What Is a Ribeye Steak?

Ribeye steak is one of the best-known steaks. Prized for its flavor and tenderness, it has an excellent reputation worldwide. Let us show you everything worth knowing about ribeye steak.

What Is a Ribeye Steak?

Ribeye, rib eye, or rib steak is a cut of beef from the rib area. It is prized for its fat content, tenderness, and rich flavor. The ribeye is one of the most sought-after cuts in the world of red meat. You can get a ribeye with or without the bone. Bone-in ribeye steak is often called rib steak.

A ribeye steak consists of a long tender muscle called the longissimus dorsi, which runs from the hip to the shoulder. Since this muscle is less used than others, it’s far more tender. The longissimus dorsi also contains a significant amount of fat, which adds flavor and moisture.

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Other Names for Ribeye Steak

Ribeye steak is also known as rib eye steak, rib steak, ribeye roll steak, Delmonico steak, beauty steak, spencer, sarket steak, Entrecôte (French), or scotch fillet (Australia and New Zealand).

Where Is the Ribeye on a Cow?

Ribeye comes from the area of ribs on a cow (behind the chuck and in front of the loin). It can be bone-in or boneless and is usually about 2 inches thick.

The ribeye steak is from a long, tender muscle known as the longissimus dorsi. The muscle doesn’t engage in exercise or physical support of a cow’s weight, which is why it’s so tender.

Buying Ribeye Steak

You can normally find ribeye steaks at any supermarket. However, you’re better off going to a butcher shop for higher-quality cuts. Butcher stores available online, such as Snake River Farms, are also a good alternative for top-quality cuts.

The most important aspects you want to look for when buying a ribeye steak are:

  • Color: When choosing a steak, try to find a cut with no brown spots. While steaks with brown spots are still safe to eat, they aren’t as fresh.
  • Marbling: It is a term to define how much fat a steak has. The more marbling, the better the steak will taste. Look for a ribeye steak with lots of marbling.

Be aware of smells, colors, and aesthetics when shopping for red meat. As the name suggests, red meat should be dark red. Sometimes red meat can appear brownish, which means it was exposed to oxygen.

Ribeye Steak Nutrition Facts

NutritionPortion size: 3 oz = 85 g
Total Fat14.3 g
Protein22.6 g
Zinc4.07 mg
Potassium277 mg
Vitamin B-60.451 mg
Vitamin B-121.49 µg
Nutrition facts based on cooked 3-oz beef ribeye steak (choice-grade).

Data source: USDA.

Summary: Is Ribeye Steak Good?

Ribeye is considered by many to be the best steak. It is undoubtedly one of the tastiest cuts of beef. Ribeye steak is known for its excellent marbling, rich flavor, and tenderness. The only downside is its relatively high price. If you’ve never eaten ribeye before, you must do so as soon as possible.

Ribeye Steak FAQs

What Does Ribeye Steak Taste Like?

Ribeye steak is juicy and tender with a rich buttery flavor. Depending on the grade of the cut, it can contain a very large amount of fat, which gives the meat a distinctive flavor. Each bite of ribeye is juicy and tender.

Is Ribeye Steak Expensive?

Ribeye steak, for most people, is one of the more expensive cuts of beef. Prices range from a few dozen dollars to several hundred for a wagyu ribeye steak. However, it is important to remember that the price is influenced by many factors, including, most importantly, the grade of beef. Also important is the location and who you buy the steak from.

Does Ribeye Have a Bone?

Ribeye can be bone-in or boneless. In the first case (bone-in), it is often called rib steak. It can also be tomahawk steak (with a long bone) or cowboy steak with a medium-length bone. Bone-in Ribeye is much more popular at steakhouses than in stores.

Is Bone-in Ribeye Better Than Boneless?

No, in terms of taste, there is no difference whether you cook bone-in or bone-less ribeye. The difference is in cooking; bone insulates the meat making it cook slower. The effect is that the meat near the bone is less cooked than the rest of the steak. As proof, we refer you to the study “Do Bones Add Flavor to Meat?” available in this article.

On the other hand, we understand that bone-in steak looks much more enjoyable. That’s why you often see bone-in ribeye in restaurants/steakhouses or special lunches/dinners.

How Many Calories Are In Ribeye steak?

A 15 oz grilled choice-grade ribeye steak has about 893 calories (source).

Is Ribeye Pork or Beef?

Ribeye is known as the king of beef steaks. However, the same name can refer to pork (ribeye pork chops or pork ribeye steak).

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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.