Hanger Steak With Warm Kale and Crispy Cheese Salad

This quick and healthy steak dinner is a guaranteed crowd pleaser.

Hanger Steak With Warm Kale and Crispy Cheese Salad
Photo: Victor Protasio
Hands On Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
40 mins

This recipe is proof that a short ingredient list doesn't mean short on deliciousness. In fact, three umami-rich ingredients—anchovies, tomato, and aged cheese—infuse each bite in this simple yet hearty meal. And while kale can get a bad rap for being bland health food, that's far from the case in this tomato-braised rendition, where it retains enough bite to hold up to the peppery steak and packs a wallop of flavor. P.S. Keep the crispy cheese topping method in your back pocket for garnishing salads, grain bowls, and even pasta.


  • 2 ounces Parmesan cheese, finely grated on a Microplane (about 1¼ cups)

  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided

  • 1 pound hanger steak, trimmed

  • 1.50 teaspoons kosher salt, divided

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided

  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • 2 canned or jarred anchovy fillets, chopped

  • 2 6-oz. bunches lacinato kale, stemmed and chopped (about 10 cups)

  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Toss cheese and ½ teaspoon pepper in a bowl. Pile mixture into 10 mounds on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake until cheese crisps are thin, browned, and lacy, 9 to 11 minutes. (Cheese will continue to crisp as it cools.)

  2. Heat a large skillet (not non-stick) over medium-high. Season steak with 1 teaspoon salt and remaining ½ teaspoon pepper. Add 2 tablespoons oil to skillet. Sear steak, flipping once, until desired degree of doneness, 4 to 5 minutes per side for medium-rare. Transfer to a cutting board.

  3. Wipe skillet clean and heat over medium. Add garlic, anchovies, and remaining 1 tablespoon oil; cook, stirring constantly, until garlic is softened, about 1 minute. Add kale, 1 cup tomatoes, and remaining ½ teaspoon salt; cook, stirring often, until kale is wilted, 6 to 8 minutes. Add remaining tomatoes halfway through cook time.

  4. Crumble cheese crisps into large pieces; stir half into kale mixture. Slice steak and serve with kale and remaining crisps.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

376 Calories
22g Fat
12g Carbs
33g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 376
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 52mg 17%
Sodium 979mg 43%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 33g

*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.

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