Round steak
American beef cuts
TypeBeef steak
A raw top round steak in a pan

A round steak is a beef steak from the "round", the rear leg of the cow. The round is divided into cuts including the eye (of) round, bottom round, and top round, with or without the "round" bone (femur), and may include the knuckle (sirloin tip), depending on how the round is separated from the loin. This is a lean cut and it is moderately tough. Lack of fat and marbling makes round dry out when cooked with dry-heat cooking methods like roasting or grilling. Round steak is commonly prepared with slow moist-heat methods including braising, to tenderize the meat and maintain moisture. The cut is often sliced thin, then dried or smoked at low temperature to make jerky.

The rump cover or picanha, with its thick layer of accompanying fat, is highly esteemed in many South American countries, particularly Brazil and Argentina, but is rarely found elsewhere.

Topside and silverside

British cuts topside and silverside together are roughly equivalent to the American round cut. New Zealand cuts also use these terms (or sometimes "outside round" for silverside).[1]


Common preparations

See also


  1. ^ "Cooking Tips - Beef and lamb New Zealand". Retrieved 23 January 2016.