How long can steak last in the fridge? (+3 Tips)

In this article, we will answer the question “How long can steak last in the fridge?”, and how to store steak?

How long can steak last in the fridge?

Depending on how you store it, raw steak can last anywhere from 2 days to 2 weeks in your refrigerator. You can read more about this approach here

If you compare the processing of your steak, like how long was it exposed to oxygen, or how long has it been sitting there at the butcher’s shop, then you can truly tell how long will your steak be able to last in the fridge. 

The freshly cut beef steak will have a purple-red color, and the one exposed to oxygen for some time will have a bright red color. 

So if you bought meat that was already red in color, you might just be missing out on a day or two when you put it in the refrigerator. Proper storage methods must also be kept in mind which will be discussed in the later section of this blog.

How to store steak properly?

To ensure proper storage, first, you need to decide whether you want to store your steak for long-term storage or for short-term storage. If you want to go with long-term storage, it is best to store your steak in the freezer. However, if you want to consume your freshly bought steak in a day or two, then you should go with storing it in the refrigerator. 

If you have an option, always go with vacuum sealing of your steaks. This method will eliminate the oxygen and your steak will have a purple color when it is packed. You can then store this steak in the refrigerator without removing the vacuum sealant material. In this way, your steak will last even longer in the fridge.

How to thaw frozen steak?

Thawing a frozen steak is just like you would thaw any other meat product. You should never leave them on the kitchen shelf overnight to get your desired results because then your meat will be susceptible to contamination. Simply place your meat in a dish containing cold water and wait for it to thaw. Do not remove the plastic wrapping from the meat as it will get contaminated otherwise. 

You can also directly cook your meat from frozen. Many recipes are available and you can just choose the one that you like.

Other FAQs about Steak which you may be interested in.

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How to tell if your steak has gone bad?

You can tell if your steak has gone bad by taking into consideration these 3 indicators. Let us go through them one by one.

  1. Use by date: You can tell if your steak has gone bad if you are opening or consuming it after its use-by date. Unlike the sell-by date on the steak which is intended for the seller, the use by date is actually intended for the consumer. 

The steak still remains safe to consume after the sell-by date, but it is generally never recommended to consume a steak that has passed its use-by date. 

This is because there are greater chances of contamination and your stake might be already spoiled. 

So if you have a steak stored in the refrigerator and you notice that the use-by date has passed, it is best to throw it away rather than risk your health. Consuming such a steak could cause severe poisoning. 

  1. The steak is slimy: If you have a steak sitting in the refrigerator and you take it out and notice that the steak is shinier than usual, it is a definite sign that your steak has gone bad. 

This is because bad meat develops a slimy layer on top that appears shiny. You can also run your finger down on the steak to check this.

 If you see that the steak is sticky and slimy, it means that mold has started to grow in your steak. Therefore, you can not consume a steak that has been infected with mold. 

  1. Smell: Raw steak doesn’t necessarily have a very pleasant smell, but you will still be able to distinguish between the smell of fresh and spoiled steak with the help of your nose. 

Since not everyone has a very peculiar sense of smell when it comes to raw meat, you can also tell if your steak is spoiled by combining these factors. A dry, juice-less steak is also an indicator that your steak has gone bad.


In this article, we will answer the question “How long can steak last in the fridge?”, and how to store steak?


Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.