Cocoa-Coffee Bison with Pomegranite Syrup and Fresh Fig

The inspiration for this meal came from all over the place: an episode of Iron Chef, a chocolate cake, a fridge full of Pom, bad cheese that forced me to repurpose my figs…. I honestly wasn’t sure how this would come together until it was on the plate, but it was wonderful. The flavors were very earthy and the sweetness of the cocoa and fig was balanced against the tartness of the pomegranate and coffee. I originally thought the sauce might seem like an afterthought, but it really brought everything together. It was also delicious on the potatoes that I served this with! There’s really not much more to say than that.

Fresh figs are pretty much my favorite food on earth, and I was so excited to see them at the grocery store. They weren’t labeled, but I grabbed a bunch anyway. Bad idea. They were expensive!! Worth every cent though. I roasted extra and I’m going to have them for breakfast tomorrow with greek yogurt. I can’t wait!

I originally wanted to use filet in this dish, but it was $20 a pound and I didn’t want to spend that much. Bison was half that price! If you haven’t tried it, bison is a great “intro” to game meats – the flavor isn’t very strong and its fairly easy to find in the grocery store. It’s also very lean and high in protein – each steak I used had only 2.5 grams of fat! Definitely a healthy option when it comes to red meat.

Cocoa-Coffee Bison with Pomegranate Syrup and Fresh Figs

  • 2 bison sirloin steaks
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp instant espresso
  • 4 fresh figs
  • 1/2 tsp honey
  • 8 ounces pomegranate juice
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp butter

Combine cocoa and espresso. Rub into steaks, coating both sides. Let sit for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat oven to 400. Cut figs in half and drizzle with honey. Roast 5 minutes or until tender and bursting with juice. Remove from oven and set aside.

Combine juice and sugar in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat. Simmer for 20 minutes or until reduced by about 3/4. Remove from heat – the liquid will become thick and syrupy.

Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. When butter begin to foam, add steaks. Cook 5-7 minutes on each side, or until cooked to medium rare.

Serve steaks and figs drizzled with pomegranate syrup.

Serves 2.


  1. I am a sucker for figs…. yum yum yum

  2. I love the sauce you use with your steaks. I have a coffee sauce that I use with grilled lamb chops that we love, so I know we’d like your recipe. I’m in a small (150,000) community and bison is not readily available, but I’ll keep my eyes open.

  3. An award awaits at Uncovering Food for you!

  4. I have a fridge full of pom, too. I trying to figure out what dishes I can make with them while trying to refrain from drinking them first. I would love to try bison. I hear it’s pretty good, too. Looks like you’ve cooked it to perfection.

  5. I kept saying the title of this post over and over again thinking that by repeating it this dish would show up in front of me…..

  6. Never tried bison-gosh,there’s so many things I HAVE to taste!!

  7. Bison with pomegranate sauce…yummie! I will try this if I can find bison in local grocery…

  8. this is absolutely amazing! I’ve never tried bison– but all the flavors in this recipe just sound so good. Really! You make it look so easy :)

  9. What a beautiful plate of food! The flavors are just heavenly!

  10. wow this looks great i have a giveaway to use coffee, you may want to enter, judging is this saturday Rebecca

  11. Natasha - 5 Star Foodie says:

    Gorgeous! I love the Pomegranate syrup and figs here!

    Was it the Iron Chef with Battle Chocolate where one of the chefs made cocoa dusted bison tenderloin? I remember mentioning it to my daughter and she demanded that I make it so of course I did and that was probably the first time she ate bison (not ground) :)

  12. I bet this must taste divine! What a lovely balanced meal! MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!!

  13. bison!!?? wow, i am impressed.

  14. That is hands down my kind of dinner!! The coffee rubbed BISON and figs… DROOL!

  15. Oh wow, just seeing you make bison (love it, eat it all the time) and then have a beautiful fig cut up for show…and be healthy. You’re really cool:)

  16. I love the combination of flavors! Great job :-D

  17. Can’t wait to try out this recipe. Not sure I can find fresh figs around here, though. I’ll share this recipe with the bison rancher down the road. He and his wife are always looking for new ways to prepare bison.

  18. Bison Buff says:

    Ooo I love Bison burgers but have not tried the steaks.

  19. I made this for my boss and his wife! It was fantastic. The bison was perfect with the pomegranite syrup. the coffee and cocoa brought out the fresh beautiful bison. I served it with a raw bok choy and mint salad and put the figs on top just like your picture! amazing! thanks for making it easy for me! I’ve never prepared bison and I looked like a rock star because of you. Everyone loved it. thanks so much Lauren!

  20. 4U pomegranate juice says:

    Hurrah, that


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