Which steak to choose?
It is never too late to go deeper into understanding the different types of steaks, particularities of the cooking, and choosing the right steak for you.
Steak: it is common to think of a steak only as a filet mignon cut, but, in a larger sense, any meat or fish cut can be called a steak.
Filet mignon: a steak cut taken from the smaller end of the tenderloin, the most tender cut of beef, and therefore the most expensive one. Although, it is not as flavourful as some other cuts of beef, that is why lovers of more distinctly tasting steak tend to choose it less often. Regular serving size: about 200 g.
New York strip: a steak of a quite similar structure as a filet mignon cut, only with a slice of fat on its side and marbling, which melts as the steak is cooking, naturally tenderizing the meat and building in flavour. Although, it is not the most tender, but rich in taste cut for sure. The New York Strip is one of the most popular steaks, and true lovers usually have it medium-rare. Regular serving size: about 300 g.
Rib eye: unlike the loin, rib-eye steaks have a rich marbling of fat, which spreads smoothly giving flavour and succulence while grilling. Considered one of the tastiest and most elegantly flavoured of steaks, interesting, but still tender. We recommend enjoying them with a slight touch of sauce not to overwhelm the taste of the beef. Regular serving size: about 300-350 g.
When choosing the cut by yourself, take into account the colour of the fat – its tones signify the age of a bull, darker yellow means an older beef and that meat is harder.
Shoulder steak: a small shoulder cut, one of the most popular beef cuts for the lunch menu. It is very tender and richly flavoured, with a line of gristle. Regular serving size: about 180 g.
Chateaubriand: a large thick juicy tenderloin cut, big enough to share. Regular serving size: about 500 g.
T-bone: a crosscut T-bone steak contains a strip of the top loin and a chunk of tenderloin with both desired rich taste and tenderness. Regular serving size: about 1 kg.