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How to Cook The Best Porterhouse Steak in A Cast Iron Skillet

When craving a thick and juicy steak, grab your cast iron skillet and make this Perfect Porterhouse Steak recipe. When cooked properly, a homemade Angus Beef steak will rival the best Steakhouse in town!

Perfect Porterhouse Steak plate

What cut is the Porterhouse Steak?

The Porterhouse cut is known as the “King of T-Bones.” 

It's cut from the short loin area of the beef and separated by a large T-shaped bone which divides two mouth-watering cuts of beef better known as the tenderloin filet and the other NY Strip steak

When it comes to gourmet steaks, you may think of the great steakhouses in Chicago and New York City.

They have claimed to create the best dishes in town for any carnivore, however, we know the secret to duplicating these mouthwatering meals.    

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The secret to cooking a perfect steak: the cast iron skillet

I was always afraid to cook steak at home because I was convinced I would ruin it.

What a shame it was to take a beautiful cut of beef and overcook that thing until it was leather.

I always feared the “redness” inside, never realizing that I actually liked the pink when ordering out. Then I found the secret of the cast iron skillet and letting a steak rest to finish cooking.

So, when you are faced with cooking the “King of all steaks,” I have a foolproof method for perfect results every time.

How do you cook a thick steak in a cast-iron skillet? 

  1. First, you need a super hot cast iron skillet
  2. Next, a perfectly cut Porterhouse Steak
  3. Salt & Pepper
  4. Butter

Now, remember, when I say a “super hot skillet” I really mean that. The reason you want your pan extremely hot is to ensure the outside of the steak is seared and locking in all the juices. 

Heat your pan over medium-high heat for 4-5 minutes. It may smoke a little, but you will be on the right track. 

Steak slices on board with rosemary salt

Sprinkle a little bit of kosher salt in the bottom of the skillet before adding your steak that has been patted dry with a paper towel

How to Cook a Perfect Porterhouse

Take out your steak 30 minutes or so before cooking to let it come to room temperature. Season generously with salt & pepper. Do not be shy with the salt- this is a big steak and it can handle it! 

Heat up your skillet over medium-high heat until extremely hot. Add no more than a tablespoon of vegetable oil and allow it to heat until almost smoking.

Add your steak seasoned side down and repeat salt & pepper on the top side. Cook until deep brown crust forms (do not turn!) for 4-5 min.

Steak slices on board with knife

Remove steak from skillet and place on a cutting board, turning it brown side up. Cut meat from the bone (as close as you can get). Now, cut 1” segments perpendicular – or horizontal to the bone.

Replace sliced steak, brown side up, and bone to the skillet (like a meat puzzle) and top with butter.

Cook another 4-7 minutes. This should be about medium-rare. You can check in-between slices for doneness.

Remove from pan and allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving.

What can you serve with a Porterhouse Steak? 

This cut of beef is amazing all on its own, but adding a few sides will really complete this meal to make it extra delicious! Add a simple baked potato, roasted asparagus, fresh garden salad, or this amazing Broccoli Cheese Casserole from Salty Side Dish and you just became the best steakhouse in the neighborhood! 

How to cook Porterhouse in Cast Iron Skillet

 

Tools to Make this Steak Meal a success

I really like kitchen tools and gadgets and will definitely say that having the right tools really makes cooking and baking successful. 

Of course, you need the iron skillet, but also keep these close by:

Chef Knife– one needs a really sharp chef knife to cut through this thick steak.

I am a Wusthoff girl, but others that are fantastic are Mercer and Victorinox

Cutting Board– You just invested in a great knife, keep it sharp by using a hardwood cutting board or a composite wood board like Epicurean.

DO NOT USE GLASS! This will dull your knife in one slice. 

Instant Read Thermometer– This digital thermometer tool will ensure you have cooked your steak to the proper temperature. Be sure to let your cooked beef rest for at least 5 minutes before slicing. 

This is where all the juiciness comes from! Yum! 

Porterhouse steak recipe

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Yield: 4

Perfect Porterhouse Steak

Steak in Cast Iron Skillet

Porterhouse Steak is known as the "King of all steaks" because of the high quality and flavor located on either side of the center T-Bone; juicy strip steak on one side and tender filet mignon on the other. Ready in 10 minutes, you will be the best steakhouse in town! 

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2" cut Porterhouse Steak
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 4 TBSP Butter

Instructions

  1. Take out your steak 30 minutes or so before cooking to let it come to room temperature.
  2. Season generously with salt & pepper. Do not be shy with the salt- this is a big steak and it can handle it! Heat up your skillet over medium high heat until extremely hot.
  3. Add no more than a tablespoon of vegetable oil and allow it to heat to almost smoking. Add your steak seasoned side down and repeat salt & pepper on top side. Cook until a deep brown crust forms (do not turn!) for 4-5 min.
  4. Remove steak from skillet and place on a cutting board, turning it brown side up. Cut meat from bone (as close as you can get). Now, cut 1” segments perpendicular - or horizontal to the bone. Replace sliced steak, brown side up, and bone to the skillet (like a meat puzzle) and top with butter. Cook another 4-7 minutes. This should be about medium rare. You can check in-between slices for doneness.
  5. Remove from pan and allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

1

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 2732Total Fat: 202gSaturated Fat: 92gTrans Fat: 11gUnsaturated Fat: 90gCholesterol: 821mgSodium: 1200mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 214g

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Original Post: 5/29/19

Updated on 10/30/19

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