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Steak Cuts: Rankings by Tenderness and Leanness

01-16-2010 09:32 PM Print

Beef steak is an American favorite. The reason is simple; steak tastes great and delivers the ultimate dining experience. Restaurant owners also know the power of steak to increase traffic. It is versatile, convenient and uniquely customizable, and with the newly expanded steak category, there is a steak to fit any menu and taste. Steak is bold, assertive and stands out from the crowd, providing a feeling of satisfaction that is unequalled.

Based on tenderness, beef steaks rank as follows:

  • Tenderloin Steak
  • Shoulder, Top Blade Steak (Flat Iron)
  • Ribeye Cap
  • Shoulder Tender (Petite Tender)
  • Loin, Strip Loin Steak (NY Strip Steak, Kansas City Steak)
  • T-Bone and Porterhouse Steaks
  • Rib Steak
  • Ribeye Steak
  • Shoulder, Arm Steak (Ranch Steak)
  • Flank Steak
  • Round, Knuckle (Tip) Steak (Sirloin Tip Steak, Sirloin Steak)
  • Round, Top (Inside) Round Steak (Top Round Steak, London Broil)
  • Top Sirloin Rump Steak (Top Rump Steak, Top Sirloin Steak)


The leanest beef steaks are Top Round Steak, Loin and Top Sirloin Rump Steaks (see the ranking below).

Ranking by leanness:

  • Top (Inside) Round Steak
  • Loin, Top Sirloin Rump Steak
  • Round, Knuckle (Tip) Steak
  • Shoulder, Arm Steak (Ranch Steak)
  • Strip Loin Steak (New York Strip Steak, Kansas City Steak)
  • Chuck, Shoulder Tender (Petite Tender)
  • Flank Steak
  • Loin, Bottom Sirloin Rump, Tri-Tip Steak
  • Loin, Tenderloin Steak (Filet Mignon)
  • Loin, T-Bone Steak


Author: Fred
02-01-2013 05:45 AM

your rankings are incorrect. sirloin cuts are absolutely not more tender than rib steaks.
Author: joebob
06-08-2012 10:28 PM

When ranking things you should state whether the list is in ascending or descending order. Not just a list of steaks.
Author: ahmed
12-14-2011 12:18 PM

where are the steak rankings blood?
Author: Jay
01-16-2010 10:18 PM

This is a terrific article. Thanks.

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