Hanger Steak with Salsa Piccante Recipe

Hangar Steak
Christopher Hirsheimer


  • One 24-ounce hanger steak
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 sweet onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 Hatch or red Fresno chiles
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamico

Ah, the kick-ass sauce! A grilled steak needs some kick and I love chilies. I like using Hatch chiles from New Mexico; their season is rather short but worth it. Fresno chiles also work well. I find they have a nice round flavor, medium heat and marry well with the sweet onions, balsamico, and garlic. Hanger steak is sometimes called the “butcher’s cut.” It is an earthy, meaty steak that appeals to everyone who likes meat with texture. Skirt steak is a viable substitute, but rib-eye is not (though I love rib-eyes, they can be a bit fatty). The steaks are simply rubbed with sea salt and a generous amount of freshly ground black pepper. The trick is to sear the hell out them. No timidity here; let the cast-iron skillet do its duty. If it’s summer, by all means use a charcoal grill. For a wine that sucks up the heat, choose a Barbera from Piedmont.


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Trim the steak and season with sea salt and black pepper. Bring it to room temperature.

To make the salsa, put the garlic, onion, chiles, and olive oil into a cast-iron skillet. Roast in the oven for about 10 minutes. Remove from the oven, deglaze with the balsamico and then purée everything in a food processor fitted with a metal blade until chunky.

Prepare a medium-hot grill. Sear the hanger until dark mahogany in color and crispy on all sides — this takes vigilance, but only about 8 minutes total. Hanger should be rare to medium-rare. Let the steak rest for 5 minutes, then slice.

Serve with the salsa.

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Calories per serving:

396 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Carb, Low Sodium Paleo, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 101g 155%
  • Carbs 32g 11%
  • Saturated 36g 181%
  • Fiber 4g 15%
  • Trans 5g
  • Sugars 19g
  • Monounsaturated 51g
  • Polyunsaturated 6g
  • Protein 140g 281%
  • Cholesterol 442mg 147%
  • Sodium 474mg 20%
  • Calcium 130mg 13%
  • Magnesium 178mg 44%
  • Potassium 2,291mg 65%
  • Iron 13mg 73%
  • Zinc 41mg 275%
  • Phosphorus 1,101mg 157%
  • Vitamin A 46µg 5%
  • Vitamin C 76mg 127%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 36%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 2mg 117%
  • Niacin (B3) 36mg 178%
  • Vitamin B6 4mg 181%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 106µg 27%
  • Vitamin B12 17µg 279%
  • Vitamin D 1µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 3mg 17%
  • Vitamin K 26µg 32%
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