Last Updated: December 22, 2022

How to Reheat a Pot Roast: Top 4 Convenient Methods

How to Reheat a Pot Roast

Pot roast is a hearty meal for any time of the week. It is a slow-cooked beef dish with veggies, broth, spices, and sauce. Who doesn’t enjoy such a meal? It’s great for family dinners. Moreover, if you’ve leftover pot roast, you can just have it the next day.

Pot roast meat should be tender and juicy, but it can get dry or overcooked when reheated. We faced this problem a lot. 

That’s why we have come up with four methods on how to reheat a pot roast if you want your pot roast to taste as good as the first time.

Can You Reheat Meat Twice?

According to the Food Standards Agency, you can reheat meat twice, but under some conditions, you must first cook it properly, store it correctly, and reheat it until the meat is steaming hot.

All these conditions are so that you don’t get sick from eating foul meat. Moreover, these conditions help you avoid bacterial growth. So, your cooked meat must be at an optimal storing temperature and properly reheated before consumption.

How to Reheat Pot Roast Without Drying It Out

The main concern when reheating a pot roast is losing all the moisture, juiciness, and tenderness of the meat. Many people make the mistake of improperly reheating the dish, leading to chewy and tough meats and soggy vegetables.

But you can easily avoid these mishaps with a bit of help from our reheating instructions. We have explained four reheating processes that will give you a perfect pot roast every time. Just follow the instructions carefully and get the best results.

1. How to reheat pot roast in the oven

The oven is a trusty companion for reheating and cooking your delicious meals. But, sometimes it is not the best way to reheat food. This includes reheating pot roast in the oven. 

The oven can make the meat dry and chewy by heating up all the moisture. It will also take time to heat up the pot roast evenly. But you can easily avoid these reheating mishaps by following our simple steps.

Reheat the pot roast in the oven by following these steps:

Step 1: Thaw your frozen pot roast to room temperature beforehand. It will help to warm up thoroughly.

Step 2: Preheat the oven for 10 minutes at 340-360 degrees Fahrenheit. The low temperature helps cook the meat without drying it.

Step 3: Use an oven-safe dish and put the pot roast in it. At this point, you can add fresh veggies, beef broth, or red wine. It will make the pot roast tastier.

Step 4: Wrap the dish with aluminum foil to retain moisture and put it in the oven.

Step 5: Reheat the pot roast for 35 to 45 minutes.

Step 6: Take it out and enjoy it with your family.

2. How to heat up pot roast in an instant pot

Many people think instant pots won’t work for reheating already-cooked meat. But we thought of trying it out ourselves and got excellent results, actually. The instant pot was quick, reheated the meat without losing moisture, and we were also able to keep it warm for a long time by using the “Keep Warm” mode.

Moreover, the instant pot can hold a large piece of tender meat, and you don’t need to cut it into small chunks to reheat it thoroughly. So, we think the best way to reheat a pot roast is using an instant pot. If you don’t believe us, just try it yourselves!

Step 1: Put your meat in the instant pot and select “Sauté” mode.

Step 2: Let the meat brown on both sides for 2 or 3 minutes.

Step 3: Add the vegetables and leftover beef broth with a dash of red wine.

Step 4: Now, use the “Manual” key to make the pressure high. Set it for 15 to 20 minutes.

Step 5: Once the pressure naturally releases after the allotted time, uncover the instant pot and stir it.

Step 6: Now, you can keep your pot roast warm in the instant pot with the “Keep Warm” mode or serve immediately.

3. How to warm up pot roast on the stovetop

After the instant pot method, the stovetop method is the one you can trust. You will have a lot of dishes to wash after this, but we think it will be worth it.

The stovetop reheating process will warm your meat thoroughly, keeping it juicy and tender. Moreover, it will take so much less time than the other methods, well, of course, except the microwave method. But it will maintain the original flavor and consistency.

Here are the steps for reheating pot roast on a stovetop:

Step 1: Separate the vegetables from the meat because it needs to be reheated separately.

Step 2: Prepare a new batch of beef broth and pour it into a deep pan.

Step 3: Put the beef in it on low or medium heat to let it simmer perfectly for 10 to 15 minutes.

Step 4: Once the broth has almost been absorbed, add the vegetables you separated.

Step 5: Let the whole meal simmer for an additional 5 minutes.

Step 6: Now, enjoy your delicious pot roast.

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4. How to reheat roast beef (pot roast) in the microwave

A microwave is not your first choice for reheating. It isn’t for us either! But microwaves are actually helpful for reheating food when you are in a hurry. Our steps will help you reheat your pot roast perfectly without compromising the flavors.

Step 1: Unfortunately, you can’t reheat whole meat in the microwave. So, cut the beef into small pieces.

Step 2: Get a microwave-safe bowl or dish and put the meat in it.

Step 3: Add some beef broth or red wine or a little bit of both to the meat.

Step 4: Use plastic wrap to cover the bowl and poke some holes into it to let the moisture escape.

Step 5: Reheat the meat to 50% power for a minute. If you want, you can turn the power to full or 100% for the last 20 to 25 seconds.

Step 6: Take the dish out carefully because it will be super hot. Then, enjoy it!

What to Do with Leftover Pot Roast?

You have reheated your pot roast and enjoyed a big dinner with your family again, but now, you still have some left. You don’t want to reheat it again. So, what can you do? 

Pot roast is such a heavy meal that we always have more leftovers, even after reheating. So, we have come up with a great solution. Make it into another dish!

We have two amazing dishes you need to try with your leftover roast. You can enjoy it yourself or make it into a snack for your family. 

1. Leftover pot roast sandwich

closeup view of a Leftover pot roast sandwich on a wooden board
Image credit: Brent Hofacker, Shutterstock

What’s easier than making a meat dish into a sandwich? It already has all the ingredients for a sandwich, like the meat and the vegetables. You can easily make leftover pot sandwiches by shredding the meat and adding sauces, cheese, and vegetables on a bun. It tastes delicious!

2. Spicy pot roast nachos

Nachos are the best snacks with some yummy guacamole. If you love them just as much as we do, you should definitely try these spicy pot roast nachos. The mix of tender beef and spicy jalapenos is the perfect combination. You can serve it on a game night or a movie night.

How to Reheat a Roast Dinner in the Oven?

Anyone can make a roast dinner with any meat, but it is usually made with chicken. It is pretty different from a pot roast because it only requires tender beef.

Here are the steps for the often-asked roast dinner reheating process. 

Step 1: Preheat the oven for 10 minutes at 250 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2: Line an oven-safe dish with a baking sheet and place the roast on it.

Step 3: Do not cover the dish with anything. Place the dish in the middle rack of the oven.

Step 4: Let it reheat for about an hour, depending on the size.

Step 5: Then, take it out and butter a pan to sear the sides of the roast until it turns brown. Don’t sear the cut ends.

Step 6: Now pour some gravy or enjoy the roast with some veggies.

How to Heat Up Pot Roast Costco?

Costco makes beef pot roast! Wow! But, it is not a cooked meal when you get it. You need to heat it up properly before you can enjoy it. So, many people have asked us how to properly reheat Costco beef pot roast properly.

Well, you can quickly heat it in the microwave. Just put it on a microwave-safe plate and microwave it at high temperature for 8 to 10 minutes. If you want, you can also punch a few holes in it.

The Bottom Line

Pot roast is a great leftover food because it is reheatable. It is also great for sandwiches, nachos, spaghetti, or other dishes. However, the reheating methods matter the most because the tenderness of the meat depends on it.

Now that you know our magical (efficient) reheating methods, we hope you will never have any problem reheating your pot roast. If one way doesn’t work out, try another. Choose the most convenient method for you. We hope you enjoy your day ahead with a delicious pot roast!

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