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Life doesn’t get much better than enjoying Surf and Turf! And now, there’s no need to overpay a restaurant to serve you your favorite meal – you can make it at home with this easy recipe. Treat yourself to the dinner you deserve tonight!

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When I see a surf and turf option on the menu, I always pick it – no matter what restaurant I’m visiting! I just can’t help myself. I mean, buttery lobster and juicy, tender steak? Yes, please!

However, have you ever gotten a lobster that was rubbery, or a steak that wasn’t cooked how you like it? I’m a medium rare girl myself, and I hate when I order a steak, just to have it rare or well done. You may think I’m too specific, but when I’m paying for steak and lobster, I like it just right.

Now that I’ve started making one of my favorite dinners at home, I don’t think I’ll ever go back! Now I can make sure that my lobster will always be perfectly cooked and seasoned, and my steak will always be the medium rare that I crave. I’m telling you guys, mastering your own restaurant staples at home is SUCH a reward!

Butter is being poured atop a cooked lobster tail.


For the steak, you’ll need:

  • Steaks – I use New York strip steaks, and they’re always the best.
  • Salt – Just a dash of kosher salt, to taste.
  • Black pepper – Freshly ground is the way to go.
  • Smoked paprika – Use smoked, not plain paprika, for a light smokey flavor that will truly make your mouth water.
  • Garlic powder – It adds depth to the steak without overpowering the other ingredients.
  • Butter – Use salted for more flavor.
  • Garlic – Love garlic? Add another clove!
  • Worcestershire sauce – Really, I don’t think any steak is complete without a splash of this tangy sauce.
  • Thyme – Use fresh, not dried.
  • Lemon juice – just like the sprigs of thyme, use fresh lemon juice! Not the bottled stuff.

The lobster will need:

  • Lobster tails – Use medium, not small tails, so you get more meat.
  • Shallot – A yellow onion could also be used in a pinch.
  • Garlic – Add another clove if you’re a big garlic lover.
  • Basil – Fresh, not dried!
  • Butter – Use salted butter to enhance the flavor of the lobster.
  • Lemon – Just the juice, not the zest.
  • Kosher salt – Just a pinch to taste.
  • Black pepper – Freshly ground is the best!
  • Smoked paprika – This will be a nice flavor tie in with the steak.
  • Garlic powder – Because is any dish really complete without it?
A steak has been cut to reveal a pink center.

What else should I serve with my steak and lobster?

More meat!

Just kidding. I usually serve my surf and turf with Roasted Lemony Pesto Asparagus and Garlic Mashed Potatoes! And, of course, a tall glass of red wine. I deserve it, and so do you!

A lobster tail is fully cooked on a black plate.

Check out these other steak and seafood recipes I love!

Grilled Asian Marinated Flat Iron Steak

Grilled Flank Steak with Chimichurri

Salted Lime Butter Grilled Shrimp Skewers

Scallops with Spicy Curry Sauce and Couscous

Garlic Butter Steak Bites

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Surf and Turf

Don't overpay for surf and turf at a restaurant…just make this recipe at home!
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4


For the steak:

  • 20 ounce (567 g) New York Strip Steaks, about 1” thick
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons (42 g) salted butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
  • 4 sprigs thyme
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

For the lobster:

  • 2 medium lobster tails
  • 1 shallot, roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon (2 g) chopped basil
  • 5 tablespoons (70 g) salted butter
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder


For the steak:

  • Prepare steak rub: Add salt, pepper, paprika, and garlic powder to a small bowl and mix. Rub both sides of the steak generously with the seasoning. Let sit for 30 minutes to maximize flavor. Prep lobster tails while waiting
  • In a separate small bowl, melt the butter. Add worchestire, crushed garlic, and lemon juice. Whisk to combine.
  • Preheat the broiler for the lobster.
  • Heat a cast iron grill over high heat. Once hot, place both pieces of steak onto the grill. Cook for 3 minutes. Flip, and add the butter mixture to the pan on top of each steak. Top with 2 sprigs of thyme per steak. Cook for 3 minutes. Lower heat and cover. Cook steak to desired temperature. Check temperature before removing from heat, look for the temp to be 5 °F (-15 °C) less than desired as it will raise about 5 °F (-15 °C) as it rests. Rare will be done fairly quickly and will only need to cook an additional 1-2 minutes, reaching 115 °F (46 °C) before removing. Medium rare will take an additional 2-4 minutes, reaching 130 °F (54 °C) before removing. Medium will take 4-5 minutes, reaching 140 °F (60 °C) before removing. And medium well will take 5-6 minutes, or 145 °F (63 °C) before removing.
  • Note: times above are for a 1” thick steak. Because the cut and thickness may vary, the best practice is to sear both sides of the meat as instructed, cover, and use a meat thermometer to check desired temp.
  • Let the steak rest for 5 minutes.

For the lobster:

  • Cut a rectangle down the top of the lobster tail shell and discard. Gently pull the lobster meat away from the sides and above the rectangle. Place onto a foil lined cookie sheet or into an oven safe pan.
  • Roughly chop shallot. Add to a food processor with garlic cloves, chopped basil, lemon juice, salt, black pepper, paprika, and garlic powder. Melt 3 tbsp butter and add to the food processor. Pulse for 15-20 seconds.
  • Top each lobster with 1 tablespoon (14g) of shallot butter paste. Place leftover paste into a saucepan with 2 tablespoons (28g) butter over low heat until melted. Set aside.
  • Place lobster under the broiler for 6 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and pour 1 teaspoon of melted butter mixture onto the top. Serve with remaining butter as dip.
  • Plate lobster tails and steak with your favorite vegetables. Enjoy!


Serving: 1serving, Calories: 547kcal, Carbohydrates: 7g, Protein: 35g, Fat: 43g, Saturated Fat: 23g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 16g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 187mg, Sodium: 992mg, Potassium: 574mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 1g

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