Sirloin Steak Vs. Strip Steak: Everything You Need To Know

June 4, 2012 2:33 PM EDT | By Amanda Remling
Strip Steak
Strip steak can set you back around $11 a pound. (Photo: Wikipedia)

Steak can be the perfect meal to slap on the grill when entertaining company, but standing in the food store looking at your options can get a little stressful. To drop the stress and bring on the success for your fabulous steak dinner, we've come up with a list to help you decide between choosing a Sirloin steak or Strip steak as your next main course.

Where does the beef come from?

Sirloin steak is the cut of beef that comes from the area near the hip of the cow. The piece includes muscles, which can be cut in numerous different ways.

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Strip steak comes from the area located right before the sirloin, the short loin. The area of the strip steak is generally higher in fat, which makes your pieces of beef more tender.

What kind of pricing should you expect?

Sirloin steak can set you back around $6 a pound, while strip steak is a little more pricey, coming in at around $11 a pound.

What kind of calories and fats can be found in the beef?

Both steak cuts are around the same calorie range, with Strip steaks being a little higher. A 3-ounce serving of Sirloin steak can rack up 151 calories and 5 grams of fat. Meanwhile, a 3-ounce serving of Strip steak has 161 calories with 6 grams of fat.

What should you look for in the perfect piece?

When purchasing steak, no matter what type of beef you are purchasing it's important to look for pieces that are a brighter red color. Meat you will want to stay away from will feature either a lot of liquid in the packaging, or will be a very dark color. These pieces more than likely have been frozen in the past.


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