What sirloin steak actually is

sirloin steak

Sirloin steak is one of the most common cuts of beef and often the steak lover’s first choice. It has a fine but firm texture, a richness in flavour and it’s perfectly suited to grilling or barbecuing.  

However, it’s also known by several different names, which often causes confusion when you are interpreting a recipe, ordering at a restaurant or at your local butcher or supermarket.

That’s why we’ve decided to try and clear it up, once and for all.

Define “sirloin”


sirloin steak

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As you can see from the picture, the sirloin is situated in the hindquarter of the animal, and whatever the various steaks are called – whether it be Sirloin Steak, Porterhouse Steak, New York Strip or Striploin Steak – they’re all the same cut of beef and they’re all boneless.  

The bone-in version of the Sirloin is also called the Shortloin, but is most commonly known as the T-Bone steak. It’s another all-time favourite because it has the Striploin steak on one side of the T-shaped bone and the Tenderloin or Eye Fillet on the other side of the bone. It’s the best of both worlds.

You might also occasionally come across a cut referred to as the bottom sirloin, which is where the Rump steak comes from.

So, there you go! Sirloin steak – demystified.