It is fine to eat the fat on a steak. It can be quite delicious too! The best steaks have fat “marbling” to melt and infuse the steak with the excellent flavor we all want. And in the cooking process, the fat keeps the steak tender and juicy.
When Should You Eat Steak Fat?
Steaks with fat marbling are the best for eating as the marbled fat gives it a satisfying steak flavor. This fat is best eaten on a steak and should be eaten and not trimmed away.
Instead of wasting time trying to trim the fat, enjoy it and let the fat running through the steak work its magic.
How Does Marbled Fat Add Flavor?
Fat marbled throughout the steak becomes crispy with a deep rich flavor. Cooking the steak makes fat pockets of juiciness, adding flavor and tenderness to the steak.
An example of a steak with rich marbling is Ribeye. Ribeye steaks are used for grilling due to the spidery fat running through the steak.
Cooked properly, the fat melts to add a deep rich flavor and can be the tastiest part of the steak. Also, the hunk of fat in the middle is not part of the marbling,
When Should You Not Eat Steak Fat?
There may be certain times you want to eat something other than steak fat. The spidery fat marbling in steaks melts down to enhance the steak flavor.
But, if the steak has a thick ring of fat around it, known as “bark,” it should be trimmed. Although thick fat is not harmful, it is too much fat, and many don’t enjoy eating it. So if you don’t like it, trim it and enjoy a juicy and tender steak.
Should You Eat the Thicker “Bark” Ring?
How to Find Steaks With Less Fat
An easy way to discover steaks without fat is by buying graded steaks. These steaks are graded upon the “Beef Marbling Score” or BMS.
They can have less or more fat depending on the grade type. These are some grades of steaks with marbling content based on the BMS index.