Butcher's Steak (Hanger Steak)


This butcher or hanger steak recipe is great pan-cooked, broiled, or grilled. It takes to marinade wonderfully and really can be substituted for any cut of steak. Just be sure to take the time to trim it well.

Prep Time:
35 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
50 mins


  • 1 (2 pound) butcher's steak (hanger steak)

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 tablespoon clarified butter

  • cup chicken broth

  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons cold butter, cut into cubes

  • salt to taste


  1. Remove all silver skin and extra fat from steak. Carefully cut out the connective tissue that connects the 2 halves of the steak, separating the whole into 2 long pieces. Cut lobe of meat from one half (it's a piece that is slightly separated from the larger half). Then cut each of the 2 larger halves into 2 steaks each. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

  2. Heat skillet over high heat. Add clarified butter when pan is hot, then place the steaks in the pan. Reduce heat to medium. Cook until browned on all sides, firm, and reddish-pink on the inside. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read 125 degrees F (52 degrees C), a total of about 12 minutes. (This cut of meat has a sort of triangular shape, so about 4 minutes per side.) Transfer to a warm plate and tent with foil to let steaks rest and allow temperature to rise to 130 degrees F.

  3. Pour broth into skillet set over medium heat. Stir with a wooden spoon scraping up the browned bits from the bottom. When brownings dissolve and liquid begins to reduce after 2 or 3 minutes, reduce heat to low. Add accumulated juices from the meat, balsamic vinegar, and butter chunks. Cook and stir until butter melts. If liquid has reduced too much, add a splash of broth. Taste to check if sauce needs a bit of salt.

  4. To serve, slice steaks and spoon pan sauce over them.

    close up view of a sliced Butcher's Steak (Hanger Steak) with sauce, served with french fries on a white plate
    Chef John

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

344 Calories
25g Fat
1g Carbs
27g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 344
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 13g 63%
Cholesterol 96mg 32%
Sodium 349mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 27g
Calcium 9mg 1%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 338mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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