Porterhouse Steak

Porterhouse Steak Recipe Image © Thomas Sixt

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You can find my porterhouse steak recipe in this article.

The fine beef steak has a high proportion of back meat and fillet.

You can prepare the steak in the pan in combination with the oven or on the grill.

Follow the simple step-by-step instructions and enjoy pure meat.

I wish you good luck!

1. Recipe Porterhouse Steak

Get the steak close to the expiration date and feel free to let it mature a day or two past the expiration date.

The fillet of beef is usually always soft and only needs a very short maturing time.

The saddle of beef can be left to mature for a few days and is then just as soft as butter.

The preparation on the gas grill, the charcoal grill or in the pan and oven is child’s play for you after reading.

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Porterhouse Steak

Prepared, refined, photographed and written down by chef Thomas Sixt.

Servings 4
Calories 691
Total Time 60 Min.
Preparation Time 30 Min.
Cook Time 30 Min.

How to prepare easy porterhouse steak instructions.

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Porterhouse Steak Recipe Image © Thomas Sixt
Porterhouse Steak Recipe Image Chef © Thomas Sixt


1000 g porterhouse steak
primal salt
black ground pepper
einige Zweige fresh rosemary


Porterhouse steak matured unpacked
Porterhouse steak matured unpacked

Prepare meat

Prepare the side dishes and have them ready for later heating in the oven.

Unwrap the steak, wash under cold, running water and place dry on the cutting board.

Check the side tendons of the meat, you should cut them every 1.5 cm.

Often the tendons have already been trimmed and cut. Then you don’t have to pay any more attention to the tendons.

If the tendons remain whole, the meat will pull together when grilling and roasting and the steak would bulge.

Porterhouse steak seasoned with salt on one side
Porterhouse steak seasoned with salt on one side

Season meat

Season the steak with salt on one side just before placing it on the grill.

Porterhouse steak on the grill, photographed from the side with smoke.
Porterhouse steak on the grill, photographed from the side with smoke.

Put meat on

Place the steak, seasoned side down, on the hot grill grate.

Season the meat from above with salt as well.

Porterhouse steak photographed from above on the grill
Porterhouse steak photographed from above on the grill

Grill meat

Grill the steak briefly at high temperature with the lid on.

Porterhouse steak grilled and turned on the grill
Porterhouse steak grilled and turned on the grill

Turn meat

Turn the steak after 5-7 minutes.

Now think about the side dishes and heat them up in the oven, for example.

Porterhouse steak on the Char-Broil® gas grill
Porterhouse steak on the Char-Broil® gas grill

Cook meat

You can now apply a grill pattern to the meat by cleverly turning it over.

Always cook the steak with the lid on for a few minutes after turning.

Season porterhouse steak with pepper
Season porterhouse steak with pepper

Pepper 1

Season the steak with pepper.

Porterhouse Steak Gas Grill in the Smoke
Porterhouse Steak Gas Grill in the Smoke

Pepper 2

Season the second side of the steak with pepper as well.

Porterhouse steak with rosemary on the Char-Broil® gas grill
Porterhouse steak with rosemary on the Char-Broil® gas grill

Add rosemary

Finally, add the rosemary and finish cooking the steak as desired.

The steak degree of doneness:

Rare: 44-47°C
Medium rare: 48-54 °C
Medium: 56-59°C
Medium well: 60-62°C
Well done: 62-64°C

Use a digital thermometer.

Porterhouse Steak Recipe Image © Thomas Sixt
Porterhouse Steak Recipe Image Chef © Thomas Sixt


Arrange the steak on a large plate.

Porterhouse steak with fried potatoes
Porterhouse steak with fried potatoes

Side dishes

Serve the side dishes with the steak.

I made fried potatoes with mushrooms .

Carve and serve the steak.

Bon appetit!


2. Calories And Nutritional Values

The calculated porterhouse steak calories for two servings can be found in the table below:

3. Porterhouse Steak Preparation

First of all, I would like to quickly bring you closer to the great secret of steak preparation.

You need a high temperature to roast or grill steak.

Pan or grill doesn’t matter, I’ll go into more detail about the individual methods of preparation in the further course of the article.

But first, let’s clear up a misunderstanding.

It’s about seasoning before or after grilling.

Self-proclaimed experts keep spreading the fairy tale of…

Season the steak after grilling.

Believe me, I learned how to grill and roast steaks in German as well as in French top and star gastronomy.

The steaks were always seasoned with salt and pepper just before roasting or grilling.

That’s how I learned it, that’s how I still do it.

We can discuss burnt pepper, I think the taste is just right.

You can add pepper later, but please be sure to add salt to the meat shortly before roasting or grilling.

Please wash the meat beforehand under cold water, dry it, then season it, then roast or grill it.

Porterhouse steak matured unpacked
Porterhouse steak matured unpacked
Porterhouse steak seasoned with salt on one side
Porterhouse steak seasoned with salt on one side

4. Grill the Porterhouse Steak

Grilling steaks is one of my favorite ways of cooking.

This has various advantages.

Steaks are one of the pieces of meat that you have to fry briefly.

Short and at a high temperature is the right way of preparation.

The gas grill or the charcoal grill reach temperatures of 300 °C.

With this you conjure up an irresistible taste on the beef.

Of course, the grilled meat remains particularly juicy when grilled.

You should cook large cuts of meat, such as the porterhouse steak, with a lid to generate even higher temperatures.

I used my Char-Broil® All-Star.

I can operate the practical grill with charcoal and with gas.

Practical: The charcoal can be fired up with the gas grill and dangerous ignitions are no longer necessary.

Gas grill with charcoal Char broil all star
Char Broil® Charcoal Gas Grill – All Star in action
Porterhouse steak on the Char-Broil® gas grill
Porterhouse steak on the Char-Broil® gas grill

5. Porterhouse Steak Preparation Pan

Let’s look at the topic, frying in a pan.

You will already find all the instructions for the Rib Eye Steak, but I would like to inform you about the recipe here.

Please do not use a non-stick pan to fry the steak.

As a rule, these pans do not get hot enough either on the induction cooker or on the domestic gas stove.

At the same time, the heat storage in cast aluminum or thin aluminum pans is not high enough.

You could fry a thin, small steak in such a pan if necessary.

A very large steak will lower the temperature too much when placed in the pan and the meat will start to cook.

Here is an overview of the suitable pans:

Copper pan stainless steel
Copper pan outside copper, inside stainless steel

copper pan:

The first choice for me is the copper pan from Falk Culinair.

You can order the high-quality frying pan directly online.

Copper is the best conductor of heat and nothing can beat it.

The outside of the pan is made of 2.3mm copper, the inside of the pan is made of 0.2mm stainless steel.

This pan offers ingenious frying properties that cooking professionals appreciate.

Meat, fish, fried potatoes and pancakes can be prepared without any problems.

You only spend money on this pan once in your life, after that the joy in your kitchen follows.

iron pan
iron pan

iron pan:

Traditional iron pans are available from German and French manufacturers.

Iron pans must be seasoned before use.

After the food has been prepared, the pan must be dried and oiled back in the cupboard so that it does not rust.

You can burn out a rusted iron pan with salt, then with oil and then use it again.

The disadvantage of the pan:

The non-stick property fluctuates and the pan will rust if used improperly.

If the oiled pan is left in the cupboard for too long, the oil will go rancid.

A cast iron skillet would be another option for you, this heats up hot and won’t damage with good heat retention.

For cast iron pans, non-enamelled ones are better for very high temperatures.

These cooking appliances should only be returned to the kitchen cupboard dry and ideally oiled, as cast iron also rusts.

Fry steak in pan:

–> Preheat the oven to 220 °C.

–> Rinse the porterhouse steak under cold running water.

–> Dry the steak.

–> Heat up a suitable pan.

–> Season the meat on one side with salt and pepper.

–> put some sunflower oil or rapeseed oil in the pan.

–> Immediately after seasoning, place the meat in the pan with the seasoned side down.

–> Fry the steak, season the top, then turn and finish cooking in the oven.

I wish you good luck!

6. FAQ Porterhouse Steak

The most frequently asked questions about the large steak are summarized below:

Can you explain porterhouse steak vs t-bone?

You can easily distinguish between a porterhouse steak and a classic T-bone steak by looking at the size of the fillet portion.

If the fillet portion is higher than 3.2 cm, you are looking at a porterhouse steak.

If it’s about 1.2 inches, it’s a classic T-bone steak.

The characteristic T-bone is the secret behind the intense flavor and great juiciness of these two steaks

Can you explain what part of the beef the porterhouse steak is cut from?

Porterhouse steak refers to a piece of meat from the back of the beef and thus a special form of roast beef.

The porterhouse steak is taken from the back, which distinguishes it from the T-bone steak.

The T-bone steak is taken from the front back of the beef.

Characteristic for both steaks is the T-shaped bone, which separates the beef back meat and the beef fillet.

How heavy is a porterhouse steak?

Porterhouse steak weight can be 500 – 1,000 g. The large piece of meat is suitable for 2-4 people at a thickness of 4 – 6 cm.

Which porterhouse steak core temperature corresponds to which cooking level?

The steak core temperatures and meat cooking degrees are:

Rare: 44-47 °C
Medium rare: 48-54 °C
Medium: 56-59 °C
Medium well: 60-62 °C
Well done: 62-64°C

The tenderloin portion and the back portion cook slightly differently. Measure both pieces of meat separately with the digital meat thermometer.

What is a Porterhouse Steak Dry Aged

This is a perfectly matured beef steak with a short shelf life.

As a cooking professional I recommend you to cook the steak close to the best before date or even 1-2 days above.

As a culinary professional, what top-notch side dishes can you recommend to go with porterhouse steak.

As a filling side dish I can give you….

–> Baked potatoes


–> potato gratin


—> Fried potatoes.

The popular…

French fries are second choice among gourmets.

For vegetables, suitable are:

–> ratatouille,

–> bacon beans,

–> butter beans


–> cauliflower excellent.

Why do I need to pay attention to the side tendons on porterhouse steak?

The lateral tendons must be interrupted or incised. Tendons that are not cut in will bulge the meat during grilling and frying.

How do I cook a porterhouse steak low temperature?

Preheat the oven at 80-100°C top/bottom heat or hot air.

Prepare an oven rack as a middle rack in the oven.

Prepare the steak, season, sear on both sides in the pan and then place in the oven.

Cooking time is 1-2-3-4 hours, depending on the temperature selected and the degree of doneness desired.

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