Grilled Porterhouse

  • Active Time 25m
  • Total Time 30m
  • Rating ****

Serves 4

Unlike a lot of chefs who fan out the porterhouse after carving, I prefer a more organic approach. I cut out the bone, slice the sirloin and tenderloin, and then reassemble the steak on the plate in its original form. If there's a tail of meat on the porterhouse, fold it to one side and secure with a skewer before grilling.


  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 shallots, sliced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 sprig rosemary, leaves stripped from stem
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 porterhouse steak, about 32 ounces (2 inches thick)
  • 1 tablespoon coarse salt

  • Ancho Chile Harissa, optional (see recipe)

Companion recipe: Ancho Chile Harissa


In a bowl, combine the first six ingredients and rub both sides of the steak with equal amounts of the mixture. Set aside and prepare the grill.

When the fire is medium hot (you'll be able to hold your hand just above the grate for 2 seconds), scrape off the shallots and rosemary and drain any liquid. Rub both sides of the steak with salt. Grill the steak on one side for 8 to 10 minutes, keeping the smaller tenderloin section over a less intense heat. If there are flare-ups, move the steak to another part of the grill. Turn the steak and grill for another 6 to 8 minutes. It should be rare to medium rare at this point.

Transfer the steak to a clean wooden carving platter and let it rest for 3 to 4 minutes so the meat relaxes and the juices redistribute. Serve it whole or else carve it, slice it, and reassemble it, saving the juices. Serve with Ancho Chile Harissa, if you like.

Recipe reprinted by permission of <I>Fine Cooking<. All rights reserved.

RecID 5639

nutrition information per serving

413 calories; 22g total fat; 138mg cholesterol; 1621mg sodium; 5g carbohydrates; 1g fiber; 47g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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