The Porterhouse Experience: A Carnivore’s Delight

Chris Martin
6 min readJun 6, 2023

Intro

Welcome, dear reader, to the journey of the porterhouse, a choice cut of beef that reigns supreme in the steak world.

Picture yourself savoring a beautifully cooked porterhouse steak, juice dripping down your chin, the meat’s tenderness making your taste buds sing a harmony that fills your soul with joy.

Who Am I?

I’m Commis Chef Chris, an 18-year veteran in the culinary world with a specialization as a personal chef for the past six years.

I’ve had the pleasure of creating dishes for a diverse array of individuals, from families with a full house to NFL stars and even local firefighters.

My culinary canvas stretches from the bustling homes of busy families to the luxurious dining rooms of Minnesota’s elite.

Fun Fact:

Did you know the porterhouse is two steaks in one? It boasts both the tenderloin and the top loin (or New York Strip), separated by a T-shaped bone, offering two unique taste experiences in one hearty meal.

Understanding The Porterhouse:

Hailing from regions across the United States, Argentina, Australia, and parts of Europe, the porterhouse steak is revered and relished by carnivores worldwide.

Here's a brief breakdown of the most sought-after varieties:

1. USDA Prime: This top-grade steak is known for its abundant marbling, delivering intense flavor and tenderness. It’s typically found at high-end restaurants and select butcher shops.
2. USDA Choice: A step below Prime, Choice grade has less marbling but still offers a great taste and good tenderness.

3. USDA Select: This grade has even less marbling, making it a leaner choice. It might lack some of the juiciness of higher grades but is still a tasty option.

4. Grass-fed: Known for its lean profile and distinct flavor, grass-fed beef offers a different experience from grain-finished varieties.

5. Wagyu: An ultra-premium choice, Wagyu Porterhouse delivers unrivaled marbling and a melt-in-your-mouth experience, but it also comes with a premium price tag.

Before we dive into the delicious details of preparing a porterhouse steak, remember to check the hyperlinks scattered throughout this post to glean further culinary knowledge and perfect pairings.

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Preparing Your Porterhouse:

Porterhouse steak pairs well with robust, hearty accompaniments like mashed potatoes, sautéed mushrooms, and roasted Brussels sprouts. As far as seasonings go, this steak is versatile. Garlic, rosemary, and a good old-fashioned salt-and-pepper rub often work wonders.

To prep your porterhouse, start by patting it dry with a paper towel to remove excess moisture. This allows for a perfect sear, sealing in those precious juices and flavors.

Here are three popular methods of preparing porterhouse:

1. Grilled: High heat, a couple of minutes on each side, and you’ve got a perfectly cooked steak with an irresistible char.
2. Pan-seared: Achieve a mouth-watering crust and juicy interior with the pan-searing method. Don’t forget to baste with butter and herbs for additional flavor!
3. Reverse-seared: Starting in the oven at a low temperature and finishing with a quick sear guarantees a tender, evenly cooked steak.

A Recipe to Remember: Grilled Porterhouse with Garlic-Herb Butter

Nothing screams "gourmet" like a perfectly grilled porterhouse finished with a slathering of garlic-herb butter. This method highlights the steak's inherent flavors and the butter adds a luxurious finish that'll make you feel like you're dining in a high-end steakhouse.

Ingredients:

- 1 porterhouse steak, about 2 inches thick
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped
- 2 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped

Instructions:

1. Preheat your grill to high heat.
2. Pat the steak dry and rub it with olive oil. Season generously with salt and pepper.
3. In a bowl, mix the softened butter, garlic, rosemary, and thyme.
4. Grill the steak for about 4-5 minutes on each side for medium-rare. Adjust the time according to your preferred level of doneness.
5. Remove the steak from the grill and immediately top it with a generous dollop of garlic-herb butter.
6. Let it rest for 10 minutes before serving. This lets the juices redistribute throughout the steak, ensuring every bite is juicy and flavorful.

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Thank You:

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Whether you’ve been a part of my journey for the past 18 years or you’re just joining in, your appreciation is deeply valued. Remember, each click on a hyperlink provides more culinary knowledge, so don’t miss out!

Final Question:

So, what’s your favorite way to cook a porterhouse steak? Do you stick to traditional grilling, or do you have a secret method you’d like to share?

Let’s get the conversation going in the comments below!

FAQs:

1. What’s the difference between a porterhouse and a T-bone steak?
The porterhouse is a larger version of the T-bone because it includes a larger portion of the tenderloin.

2. How do I choose a good porterhouse steak?
Look for a steak with good marbling and a bright red color. The bone should be a healthy-looking, creamy white.

3. Why is it called a porterhouse steak?
The name "porterhouse" has origins in the 19th-century pubs and inns that served porter beer. These establishments often served large T-bone steaks and they became known as porterhouse steaks.

4. How long should I grill my porterhouse steak?
For medium-rare, grill the steak for about 4-5 minutes on each side. Adjust the time according to your preferred level of doneness.

5. How do I know when my steak is done?
The best way to determine doneness is by using a meat thermometer. For medium-rare, aim for an internal temperature of 130-135°F.

6. How long should I rest my steak?
It’s best to rest your steak for about 10 minutes. This allows the juices to redistribute, ensuring every bite is juicy and flavorful.

7. Can I cook a porterhouse steak on the stovetop?
Yes, you can! Just be sure to use a heavy-duty skillet and be mindful of the splattering.

8. Can I freeze porterhouse steak?
Absolutely! Just make sure it’s properly wrapped or vacuum-sealed to prevent freezer burn.

9. What are the best side dishes for porterhouse steak?
Traditional sides include mashed potatoes, creamed spinach, or grilled vegetables. However, you can get creative and pair it with your favorites.

10. Why is porterhouse steak so expensive?
The porterhouse includes both the tenderloin and strip steak, two of the most prized cuts of beef. Its size and the fact that it includes two top-quality cuts contribute to its higher price.
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Remember, for those interested in exploring more about the culinary arts or for anyone in need of private chef services, feel free to visit my website to learn more and book a personal consultation.

In the spirit of culinary exploration and the joy of a beautifully cooked steak, Bon Appétit!

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Chris Martin

A Chef of 18 years using his knowledge and expertise to connect Chefs & foodies to create a great experience by making ordering a Chef as easy as a pizza.