How To Make Surf & Turf Steak And Lobster Tail?

How To Make Surf & Turf Steak And Lobster Tail?

Seafood and red meat themselves are tasty dishes that are loved by many people. How about combining these two flavourful ingredients into just one main dish? In specific, have you ever thought about enjoying steak and lobster at the same time? When it comes to eating lobsters, this combination called surf and turf can be considered as the best way. Together with Fishermen’s Net, let’s learn how to make surf and turf steak and lobster tail.

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What Exactly Is “Surf and Turf”?

In a simple way, you can imagine that steak is the symbol for "turf" and lobster is the symbol for "surf". Surf and turf is the land and the sea all on one plate.

When you are looking for an indulgent dinner option, most people often turn to surf and turf. Popularized in the 1960’s, this dish is made with tender seared steak and seafood (like lobster, shrimp, prawns or crab legs,...), all topped off with a generous amount of garlic butter. Add a few fun side dishes and you’ve got a steak and lobster house-style dinner to enjoy with family and friends or your lover!

This type of plate is usually served on special occasions or a date night; and also, it is pretty easy to make at home. The most difficult thing to do is that you must make the most efficient use of your time. When preparing the lobster tail, you must take it out from the fridge to warm up. Once both of the meat are ready, you need to cook them at the same time. Specifically, as soon as you place the steaks on the grill pan, the lobster must be put into the oven.

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What Are The Needed Ingredients, Tools & Recipe Notes?

Needed Ingredients And Tools

People often wonder whether to use Canadian lobster or Maine lobster to make this dish, but depending on your preference, you can choose any types of lobster, they are all perfect. To successfully cook this fabulous dish, these below ingredients are required:

  • 2 lobster tails (you should buy in lobster season)
  • 2 ribeye steaks.
  • Potatoes, carrots, asparagus and green beans.
  • 1 tsp of salt flakes and 1 tsp of ground black pepper.
  • ½ cup of melted butter.
  • 1 tbsp of parsley.
  • 2 tsps of minced garlic.
  • 2 tsps of lemonade.
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil.

Also, you will need to prepare tongs and a grill pan (indoor or outdoor) for the steak.



Recipe Notes

  • Preparation time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 15 minutes
  • Total times: 25 minutes
  • Serving: 2 people

6 Steps To Make Surf And Turf Steak And Lobster Tail

Prepare Lobster Tail

First of all, use shears or knife to cut along the middle of the lobster tail. Try to cut all the way from the back to the fin of the shell, and avoid the meat. Then, from the split shell, open it up slightly and pull your fingers throughout the inside to detach the lobster meat from the shell. Next, grab the meat and lift it up through the incision, squeeze the shell back together and let the meat rest on top of the shell. After that, make a shallow cut on the lobster meat along the center, so that you can easily sprinkle the lobster spices. To end this lobster tail preparing process, rinse it under cool water, pat dry with paper towels and place it on a baking sheet. 

Season The Lobster Tail With Garlic Butter

To begin this step, you need to have a small bowl. Then, add in 2 tbsps of melted butter, lemonade, parsley, and 1 tsp of minced garlic. Make sure to stir those spices well; and finally, use a brush to sweep the mixture over the lobster meat.

Bake The Lobster Tail

Put the lobster tail meat in the oven at 425oF for 10 minutes, or 4 - 5 minutes if you broil it at a high temperature. To ensure that the lobster tail is not overcooked, don’t forget to check on it frequently! When the meat becomes firm and its internal temperature reaches 140oF, take it out immediately.

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Prepare The Steak

Take the steak out of the fridge 20 - 30 minutes prior with the purpose of bringing them to room temperature. After this period of time, you should pat the steak dry; then use salt flakes and black pepper for seasoning.

Grill The Steak

Brush olive oil over the grill pan or skillet, then turn it onto medium heat for 3 - 4 minutes. When the grill pan is hot enough, place the steak on for about 1 minute. Next, rotate it 90 degrees to create criss-cross grill marks and cook for another minute. To add more flavor to the steak, add in melted butter and minced garlic by pouring the mixture over it with a spoon. 

If you want the steak to medium-rare, cook until the internal temperature reaches 135oF. On the other hand, if you love to enjoy it medium done, cook until 140oF; then let the steak rest for 5 minutes.

You can do the opposite and this time apply only the grilling method to both: lobster and steak. Accordingly, when the steak is resting, you should grill the lobster tail over direct heat for 5 minutes flesh side down. Details on how to grill lobster tail you can see at the blog.

Best Way To Serve Surf And Turf Steak And Lobster

One of the best ways to enjoy a surf and turf steak and lobster is to serve them with garlic butter sauce and the side dishes like mashed potatoes and roasted vegetables. Here is how to do it!

For mashed potatoes: Boil potatoes in a large pot with salted water. Increase the heat and bring water to boil; then reduce to low, cover and simmer for 15 - 20 minutes. Drain potatoes and place them back in; next, use the potato masher or a fork to mash the potatoes. Add in butter, cream cheese and stir the mixture until melted and incorporated into the potatoes.

For roasted vegetables: Roast the vegetables such as carrots, asparagus and green beans. It is also really nice to prepare some homemade dinner rolls.

After having done, pour the mixture of melted butter and garlic from the grill pan over the steak. Alternatively, you can try more side dishes as we recommend at this blog post What to serve with lobster tails.

Surf And Turf Variations

You can mix and match your protein options to create your favorite version of this classic dish.

  • Surf: Try rib eye, filet mignon or sirloin steak instead of the New York strip. You can also use lamb rack or pork chops with thick bones.
  • Turf: You can use your favorite seafood like scallops, shrimp or crab legs.
  • Sauce: While garlic butter is a classic, you can mix it up a bit by seasoning it with sriracha, lime juice, or other fresh herbs like cumin, cilantro, or chives.

That is all for the epic surf and turf steak and lobster dish. Fishermen’s Net hopes that this blog provides you with useful tips for your best lobster meal.

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