This Is The Difference Between T-Bone And Porterhouse Steaks

These two steaks look the same but there is one big difference.

Does the thought of a steak dinner make you think you’re celebrating something big in your life? If it does, then you will want to know the different cuts of beef steaks on the market that you can order and buy. 

One of the most popular cuts of steak is the T-bone steak. It is a steak cut that has a t-shaped bone through the meat. There’s a similar steak cut that is commonly mistaken for the T-bone and it’s the porterhouse steak. It, too, has a T-shaped bone running through it. These two cuts look awful similar but there something different between the two steaks that can mean one is most affordable than the other.        

The t-bone steak has a smaller tenderloin portion than the porterhouse steak. Each has a strip steak attached on the other side of the bone.
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What’s the difference between a t-bone and a porterhouse steak?  

To understand why these two meat cuts are mistaken for the other, these two beef cuts are from the loin area on the back of the steer, specifically from the short loin area. The main difference occurs where the steaks are cut from. If you look at both steaks, you’ll see a cross-section of a T-shaped bone connecting two cuts of meat. The thicker and bigger cut of meat is actually the New York cut or the strip steak while the smaller cut of meat is part of the tenderloin or the filet mignon. You’ll notice the strip steak is similar in size but the size of beef tenderloin is different. The closer the steak is cut to the tenderloin, the bigger the portion you will get. If you cut the steak farther, you will get a portion that has a smaller tenderloin cut. 


Check the size of the tenderloin on the steak: a porterhouse has a larger tenderloin than a T-bone. That’s why the porterhouse steak is so commonly mistaken for the t-bone steak. 

Now that you know the difference between the two kinds of steak and why it’s different, you will also understand why the t-bone steak is the more affordable cut. The tenderloin is one of the most prized beef cuts. So, the bigger the tenderloin, the higher the price you will have to pay for your steak. 

This unique cut is why it’s hard to cook this steak at home. 

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How to Cook T-Bone and Porterhouse Steaks 

Because there are two meat cuts on this cut of steak, you will have to adjust your cooking time to accommodate one or the other. However, there is where it gets tricky. If you cook the strip steak to medium toward well done, you are in danger of overcooking the tenderloin. If you cook the tenderloin to medium or even rare, you are probably going to seriously undercook or just heat up the strip steak side.


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To get the best of both steaks, this two-steaks-in-one is best if the strip steak is cooked from rare until medium to prevent the tenderloin from being cooked beyond well done. 

Are you ready to challenge yourself and cook a t-bone steak at home? Here are recipes to try:

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1 Steak with Truffle Fries Recipe 

Sometimes, cooking the steak right is all you need. If you cook the steak right, all that is missing are the right accompaniments. Steak and fries are classic combos so if you’re looking for the most obvious pairing, this is it. 

To make it more irresistible, drizzle a drop or two of truffle oil with your freshly fried steak fries. You’ll add a decadent aroma and taste to what could have been an ordinary steak meal.   


2 Grilled Steak with Blue Cheese Sauce Recipe 

Steak is awesome when grilled. The smokiness of the charcoal delivers a taste that’s not easy to replicate on the stovetop. If you’re looking to make your steak fabulous in one step, grill your steak then serve it with an aromatic sauce. The blue cheese in the sauce will initially deceive your senses into thinking you’re eating something off. Power through it and you’ll be rewarded with a sinfully delicious steak meal to remember.

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3 Grilled Steak with Ponzu Recipe  

You can also try marinating the steak before grilling it. This steak is marinated in a citrus and soy sauce mix common in Japan. You can substitute the ponzu for calamansi or even lemons or limes as a quick and easy swap. The grill will not only help flavor the steak but the marination will improve its texture and complement the flavor, too. 

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4 Steak with Chimichurri Sauce Recipe

A chimichurri sauce is a South American sauce that’s fabulous when paired with fire-roasted meats. Mimic their favorite way of serving roasted meats with this easy chimichurri sauce to serve with your steak meal. It’s made with lots of fresh green herbs and garlic. 



Thinking about what to cook next? Join our Facebook group, Yummy Pinoy Cooking Club, to get more recipe ideas, share your own dishes, and find out what the rest of the community are making and eating!

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