Classic surf and turf is a simple dish consisting of steak, usually rump or fillet, and lobster or shrimp. It's served with salad, chips and a spicy mayonnaise, and it's a hearty meal that's perfect after a day of play in the outdoors. However, the classic version of this dish now has some stiff competition, with steak and seafood restaurants offering contemporary surf and turf dishes to suit every palate. Here are four alternative surf and turf dishes that are worth looking out for:
Surf And Turf Teriyaki Kebabs
Strips of steak and large, juicy shrimp are skewered with bell peppers and onions before being brushed with a teriyaki glaze. The glaze is made with soy sauce, ginger and mirin, which is a sweet rice wine, and gives the kebabs a slightly tangy taste when grilled. This dish is ideal as a starter or as a light lunch with a seasonal salad.
Cajun Steak And Shrimp Fettuccine
Cubes of steak and shrimp are coated in Cajun seasoning that includes thyme, oregano, cayenne, paprika and red pepper flakes. The meat and shrimp are fried in garlic infused oil and added to a thick, creamy sauce made with chicken broth, white wine and double cream, which is served over fresh fettuccine. This dish successfully combines flavours that aren't normally paired together and is a real treat for your taste buds.
Striploin Steak With Prawn Bisque
This rich bisque is made by slowly cooking prawn shells until you have a delicious stock that's then reduced with a little brandy and sieved tomatoes. Cream is stirred into the bisque just before serving it over tender striploin steak topped with shrimp in their shells. Enjoy this dish with new potatoes and steamed greens.
Fillet Steak Stuffed With Crab
This is an elegant dish that consists of a flavoursome crab mixture stuffed into a pocket created by slicing into the side of the fillet steak. The crab stuffing contains white crab meat, spring onion, garlic, celery, red peppers and breadcrumbs. The mixture is sautéed and cocktail sticks are used to secure it inside the steak, which is cooked in a skillet with garlic and mushrooms. Peppercorn sauce and roasted root vegetables complement this dish beautifully.
These are just a few examples of contemporary surf and turf dishes popping up on the menus of steak and seafood restaurants. If you'd like to try a new take on a classic combo, ask your server for their recommendation.