Surf and Turf for 2 Recipe

Yields: 2 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20-25 minutes


The Surf

  • 12-16 medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

The Turf

  • Two (6-ounce) filet mignon steaks (about 1-inch thick)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2-3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon steak seasoning (or salt and pepper)

Compound Butter

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • Pinch of salt, pinch of black pepper

Sides (Optional)

  • Roasted asparagus or broccolini
  • Creamy mashed potatoes


1. Get Started

  • Compound Butter: Combine softened butter, parsley, garlic, lemon zest, salt, and pepper. Mix well. Roll into a log using plastic wrap, or shape into a disc. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Marinate Shrimp: Toss shrimp with olive oil, lemon juice, Old Bay, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Let marinate in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes.
  • Prep Steaks: Let steaks sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. Season with steak seasoning or just salt and pepper.

2. Cook the Surf

  • Heat Skillet: Heat a large cast-iron skillet or grill pan over medium-high heat.
  • Cook Shrimp: Add shrimp to the hot skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes per side, or until pink and cooked through. Remove shrimp and set aside.

3. Cook the Turf

  • Same Skillet: Use the same skillet used for the shrimp. Add olive oil and butter. When butter melts, add thyme sprigs.
  • Sear Steaks: Add steaks and sear 3-4 minutes per side for medium-rare, or until desired doneness.
  • Baste and Rest: During the last minute of cooking, baste the steaks with the melted butter mixture. Remove steaks to a cutting board and let rest for 5-10 minutes tented with foil.

4. Assemble and Finish

  • While Steaks Rest: If making sides, do so while the steaks rest. Roasted vegetables are easy!
  • Plate: Place steaks on plates; top with a disc of compound butter. Arrange cooked shrimp alongside the steak.
  • Add Sides: Add your choice of sides to complete the presentation.


Adjust Cooking Time: Steak doneness is a matter of preference. Adjust searing times for your liking. Use a meat thermometer for accuracy.

No Grill Pan? A heavy-bottomed skillet works equally well for searing.

Seafood Option: Substitute scallops for the shrimp, adjusting cooking time as needed (they cook quickly!).


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