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Strip Steaks Overview
The Strip steak comes from the short loin area that’s just in front of the hips of the cow. It gets plenty of blood flow but doesn’t do much heavy lifting. The result is a tender cut of beef that is in high demand at steakhouses around the world. While the New York Strip steak is one popular variation, all forms of the Strip steak are a tasty and tender choice. The meat is second only to the tenderloin when it comes to texture. Yet many people think it has a better flavor than even the Filet Mignon. Since the longissimus muscle used for cutting this steak is far larger than the tenderloin, the resulting pieces tend to be long and in strip shape. Other names for this steak include the Ambassador or New York steak.
Strip Steaks Grades
All beef is graded by the USDA based on the amount of marbling and other features that determine its texture and flavor. For the best Strip steak, choose only USDA Prime beef. Go a step further and choose aged or Wagyu steaks if you’re planning a special dinner.
Premium Angus Strip Steaks
The best Angus beef was once only found in Scotland. Today’s American Angus is just as flavorful thanks to extra marbling and a soft texture. Angus Strip steaks are juicy and easy to cook without concerns about drying out the meat.
USDA Wet Aged Strip Steaks
Wet aging adds a softer texture and a deeper flavor to the standard Strip steak. It’s a great way to highlight the fat in this cut without making the flavor too intense for everyday enjoyment.
USDA Dry Aged Strip Steaks
Dry aging transforms the usual flavor of beef into something entirely new. Many people find that they come to prefer the intense and almost exotic flavor of dry aging, especially when it’s used on a rich cut like the Strip steak.
American Wagyu Strip Steaks
American Wagyu beef may not come directly from Japan, but they still have the genetics that make the beef so prized around the world. These steaks are dense, finely grained, and easy to cut even without a knife. It’s one of the best types of Strip steak you could enjoy for an anniversary or birthday meal.
How to Cook Strip Steaks Guides
Get the best Strip steak experience without heading to the steakhouse. It’s all easy to make at home with these guides from Steak University on handling Strip steaks so they turn out juicy and flavorful.
- Air Fryer New York Strip Steak: Try one of the newer appliances in your kitchen to create a surprisingly juicy steak on any night of the week. No need for a grill to get great flavor.
- How to Sous Vide Strip Steak: Juicy, tender, amazing steak just takes a slow cooking method that’s all the rage in the culinary scene.
- How to Cook Strip Steak in the Oven: The oven does the hard work for you in creating a Strip steak that’s perfectly done and full of rich beef flavor.
Strip Steaks Recipes
Go beyond the basics of salt and pepper when enjoying your Strip steak meal. We’ve got plenty of recipes for you to explore.
- Best Ways to Marinate Strip Steak: Find inspiration for new marinating explorations that go perfectly with the Strip steak cut.
- Asian Ginger Seared Bone-In Strip Steak with Vegetables: Put an Asian twist on your usual weeknight steak routine for a flavor explosion the whole family will enjoy.
- Boneless Strip Steak with Buttery Pan Sauce: It only takes a few minutes to learn to make rich pan sauces in the classic French tradition. Try this technique on any steak you cook in a pan.
Strip Steaks FAQ's
Is the Ribeye or Strip Steak better? Due to marbling and tenderness, many people prefer the Strip steak to the Ribeye. However, it’s mostly a matter of personal preference.
What makes a New York Strip steak? There’s nothing really different about the New York Strip or any other Strip steak. It’s also called a Club steak or Kansas City steak.
How can you make a Strip steak more tender? Using a cooking method like sous vide can leave the meat so tender it’s easily cut with a fork. Marinating the meat also helps soften it.