Baseball steak
Center cut top sirloin cap (baseball steak).
Alternative namescenter cut top sirloin cap steak
TypeBeef steak

Baseball steak is a center cut of beef taken from the top sirloin cap steak. Baseball steaks differ from sirloin steaks in that the bone and the tenderloin and bottom round muscles have been removed; and the cut is taken from biceps femoris.[1][2] A baseball steak is essentially a center cut top sirloin cap steak. This cut of beef is very lean, and is considered very flavorful.[3][4][5]

The USDA NAMP / IMPS codes related to this subprimal cut are 181A and 184. 181A is obtained from 181 after removing the bottom sirloin and the butt tender (the part of the tenderloin which is in the sirloin). 184 is obtained from 182 after removing the bottom sirloin. The foodservice cuts from 184 are 184A through 184F, its portion cut is 1184 and, the "subportion" cuts from 1184 are 1184A through 1184F. 181A is not further divided into foodservice cuts. Baseball steaks are made primarily from cut 184F.[6][7] In Australia, this cut is called D-rump in the Handbook of Australian Meat and assigned code 2100.[8]


Baseball steak (center cut top sirloin steak), topped with an onion ring.

The name "baseball steak" refers to the shape of the steak following cooking, since a baseball steak is essentially a center cut top sirloin. After it has been cooked, the center domes and swells and forms a rounded shape similar to a baseball.[6][9][10][11]

Cooking styles

Baseball steak is usually served grilled, broiled, sautéed, or pan fried.[12][better source needed]


A baseball steak per ounce contains 57 calories, 3 grams of fat, and 6 grams of protein.[13] Like other red meats it also contains iron, creatine, minerals such as zinc and phosphorus, and B-vitamins: (niacin, vitamin B12, thiamin, riboflavin), and lipoic acid.[14]

See also


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  2. ^ Network, Food (2017-02-03). "3 of a Kind: Baseball Steaks Step Up to the Plate". Food Network. Retrieved 2019-08-07.
  3. ^ "How to grill your best 'baseball steak'". Inside Tailgating. 2019-05-07. Retrieved 2019-08-07.
  4. ^ Enthusiast, Steak (2011-10-20). "Baseball Steak". Retrieved 2019-08-07.
  5. ^ Olmsted, Larry (2013-08-01). "Trendy New Cuts Of Beef: Chefs Love Them For Grilling And Much More". Forbes. Retrieved 2019-08-07.
  6. ^ a b "Baseball Steak - Resource - Online Cooking School". Smart Kitchen. Retrieved 2019-08-07.
  7. ^ BEEF SERIES 100
  8. ^ "Handbook of Australian Meat 7th Edition: Boneless beef". Aus Meat Ltd. Archived from the original on 2016-10-21. Retrieved 2016-12-10.
  9. ^ "Top Sirloin Baseball Cut Steak". JRMeats. 2015-06-29. Retrieved 2019-08-07.
  10. ^ "Know Your Cuts of Meat: Beef". West Coast Prime Meats. 2016-07-12. Retrieved 2019-08-07.
  11. ^ "More Terrific Cuts of Steak to Try on the Grill". HuffPost. Retrieved 2019-08-07.
  12. ^ "BASEBALL STEAK". MAD MEAT GENIUS. 2004-02-26. Retrieved 2019-08-07.
  13. ^ "Calorie Chart, Nutrition Facts, Calories in Food -". MyFitnessPal (in Kinyarwanda). Retrieved 2019-08-07.
  14. ^ Pesaresi Penner, Karen; Mary P. Clarke (September 1990). "Red Meats: Nutrient Contributions to the Diet" (PDF). Consumer Food Choices MF-974. Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 12, 2006.