Porterhouse vs. T-Bone Steak

If you are a meat lover, you probably know that Porterhouse and T-bone steaks are some of the most popular. However, the fact that they both have the signature “T” shaped bone doesn’t mean they are the same.

All Porterhouses are T-bones, but not all T-bone steaks are Porterhouses, which is confusing. The most important difference between T-bone and Porterhouse Steak is the size of the tenderloin side. T-bone steak has a significantly smaller portion of tenderloin filet. Porterhouse is just a bigger version of the T-Bone steak because of the filet size. 

Another difference is the thickness of the steaks; according to the USDA, the Porterhouse must be at least 1.25 inches thick, while the T-bone must be only 0.5 inches thick.

Do Porterhouse and T-Bone Steaks Have Different Flavors?

No, Porterhouse and T-bone have the same taste and texture. As we mentioned early on, these cuts come from the same area on the cow. The slight difference may only be due to the thickness of the steaks, which can affect the steak’s juiciness depending on the cooking method used.

The Difference in Appearance & Meat Serving Size

At first glance, the Porterhouse and T-bone steaks look the same. If you don’t pay close attention when eating one in a restaurant or at home, you probably won’t notice a significant difference in appearance. While both steaks may have a t-shaped bone, the Porterhouse differs by having a larger filet (tenderloin).

Porterhouse vs T-Bone Steak
on the left raw T-bone steak, on the right raw Porterhouse steak

If you order a Porterhouse steak in a restaurant, expect a big portion. Most steakhouses market the Porterhouse as a meal for two, so if you don’t think you can handle it alone, it might be better to share it. Depending on your preference, restaurants serve the Porterhouse steak sliced and whole. Worth considering, in this case, is T-Bone steak, which is thinner in size, making it a better option for an individual portion.

One Porterhouse can weigh 1.5-2 pounds, so make sure you have a big appetite before ordering this cut. On the other hand, T-Bone Steak can weigh 1-1.5 pounds.

Porterhouse vs. T-Bone Steak: Calories

Portion: 3 oz. (85 g)Calories
Porterhouse Steak (Cooked)235
T-Bone Steak (Cooked)210
T-bone Source: USDA & Porterhouse source: USDA

Porterhouse vs. T-Bone Steak: Price Difference

In most cases, Porterhouse steaks have a higher price than T-bone steaks; however, in some butcher stores, there is almost no difference in price. The cost difference depends on various factors, including weight, quality, and the butcher shop or restaurant you are buying from.

Porterhouse vs. T-Bone Steak: Cooking

In terms of preparation and cooking time, the Porterhouse steak requires more time than T-bone (due to the thickness of the steaks), depending on how you want it done. No matter the method, ensure not to cook the steak beyond medium doneness if you want to keep the tenderness and flavorful juice.

The best methods for cooking Porterhouse or T-bone steak are pan-searing + oven, sous-vide + pan-searing, broiling, and grilling.

Summary

The most important question is, which cut to choose? The answer depends on your individual preferences. In terms of taste alone, there is no difference. The only significant difference for many may be the ratio of the new york strip to tenderloin. If you like tenderloin filet or have a big appetite, choose Porterhouse. If you prefer a New York strip and a smaller portion of steak, choose T-Bone. 

If the price is a deciding factor, you can try the T-bone first. Regardless of what you want to try, one thing is for sure – you will enjoy your meal.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is The Biggest Difference Between T-Bone and Porterhouse Steak?

While they both come from the same part of a cow, there are significant differences in size. The tenderloin filet size is larger in Porterhouse than in T-bone. Also, Porterhouse has a minimum thickness of 1.25 inches; anything below that is T-bone steak.

What is More Expensive: T-Bone or Porterhouse?

If we compare prices per pound, in most cases, slightly more expensive than T-bone is Porterhouse. The higher price may be because Porterhouse has a larger filet.

Which is Better: T-Bone or Porterhouse?

Both cuts are great, and there is no difference in taste. The choice between the two depends mainly on whether you prefer more filet or new york strip. An additional selection factor may be the size of the steak itself. The Porterhouse is much larger than T-Bone.

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Written by: Adam Wojtow

Adam is the founder of Steak Revolution. He loves sharing his knowledge of steaks with everyone, ensuring you get the perfect steak every time.