Geoffrey Zakarian makes his Dry Rubbed Hanger Steak with Smoky Aioli and Charred Peppers, as seen on Food Network's The Kitchen, Season 31
Recipe courtesy of Geoffrey Zakarian

Dry Rubbed Hanger Steak with Smoky Aioli and Charred Peppers

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 2 hr 40 min (includes resting time)
  • Active: 40 min
  • Yield: 4 servings



Charred Peppers:


Smoky Aioli:

To Serve:


  1. For the steak: Place the steaks on a parchment-lined sheet pan. In a small bowl, mix the mustard powder, paprika, salt, chili powder and pepper. Sprinkle the mixture all over the steaks. Let sit at room temperature for 2 hours.
  2. Make the charred peppers: Heat a large braiser or cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat until searing hot. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, toss the baby bell sweet and shishito peppers with the olive oil, habaneros, chili powder, paprika, salt and pepper. Add the pepper mixture to the braiser and lower the heat to medium. Cook, stirring occasionally, until charred in spots and tender but still with some bite, 10 to 12 minutes.
  3. Make the vinaigrette: While the peppers are cooking, in a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil, honey, pickled peppers, vinegar, red pepper flakes, garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste. Once the charred pepper mixture is cooked, add them to the vinaigrette along with the quartered pickled peppers. Toss to coat well and set aside.
  4. Make the aioli: In a small bowl, mix the mayonnaise, pepper brine, cherry peppers, paprika, garlic and salt to taste. Place in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  5. Cook the steaks: Preheat a grill pan or grill over medium-high heat. Cook the steaks on the grill pan or grill, flipping only once, for 4 to 5 minutes per side for medium-rare or until an instant-read thermometer registers between 120 to 125 degrees F. Allow the meat to rest for 5 to 10 minutes.
  6. Slice the meat against the grain to ensure tenderness. Sprinkle with the basil, chives and thyme. Serve with the charred peppers and smoky oli.