Breakfast Steak
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A Breakfast Steak, is another Beef cut, like London Broil, that does not have an exact definition. In general a Breakfast Steak is a smaller, 5 oz. (141.7 g) untrimmed (with fat along the end), beef steak that is eaten as breakfast or alongside eggs. The concept of a Breakfast Steak is English, though others such as Americans, Canadians, etc. do eat them for breakfast.


Breakfast Steak is available all year long. 


Depending on what the butcher has an abundance of, Breakfast Steaks can be butchered from The Sirloin, the Top Round, or the Sirloin Tip (Round Tip).

The production of beef is carried about by three primary types of operations: Cow & Calf Operations, Weaner Calf & Yearling Operations, and Dry-Lot Feeding Operations (also known as “Backrounders”) which are the most expensive operations in the Beef Industry. To learn more about Beef Producers just follow the link to Smart Kitchen’s Page on Beef Producers. The Beef Producers are represented by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

American cattle production has remained almost stagnant between 1985 and 2009, growing just 6.4%, while the amount of beef imported has nearly tripled in that time, according to an analysis of USDA figures conducted by R-CALF USA, another the trade group that represents cattle producers.

Once raised, Beef is typically sold to Meat Packers who slaughter, inspect, and butcher the animals to provide Primal Cuts to butchers and portion cuts to consumers.

The Meat Packing Industry is in a period of consolidation. In 1999, the 10 largest beef-packing firms accounted for more than 90 percent of all Steer and Heifer slaughter in the U.S. In 2011, according to the Western Organization of Resources Councils three major companies controlled Beef market. Visit Smart Kitchen’s Meat Packers Resource Page to learn more.


This Steak can also be known by the following names, Knuckle Steak, Round Knuckle Peeled, Sirloin Tip Steak and Tip Center Steak.

Culinary Uses

Breakfast Steak is a tough Portion Cut of Beef. On Smart Kitchen’s Home Plate it should be Cooked, it is Tough, it can be Thin or Thick depending on how it is cut, it is Dry, and Lean. Using the Home Plate we would call it Cooked, Tough, Thin or Thick, Dry, and Lean or noted in the home plate shorthand Breakfast Steak would be (C, T1T3-T4, D, L).

Breakfast Steaks are usually intermediately tender and because of their small size are usually able to be cooked with a Dry Heat Method such as Broiling, Grilling, Sautéing or Pan-Frying.  Breakfast Steaks will cook quickly but should not be overcooked or they will dry out.

A Breakfast Steak can also stand some Tenderizing or at least a bit of Basting with a Fat such as Olive Oil to prevent it drying out.

Portion Size

Allow 6 to 9 ounces (170 g to 255 g) per person of Breakfast Steak as a Serving Size.

Gluten Free


Low Fat


Low Calorie



When shopping for Breakfast Steak, look for Breakfast Steak that has a clear, red exterior color known as the “Bloom,” that come from exposure to oxygen and not the more normal purplish-red color of vacuum packed beef. Your purchase should be cold, firm to the touch and, if packaged, free of any punctures or rips. Notice the “sell-by” date on the label and make sure you are buying product that is well within its dates of safe use as specified by the sticker. 


Raw Breakfast Steak should last for up to 4 days in the refrigerator. Add an extra day of cold storage time if the Breakfast Steak is Marinated or oiled. Raw Breakfast Steak will keep for 2-3 months in the freezer without any appreciable deterioration in quality.

Cooked Breakfast Steak should be refrigerated for up to 1-3 days.