Balsamic Hanger Steaks

Balsamic Hanger Steaks
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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 20 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
655 Calories
26g Fat
76g Carbs
31g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 655
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 26g 33%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 94mg 31%
Sodium 2076mg 90%
Total Carbohydrate 76g 28%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 31g
Calcium 104mg 8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The hanger steak is a thick strip of meat from the underside of the cow. It hangs (hence the name) between the rib and the loin. It is part of the diaphragm and, like a skirt steak and is full of flavor. The hanger steak has a grainy texture which is great for many dishes like fajitas or bulgogi.


  • 4 hanger steaks
  • 2 cups / 475 mL balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup / 60 mL vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup / 60 mL Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup / 60 mL water
  • 1 1/3 cups / 320 mL brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon / 15 mL sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon / 5 mL soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon / 5 mL coarse ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon / 2 1/2 mL garlic powder

Steps to Make It

  1. Combine balsamic vinegar with oil, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, water, brown sugar, sea salt, garlic powder, and black pepper. Mix until the sugar is dissolved.

  2. Set aside 1 cup/240 mL of marinade mixture in separate bowl. Place hanger steaks in a resealable plastic bag.

  3. Pour marinade over steaks, seal bag, and turn to coat. Place bag in the refrigerator and marinade meat for 3 to 4 hours.

  4. Place reserved 1 cup/240 mL marinade in small saucepan. Bring to a boil and reduce heat.

  5. Cook for additional 4 to 5 minutes until sauce is thick and coats the back of a spoon. Make sure to stir often during the cooking process and also, watch for burning.

  6. Set aside and allow to cool. Vinegar will continue to thicken as it cools. If it gets too thick, simply stir in 1 to 2 tablespoons of water to the mixture and reheat right before serving.

  7. Preheat grill for high heat.

  8. Remove hanger steaks from bag and discard marinade.

  9. Place meat on the grill and cook for 3 to 5 minutes per side.  Once steaks have reached the desired doneness, remove from grill and let rest for 5 minutes before plating.

  10. To serve either slice or serve steaks whole with warmed balsamic sauce drizzled over top.

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