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How to Cook Onglet Steak or Hanger Steak

INGREDIENTS

Onglet or Hanger steak
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Rapeseed oil or another high-heat cooking oil
Optional: Marinade or seasoning of your choice

METHOD

Prepare the Steak:

If you have time, consider marinating the steak for a few hours or overnight to enhance flavour and tenderness. You can use a simple marinade of olive oil, garlic, herbs, and spices.

Preheat Your Cooking Surface:

Heat a grill, grill pan, or heavy skillet (such as cast iron) over high heat. You want it to be very hot.

Season the Steak:

Pat the steak dry with paper towels. Season it generously with salt and freshly ground black pepper. If you marinated the steak, you can skip additional seasoning.

Cook the Steak:

If using a grill or grill pan: Oil the grill grates or pan to prevent sticking. Place the hanger steak on the grill or pan.

If using a skillet: Add a small amount of oil to the hot skillet.

Cook the steak for about 3-4 minutes per side for medium-rare or adjust the cooking time according to your preferred doneness. Hanger steak is best when it's not overcooked, so avoid cooking it beyond medium to maintain its tenderness.

Rest the Steak:

Once the steak reaches your desired level of doneness, remove it from the heat and let it rest for 5-10 minutes on a cutting board. Resting allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meat and keeps it juicy.

Slice and Serve:

After resting, slice the hanger steak thinly against the grain (the direction of the muscle fibres) to maximize tenderness.
Serve it as is, or with your favourite sauce or accompaniments.


 

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Here are some key characteristics of Onglet steak:

Flavour: Onglet steak is prized for its robust beefy flavour, often described as similar to flank or skirt steak. It has a pronounced grain and a slightly mineral-like taste, making it a favourite among steak enthusiasts.

Texture: When cooked properly, Onglet steak is quite tender. However, it can be tough if overcooked. It's important to cook it to no more than medium-rare or medium for the best results.

Preparation: Onglet steak benefits from marinating to enhance its flavour and tenderness. Common marinades include garlic, herbs, olive oil, and vinegar. Marinate for at least a few hours or overnight for the best results.

Cooking: Onglet steak is typically best when cooked quickly over high heat. Grilling, pan-searing, or broiling are popular cooking methods. It's important to let the steak rest for a few minutes after cooking to allow the juices to redistribute.

Serving: Onglet steak is often sliced against the grain into thin strips before serving. It's commonly served in dishes like fajitas, stir-fries, or as a standalone steak with a sauce or chimichurri.

Here are some popular and delicious Onglet steak recipes and cooking suggestions from famous chefs:

Onglet Steak with Chimichurri Sauce (Inspired by Francis Mallmann):

Grill the Onglet steak to medium-rare or your preferred doneness.
Serve it with chimichurri sauce made from fresh parsley, garlic, red wine vinegar, olive oil, and red pepper flakes.
The vibrant and tangy chimichurri pairs wonderfully with the rich, beefy flavours of the Onglet steak.

Onglet Steak Tacos (Inspired by Bobby Flay):

Marinate the Onglet steak with a mixture of lime juice, garlic, cumin, and chili powder.
Grill the steak to medium-rare, then thinly slice it against the grain.
Serve the sliced steak in warm tortillas with toppings like diced tomatoes, onions, avocado, and a drizzle of sour cream or a spicy salsa.

Onglet Steak Salad (Inspired by Gordon Ramsay):

Grill or pan-sear the Onglet steak to your desired level of doneness.
Slice the steak thinly and arrange it on a bed of mixed greens.
Top the salad with roasted cherry tomatoes, crumbled blue cheese, and a balsamic vinaigrette for a hearty and flavourful salad.

Onglet Steak Stir-Fry (Inspired by Jamie Oliver):

Slice the Onglet steak thinly against the grain.
Stir-fry the steak with colourful bell peppers, broccoli, and snap peas in a hot wok.
Add a savoury stir-fry sauce made from soy sauce, ginger, garlic, and a touch of honey for sweetness.

Onglet Steak with Red Wine Reduction (Inspired by Ina Garten):

Pan-sear the Onglet steak to your desired level of doneness.
In the same pan, make a red wine reduction sauce by deglazing with red wine, adding shallots, and simmering until it thickens.
Drizzle the red wine reduction sauce over the sliced steak for a luxurious and indulgent meal.

These are just a few ideas inspired by famous chefs. Feel free to customise these recipes to suit your preferences, and don't hesitate to explore other flavours and ingredients that you enjoy. Onglet steak is versatile and can be used in various dishes to showcase its rich flavour and tenderness.

Pairings & Sides for Onglet Steak

Onglet steak's rich, beefy flavour pairs well with a variety of sides and accompaniments. Here are some great pairings and side dishes that complement Onglet steak:

Chimichurri Sauce: A classic pairing, chimichurri sauce adds a burst of freshness and acidity to the richness of Onglet steak. It's made with fresh herbs, garlic, vinegar, and olive oil.

Roasted Vegetables: Roasted vegetables like asparagus, Brussels sprouts, or root vegetables are a great choice. The caramelization from roasting adds a delightful contrast to the steak's flavours.

Mashed Potatoes: Creamy mashed potatoes provide a comforting and hearty side that complements the steak's richness.

Grilled or Steamed Asparagus: Asparagus has a slightly nutty flavour that pairs well with Onglet steak. A drizzle of lemon juice and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese can enhance the dish.

Creamed Spinach: The creamy and slightly tangy nature of creamed spinach balances the richness of Onglet steak.

Risotto: A creamy risotto, whether flavoured with mushrooms, Parmesan, or other ingredients, can be an indulgent side dish that complements the steak.

Caramelised Onions: Sautéed or caramelised onions add a sweet and savoury component that pairs nicely with the steak's deep flavour.

Grilled Corn on the Cob: Grilled corn with butter and a sprinkle of chilli powder or grated cheese provides a delightful contrast to the savoury steak.

Mixed Greens Salad: A simple salad with mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and a light vinaigrette can provide a refreshing and crunchy side.

Balsamic Glaze: Drizzle a balsamic reduction or glaze over the steak for a sweet and tangy contrast.

Red Wine Reduction Sauce: A red wine reduction sauce can elevate the steak's flavor and add an elegant touch to the dish.

Fries or Potato Wedges: For a more casual option, serve Onglet steak with crispy fries or seasoned potato wedges.

Remember that the best pairings for Onglet steak ultimately depend on your personal preferences. You can mix and match side dishes to create a meal that suits your taste, whether you prefer something light and fresh or hearty and indulgent.

 

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Hot Tips

Remember that cooking times can vary based on the thickness of the hanger steak and the heat source, so it's essential to monitor the steak's internal temperature with a meat thermometer to ensure it's cooked to your liking:

Rare: 49-52°C
Medium-rare: 54-57°C
Medium: 60-63°C

Cooking hanger steak is a relatively quick process, and it's best served immediately to enjoy its full flavour and tenderness.

Pairings

Pairing the right drinks with hanger steak can enhance your dining experience by complementing its rich, beefy flavours. Here are some drink options that pair well with hanger steak:

Red Wine: Red wine is a classic choice for pairing with steak, and hanger steak is no exception. Look for medium to full-bodied red wines like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, or Syrah/Shiraz. These wines have the depth and structure to stand up to the steak's richness.

Beer: Beer can be an excellent choice, especially if you prefer it to wine. Consider a malty, robust beer like a porter or stout. The roasted flavours and carbonation can complement the steak.

Whiskey: If you enjoy spirits, a glass of whiskey, particularly a bourbon or a rye, can be a nice match for hanger steak. The smoky, caramel notes in whiskey can complement the char and richness of the steak.

Red Sangria: For a refreshing and fruity option, red sangria made with red wine, fruit juices, and sliced fruit can be a delightful choice. Its sweetness and acidity can balance the steak's richness.

Cabernet Sauvignon-based Wine: If you prefer wine but want to be specific, a Cabernet Sauvignon from regions like Napa Valley or Bordeaux can be an excellent choice. Its robust tannins and dark fruit notes work well with steak.

Malbec: Malbec, known for its bold flavours and smooth tannins, is a versatile wine that pairs well with onglet steak. It often has hints of dark fruit and spices.

Merlot: A Merlot with its soft, rounded tannins and flavors of plum and cherry can be a good match for onglet steak, especially if it's prepared with a milder sauce.

Sparkling Water: If you prefer a non-alcoholic option, sparkling water with a squeeze of lemon or lime can provide a refreshing contrast to the richness of the steak.

Coffee: After the meal, a cup of coffee can be a delightful way to finish your dining experience, especially if you're enjoying a dessert alongside your hanger steak.