Hanger Steak with Shallots

Looking for a quick, easy, yet special meal for Valentine’s? Try this hanger steak, just cut the recipe in half if you are making it for two. ~Elise

One of the best things about having a butcher close by who knows a thing or two about meat is that we are often inspired to try cuts that would otherwise be unfamiliar to us. Hanger steak is one of those cuts. Also known as a “butcher’s steak”, the hanger steak “hangs” down from a steer’s diaphragm, attached to the last rib and spine near the kidneys (according to the Wikipedia). It is highly flavorful, but isn’t perfectly tender, so it responds well to quick cooking with searing heat, and a thin slicing against the grain to serve. This recipe we picked up from our local butcher at Corti Brothers who in turn got it from Chef Daniel Boulud. According to chef Boulud, French bistros traditionally serve this steak along with pommes frites (French fries). We passed on the fries and went with broccoli and boiled potatoes. Outstanding, and very easy to make.

Hanger Steak with Shallots Recipe

  • Yield: Serves 4.

If hanger steaks aren't available where you are, you might want to try this recipe with a flank or skirt steak. Hanger steaks are sold either whole, looking somewhat like a "V", or trimmed of the center gristle, in which case they resemble a tenderloin. If you get a whole piece, make sure to cut away and discard the center main gristle that connects the 2 tenderloin-ish pieces.

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp canola or grapeseed oil
  • 4 hanger steaks, 6-8 ounces each (trimmed of main gristle running through center)
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 6 medium shallots, thinly sliced
  • 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped Italian parsley

Method

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1 Heat oil in a large heavy-bottomed skillet or sauté pan over high heat. Pat the steaks dry with a paper towel and season them with salt and pepper. When the pan is hot, place the steaks into the pan, and brown them on all sides. (Do not move the steak pieces until they have browned on one side, if you move them, they won't brown easily.) Continue to turn them until they are cooked to your preference, 6 minutes total for medium-rare (the steaks will continue to cook as they rest), a few minutes longer for more well done. Transfer the steaks to a warm dish and cover them with foil and let them rest while you prepare the sauce.

2 Reduce the heat to medium, add a tablespoon of butter and the shallots. Season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring frequently, until the shallots are softened, about 3 to 5 minutes. Add the vinegar and cook until it boils away, then add the wine. Bring the wine to a boil and let reduce to about half. Remove pan from heat, stir in the remaining tablespoon of butter and the chopped parsley.

To serve, cut each steak against the grain into thin slices. Fan the slices out on a warm dinner plate. Drizzle the warm shallot sauce over the meat and serve immediately.

Recipe adapted from Daniel Boulud's Cafe Boulud Cookbook: French-American Recipes for the Home Cook.

Links:
Hanger steak with portobellos from Not Eating Out in NY
Hanger steak with ginger and carrot purée from Talk of Tomatoes
Chili-rubbed hanger steak with romaine salad and creamy chili dressing from Serious Eats

25 Comments

  1. Jeanne

    I think hanger steak has been given its Cinderella moment because of the credit crunch! Suddenly people are talking about it as the search for less expensive but still tasty cuts of meat goes into overdrive. This dish looks gorgeous – a perfect V-Day meal for a carnivore!

  2. Bob

    Looks great, but I’ve never seen that cut anywhere. Of course, I only get to go to a rather craptacular supermarket for my shopping…

  3. Claudine

    It’s called onglet in French and it definitely is my favourite grilled red meat!
    It requires a brief cooking time on very high heat and is also excellent served with a sharp mustard sauce.

  4. Nick

    I had my first and only hanger steak in BLT Steak in NYC. Do you know why it’s called the “Butcher’s steak”? I heard it’s called the “butcher’s cut” because it’s such a good piece of meat that the butcher always keeps it for himself, which speaks a lot about the cut but also why it’s so difficult to find. I passed Corti Brothers the other day by accident and it reminded me that I need to go there!

  5. Andi

    This looks fantastic but I think I’ll keep the pommes frites – maybe some spinach on the side for something green :)

  6. Matthew

    I had the great pleasure of sharing in this meal. It came about when I called dad and informed him that I would be in town for lunch, this is what he came up with.
    The shallots really set off that steak, as did the bottle of Zin, very smooth and fruity, made me not want to leave. Mom cooked the potatoes in the water from the broccoli, this added favor, making the potatoes extra good. I tell you I felt like the “prodigal son”, what a great meal, great family too.

    Ah, thanks Matthew! I love you too. :-) By the way, I think the Zin we used was a Mount Aukum zin, will have to check on the vintage. xoxo ~Elise

  7. Renee

    Can’t say I’ve ever seen a hanger steak, but this sauce sounds delicious! We have a brand new Kroger Marketplace in town; maybe they’ll have this cut of meat.

  8. Adam S

    I make hangar steak all the time, and I have to say, I’ve never had an experience where I didn’t find it plenty tender. If you are used to eating rib steaks most of the time, maybe, but for anyone who ever eats sirloin, round, or chuck, hangar steak will be a welcome change.

  9. Ray Darragh

    I don’t understand. You say yourself you have to have a butcher who knows their cuts of meet. I went on other websites, and another name for this cut is the butcher’s cut, because they don’t want to sell it, but keep it for themselves, hence the name! A whole steer only has 1 to 1-1/2 pounds of this cut of meet, so how do you think an average person is going to be able to find it in a butcher shop, and if they can, how are they going to afford it?

    The hanger steak, onglet, or “butcher’s steak” is showing up more and more these days. This steak pictured we picked up for $8/pound. ~Elise

  10. Kalyn

    The steak looks fantastic, and speaking of Valentine’s Day, want to be sure to say Happy Birthday! (Yes, I know it’s technically tomorrow but I always like to be early for things. I think it’s that oldest child thing!) Hope you will have the most fantastic birthday ever!

  11. Elise Lafosse

    My husband and I have looked everywhere here for hanger steak. He loves it and remembers getting it in CA. However we cannot find it here in CT. However I made this recipe last Saturday with flank steak and it was still delicious, though I imagine it would taste even better with hanger steak. We will keep looking…maybe there is a mail order outfit? do you know of one perhaps? My butcher says we have to find a slaughterhouse…somehow I do not think I will find that entry in the yellow pages.

    I suggest looking up “hanger steak connecticut” in Google, finding what CT restaurants carry it, and then calling the restaurant and asking where they source their hanger steak. If CT restaurants can get a hold of hanger steak, then you should be able to as well. You might also try Whole Foods. ~Elise

  12. Nelly

    I made this for my wife on Valentine’s Day and it was delicious — thank you for a wonderful suggestion! Couldn’t find hanger steak, but I used flatiron steaks instead and the effect was much the same (and at a little over $4 a pound, it’s certainly affordable). I served it with baked acorn squash (w/ brown sugar/maple syrup – recipe from your site, also) and some steamed broccoli tossed with olive oil, lemon juice, and herbs. The wine was a good Rhône, which went nicely with the steak. Simple, elegant, meal – just my kind! Thank you.

  13. cortney

    I make this last night, though had to use flank steak because the only hanger steak available was frozen and I didn’t have time to defrost it. The sauce drew much praise from my guests. The only complaint was that there wasn’t enough sauce. Next time were making more. The nicest part was we bought both the flank and hanger steaks at a butcher shop, and spent less than we do for 2 NY Steaks at the supermarket! Great Recipe…Thanks

  14. Heather

    I made this last night and it was a wonderful. My local whole foods does not carry hanger steak, but the butcher suggested skirt steak as an alternative. The cut of meat was considerably thinner, so 2.5 minutes on each side and the steak came out medium rare (medium in the thinner sections) Also, I realized at the last minute that I already drank the red I thought I had on hand. (oops!) So I was forced to use some white wine as a substitute. The sauce was buttery and flavorful nonetheless.

  15. Steve Dunham

    This is definitely my favorite cut of meat. I cook mine similarly, vaguely following the “Steak Frites” recipe in Keller’s Bouchon book, but I like to marinate the steak in red wine for 30 min or so.

    I also like to butterfly it for fajitas (with a chili/lime/soy/sugar marinade, onions, and roasted poblanos).

    While every butcher in the San Francisco Bay Area carries hanger steak, it can be hard to find in some parts of the US. When I went back to Michigan for Christmas, I was unable to find it anywhere. I even had guy tell me he’s been a butcher for 15 years and has no idea what I’m talking about.

  16. Jee

    Looking at the recipe is making my stomach growl…and I’m in a very quiet library – lol
    I won’t have time to prepare this (do the shopping etc.) tonight but I’m definitely having it over the weekend!!
    Thanks for a great recipe Elise. (again, as usual ;) )

  17. Gaby

    I made this for my boyfriend last week and it was delicious!!! In addition also made your cucumber-mint salad and blueberry cake and it all turned out so wonderfully. Thank you again for this amazing website!

  18. EDCinci

    I saw this recipe this Saturday, after purchasing a prime hanger from the local butcher. (Also took a prime skirt and brisket.) The directions on cutting the steak into mini-filets were spot on. Thanks so much. The recipe was great.

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