Six-Spice Hanger Steak Recipe

  • 2 teaspoons Sichuan peppercorns
  • 10 black peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon anise seeds
  • 1 (2-inch) piece cinnamon stick
  • 4 cloves
  • 2 teaspoons packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 hanger steak (about 2 pounds and 1 1/2 inches thick), center gristle removed
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar (not seasoned)
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon minced peeled ginger
  • 2 teaspoons packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoons minced shallot
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • Equipment: an electric coffee/spice grinder
  1. Preheat broiler and lightly oil rack of broiler pan.
  2. Finely grind spices with brown sugar and 11/2 tsp salt in grinder.
  3. Pat steak dry, then sprinkle evenly with spice mixture and rub into meat. Broil steak 2 to 3 inches from heat, turning once, 7 to 12 minutes for medium-rare. Let steak rest on a plate at least 10 minutes.
  4. Heat sauce ingredients, except cilantro, with meat juices from plate in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring, until warm. Stir in cilantro before serving.