In my last post I mentioned how much the Comer household loves seafood. Well, here’s another secret about us… we love steak too! So In honor of our love of seafood and steak, I wanted to share my easy surf and turf recipe with you.
This recipe is quick, easy, and impressive! It works great If you want a fancy meal but don’t feel like paying a fortune for it. It’s also great to make for a dinner party!
My prep for the steak is simple… and when I say simple, I mean simple. The steaks are rubbed with salt, pepper, and olive oil and set aside for 10 minutes. Seriously, it’s the only prep they need.
I use the 10 minutes while the steak are “marinating” to prepare the shrimp. They’re coated with fresh garlic, fresh parsley, olive oil, salt and pepper. I’m a big fan of cleaning and deveining shrimp — It’s not necessary, but I recommend it. Check out the video below if you want to clean your shrimp but aren’t sure how:
I promise this recipe is easy and the simple flavors should work for most people and their taste preferences.
If you’re planning for an evening at home for Valentine’s Day instead of an evening out, this might be a great recipe to make for your significant other. I don’t think they would mind.
Simple and Easy Surf and Turf
Recommended Specialty Cookware: Cast Iron Stove top Grill
For the Steak:
- 2 New York Strip Steaks cup 1 inch thick and at room temperature
- 1 tablespoon plus one teaspoon olive oil. Additional as needed
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- Additional salt and pepper to taste
For the Shrimp:
- 8 large raw shrimp peeled and cleaned (tails can be left on)
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- Additional salt and pepper to taste
- Using a paper towel, pat dry the steak being so that it is free of any excess water.
- Season each steak with 2 teaspoons olive oil being sure to coat both sides.
- Salt and pepper each steak. Use additional salt and pepper if needed.
- lightly oil the grates of an indoor or outdoor grill (a cast iron skillet works as well) with a high heat oil. Heat to medium high heat.
- Let steaks sit for 10 minutes to marinate.
- Add the shrimp to a large freezer bag or mixing bowl and combine with garlic, fresh parsley, olive oil, and 1/2 teaspoon of both salt and pepper.
- Place steaks on the hottest part of the grill. Using tongs flip each steak only three times — Cook 1-2 minutes, flip, cook another 1-2 minutes, flip, cook another 1-2 minutes, and flip one last time and let cook for an additional 1-2 minutes.*
- Remove the steaks from the grill and allow them to rest for a least 10 minutes.
- Using the same medium high temperature grill, gently place shrimp side down on the grill and allow to cook for 2 minutes on each side removing just after they turn opaque and are cooked throughout. Do not over cook.
- Serve each steak with 4 shrimp.
This recipe pairs well with steamed broccoli and mashed potatoes.
Cooking time will vary based on the doneness you want your steak to be. 1-2 minutes for a 1 inch steak will provide for a steak that is cooked around medium rare or medium. Cook for longer times if you want a higher doneness.
I love salads, but I’m not much of a bottled dressing fan. I’ve always heard people rave about their love of ranch, or caesar… but my go to salad dressing is a vinaigrette.
My sweet cilantro lime vinaigrette is a sweet dressing with just enough citrus to add a distinct flavor. Try this vinaigrette with a salad made of romaine lettuce, sweet corn, avocados, tomatoes and fried corn tortilla strips.
Sweet Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette
Total Time: 5 Minutes
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 1/4 tsp ground cumin
- Juice of one lime
- 2 Tablespoons Light Agave Nectar (can substitute with honey)
- 1/4 tsp salt and additional as needed
- 1 tsp finely chopped fresh cilantro
- Whisk all ingredients together.
- Add additional salt to taste if needed.
I love fried rice… but my inner child comes out whenever I eat it and I tend to pick around the peas and carrots. Below you will find my recipe for a simple and easy fried rice. It incorporates brown rice, eggs, green onions, and soy sauce. This rice is a great side dish that goes with baked chicken, fried shrimp, or any asian take-out inspired dishes. It can also be served as a main dish if you add in a cup of chopped grilled chicken.
Cooking is something I love to do. From fried foods, to quick and easy, I love everything about cooking. It’s a hobby that I’ve had since I was a kid. Unfortunately, I can cook or bake almost anything, except for rice. For some reason my rice always come out crunchy or overcooked and gummy. I’ve found success with Success Boil-In-Bag rice. This stuff is fool-proof and makes rice cooking a breeze. I used two bags of the success rice for this recipe (4 cups cooked rice) but any brand of rice should work. I suggest using jasmine rice, long grain white rice, sushi rice, or brown rice.
Fried rice is cooked best in a wok but can also be prepared in a large non-stick skillet. I purchased my wok from IKEA quite a few years ago. Ikea has an affordable and quality wok available for purchase in store or on online.
Simple and Easy Fried Rice
Total Time: 15 Minutes | 4 – 6 Servings
Recommended Specialty Cookware: Wok
- 4 cups pre-cooked and refrigerated or room temperature rice (warm rice does not work well with this recipe)
- 1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil
- 1 Tablespoon Sesame Oil
- 2 Eggs
- 2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
- 3 Green onions roughly chopped
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat a wok or large nonstick pan over medium high heat. Once the pan is hot add in 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil and 1 tablespoon sesame oil.
- Once the oil is hot, crack the eggs directly into the pan and lightly scramble until they are fully cooked.
- Add the cooked rice to the pan and gently stir until the egg and rice and combined.
- Add the soy sauce and mix until combined. Once the soy sauce is combined increase the heat to high, spread the rice as shallow as possible across the pan and let it “fry” for 3 – 4 minutes. Combine or stir the rice as needed to keep it from overcooking in one area.
- Add the green onions, stir gently, and remove from heat.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.