A tomahawk steak is a thick, bone-in ribeye steak. It gets its name from its large size and impressive appearance—the long bone resembles a tomahawk axe. While it's certainly a show-stopper of a steak, it's also incredibly flavorful and tender. In this blog post, we'll cover everything you need to know about tomahawk steaks, including how to cook them.
Where Do Tomahawk Steaks Come From?
Tomahawk steaks are cut from the rib primal, which is located between the chuck and loin primals on the steer. The rib primal contains some of the most well-known and popular cuts of beef, including ribeye steak, prime rib, and short ribs.Tomahawk steaks are essentially ribeye steaks with the bone still attached. They're sometimes also referred to as cowboy steaks or bone-in ribeyes.
How to Cook a Tomahawk Steak?
Tomahawk steaks are best cooked using dry heat methods such as grilling, broiling, or baking. We recommend using a reverse searing method for the best results. This involves cooking the steak at a low temperature until it's evenly cooked all the way through, then searing it over high heat to create a nicely browned exterior crust.
Here’s a quick overview of how to cook a tomahawk steak using the reverse searing method:
- Preheat your oven to 225 degrees Fahrenheit. Season your steak liberally with salt and pepper on all sides.
- Place your seasoned steak on a wire rack set inside a rimmed baking sheet and transfer it to the oven. Bake until the internal temperature of your steak reaches 110 degrees Fahrenheit—this will usually take around 45 minutes to an hour.
- Remove your steak from the oven and increase the oven temperature to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Heat a heavy skillet over high heat until it's smoking hot, then add a little bit of oil or butter to coat the pan. Sear your steak for 30 seconds to 1 minute per side—you're not looking to cook it all the way through at this point, just create a nice crust on the exterior.
- Finally, transfer your seared steak back onto the wire rack inside the baking sheet and put it back in the oven for 3 to 5 minutes, or until it reaches your desired level of doneness (we recommend cooking tomahawk steaks to medium rare). Let rest for 5 to 10 minutes before cutting into it and serving. Enjoy!
A tomahawk steak is an impressive cut of meat that's perfect for special occasions or dinner parties. It's also delicious—if you know how to cook it properly! By following our recipe above, you'll be sure to impress your guests with perfectly cooked tomahawk steaks that are juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside. And if you're worried about leftovers, don't be—a single tomahawk steak can easily feed two people (or more!). So go ahead and give this recipe a try next time you're looking for something special—you won't regret it!
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