Butcher the High Cost of Meats
Cut into these cheaper meat and seafood options that’ll pack on muscle just as well as their better-known (and costlier) counterparts
Cheap Cut #4: Top Sirloin Steak
Standard Choice: Rib-eye steak
Alternative: Top sirloin steak
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As a major player in many bodybuilding diets, steak can put a serious dent in your budget. Seek out affordable alternatives like top sirloin — an often-overlooked cut of beef that has great flavor and tenderness. As a leaner option, top sirloin delivers a stellar 6:1 ratio of protein to fat; the pricier rib-eye has a 1:1 ratio. Like all red meat, top sirloin contains creatine that helps bolster muscular strength.
PREP METHOD: Boneless top sirloin steak is tasty on its own, so a simple seasoning of salt and pepper will do. Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Cook steak for 3–4 minutes on one side, flip, and cook until desired doneness. Medium-rare, or a 135°F internal temperature, is optimal. Remove from heat and let rest 5 minutes before slicing. Alternately, try it diced into a stir-fry.