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Types of Steak

Beef Tenderloin
Beef Tenderloin

Beef tenderloin is cut from the loin of a cow. It comes from the short loin, or the psoas major of the beef carcass. Because the muscle is not weight-bearing, it contains less connective tissue, which makes it tender.

Filet Mignon
Filet Mignon

A classic filet mignon measures just 1-inch in diameter because it's typically cut from the smallest end of the tenderloin. Although, in most markets and restaurants steaks cut from the tenderloin that measure 1- to 2-inches thick and 2- to 3-inches in diameter still bear the name filet mignon.

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Rib eye Steak
Rib eye Steak

A rib steak, ribeye steak and a prime rib roast are essentially the same cut of beef. A multiple “prime rib roast” is slow-roasted in the oven. When individually sliced between the ribs, it becomes a steak that is best when grilled or broiled.

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Sirloin Steak
Sirloin Steak

A "sirloin steak" can mean any of eleven different steaks. One of these is the very best and most expensive steak. The other ten are not nearly as good and should be much less expensive.

Strip Steak
Strip Steak

Strip Steaks Are Easy to Cook. Strip steaks are easy to cook on the grill, under the broiler, or on a cast-iron skillet. By comparison, consider porterhouse steaks, which are made up of a strip steak and a tenderloin steak, each with its own cooking time. That makes cooking a porterhouse to a uniform degree of doneness nearly impossible.

T-Bone Steak
T-Bone Steak

Raw T-bone steak showing moderate marbling and the smaller tenderloin (or fillet) and larger strip steak portions The T-bone and porterhouse are steaks of beef cut from the short loin (called the sirloin in Commonwealth countries and Ireland).

Top Sirloin
Top Sirloin

Top sirloin is a cut of meat from the primal loin, subprimal sirloin, of a beef carcass. Top sirloin steaks differ from sirloin steaks in that the bone and the tenderloin and bottom round muscles have been removed; the remaining major muscles are the gluteus medius and biceps femoris (top sirloin cap steak).