Two 12- to 14-ounce New York strip steaks, about 1 1/4 inches thick, at room temperature for 30 minutes
Canola oil, for brushing
Freshly ground pepper
1 white onion, cut into 8 wedges through the core
- Light a grill or preheat a grill pan. Brush the steaks and onion wedges with oil and season with salt and pepper. Using tongs, rub 1 of the onion wedges all over the grate or grill pan. Add the steaks and remaining onion wedges to the grill, cover and cook over moderately high heat, turning once, until the steaks are just medium-rare and the onion is tender, 6 to 7 minutes total. Transfer the steaks and onion to a cutting board and let rest for at least 10 minutes.
- Return the steaks to the grill and cook, turning once, until the surfaces are just hot, about 2 minutes total. Transfer the strip steaks to the cutting board, slice them across the grain and serve with the grilled onions.
Not-too-tannic Merlot softens the bitter edge of charred steaks. Try one from Washington state.