There are so many cuts to choose from!
Whether it’s broiled or fried, sautéed or roasted, or you have a great grilling recipe, beef has long been a favorite on American plates, and that goes doubly for steak. That’s thanks in part to stabilizing prices as well as the rise of trendy, red meat-heavy diets like the paleo diet and keto diet. Of course, steak is also flat-out delicious, as our ancestors knew. The word steak stretches back to the Saxons, an ancient Germanic tribe, whose term "steik" meant "meat on a stick." But with so many different types of steak out there—not to mention all the types of steak cuts—it can be overwhelming when you're in the mood to make a steak for dinner, but can't narrow down which type you want to make.
Today, steak is served from raw (steak tartare, which is actually uncooked ground beef) to well done (often only grudgingly so in steakhouses). Generally, steak comes from three areas on the steer and is sliced across the muscle. There are so many cuts, it might seem like you need to be a butcher to figure it all out, but really all you need is a good guide, like the following. Find 15 different types of steak and cuts right here. (And don't miss brushing up on different types of bread and different types of pasta too!)