington as this technique allows the dish to be thoroughly and evenly heated. Just be sure not to thaw the food and reheat it immediately even if it’s straight from the freezer or fridge.
1. Line an oven-safe dish with parchment paper.
2. Brush the parchment paper with a splash of vegetable oil.
3. Unwrap your stored Beef Wellington slices and place them cut-side down on the oven-safe dish.
4. Slide it into the oven.
Pro tip: When warming up Beef Wellington stored in the freezer, reheat the leftover at about 400°F for up to 15 minutes. For leftovers kept in the fridge, heat them at 250°F for about 12 to 15 minutes.
How to reheat Beef Wellington in a toaster oven
Another great way to warm up Beef Wellington is the toaster oven method. It’s a good reheating option in case you want to avoid the conventional oven heat.
1. Line an oven-safe dish or a pan with parchment paper.
2. Brush the parchment paper with some vegetable oil.
3. Unwrap your stored Beef Wellington slices and place them cut-side down on the pan.
4. Slide it into your toaster oven for a few minutes depending on the storage condition.
Pro tip: Reheat frozen Beef Wellington at about 400°F for up to 15 minutes while leftovers kept in the fridge should be reheated at 250°F for 15 minutes.
How to reheat Beef Wellington on a stovetop
For those who prefer to use their beloved stovetop, here’s how to do it:
1. Add a splash of oil and butter to the pan.
2. Set it to medium heat and then add the Beef Wellington slices into the pan. Don’t overcrowd it so they’ll heat evenly.
3. Heat the slices for about three minutes on each side.
4. Add a splash of wine (if you have it) to the pan, cover with a lid then wait for 30 seconds.
5. Once done, carefully remove slices from the saucepan and let them cool down for a minute, then serve.
Pro tip: Be sure to reheat the leftovers at medium heat to ensure that you won’t burn the bottom of the food.
How to reheat Beef Wellington in a microwave
Warning, reheating Beef Wellington in a microwave would result in a soggy mess if you don’t execute the instructions below. Also, be sure to set your microwave at not more than 50 percent power so the food won’t turn out dry.
here’s how to do it:
1. Unwrap your stored Beef Wellington slices and place them on a microwave-safe dish.
2. Place a glass of water beside the slices to give enough moisture to the food.
3. Heat them at 50 percent power for approximately 30 seconds.
4. Turn and heat them again for 30 seconds.
Can you make Beef Wellington ahead of time?
If you want to make Beef Wellington for a dinner party but don’t think you’ll have enough time to whip it up on the feast day, yes, you can make Beef Wellington ahead of time.
Beef Wellington can be made up to 24 hours ahead of time, as that’s how long they can sustain their quality and freshness.
I suggest that you make the dish. Wrap the whole recipe with plastic wrap or place it in an airtight container then store them in the fridge or freezer until you’re ready to bake it.
How to keep Beef Wellington from getting soggy
The best way to avoid soggy Beef Wellington is to make sure that your Beef is layered with prosciutto, crepe, or a sheet of filo dough. These ingredients will create a moisture barrier which eventually stops the juices of fatty ingredients such as foie gras and mushroom mixture from reaching the puff pastry.
Moreover, you must not thaw your stored Beef Wellington as this can also cause a soggy mess to your food.
The bottom line
Warming up leftover Beef Wellington is tricky as it tends to become soggy or dry if you don’t follow the right steps in warming the food.
I’ve tried a couple of these ways to reheat Beef Wellington (traditional oven is my preference), so the food tastes like it’s fresh when I can be patient.
And whichever method you choose to use, it depends on your personal preference and how long you can stand it before you dig in to your leftovers.
What else is on your decadent table? Lobster, perhaps? Or it’s a busy weeknight and you just want to warm up that rotisserie chicken.
Which reheating technique do you prefer to use? Tell us in the comments!
- Oven-safe dish
- Parchment paper
- Stored Beef Wellington
- Vegetable oil
- Line an oven-safe dish with parchment paper.
- Brush the parchment paper with a splash of vegetable oil.
- Unwrap your stored Beef Wellington slices and place them cut-side down on the oven-safe dish.
- Slide it into the oven.