Learn how to cook pork steaks on the stove for an easy and delicious weeknight dinner.
Have you ever cooked pork steak before? It’s different than pork chops, they are bigger and have more marbling, so it’s a really flavorful cut once you know what to do with them. Learn about this cut of pork and how to cook it easily and quickly on the stovetop in this delicious recipe.
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The Difference Between Pork Steaks and Pork Chops
First, let’s be clear that pork chops and pork steaks are indeed different cuts of pork. Pork chops refer to a variety of cuts that come from the pork loin. These can be boneless or bone-in, and the cuts vary some based on if they come from closer to the shoulder or the hip. You can find out how to cook pork chops perfectly if that’s the cut of meat you have.
Pork steak on the other hand is a cut of pork that comes from the pork shoulder. Sometimes it’s also called pork collar steak, pork shoulder steak, or blade steaks. It can come boneless or bone-in as well, and it has a higher fat content than the chops, providing more flavor. Pork steaks are often fairly large, my bone-in pork steaks were about 18 ounces each, and they can therefore usually serve two people per steak.
How To Cook Pork Steak
For super-tender pork steaks, you would start by searing on the stove and finish low and slow in the oven. However, that’s a 2 hour time commitment and I don’t have that much time on the average weeknight, which is when I am most likely to make these. So, I tested and found the best way to cook pork steaks in a quicker and easier way that is still wonderfully tasty.
Pan frying works great for a delicious weeknight meal. You’ll want to be cautious and not overcook them though. You see, the pork steaks are similar to country-style pork ribs in that they have some sections that are darker, juicier meat and some that are leaner lighter meat.
The darker pork is the kind of meat like a juicy roast pork butt or shoulder, or pork ribs, that have a lot of flavor and can handle (and even benefits from) slow, long cooking. The leaner meat is more like pork loin and pork tenderloin, which you never want to overcook because it gets dry and tough.
So, when pan-frying, or cooking pork steaks in any way, really, you have to be careful to not overcook those leaner parts or else they will be tough. But if cooked correctly, you end up with delicious pork with bits of caramelized fat around the edges.
Preheat a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. While that’s heating up, sprinkle salt on both sides of your pork steaks. Add some cooking oil to the hot pan and then the steaks. Cook for six to seven minutes on each side, or until an instant read thermometer reads 140°F in the thickest part. The carryover heat will bring the pork to the safe temperature of 145°F but if you prefer your pork well-done, cook for about ten minutes on each side for a temperature of 160°F, rising to 165°F after resting.
Transfer the cooked pork steaks to a cutting board and let rest for five minutes before serving. This pork is delicious with a bit of butter with Worcestershire sauce mixed in with my onion gravy on top.
More Delicious Pork Recipes
There are a lot of pork recipes on my website because cooking delicious pork is actually one of the things I’m most known for. Definitely head over and check out all of my delicious pork recipes over here. And, I’ve put together a list of some of my favorites right here for you as well. Enjoy! -Christine xo
- Stuffed Pork Tenderloin
- Pork and Sauerkraut
- Breaded Pork Cutlets
- Grilled Pork Chops
- The Best Pork Chop Marinade
- Traditional Pork Stew
Podcast About How to Cook Pork Steak
Listen to me explain briefly about how to cook bacon from frozen, along with some other great tips, by clicking the play button below:
- 2 (1-inch thick) pork steaks
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 2 Tbsp. cooking oil
- Preheat a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat.
- While skillet is preheating, sprinkle pork steaks evenly on both sides with the salt.
- Add oil to skillet, swirl to coat.
- Add pork steaks to skillet. Cook 6 to 7 minutes each side*, or until the internal temperature reaches 140°F on an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the steak.
- Transfer pork steaks to a cutting board. Let stand 5 minutes before serving so that juices settle and internal temperature reaches 145°F.
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*For well-done pork (160°F), cook an additional 3 to 4 minutes each side.