There are many cuts of meat to choose from when considering what to have for dinner. Steak is an amazingly delicious choice, but deciding what steak to cook is also a challenge. There are many steaks to choose from but the four most popular choices are Sirloin, Ribeye, T-bone, and Porterhouse. Each steak takes a different approach. This is because each steak has different fat content, different density, and different meat distribution. In this guide I am going to discuss how to cook a porterhouse steak on the stove.
Preparing your Porterhouse Steak
A porterhouse steak is a great cut of meat. I personally prefer it over a sirloin and ribeye. The porterhouse has two parts to it, the strip loin and the tenderloin. Some restaurants will rank the steaks according to the size of each loin, I do not htink it is that important as long as they are relatively equal. The steak is a great cut to start out with so there is not that much preperation needed. You can marinade it, but I think that will detract from the natural flavor of such an excellent cut. If you want to make your steak super tender, then you can soak it in some olive oil for a few hours. The olive oil will soften up the steak to the point that it will almost melt in your mouth. Salt and pepper are the easiest spices to use on a steak, they are simple and effective.
After you have prepared your porterhouse to your liking, it is time to cook it on the stove.
Warming up the skillet.
As with most steak cooking on stoves, you will need a skillet that is very hot. The thing about porterhouse steaks is that you do not want to cut it up. Cutting up a porterhouse can take away some of the flavor. I would recommend warming your oven also to 350 F just in case and I will explain later.
You want to cook the steak two minutes on each side. With such a high quality cut, I would be cautious about burning the steak. This is why I recommended heating up the oven. The oven will help finish cooking the steak without burning it. I am going to describe how to cook a porterhouse steak to medium.
You will do two minutes a side on a very hot skillet. This will sear the outsides but not burn them. You will then take the steak and palce it on a pan in the oven that has been heated to 350 F. In the oven you will leave it for around 5 minutes. This length of time will vary depending on the thickness of your steak.
Resting your steak.
It is important to rest your steak after cooking. This will allow the juices to settle and the steak to finish cooking. After the five minutes in the oven, take your steak out and wrap it in tin foil. Let the steak sit there and rest for five minutes. Your porterhouse steak should be medium prepared and ready to eat.