What is the Difference Between Porterhouse & T-Bone Steaks?

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The Porterhouse and T-bone cuts of steak look similar to each other and come from the short loin of a cow, but contain different parts of the loin.

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Tenderloin

Although both steaks come from the same back muscle, between rib and sirloin, the Porterhouse contains more tenderloin, the most tender part of the loin, than the T-bone.

Location of Steak

The T-bone comes from the center of the short loin. The Porterhouse comes from one end of the short loin, which is larger.

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Value

If these two steaks have the same price, you get a better value from the Porterhouse because it has more tender meat.

Appearance

The Porterhouse looks thicker. Porterhouses come from a tenderloin at least 1-1/4 inches across, while a T-bone can come from a tenderloin 1/2 inch across.

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Cooking

You can cook both steaks similarly, by grilling, broiling, pan-frying or sauteeing.

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