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What is Chuck Eye Steak?

Below we look at where the chuck eye steak comes from on the cow, other names it's known by, it's taste, fat content, nutritional info, where to buy it, how to cook it and more.

Emma Braby

Last Updated: August 25, 2020 | 6 min read

sliced chuck eye steak on a black plate with knife and fork

If you’re a great steak lover, there’s no greater pleasure than a juicy Ribeye, unless of course, you can get a Ribeye at a fraction of the cost…

Here we have the Chuck Eye steak, an economy cut that rubs shoulders with the Ribeye, literally. This lesser-known steak packs plenty of punch in every sense and is one to watch out for.

In this guide to the Chuck Eye, we will show you this great all-rounder that delivers both taste and tenderness.

Answering what it is, how it’s butchered, what you can expect it to taste like, and of course, our detailed foolproof guide to cooking it right the first time.

Let’s get to it.

What is Chuck Eye Steak?

The Chuck Eye is the underdog of the steak world, and it comes from the poor heritage of the Chuck primal. But with no prowess or pedigree, it delivers a lot for not a lot of money.

Here’s a quick video overview of how to butcher and cook the chuck eye steak from a skilled butcher:

Essentially, the Chuck Eye steak is a continuation of the Ribeye into the chuck primal.

It is cut an inch thick and looks like a mini Ribeye with similar marbling. It also tastes like a Ribeye with its full flavor.

Plus, it can be cooked like a steak, unlike many other cuts from the chuck primal.

Where Does Chuck Eye Steak Come from on the Cow?

Diagram showing the chuck primal on a cow

The beef Chuck Eye steak comes from the chuck primal, which is the shoulder region.

The Ribeye is cut from the 6th to 12th rib of the cow, and the Chuck Eye is cut from the 5th.

You’ll know from our beef cuts article that the shoulder and neck muscles are one of the hardest working parts of the cow, and as such, the muscles are generally tough.

The Chuck Eye, however, is positioned at the rear portion of the shoulder, which is relatively dormant, and in turn, beautifully tender.

Other Names for the Chuck Eye Steak

raw chuck eye steak on a dark surface with salt flakes

The Chuck Eye steak is somewhat of a dark horse in the meat world, a great steak that most know nothing about. Including butchers and historians alike.

It is unclear when this steak came about, but one story is that it has always been removed from the top end of the longissimus dorsi, and kept by the butchers for themselves.

The reason being that there are usually only two per steer, and as they aren’t Ribeye’s, there was little value in selling them on the meat counter. This earned them the name ‘The Butcher’s Steak.’

Other names chuck eye steak is known by are:

Chuck Fillet steak – So-called to entice people to buy them and try the tenderness they offer.

Chuck Delmonico – Many steaks are labeled with the Delmonico name, which essentially is the name of a restaurant that serves great steaks. The Chuck Eye has appeared there, so we guess it’s as accurate a name as any other.

Chuck Tender steak – Another descriptive twist to try and get the steak away from its poor ‘Chuck’ heritage.

Flavor, Texture, Fat Content and Tenderness

The Chuck Eye steak is eager to please. With a rich, beefy, buttery taste just short of the intensity of a Ribeye, it’s a close second.

With it comes to exquisite tenderness, it falls just short of a Fillet. It comes in a tad firmer to the chew and with a thicker grain and texture. But nonetheless easy eating, it delivers on both fronts.

Typical Uses

Typically used as a traditional grilled standalone steak, the Chuck Eye steak is marketed as the poor man’s Ribeye.

However, due to its tenderness and big flavor, it has become famous for other beef-based dishes such as fajitas and beef skewers.

Nutrition

NutritionTotal Amount (Based on 3oz Serving)% Daily Value (based
on 2000 calories/day)
Calories1809%
Saturated Fat4.1g23%
Sodium65mg3%
Protein23g46%
Iron2.4mg15%
Zinc8.9mg80%

Buying Chuck Eye Steak

This steak is in short supply compared to other steaks, but unlike other cuts that hasn’t driven up the price.

Usually, only two steaks (sometimes four) are taken from each animal, so you may find them unavailable in the usual grocery stores. But when they are, snap them up!

A butcher will happily cut up and reserve them for you if you order them in advance. But, the easiest way is our favorite way, just order online and take all the hassle out of it.

Where to Buy Chuck Eye Steak Online

chuck eye steak on a wooden cutting board, with ramekins of oil and spices

Placing your order on a trusted online meat market site offers you choice, ease, and quality. All the information is there for each cut, including where it came from, size and grade.

They will arrive vacuum packed and frozen so that you can be sure they’re fresh and high quality.

Here are three online outlets that sell amazing quality steaks online:

  1. Crowd cowhttps://www.crowdcow.com
  2. Porter Roadhttps://porterroad.com
  3. Farm Foods Markethttps://www.farmfoodsmarket.com

Average Price

Despite its great flavor and incredible tenderness, this steak is a budget beater. Quality eating at economical prices is its specialty.

At the time of writing, the cost per pound for a Chuck Eye was $14 to $17 per lb. across online outlets.

Portion Size: How Much Chuck Eye Steak Per Person?

Weighing in on average at 8 oz. the Chuck Eye steak is the perfect size to serve one steak per person.

With a hearty side of fries or baked potato and vegetable trimmings, it will deliver a tremendously tasting and filling meal.

For those used to a good-sized Ribeye at 12 -16 oz. you can cook up two chuck eye steaks per person, and it will probably still come in as the better value option.

How to Prepare it for Grilling or Smoking

From almost all outlets online or otherwise, the beef Chuck Eye will come well-presented and ready to go with no trimming required.

Great as a standalone steak, it will taste great with just a good seasoning. But will equally take to a good marinade which its beefy overtones will stand up to no problem.

Some say it needs a marinade to tenderize it, but we say try it as it is first and adjust according to your taste preferences.

It will take to marinades, dry rubs, or any other creative topping you can think to add to it. With it being a cheap cut of meat, you can afford to experiment.

How to Cook Chuck Eye Steak on a Grill or Smoker

grilled chuck eye steak on a wooden paddle type board with a ramekin of salt and pepper

The Chuck steak can be cooked high and dry or using the reverse sear method.

The former of these cooking methods is our favorite way to cook the Chuck Eye due to it being ever so slightly too thin to make reverse sear the preferred way.

Here’s how you grill it:

  1. Remove your awesome Chuck Eye steak from the fridge and allow it to reach room temperature. Approximately 30 minutes or so.
  2. Choose your weapon of choice for the seasoning, either a simple dry rub or liberal salt and pepper would be our recommendation.
  3. Preheat your grill to anything from 450 F to 600 F, but set it up as a dual-zone cooker (coals to one side) so you can move the steak away from direct heat if necessary. Oil your grates with a kitchen towel.
  4. Sear your steak on the grill directly over the coals, turning it every couple of minutes.
  5. Using a meat thermometer, monitor your steak until it hits an internal temperature of 125F for medium-rare.
  6. Remove from the heat, tent in foil and rest for 15 minutes.
  7. Remove from the foil and devour.

Three Best Chuck Eye Steak Recipes from Around the Web

Now that you’re drooling at the thought of this fantastic steak, let’s look at 3 of our favorite Chuck Eye recipes from around the web:

CookTHEstory Maple soaked Chuck Eyes

Sometimes less is more. A simple rub of Maple syrup salt and pepper and you have a great tasting steak; it is as simple as that.

Full recipe and instructions can be found here:

https://cookthestory.com/maple-soaked-chuck-eye-steaks/

Sweet Humble Home Easy Steak Tacos

This recipe is perfect to see how versatile the Chuck Eye is. The secret to this tasty Taco is the mix of the lime marinade and Chipotle Chili powder.

Check the method here:

https://sweethumblehome.com/easy-ribeye-steak-tacos/

Reasor’s Classic Rub Chuck Eye

Fancy a steak that is simple to prepare, tastes fantastic, and will have you cooking it again and again? This is it.

The secret to the great taste is the combo of garlic and cracked coriander seeds.

Head here to seal the deal:

https://www.finecooking.com/recipe/porterhouse-with-garlic-soy-sauce-marinade

Conclusion

I guess you could say this steak needs no conclusion. It’s a clear winner in our books. The value for money you get coupled with its succulent texture and taste bud-taunting beefy flavor means we know you will love it too.

What we do want to address is the Chuck Eye’s “poor man’s ribeye” nickname. We think it’s about time this steak became a superstar in its own right.

So, get gloating in the comments about your experience of these great tasting underdogs, and we’ll see you there.

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