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How to Cook a Porterhouse Steak in the Oven or on the Grill

How to Cook a Porterhouse Steak in the Oven or on the Grill

Porterhouse steak is one of the most popular meals amongst red meat fans. This cut of steak is big enough for at least two servings. Yet, for those with big appetites, you do not have to share if you don’t want to! Keep reading to learn how to cook a porterhouse steak in the oven or on the grill.

What is a Porterhouse Steak?

A porterhouse steak is a cut that is taken from the hind of the short loin and tenderloin. When you pull out the bone that connects these 2 cuts in a porterhouse steak, you will have both a short loin and a tenderloin. This steak can be served sliced for easier eating, or whole.

Porterhouse steak is similar to a T-Bone steak in appearance but both have very distinct flavors. T-bone steak is also smaller compared to porterhouse steak that has a larger muscle of the tenderloin.

How to Cook a Porterhouse Steak

There are various ways to cook your porterhouse steak to perfection. Here are a few ways to cook this delicious steak. 

In the Oven

You can roast your porterhouse steak by using the oven. Make sure to bring the meat to room temperature before cooking. Set your oven for broiling and to preheat the oven to 420 degrees Fahrenheit. Season the meat with salt, pepper, and other preferred spices. Broil the steak for 14-17 minutes for the perfect medium-rare steak. Rest the meat for 5 minutes and cover the steak with foil to let it continue cooking and allow the meat juices to settle.

On the Grill

Grilling is another great way to cook a porterhouse steak. Make sure that your steak is fully thawed to ensure even cooking on all sides of the steak. Season your steak with salt, pepper, and any other favorite spices. Place the steak on the hottest part of the grill for 1-2 minutes then move the steak in the middle for 11-14 minutes. Once done, make sure to rest your steak for 5 minutes before slicing as the heat will continue cooking the meat.

On the Stove

Make sure that the meat is completely thawed before cooking. When searing steaks, use a non-stick or cast-iron pan for the perfect sear marks. Heat the pan for 5 minutes until it is hot. Sear the steak in the pan for 14 to 16 minutes for a medium-rare steak. Rest your steaks for 5 minutes before slicing. 

Porterhouse Steak Temperature Guide

Everyone has their own preference of eating steaks, some like them medium rare and some well-done. Here is a guide to follow to get your preferred style of cooked steak.

  • Rare: Cook the meat for 12 to 15 minutes and ensure that the internal temperature of the steak is at 125°F (52°C).
  • Medium-Rare: This is the desired cooking type for Porterhouse steak. You should cook the meat for 14 to 17 minutes with an internal temperature of 135°F (57°C).
  • Medium: Cook the meat for 15 to 18 minutes and ensure that the internal temperature of the steak is at 145°F (63°C).
  • Medium-Well: Cook the meat for 17 to 20 minutes and ensure that the internal temperature of the steak is at 155°F (68°C).
  • Well-Done: Cook the meat for 18 to 21 minutes and ensure that the internal temperature of the steak is at 165°F (74°C). 

*Cooking time is based on a 1 ½ inch cut of porterhouse steak*

Now that you know the basics of how to cook a porterhouse steak, you can now cook it in the comfort of your home anytime you want. Here is an easy recipe for oven-roasted porterhouse steak that is perfect for both a casual dinner or a special occasion.

Oven-Roasted Porterhouse Steak

  

  • Preparation time: 35 minutes
  • Cooking time: 15 minutes
  • Total time: 50 minutes
  • Servings: 2 persons

Ingredients: 

  • 1 Porterhouse Steak (1 ½ inch thick)
  • 2 tbsp butter

Spice Rub:

  • 2 tbsp peppercorns
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp mustard seeds
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes (can be adjusted based on your preferred spiciness)
  • 1 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp dried/dehydrated onion
  • 1 tbsp dried/dehydrated garlic

Preparation:

  1. Take out the meat from the fridge 30 minutes before cooking.
  2. Take the mustard seed, coriander seed, onion, garlic, and salt in a grinder and grind it to your desired consistency. Once done, combine the spices along with paprika and brown sugar in a bowl, and mix it all together.
  3. Preheat the oven to 420°F(215°C).
  4. With the spice mixture, season all areas of the steak with it.
  5. Get a pan or skillet and heat it up with 2 tbsp of butter. Once it’s hot, sear the steak for 1 minute on each side then another 3 minutes on each side.
  6. Put the steak in a pan and cook it in the oven for 15 minutes. Then, you need to use a thermometer to check that the internal temperature is kept at 125°F (52°C).
  7. Let the steak rest for 5 minutes on a plate or a board before slicing.
  8. Cut it into slices for easier eating and top it off with the garlic butter for that extra buttery taste.

Oven-Roasted Porterhouse Steak  

Prep Time 35 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Servings 2 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 porterhouse steak 1 ½ inch thick
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp peppercorns
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp mustard seeds
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes can be adjusted based on your preferred spiciness
  • 1 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp dried/dehydrated onion
  • 1 tbsp dried/dehydrated garlic

Instructions
 

  • Take out the meat from the fridge 30 minutes before cooking.
  • Take the mustard seed, coriander seed, onion, garlic, and salt in a grinder and grind it to your desired consistency. Once done, combine the spices along with paprika and brown sugar in a bowl, and mix it all together.
  • Preheat the oven to 420°F(215°C).
  • With the spice mixture, season all areas of the steak with it.
  • Get a pan or skillet and heat it up with 2 tbsp of butter. Once it’s hot, sear the steak for 1 minute on each side then another 3 minutes on each side.
  • Put the steak in a pan and cook it in the oven for 15 minutes. Then, you need to use a thermometer to check that the internal temperature is kept at 125°F (52°C).
  • Let the steak rest for 5 minutes on a plate or a board before slicing.
  • Cut it into slices for easier eating and top it off with the garlic butter for that extra buttery taste.

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