T-Bone Vs Porterhouse Steak, What’s The Difference?

Largely an American cut, T-bone steaks come from the spinal area with less muscle usage. They combine the meaty flavor filled piece with the signature tender-filled piece of filet mignons.

Most T-bones are usually cut about one inch thick. However, you may find them up to one and a half inches in thickness. 

T-Bone Vs Porterhouse Steak, What’s The Difference?

T-bones are great cuts of meat for grilling. Lean, tenderloins cook faster than the fatty strip side of the steak. You should try to keep the lean side away from flames.

A T-bone delivers about 23 grams of protein per 3 ounce portion. It contains lots of vitamins including B12, and also provides good amounts of B6, riboflavin, and niacin.

It also contains iron, zinc, and Selenium. But since it is also high in cholesterol, it is better to eat in moderation.

A single T-bone steak serves up about 180 to 210 calories and 14 grams of fat.

Saturated fat accounts for about 33 percent of the total fat. The average T-bone steak weighs about 12 ounces.

What Is A Porterhouse Steak?

Porterhouse steaks must have a large portion of the tenderloin. A porterhouse steak must be cut from the area where the tenderloin meets the loin.

The porterhouse steak must include a minimum of 1 inch of the tenderloin portion. A Porterhouse steak is a large, well-marbled steak made by combining the short loin and sirloin.

It weighs about 3 lbs. and is usually served as a single portion. This steak is very popular among people who love eating big meals.

Major Differences Between T-bone And Porterhouse Steak

A porterhouse steak is generally larger than a T-bone steak. Porterhouse steaks contain more meat than T-bones. T-bone steaks are smaller than porterhouse steaks.

Porterhouse steaks require more cooking time than T-bone steaks too. You can cook them on a grill, but you can also get better results by using a hot smoking cast iron pan on your stove top.

Start cooking them hot and fast so that they’ll have a nice sear. 

One thing these cuts have in common is that they are both steaks. As you probably know, a steak is a type of meat that comes from an animal’s rib or loin section.

So, the main differences between the two? T-bones are made up of two pieces of meat, while a porterhouse steak includes a strip steak.

T-bone steakhouses are usually thicker than porterhouse steakhouses.

Which Type Of Steak Is Better?

Porterhouse steaks are more expensive than T-bones. A porterhouse steak serves two people while a T-bone serves one person.

A porterhouse is typically cooked longer than a T-bone steak as well. 

Cooking methods determine how the meat is prepared and served. Porterhouse steak is a cut of meat from the cow’s hind leg while a porterhouse steak has more filet than a T-bone steak.

Porterhouse steak is better suited for those who want larger portions.

The thickness of the meat  isn’t always an accurate measurement, though. This is because there are many sizes of steak. 

Nutrition: T-Bone Steak Vs Porterhouse

T-Bone Vs Porterhouse Steak, What’s The Difference?

Porterhouse is basically the same thing as a T-bone. Both contain two different cuts of beef. But T-bones are usually cheaper than Porterhouses.

Porterhouse contains more fat than T-bone. Porterhouse is higher in calories than T-bone. However, T-bone is lower in cholesterol than Porterhouse.

How To Grill A Porterhouse Or T-Bone Steak

Preheat your grill. Let your steaks adjust to room temperature. Salt and pepper your steaks. Grill your steaks for around four minutes on each side, until cooked medium rare.

Turn them slightly every two minutes or so. Rest your steaks for five minutes after removing them from the grill. Enjoy!

How To Cook A Porterhouse Or T-Bone Steak On A Cast Iron Skillet

Steak is an expensive meat, but it tastes great when cooked properly. Let the steak sit for around thirty minutes to reach room temperature.

Then, add your seasonings to it. Place your cast iron skillet onto high heat and let it warm up before adding oil.

Thinly coat the pan with oil, then place your steak directly on the pan and do not move it. Let it cook for around three minutes to form a nice brown sear on the surface.

Transfer the steak to a plate and cut into even pieces. Top with butter and broiled until it is to your preferred doneness (around 135 degrees for medium rare). 

Final Thoughts

After reading this article you should now know the differences between a T-Bone and Porterhouse Steak. Pick one depending on your needs and most importantly, enjoy the steak!

John Rinder
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