Get ready for the best meal of your life, which happens to be quite easy to make. This Surf and Turf Steak and Lobster dinner offers an unbelievably delicious meat and seafood combo, topped with herb butter and a healthy side of grilled peppery romaine.
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Often regarded as the ultimate summer meal, this Surf and Turf Steak and Lobster dinner offers the perfect marriage of land and sea. The combination is deliciously explosive and intensely satisfying, however this all-time favorite meal usually comes with a price tag.
Today we are here to tackle that last part; the price tag 🙂
By making this steak and lobster dinner at home, you get to enjoy a restaurant quality meal that is very easy, surprisingly quick, much more affordable and did I mention delicious?!
This surf and turf combo offers the best of both worlds; a juicy well seasoned and perfectly grilled steak, and a buttery lobster tail topped with a delicious herb butter.
To keep things fun we are serving our steak and lobster with a side of grilled peppery romaine. A splash of fresh lemon juice ties all the flavors together. Don’t skip the herb butter but remember, a little goes a long way.
Now all that is left to do is to make sure you are in good company and having a great time. By raise your vibrations your body will be more receptive of good nutrition!
Enough said, let’s get to the recipe.
what is surf and turf?
Surf and turf is a term that describes a dish that consists of both seafood and meat. The word surf refers to ocean and sea, and therefore associated to a protein option which comes from the sea. While the word turf refers to land or grass, referring to beef.
how to make surf and turf?
There are two methods used to make surf and turf; on the grill or skillet. Both these options yield a tasty feast and are equally easy.
on the grill
- Turn grill on at least 15 minutes before you cook. Make sure the heat is evenly distributed
- Spray with cooking oil or brush oil onto the grates
- Place seasoned steaks diagonally on the grill and and cook until you see grill marks (2-3 minutes). Think of the tip of the steak pointing at the 10 o’clock position, then turn steaks to the opposite angle, with the tip of the steak at a 2 o’clock angle. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes. This will give the steak those nice diamond grill marks.
- Using kitchen scissors, cut the lobster belly and top shell lengthwise without completely detaching the tail.
- Place lobster on the grill, belly side down and cook until the meat turns opaque white and shell is red.
in a skillet
- A cast iron skillet or griddle is your best option for cooking surf and turf on stovetop because it distributes heat evenly.
- Preheat the cast iron and carefully add the oil. Do not add the steak until the skillet is very hot.
- Add the seasoned steaks and cook for 5-7 minutes leaving the meat undisturbed. Turn the steaks over and cook on the other side until desired doneness
- Lobster can be pan seared or boiled until meat is opaque white and shell turns red.
NOTE: Steak and lobster cook at different rates. I recommend cooking the steak first, then while the steak is resting (covered, 5-10 minutes rest), cook the lobster.
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
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;
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.
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:
- Slice romaine lettuce in half (or quarter) lengthwise and wash each portion inside and out.
- Pat dry using a clean cloth or allow it to sit for a few minutes.
- Season romaine lettuce with olive or avocado oil. Add a generous pinch of sea salt and lots of ground pepper
- Grill for 1-2 minutes with the cut side down
- When done, add a healthy splash of lemon juice and serve
Surf and Turf Steak and Lobster Dinner
- 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