There’s nothing quite like a good steak umms sandwich for lunch. The savory, juicy meat, paired with the right toppings on some quality bread, is absolutely delicious. Plus, it’s a pretty hearty meal, so it’ll fill you up until dinner.
One common question about steak umms, though, is whether or not they can be microwaved. After all, eating cold steak umms would be pretty unappetizing and what if you don’t have an access to a stovetop?
In this article, we’ll answer the question of whether or not steak umms can be microwaved, as well as provide some tips on how to do so if you decide to go ahead with it.
Is Steak Umm Real Steak?
If you’ve ever wondered if Steak-umm is real steak, the answer is a resounding yes… sort of.
Steak-umm is made similarly to hamburgers, only the beef is more finely ground. It’s then formed into a large block, frozen, and sliced thin. While it may not be the most traditional steak, it is 100% beef.
So, Can You Microwave Steak Umms?
Yes, the official website claims that microwaving is an acceptable way to reheat steak umms.
However, it’s an entirely different story when you want to cook steak umms from scratch in the microwave. The reason has to do with the way microwaves work.
Microwaves work by heating up water molecules, which causes them to vibrate and create heat. However, this also means that microwaves can quickly dry out food, especially meats.
This problem is compounded when it comes to steak umms because they are thinly sliced. The thinness of the slices means that there is less surface area for the heat to evenly distribute.
This can result in some areas of the steak umms can be overcooked while others are undercooked.
And it doesn’t take long for this to happen. Just 30 seconds in the microwave can leave you with some seriously tough and rubbery steak umms.
So, while you can technically cook steak umms in the microwave, I do not recommend it. It’s just not worth the effort when it only takes 2 minutes to cook them on the stovetop.
That said, if you choose to microwave your steak umms, here’s how you can do it:
- Place the steak umms on a microwave-safe plate and arrange them in a single layer.
- Cover with a lid or damp paper towel.
- Cook on medium power for 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until heated through.
- Use a food thermometer to check the internal temperature of the meat to make sure it has reached 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
- If the steak umms are not cooked through, microwave in additional 30-second increments until done.
- Let the meat rest for 1-2 minutes before serving.
Is It Safe To Microwave Steak Umms?
Yes, but you need to make sure that it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees throughout otherwise you run the risk of food poisoning.
Even with just one small piece of meat that is undercooked, you can get seriously sick as the bacteria can multiply quickly.
To be sure that your steak umms are cooked properly, I recommend using a food thermometer to check the internal temperature after microwaving.
How To Reheat Steak Umms In The Microwave
Here are a few simple steps to reheat your steak umms in the microwave:
1. Place the steak umms on a microwave-safe plate
The first step is to place the steak umms on a microwave-safe plate. If you do not use a microwave-safe plate, there is a risk that the plate will break or that chemicals from the plate will leach into the food.
Upon placing the steak umms on the plate, make sure to arrange them in a single layer. This will help to ensure that they cook evenly and prevent them from sticking together.
2. Cover with a lid or damp paper towel
Let’s face it: no one likes a dry steak. But the process of microwaving can often lead to a less-than-satisfactory result in this department.
That’s why the second step in microwaving your steak umms is to cover it with a lid or damp paper towel. This helps to trap the moisture, resulting in a juicier, more flavorful steak.
3. Cook on medium power for 30 seconds to 1 minute
The next step is to cook on medium power for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Don’t use high power. If you cook them on high power, you’ll risk drying out the steak.
And as we established before, microwaves can quickly dry out meats. So, cooking it on medium power is the best way to ensure that your steak is cooked all the way through without becoming overcooked or dried out.
4. Use a food thermometer to check the internal temperature
Before you pull that juicy piece of meat out of the microwave, there’s one more important step to take.
Use a food thermometer, like the Instant Read Meat Thermometer for Grill and Cooking, to check the internal temperature of the steak to make sure it has reached 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
This will ensure that your steak is not only cooked through but also safe to eat.
5. If the steak umms are not cooked through, microwave in additional 30-second increments until done
If the steak umms are not cooked through, don’t worry! Just pop them back in the microwave for additional 30-second increments until they’re done.
6. Let the meat rest for 1-2 minutes before serving
The final step in microwaving steak umms is to let the meat rest for 1-2 minutes before serving. This allows the juices to redistribute, making the steak more tender and flavorful.
How Long Do Steam Umms Last In The Fridge Or Freezer?
If you have leftovers or if you want to meal prep for the week, you can store your steak umms in the fridge or freezer.
Just be sure to wrap them tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil to prevent freezer burn. When stored properly, steak umms will last in the fridge for 3-5 days or in the freezer for 2-3 months.
To reheat, simply thaw the meat overnight in the fridge and then reheat according to the instructions above. You can also reheat frozen steak umms directly from the freezer, but it will take longer to heat through.
So, there you have it! Everything that you need to know about microwaving steak umms. While microwaving is technically an acceptable way to reheat steak umms, I do not recommend it as it can quickly dry out the meat. It’s much better to cook them on the stovetop or in the oven.
On the other hand, reheating steak umms in the microwave is acceptable as long as you take the proper steps to ensure that the meat is cooked through.