The Perfect Valentine’s Day Dinner
Our Recipe for Steak and Shrimp (Surf & Turf)
Looking for that perfect Valentine’s Day recipe? Our recipe for steak and shrimp (when paired together, commonly known as “surf & turf”) is a classic combination you can’t beat. Even if you have never cooked steak before, this recipe is perfect for beginners. We promise you can’t mess it up! The shrimp is also easy to make. Once you start cooking, you can have dinner on the table in under half an hour.
Or, if you’re looking for somewhere to dine out on Valentine’s Day, check out Louisiana Lagniappe in Destin. This restaurant is one of our local favorites, and their filet mignon and blackened shrimp are not to be missed out on!
Ready to get cookin’? Let’s get started!
Steak and Shrimp Recipe
For the steak:
- Two cuts of your favorite steak
- 1 tbsp avocado oil
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 3/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tbsp butter
- 2 sprigs of fresh thyme
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
For the shrimp:
- 2 tbsp butter
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 5 cloves minced garlic
- 1/4 cup dry white wine
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 lb shrimp (cleaned, deveined, and shelled)
- 2 tbsp chopped parsley
- Juice of one lemon
To cook the steak:
- Let the steaks rest at room temperature (anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour). Then, pat dry and season generously with salt and pepper.
- Heat the avocado oil in a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Place steaks in the skillet and let cook until the bottom side is browned (about three minutes).
- Flip and continue to cook until the steak is about 10 degrees away from your desired doneness.
- Reduce heat to medium-low, then add your butter, garlic, and thyme.
- Using an oven mitt, tilt the pan so that the butter pools to one side. Spoon the butter over the steaks and continue to cook until the steak comes to your desired temperature. Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature. Basting should take about one minute.
- Transfer to a plate or cutting board and let rest for about five more minutes.
To cook the shrimp:
In a large skillet, melt butter and olive oil. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant, about one minute.
Add the wine, a pinch of salt, and plenty of black pepper. Bring to a simmer and let the wine cook down for about two minutes.
Add shrimp and sauté until they just turn pink, three to five minutes depending upon their size. Stir in the parsley and lemon juice once the shrimp is cooked.
Toss to combine. Remove from heat and season with salt and extra pepper as needed.
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