Surf and turf steak and lobster is a decadent dish that combines two of the most luxurious foods – steak and lobster – into one delicious meal! It’s a popular choice for special occasions, date night, and romantic dinners.

While it may seem like an intimidating dish to prepare at home, it’s actually quite simple to make with the right recipe and techniques. With a few basic ingredients and some cooking skills, you can create a restaurant-quality surf and turf meal in the comfort of your own home! 

A plate with a grilled steak and lobster, grilled lettuce and a fork.

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What is Surf and Turf?

The term “surf and turf” refers to the combination of two proteins in a single dish: seafood from the ocean (the surf) and meat from the land (the turf). Traditionally, surf and turf consists of a juicy steak and a succulent lobster tail, but other protein options include shrimp, scallops, crab legs, or even a combination of different seafood.

The dish is often considered a symbol of luxury and extravagance, as it typically features expensive ingredients and is one of the most expensive items on a restaurant menu. However, it is also a versatile dish that can be adapted to suit different tastes and budgets.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Treat yourself to something luxurious with this surf and turf steak and lobster dinner. Here’s why you’ll love this recipe:

  • The perfect combination of land and sea: This surf and turf recipe is a classic dish that combines two of the most delicious foods – steak and lobster. The rich, meaty flavor of the tender steak is perfectly balanced by the delicate, sweet flavor of the buttery lobster tail. Together, they create a truly decadent meal. 
  • Easy to prepare: While this epic surf and turf may sound like a complicated dish, it’s actually quite easy to prepare. With just a few simple ingredients and some basic cooking skills, you can create a restaurant-quality meal at home.
  • Customizable: Whether you prefer your strip steak rare or well-done, and your lobster broiled or grilled, this recipe is easily customizable to your preferences. You can also experiment with different seasonings and sauces to create your own unique flavor profile.
  • Impressive presentation: Surf and turf is a visually stunning dish that will impress your guests. The vibrant colors of the steak and lobster, paired with a colorful side dish, make for a beautiful presentation.
  • Perfect for special occasions: Surf and turf is the perfect meal for a special occasion, such as a romantic dinner for two or a holiday celebration like Valentine’s Day. It’s a luxurious dish that will make any occasion feel extra special.
 A plate with two steaks. A second plate with two lobster tails. Some herbs and lemon slices on the side.

Key Ingredients

Selecting Steak

When it comes to surf and turf, the steak is just as important as the lobster. You want to choose a steak that is flavorful, tender, and juicy. Here are some key factors to consider when selecting your perfect steak:

  • Cut: The most popular cuts for surf and turf are filet mignon steaks, ribeye steaks, and New York strip. Filet mignon is the most tender cut, while ribeye has more marbling and flavor. New York strip is somewhere in between.
  • Grade: Look for steaks that are USDA Prime or Choice. Prime is the highest grade and has the most marbling, while Choice is still a great option and is more affordable.
  • Thickness: Choose a steak that is at least 1 inch thick. Thicker steaks are easier to cook to the perfect temperature without overcooking or undercooking the center.
  • Freshness: Look for steaks that are bright red in color and have a fresh smell. Avoid steaks that are brown or gray.

Choosing Lobster

When it comes to lobster, freshness is key. You want to choose a lobster that is alive and kicking. Here are some tips for selecting the best lobster:

  • Type: There are two main types of lobster: Maine lobster and spiny lobster. Maine lobster is the most common and has large claws and a sweet flavor. Spiny lobster is found in warm waters and has a more delicate flavor.
  • Size: Choose a lobster that is at least 1 pound. Larger lobsters are tougher and less flavorful.
  • Freshness: Look for lobsters that are lively and active. They should have all their legs and claws intact. Avoid lobsters that are missing limbs or have a strong ammonia smell.
  • Preparation: If you’re not comfortable cooking live lobster, you can also buy frozen lobster tails. Thaw them in the refrigerator overnight before cooking.
A plate with seasoned steaks. A second plate with two lobster tails. Some herbs and lemon slices on the table and a small bowl with ground pepper.

Ingredients and How To Prepare Surf and Turf


  • Sirloin steak 
  • Lobster tails 
  • Salt and black pepper 
  • Lemon juice 
  • Butter 
  • Parsley
  • Garlic 
  • Romaine lettuce 


1. Dry the steaks with paper towels, season, and let them come to room temperature.

2. Preheat the grill. 

3. Cut the lobsters lengthwise. 

4. Grill the steaks for 3-4 minutes on each side. 

​5. Add the lobsters to the grill and cook until no longer translucent. 

6. Place the romaine lettuce on the grill to get nice char marks. 

7. Prepare the herb butter. 

8. Squeeze lemon juice on the romaine and lobsters. 

​9. Serve and enjoy! 

Two steaks and two lobster tails on the grill

steak temperatures

The best way to know when your steak is done is to use a kitchen thermometer. Insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the meat to determine whether the steak is at your preferred level of doneness.

Keep in mind that the steaks should rest for 5-10 minutes before you slice it. Also be aware that the steaks will continue to cook as they rest.

  • Rare: 130 degrees F
  • Medium Rare: 135 degrees F
  • Medium: 145 degrees F
  • Medium Well: 150 degrees F
  • Well Done: 160 degrees F

Serving Suggestions

When it comes to serving Surf and Turf Steak and Lobster, there are many options to choose from. Here are some serving suggestions that you can try:

  • Classic Style: Serve the surf and turf dinner with a side of compound butter and lemon wedges. This classic presentation allows the flavors of each dish to stand out on their own.
  • Surf and Turf Salad: Combine the lobster meat and sliced steak with mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, and crumbled blue cheese. Drizzle with a balsamic vinaigrette for a refreshing and light meal.
  • Taco Night: Use the lobster meat and steak as filling for tacos. Top with diced tomatoes, shredded lettuce, and a dollop of sour cream for a fun and flavorful twist on a classic dish.
  • Pasta Dish: Toss the lobster meat and sliced steak with cooked pasta, garlic, olive oil, and parmesan cheese for a decadent and indulgent pasta dish.
  • Grilled Vegetables: Serve the Surf and Turf Steak and Lobster recipe with grilled vegetables such as asparagus, zucchini, green beans, twice-baked potatoes, and bell peppers. The charred and smoky flavor of the vegetables pairs well with the rich and buttery flavor of the steak and lobster.
Romaine lettuce on a oval platter. A few slices of lemon on the table. A pinch bowl with salt and fresh herbs on the side.

surf and turf combinations

Steak and lobster is by far my favorite surf and turf combination. It’s a classic, it’s delicious and simply delightful! But you can mix and match your protein options to create your preferred version of surf and turf.

Here are a few ideas;

Surf: any type of steak will do. Filet Mignon, flat iron steaks, NY Strip, Ribeye steak or sirloin steak are all amazing options. Alternatively you can try lamb chops or pork.

Turf: any seafood will work here. The favorites are lobster, shrimp or scallops.

Two round black plates with a steak and lobster tail each. Grilled lettuce on a oval platter. Fresh herbs and lemon slices on the table.

what is compound herb butter

Compound herb butter is a mixture of butter, herbs and seasonings which can be used as a pan-sauce or topping-sauce for meats, seafood and vegetables.

A simple compound herb butter contains butter, an herb of choice, salt and pepper, while a more complex compound herb butter will have a mixture of herbs, garlic, and other flavoring agents.

Compound butter can be made at large amounts and stored in the frozen or refrigerated. A fun way to store compound butter is in silicone ice cube trays, for easy use. For this recipe however, all we need is a small amount of herb butter (a little goes a long way), so the recipe only calls for 1 tablespoon of butter.

how to make compound herb butter

1 tbsp of high quality butter (if using salted butter, use less salt

1/4 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp freshly grounded pepper

1 tsp of fresh parsley

1 clove of garlic, pressed

Mix these ingredients in a small glass bowl and set aside. When ready to serve add a small dollop on top of the steak and lobster.

A dinner plate with a grilled steak and lobster tail. A side serving of grilled lettuce.

how to grill romaine lettuce

First we must address the elephant in the room. Why in the world would you grill lettuce? Glad you asked 🙂

There is a two part answer to that; 1. because you can 2. grilling lettuce creates a wonderfully caramelized, smoky, textured, crispy and super fun to eat salad. Here is how you grill romaine lettuce:

  1. Slice romaine lettuce in half (or quarter) lengthwise and wash each portion inside and out.
  2. Pat dry using a clean cloth or allow it to sit for a few minutes.
  3. Season romaine lettuce with olive or avocado oil. Add a generous pinch of sea salt and lots of ground pepper
  4. Grill for 1-2 minutes with the cut side down
  5. When done, add a healthy splash of lemon juice and serve
A close up look at a grilled steak and lobster tail on a plate.

Storage and Leftovers

When it comes to surf and turf steak and lobster, it’s always better to eat it fresh. However, if you have any leftovers, it’s important to store them properly to ensure they stay safe to eat.

Storing Steak

If you have leftover steak, let it cool to room temperature, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil, or place it in an airtight container, and store it in the refrigerator. It should be eaten within 3-4 days. You can also freeze it for up to 3 months. When reheating, make sure to do it slowly to prevent the steak from drying out.

Storing Lobster

Lobster meat is delicate and can spoil quickly, so it’s important to store it properly. If you have leftover lobster, remove the meat from the shell and place it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It should be eaten within 2-3 days. You can also freeze it for up to 6 months. When reheating, do it slowly to prevent the meat from becoming tough.

Tips for Reheating

When reheating your surf and turf, it’s important to do it slowly to prevent the meat from drying out or becoming tough. Reheat the steak in a skillet over low heat and the lobster in a steamer basket over simmering water.  

Frequently Asked Questions

What goes good with lobster and steak?

When it comes to pairing sides with surf and turf, the possibilities are endless. Top it with compound herb butter and pair it with a side salad or a creamy soup to complement the richness of the dish. Add a glass of red wine for balance.  

Why is steak and lobster called surf and turf?

The term “surf and turf” originated in the United States in the 1960s. It refers to a dish that combines seafood (surf) and red meat (turf) in one meal. The dish became popular in the 1980s when it was often served in fine dining restaurants as a luxurious option for special occasions. Today, surf and turf is still a favorite among foodies and is often associated with upscale dining.

Does surf and turf use a whole lobster?

No, this seafood dish typically includes lobster tail meat instead of a whole lobster. A lobster tail is the meaty part of the lobster that is removed from the top of the shell and cooked separately. It is often served with a steak or other type of meat to create the surf and turf dish. 

This Surf and Turf recipe has been approved by Awaken180° Weightloss. For more recipes approved by the program visit their website or check out these Awaken180° Weightloss approved recipes below:

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steak and lobster dinner for two

Surf and Turf Steak and Lobster Dinner

by Silvia
This Surf and Turf Steak and Lobster dinner offers an unbelievably delicious meat and seafood combo, topped with some herb butter and a healthy side of grilled peppery romaine.
Prep: 18 minutes
Cook: 12 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 2 people


  • Grill or Skillet


  • 2 NY sirloin steaks
  • 2 lobster tails
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • flaky sea salt and ground pepper
  • 1 lemon, juice

Compound Herb Butter

  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly grounded pepper
  • 1 tsp fresh parsley
  • 1 clove garlic, pressed

Grilled Peppery Romaine

  • 1 head romaine lettuce
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 pinch flaky sea salt
  • generous amount of freshly grounded pepper
  • lemon juice


  • Season steaks with oil, salt and pepper. Set aside at room temperature for up to 30 minutes
  • Preheat grill on high heat. Spray cooking oil or brush grates with cooking oil.
  • Using a pair of kitchen scissors , cut the lobster lengthwise both on the belly side and top shell, but do not separate the tail.
  • Place steaks on the grill and cook on each side for about 3-5 minutes or until preferred doneness*
  • Also add lobster tails on to the grill, belly side down and cook until meat is no longer translucent and turns opaque white with red shells.
  • Grill seasoned romaine lettuce for 1-2 minutes. Remove from grill and add a splash of lemon juice
  • Allow the steak to rest for 5-10 minutes, covered.
  • Meanwhile prepare compound butter by mixing the ingredients in a small glass bowl**
  • Add a splash of lemon juice to the lobster and top with herb butter. Serve


*More information on steaks timing and temperature available on the post.
**Read post for more information on the compound butter


Calories: 542kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 64g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 219mg | Sodium: 721mg | Potassium: 1711mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 27285IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 235mg | Iron: 7mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Keyword: Grilled Steak, Lobster, Surf and Turf
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
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