Discover the Perfectly Grilled Spicy NY Strip Steak Recipe

Are you looking for a dish that will impress your guests, tantalize your taste buds, and satisfy your cravings? Then look no further than this recipe for Grilled Spicy New York Strip Steak with Chocolate Merlot Sauce. This dish is a perfect combination of flavors that will leave you and your guests craving more.

The combination of juicy New York strip steaks and spicy seasoning creates a bold and flavorful main course that will delight your palate. And the addition of the rich bittersweet chocolate merlot sauce takes this already incredible dish to the next level. Trust me; this is a recipe that will become a favorite in no time!

Plus, this mouth-watering steak is quick and easy to prepare, taking only 10 minutes to cook on high heat. The result is a perfectly cooked juicy steak with an internal temperature of 140°F for medium doneness.

So if you want to impress your dinner guests or cook up something special for yourself or your loved ones, this Grilled Spicy New York Strip Steak with Chocolate Merlot Sauce is the perfect recipe to try!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Grilled Spicy New York Strip Steak With Chocolate Merlot Sauce
Grilled Spicy New York Strip Steak With Chocolate Merlot Sauce

Calling all meat lovers and foodies out there! This grilled spicy New York strip steak with chocolate merlot sauce recipe is a must-try dish that you will surely love! As a food enthusiast and chef, I must say that adding chocolate to your favorite meat dishes can create an irresistible flavor that you wouldn’t want to miss.

What makes this recipe even more enjoyable is the seasoning mix of garlic, spices, and red wine that perfectly complements the savory taste of grass-fed New York strip steak. The high heat grilling method seals in the natural juices of the steak, producing a tender and juicy center with crisp edges for added texture.

The chocolate merlot sauce has a perfect balance of flavors that beautifully blends the bittersweet chocolate and red wine, creating an indulgent yet sophisticated taste that perfectly complements the spiced steaks. It elevates this classic beef dish into a luxurious meal that’s perfect for special occasions or even just for everyday dining.

Aside from being delicious, this recipe is also easy to prepare, taking only about 10 minutes to cook each side if you like your steaks medium rare. Plus, you only need a few basic ingredients to make this dish come to life, such as garlic, onion, extra virgin olive oil, red wine, and bittersweet chocolate.

Overall, this recipe is perfect for those who love good food and enjoy experimenting with new flavor combinations. Impress your friends and family with this unique steak recipe paired with decadent chocolate merlot sauce. So why wait? Try it now and discover a new favorite dish in your culinary repertoire!

Ingredient List

 Juicy steak meets decadent chocolate in this perfect pairing.
Juicy steak meets decadent chocolate in this perfect pairing.

Here are the ingredients you will need to make this delicious Grilled Spicy New York Strip Steak With Chocolate Merlot Sauce Recipe:

For the steak and spice rub

  • 2 New York strip steaks, approximately 1 1/2 inches thick
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp. Badia complete seasoning

For the chocolate merlot sauce

  • 2 oz bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup red wine (Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon recommended)
  • 1 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp. garlic, minced

Olive oil marinade

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

The Recipe How-To

 Who says dessert can't be dinner?
Who says dessert can’t be dinner?

Grilled Spicy New York Strip Steak With Chocolate Merlot Sauce Recipe

This recipe is perfect for a special occasion or a date night, impressing your guests or partner with its unique flavor combination. The grilled spicy new york strip steak is paired with a bittersweet chocolate merlot sauce, creating an explosion of taste in your mouth.

* 2 New York strip steaks (about 1 ½ inch thick)
* 1 teaspoon of Badia Spice Rub
* 1 teaspoon of salt
* 1 teaspoon of black pepper
* 1 large onion, finely chopped
* 3 cloves garlic, minced
* 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
* 1 cup of red wine (merlot is the best choice)
* ¾ cup of bittersweet chocolate chips
* 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder

Preparing the Steaks
1. Preheat your grill to high heat.
2. Rub both sides of your steaks with the Badia spice rub, salt, and black pepper.
3. Grill each steak for about 2-3 minutes per side on high heat to sear it before lowering the heat to medium-high.
4. Grill for another 3 minutes for rare or until desired internal temperature is reached (140°F for medium-rare or 155°F for medium).
5. Remove from grill and let them rest for five minutes.

Preparing the Sauce
1. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, saute the chopped onion and garlic in two tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil for about two minutes, stirring frequently until softened.
2. Add one cup of red wine and cook on medium heat for about ten minutes or until it reduces by half.
3. Reduce heat to low and add bittersweet chocolate chips and cocoa powder to the pan, stirring occasionally until melted and smooth.
4. Remove the sauce from heat.

1. Place the grilled steaks on individual plates.
2. Spoon a generous amount of the chocolate merlot sauce over each steak or serve the sauce on the side.
3. Pair it with your favorite red wine and enjoy!

This recipe can be served with a variety of sides, such as roasted vegetables, mashed potatoes, or even a simple salad. If you prefer a pan-seared steak over a grilled one, you can use the same cooking method in a cast-iron skillet instead of grilling.

Substitutions and Variations

 Savory and sweet collide in this mouthwatering dish.
Savory and sweet collide in this mouthwatering dish.

When it comes to making substitutions and variations to this delicious Grilled Spicy New York Strip Steak with Chocolate Merlot Sauce recipe, there are several options that you can consider.

For the steak, you could substitute the New York strip steaks with filet mignon or even ribeye if you prefer a more marbled cut of meat. If you would like to switch things up from beef, you could use lamb chops or pork loin chops for a different flavor profile.

In terms of the spice rub, feel free to play around with the ingredients to create a custom blend that better suits your taste buds. You could try adding some cumin or chili powder for an extra kick, or switch the bittersweet chocolate for milk chocolate for a sweeter taste.

The red wine used in the sauce does not need to be Merlot specifically; you could use Cabernet Sauvignon or Malbec instead. If you prefer non-alcoholic options, you could substitute the red wine with beef stock or vegetable broth.

For those who prefer not to grill their steak, pan searing is also an excellent option that will give your meat a great crust. Just be sure not to crowd the pan and cook on high heat.

Lastly, if you are looking for a vegan alternative to this dish, consider using portobello mushrooms instead of steak and serve the chocolate sauce over roasted vegetables.

Overall, with these few substitutions and variations, you can turn this recipe into something truly unique!

Serving and Pairing

 The ultimate date night dinner has arrived.
The ultimate date night dinner has arrived.

This grilled spicy New York strip steak with chocolate Merlot sauce recipe is a real treat to the taste buds and deserves to be paired with a wine that can hold its own against the depth of flavors present in this dish. For those who prefer red wine, a full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon or Syrah would be excellent choices. The tannins and fruitiness of these wines complement and enhance the robust flavor of the steak, while their high acidity pairs particularly well with the bittersweet chocolate notes in the sauce.

A fruity Malbec or Shiraz would also pair beautifully with this steak, playing off its spicy flavors and adding some depth to the meal overall.

If you’re more of a white wine fan, try a slightly oaked Chardonnay or Viognier. These two wines are full-bodied enough to stand up to the steak but still have enough acidity and fruity notes to balance out the spice and chocolate in the dish.

Alternatively, if you’re looking for something different, consider a rose. A crisp, dry rosé will provide a refreshing contrast to the rich flavors of this dish.

When it comes to sides, grilled vegetables such as zucchini, bell peppers, portobello mushrooms, and onions add smoky flavor and texture that complement the steak well. Roasted garlic mashed potatoes or truffle fries are classic accompaniments that complete this indulgent meal.

Whatever wine you choose to pair with this grilled spicy New York strip steak with chocolate Merlot sauce recipe, just be sure to savor every bite and sip.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Chocolate Merlot sauce: because regular steak sauce just won't cut it.
Chocolate Merlot sauce: because regular steak sauce just won’t cut it.

This grilled spicy New York strip steak with chocolate Merlot sauce recipe is just as delicious when reheated as it is fresh off the grill. The best way to ensure that the steak and sauce maintain their texture and flavor is to store them separately, in airtight containers, in the refrigerator.

To make-ahead: After cooking, let the steak rest at room temperature for a few minutes, then slice it into individual servings before storing. Pour any leftover sauce into a separate container.

To store: Place the sliced steak and sauce in an individual airtight container and store them separately. The steak will keep for up to three days and the sauce for up to five days.

To reheat: Pre-heat your oven to 350°F (175°C) or microwave until the desired temperature is achieved. To reheat the steak, place it in an oven-safe dish or on a baking sheet, cover it with oil or butter to keep it from drying out while reheating. Warm at low heat until hot all the way through (approximately 5-10 minutes). For sauce, heat it on low heat until hot while stirring gently.

In short, this recipe lends itself very well to meal prep so you can enjoy a delicious grilled steak with chocolate Merlot sauce any day of the week with minimal effort. Just be sure not to overcook the steak during reheating, so as not to ruin its amazing flavor and tenderness!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Combining two of my favorite things: wine and steak.
Combining two of my favorite things: wine and steak.

To get the perfect grilled spicy New York strip steak with chocolate merlot sauce, here are some tips that you should keep in mind:

Firstly, if you have time, marinate your steak overnight. This will enhance the flavor of your meat and make it extra juicy. Discard the marinade before grilling or pan searing the steak.

Secondly, use a high heat to cook your steak. If you’re grilling, heat up your grill to its highest temperature and place the steaks on the hot grill rack, cover and cook for 5-10 minutes until the internal temperature reaches 140°F for medium-rare, 145°F for medium, and 160°F for well-done.

Thirdly, use a spice rub or seasoning mix to add an extra layer of flavor to your steak. The cocoa spiced rub in this recipe complements the bittersweet chocolate sauce perfectly.

Fourthly, let your steak rest after cooking. This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, making it more tender and flavorful.

Finally, when making the chocolate merlot sauce, be sure to use a good quality bittersweet chocolate and red wine. The combination of these ingredients creates a rich and flavorful sauce that will take your steak to the next level.

By following these tips, you’ll be able to create a perfectly grilled spicy New York strip steak with chocolate merlot sauce that is sure to impress your guests.


As you prepare to make this delicious Grilled Spicy New York Strip Steak with Chocolate Merlot Sauce recipe, you may have some questions in mind. To ease your preparation process and ensure that you have everything under control, we’ve provided answers to some frequently asked questions below:

How do you cook the perfect New York strip steak on a grill?

To achieve a perfect char on your steaks, begin by placing them on the grill and allowing them to cook for 4 to 5 minutes until the side facing down becomes golden brown and slightly charred. Flip your steaks and cook them for an additional 3 to 5 minutes if you prefer them medium-rare, or cook them for 5 to 7 minutes for medium cook or up to 8 to 10 minutes for medium-well done. It is important to note that the internal temperature of the steak should be around 135 degrees Fahrenheit for medium-rare, around 140 degrees Fahrenheit for medium or 150 degrees Fahrenheit for medium-well.

How to cook a merlot cut steak?

To prepare a succulent steak, I suggest heating a cast iron grill plate or a barbecue grill over high heat. Then, give the plate a light brush of oil before cooking the steak for 2 minutes on each side for a rare texture. For a rare-medium texture, cook it for 2 and a half to 3 minutes on each side. Once cooked, let the steak rest for 5-10 minutes on a plate to ensure it retains its juices and flavor.

What kind of sauce goes with steak?

Here are eight types of tasty and flavorful sauces that can be paired with different dishes to enhance their taste. These sauces include a rich and savory red wine sauce, a smoky and tangy barbeque sauce, a traditional steak sauce, a sweet and fruity mango BBQ sauce, a vinegar-based Carolina BBQ sauce, a sloppy Joe inspired BBQ sauce, a tangy and herbaceous balsamic herb sauce, and a zesty and flavorful chimichurri sauce. Together with their paired dishes, these sauces bring a unique and enjoyable dining experience.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this Grilled Spicy New York Strip Steak with Chocolate Merlot Sauce recipe is a delicious and unique way to enjoy a juicy steak. The combination of flavors from the spice rub, red wine sauce, and bittersweet chocolate make this dish a standout.

With the simple ingredients list and easy-to-follow instructions, anyone can make this steak at home. Plus, with the many variations and substitutions available, it’s easy to customize the recipe to your liking.

This dish pairs well with a variety of sides, including roasted vegetables or creamy mashed potatoes. And for those looking for an extra special treat, pairing it with a glass of red wine will take the meal to the next level.

Overall, this Grilled Spicy New York Strip Steak with Chocolate Merlot Sauce recipe is perfect for any occasion – whether it’s a dinner party or just a weeknight meal. So next time you’re looking to impress your dinner guests or treat yourself to something special, give this recipe a try. You won’t regret it!

Grilled Spicy New York Strip Steak With Chocolate Merlot Sauce

Grilled Spicy New York Strip Steak With Chocolate Merlot Sauce Recipe

This is fairly simple and as tasty as it sounds.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Calories 558.5 kcal



  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups merlot
  • 1 tablespoon dry onion soup mix (gluten-free)
  • 3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped


  • 1 New York strip steak (1 inch thick)
  • 1/4 cup taco seasoning mix


  • In a medium saucepan, heat oil over medium-high heat.
  • Add onions, garlic and jalapeno, saute until soft, about 5 minutes.
  • Add Merlot to pan, (away from flame) Reduce wine by half over high heat.
  • Reduce heat to low and stir in soup mix and chocolate. Stir until smooth.
  • Keep warm on very low heat until ready to serve.
  • Preheat grill or broiler to high heat. Season steaks with taco seasoning Grill or broil to desired doneness.
  • Serve steaks with chocolate Merlot sauce.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 433gCalories: 558.5kcalCarbohydrates: 16.4gProtein: 28.7gFat: 27.5gSaturated Fat: 9.3gCholesterol: 107.7mgSodium: 807.9mgFiber: 2.4gSugar: 4.9g
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