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Traditional entrecôte, cut from the rib

In French, entrecôte (French pronunciation: ​[ɑ̃.tʁə.kot]) is a premium cut of beef used for steaks and roasts.

Contre-filet, cut from the sirloin

A traditional entrecôte is a boneless cut from the rib area[1][2] corresponding to the steaks known in different parts of the English-speaking world as rib, rib eye, Scotch fillet, club, or Delmonico.

The muscle group concerned is the longissimus dorsi, which runs down the back of the animal adjacent to the vertebrae and above the rib cage, and continues into the hind quarter. Once past the rib cage into the area adjacent to the lumbar vertebrae, this muscle group is no longer called an "entrecôte"—at that point it becomes a sirloin/strip steak (UK/N.Am, respectively), or a contre-filet in French.


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  1. ^ "entrecôte". Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Retrieved 2019-07-29.
  2. ^ Danilo Alfaro (2019-07-15). "What Is Entrecôte?".