There was a time not that long ago when you’d walk into certain butcher shops, ask for a hanger steak, and get a quizzical look. Perhaps that’s because, for some time, the secondary cut was also known as a “Hanging Tender,” hailing from inside the ribcage (in fact, it’s part of the diaphragm), as well as “the Butcher’s Steak,” with those cunning meatmongers often keeping this deeply flavorful, textured specimen for themselves. “But the gig is up,” says Texas chef Jess Pryles, who shares her pan-seared version with us, featuring wagyu, no less, and a bright salsa to boot.

Serves two.

Best cooked in the Joan.


  • 1 full-blood wagyu hanger steak
  • 1 bunch scallion, roots removed
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • ¼ cup peanuts, chopped
  • 2 Tbsps. mint leaves, roughly chopped
  • 2 tsps. agave nectar
  • 1 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar
  • Kosher salt


Place a cast-iron skillet on your stovetop over high heat. Pat the hanger steak dry with a paper towel, cutting into more manageable sections if necessary. Season the pieces well on both sides with kosher salt. Place the steaks into the pan and cook, flipping every minute for about 5-7 minutes total, or until the internal temperature reads 135 degrees Fahrenheit on a meat thermometer. Remove steaks from the pan, then rest under foil. Lay the scallions into the pan with the rendered wagyu fat, and char for a minute or two on each side until they soften and blister. Remove the scallions from the pan, roughly chop, then place in a bowl. Add the peanuts, olive oil, mint, agave, lime juice, vinegar, and a pinch of salt. Taste, and add more salt if needed. Slice hanger steak against the grain, then place the pieces onto the serving plate. Drizzle with the charred scallion salsa and serve.

Recipe and photo courtesy of Jess Pryles.

November 03, 2023

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