Today, we are going to delve into the various beef cuts of European Quality Beef. The methods of categorizing beef can vary from country to country, depending on the preferred textures and flavors. Let’s explore how beef cuts are divided in Europe from Spain.


“Entrecot” is a popular beef cut in Spanish cuisine, often considered similar to the ribeye cut in English-speaking countries. Entrecot comes from the rib area of the cow, particularly between the ribs, hence its name derived from “entre (between)” and “costilla (ribs)”. Known for its rich flavor and tenderness due to marbling within the meat, Entrecot is primarily used in main dishes in Spanish cuisine. It is often served with traditional Spanish sauces like chimichurri or romesco, along with olive oil and sea salt. In the Basque region, Entrecot steaks are famous, cooked on a hot charcoal grill and served with Piquillo peppers and Basque-style sauce.

5.Fore Shank/Brazuelo sin hueso

“Brazuelo sin hueso” in Spanish means “boneless fore shank”, indicating a cut of meat that has had the bone removed, making it easier to prepare and cook. This cut comes from a highly exercised muscle area due to the cow’s movement, resulting in a flavorful and juicy meat. It is perfect for slow-cooking dishes such as stews, as the meat becomes tender and retains a chewy texture when cooked slowly.


“Lomo” refers to the area between the sirloin and tenderloin, known for its tender texture and flavor. Located near the upper part of the cow, this cut has relatively low connective tissue, making it one of the most tender beef cuts. Its tenderness makes it ideal for various cooking methods including grilling, pan-searing, and roasting. In Spain, it is often used for carpaccio due to its tenderness, and it is delicious even when eaten raw as steak tartare. This combination of flavor, tenderness, and versatility in cooking makes Lomo a beloved beef cut among Spanish chefs.

11.Top Sirloin Cap/Tapa de cuadril

“Tapa de cuadril” refers to a specific beef cut known as the top sirloin cap in Spanish. This cut is located near the top of the cow’s hindquarters, close to the hip. It is a well-balanced cut with a good ratio of meat to fat, resulting in a flavorful and relatively tender beef. Tapa de cuadril is known for its strong flavor and firm texture, with just the right amount of marbling to enhance its juiciness and taste.


In Europe, beef cuts are meticulously categorized based on their textures, marbling, flavors, and juiciness. Understanding these characteristics allows for a variety of cuts to be used in different types of dishes, catering to the diverse preferences in European cuisine from Spain.




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