Perfect Porterhouse Steak

A steak house steak has a crusty, deeply browned exterior—a finish executed by means of intensely hot grills or broilers whose temperatures sometimes reach 800°. Here’s how to achieve the same result at home.

The undisputed king of the steakhouse, one porterhouse steak can weigh 2 pounds; it’s the classic “hanging off the edge of the plate” dinner extravaganza. Generally marketed in restaurants as a meal for two, the porterhouse combines the tender filet mignon with the meaty-flavored New York strip, eliminating the need to make a difficult choice

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 2”-thick Porterhouse steak, trimmed (about 2 lb.)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature

Preparation

  1. Let steak sit at room temperature 30 minutes before cooking, which will help it cook quickly and more evenly.
  2. Heat broiler. Heat a large skillet, preferably cast iron, over medium-high heat, then heat oil in pan until smoking. Season steak very generously with salt and pepper and cook until a deep brown crust forms on underside (do not turn), about 4 minutes. Transfer steak to a cutting board, turning it browned side up.
  3. Cut meat from bone in 2 pieces (strip steak and filet mignon). Slice both pieces straight down perpendicular to the bone 1” thick. Replace sliced steak around the bone (it should look like a whole sliced steak) and return to skillet, browned side up. Top with butter and broil until butter is melted and steak is medium-rare, 4–6 minutes. Serve steak with buttery pan juices spooned over

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