Porous materials have received extensive attention for energy absorption in the last few years. In terms of this study, austenitic TRIP-steel/Mg-PSZ-composite honeycomb structures are formed with different mixing proportions due to ceramic extrusion at room temperature. Their specific energy absorption SEA as well as their compression strength have been registered as a function of the compressive strain. X-ray diffractometry (XRD), electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) as well as electron dispersive X-ray (EDX) analysis support the microstructure characterization. The zirconia addition has mainly contributed as a hard phase in a ductile TRIP steel matrix and has reinforced the composite material up to a compressive strain of about 24%.