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What is a Bullet Steak? Exciting Steak Flavors

Steak diane: a bullet steak smothered in brown gravy to show what is a bullet steak

Bullet steak is a unique steak that has gained popularity in recent years. It is a relatively rare cut that most people do not know about. So, what is a bullet steak?

Also known as the culotte steak, this unique cut is rich in beefy flavor. Consequently, it has quickly gained popularity among steak lovers. This article will discuss what bullet steak is and how to cook and serve it. If you're looking to become an expert on all the different kinds of steak, look over our definitive guide to beef cuts!

What is a Bullet Steak?

Bullet steak is a beef cut from the cow's bottom sirloin. This cut got its name from its shape; it is shaped like a bullet. Its recent rise in popularity could result from its cost, as it is cheaper than other premium cuts.

diagram of a cow showing where the different cuts of meat come from

Bullet steak is a leaner cut compared to most other cuts. However, its leanness does not make it any less flavourful. Instead, its rich, beefy flavor pairs well with various seasonings and sauces.

Moreover, if we are to consider the nutritional element, bullet steak is an excellent source of proteins, iron, and vitamins B12. It is also low in calories, making it a healthier yet more affordable cut.

Cooking and Serving a Bullet Steak

The two most popular ways to cook this steak include grilling and broiling. Like most other steaks, grilling brings out its flavor. While grilling, the heat will help caramelize the surface of the steak, creating a crust that seals in all the juices.

Therefore, to grill this steak, first heat your grill to high heat. Next, season the steak to your preference. We recommend Gustus Vitae's Garlic Truffle steak seasoning to truly elevate the flavor of this cut. Cook each side for around five minutes for a medium-rare finish.

Related: See our guide on buying a cutting board for raw meat.

You can broil this steak if you do not have a grill or like indoor cooking. The procedure is just like that of any other steak. First, preheat your boiler for 5 to ten minutes. Ensure you remove any moisture on the steak's surface using paper towels. Next, coat the steak with your favorite seasoning and pop it into your boiler. Let it for four to five minutes on each side.

sirloin steak cooking on a fire grill

You can pair bullet steak with a variety of side dishes and sauces. In particular, it goes well with mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, or mixed greens salad. You can also serve it with garlic butter, chimichurri sauce, or a red wine reduction.

Bullet Steak Variations

The two most popular dishes are the bullet pepper steak and Steak Diane. The bullet pepper steak is a classic dish made of thinly sliced bullet steak. Other ingredients used include bell peppers, onions, and a peppery sauce. The steak is first seared in a hot skillet. It is then cooked with the vegetables until it gets tender.

Steak Diane also features bullet steak as the key ingredient. This classic dish is made with thin slices that are seared and served with a rich sauce.

hands using a virginia boys kitchens knife to cut raw steak on a wood chopping board


Bullet steak comes from the bottom sirloin of the animal. It is a flavorful and versatile cut gaining popularity with steak lovers worldwide. Whether you are a professional chef or a home cook, it is an excellent steak to try out.

With its rich flavor and tender texture, this steak is an affordable alternative to premium cuts such as filet mignon. To that end, we hope that this piece has provided all the information you were looking for. Happy grilling!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use a slow cooker to make a bullet steak?

Yes. You can cook it in a slow cooker. This method is particularly suited for tough cuts. To achieve the best results, season your steak with salt and pepper. Next, sear it lightly in a pan. Transfer it to your slow cooker adding garlic and onions. Let it cook slowly for around 6 to 8 hours.

What are some good wine pairings for bullet steak?

This steak pairs well with various red wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, and Syrah. These wine selections have bold flavors that complement the beefy flavor.

Can you freeze bullet steak?

Yes, you can freeze it.Just like any regular steak, wrap it in a plastic wrap, then add a layer of aluminum foil. Alternatively, you can use a freezer-safe bag. If you are looking to freeze it for a long time, it is definitely a good idea to label it correctly. 


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