I like to cook hanger steak (in logs, roughly 4-5 oz portions, thickness is about 2-2.5 inches) over the stovetop because I feel I have better control over the resulting temperature (I prefer mid-rare). Sometimes the meat gets so seared in the process however (I start the cooking with a medium high flame and then turn down to medium and cook each side for a few minutes until the meat feels correct to the touch), so I'm wondering if it wouldn't be better to sear and then roast in the oven. Thoughts?
Cooking hanger steak to temperature: on the stovetop or pan-roast?
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There are no hard and fasts, do what works better for you. If you get too much crust, sear on each side and finish in the oven, even if that means only two minutes in the oven. If you don't get too much crust, stay on top. Simple as that.
Control the processes to get what you want. You are the master of your steak, the captain of your soul food.