Surf and Turf

Surf and Turf

Background and History

Surf and Turf is a beloved dish that combines elements from both land and sea, traditionally featuring a succulent steak (the “turf”) alongside seafood like lobster or shrimp (the “surf”). The origins of this dish are somewhat debated, with some attributing it to early American cuisine, where it became popular in the mid-20th century as a luxurious dining option.


  • Steak (such as filet mignon, ribeye, or New York strip)
  • Seafood (such as lobster tail, shrimp, or scallops)
  • Olive oil or butter
  • Salt and pepper
  • Optional: lemon wedges, herbs for garnish

Serves: 2
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes


Prepare the Steak

    • Preheat your grill or grill pan to medium-high heat.
    • Rub the steak with olive oil and season generously with salt and pepper.
    • Grill the steak to your desired level of doneness, typically 3-4 minutes per side for medium-rare.
    • Once cooked, remove the steak from the grill and let it rest for a few minutes before serving.

Prepare the Seafood

    • If using lobster tail, split it in half lengthwise and brush with olive oil or melted butter.
    • If using shrimp or scallops, toss them with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
    • Grill the seafood alongside the steak until cooked through, usually 2-3 minutes per side for shrimp or scallops, and 5-6 minutes per side for lobster tail.


    • Arrange the steak and seafood on a plate, garnishing with lemon wedges and fresh herbs if desired.
    • Serve immediately and enjoy the delicious surf and turf combination!

Nutrition Facts

The nutritional content of surf and turf can vary depending on the types and cuts of meat and seafood used. However, it generally provides a rich source of protein and essential nutrients such as iron and omega-3 fatty acids.


  • Experiment with different cuts of steak and types of seafood to find your favorite combination.
  • Surf and turf pairs well with various side dishes like roasted vegetables, mashed potatoes, or a crisp salad.

Allergy Warning

Be cautious of shellfish allergies if including lobster or shrimp in your surf and turf dish. Ensure proper preparation and handling to avoid cross-contamination.

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