You may recognise the tomahawk steak as a premium cut of beef; it is one that is found in top steak houses throughout the country, offered at a high price.

Tomahawk steaks have found their popularity through social media, acting as an impressive dish to flaunt online. Eating a tomahawk steak can make you feel like royalty, which is why it is such an appealing dish to buy in a restaurant or try yourself at home! There are a few reasons why the tomahawk steak is so popular, and Murphy’s Butchers are here to fill you in on why! 

What is Tomahawk Steak?

Tomahawk steak is cut from the fore-rib of the animal with the long bone left on, resulting in a steak that looks like a tomahawk axe. The tomahawk steak is essentially a more upmarket version of a rib-eye steak, with the rib bone left on and French-trimmed, in order to deliver its appealing look. The steak is extremely large and can weigh up to 1.5kg, depending on how large the rib bone is. This is why the tomahawk steak is so popular for special occasions; it is perfect to share and looks exceptional at the dinner table. Because the tomahawk is cut from the rib of the animal it has beautiful marbling that makes it extremely tender and flavoursome.  

Why is Tomahawk Steak so Expensive?

Tomahawk steaks can cost up to €80 to buy in supermarkets and up to €120 in restaurants! This makes it one of the most expensive steaks to buy. Tomahawk steaks are so expensive because of both their appearance and weight. Their remarkable look not only makes for great photos but can help their consumer to feel as though they are eating like the rich; the steak can be picked up by the bone and eaten caveman style!

As these steaks are also extremely popular for special occasions, such as on Valentine’s day, they come at a higher price point. Additionally, the bone has to be French trimmed so that it is aesthetically pleasing; this takes time and means that the rest of the rib cannot be sold. It is debated as to whether the tomahawk steak is truly worth its price, but we can’t say you shouldn’t try it at least once in your lifetime! 

Is Tomahawk Steak the Best You Can Get?

The tomahawk steak comes from the most flavoursome part of the animal; the ribs, which definitely makes it one of the tastiest cuts of beef. The tomahawk is a prime cut so it sure is up there with the best you can get. A tomahawk steak is premium quality meat that will be sure to impress you, your family and/or dinner guests if made at home.

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How Do I Cook a Tomahawk Steak?

The tomahawk steak doesn’t have to be consumed in a steak restaurant, it is also something you can cook from the comfort of your very own home. Tomahawk steaks can be grilled, pan-fried or cooked in an oven. Whichever method you choose, we highly recommend that you use or buy a meat thermometer so that you can cook your tomahawk to perfection.

There are a variety of tomahawk steak recipes online, but here is one that we are sure you will love!


  • 1 tomahawk steak
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • 4 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 2 tbsp. of butter
  • 4 large garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp. of olive oil


  1. Take your tomahawk steak out of the fridge and allow it to sit at room temperature for around 30 minutes to 1 hour, in order to allow for even cooking
  2. Heat your oven to 180°C
  3. Season your steak with olive oil, as well as salt and pepper to taste
  4. Wrap the bone of your tomahawk steak with kitchen roll, and wrap foil over the top so it is easier for you to handle the meat
  5. Heat up your butter, oil, and 4 large peeled garlic cloves in a large cast-iron skillet until the oil and butter begin to sizzle
  6. Add your seasoned tomahawk steak into the cast iron skillet on high heat, and add thyme for flavour
  7. Sear the steak on high heat for 3 minutes on each side, until golden brown on the outside
  8. Carefully transfer your tomahawk steak into an oven dish and roast for 10 to 20 minutes, depending on how well done you would like your meat to be
  9. Use your meat thermometer to ensure your steak is cooked to exactly how you would like it; for rare, the thermometer should read 125°F / 52°C, medium-rare 135°F/ 57°C, medium at 145°F/ 63°C and well done at 155 to 160°F/ 68°C to 71°C
  10. Once you have removed your steak, baste it again in the juices from your skillet
  11. Leave your tomahawk steak to rest for 10 minutes so that the muscles can relax and redistribute the flavoursome juices

If you do not have a pan or skillet that is big enough for your tomahawk steak, you can also roast it or use a grill. Our favourite method of cooking a tomahawk steak is on an outdoor grill; so why not plan a special tomahawk steak meal for the summertime? Find a variety of recipes online for the perfect tomahawk steak.

Here at Murphy’s Butchers, we offer a cut above the rest! We hang our meat properly and take our time to produce real quality meat. Our beef is dry-aged for a minimum of 21 to 35 days so that we can deliver you the most tender and delicious meat possible. So why not browse our website today to plan your next tasty dish?