What Is a Ranch Steak?

Ranch steaks are an affordable cut you can find in most grocery stores. This steak makes for a delicious meal with just some sea salt and pepper and can be used for a wide range of recipes. With its distinctive taste and versatile cooking methods, the ranch steak is a perfect main course for any night of the week.

What Is a Ranch Steak?

You may be asking yourself, what is a ranch steak, and how does it differ from any other piece of steak? For starters, the ranch steak is a lean cut of meat that comes from the shoulder area of the cow. It is typically ten ounces and one inch thick.

When considering this cut, it is important to remember not to cook it for too long, as ranch steaks can become tough if they are overcooked. Because of this, they will taste the best cooked medium-rare. A medium-rare temperature is when the steak has a warm, red center.

Ranch steaks are full of flavor with minimal effort. A mouthwatering meal can be achieved if the steak is seasoned with a generous amount of salt and pepper. They pair well with salads, stir fry, or are great on their own with a side of potatoes.

Other Names for Ranch Steak

There are many other names for ranch steak that you may not have heard before. If you go to the butcher or see any of these listed on a menu, they may have it listed as an arm steak, ranch cut, shoulder center steak, or a boneless chuck shoulder center cut steak.

With all these names, it can be overwhelming when trying to order. However, if you go to a butcher or a steakhouse, most people will know what you are looking for by simply asking for a ranch steak. No matter what you call it, this steaks cut offers a filling dinner option at a low cost.

Where This Cut Comes From:

The steak cut is important to know to determine how tender the meat is. The ranch steak comes from the chuck primal area of the cow, part of the shoulder area. There is usually extra fat found on the meat, but a butcher usually removes it before selling the steak. 

What Does Ranch Steak Taste Like?

Ranch steak has a very unique taste. Some people find the taste of a ranch steak similar to a sirloin steak.

Ranch steaks are full of rich beef notes and have a slightly earthy taste. If you are looking to add additional flavor, you can marinate the meat for a few hours.

Where to Buy Ranch Steak

You can purchase ranch steak from a local butcher or grocery store. Some restaurants may even feature it on their menu. Ranch steak is one of the more affordable and versatile steaks, making it great for grilling, braising, or slow cooking.

Cooking Methods

Before cooking a ranch steak, you should leave it out for 30 minutes. Doing this allows the steak to cook more evenly and quicker. In our humble opinion, the steak is not cooked correctly if you do not add salt and pepper before placing it on the grill.

Ranch steak can be grilled, broiled, or pan-seared. We recommend not cooking this cut above a medium temperature as it will become too tough.

Nutrition & Calories

Ranch steak is an excellent source of protein, vitamin B12, and vitamin B6. Based on a 3oz serving size, a ranch steak has about:

  • 150 calories
  • 2.3 grams of fat
  • 22 grams of protein
  • 2.3 milligrams of iron
  • 6 milligrams of zinc

Examples of a Few Ranch Steak Recipes

What is a ranch steak without pairing it with some stir fry? For a classic beef stir fry, all you will need is two ranch steaks, fresh vegetables, and a stir fry sauce. Pour it over a few cups of white rice, and, just like that, you have an easy and delicious meal.

Ranch steak is also a great addition to salads, or you can try it with a sweet and salty honey rub.

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