This surf and turf skillet is the perfect main dish to serve for date night! This simple one-pan meal is paleo, whole30, and AIP.

surf and turf skillet on plate

What is a Surf and Turf Skillet?

A surf and turf skillet, also known as a surf ‘n’ turf skillet, is a classic American dinner staple, most often served at steakhouses! A surf and turf skillet includes a serving of red meat (most often steaks), and a serving of seafood, which is either steamed, breaded, fried or grilled. The idea is to put two delicious and delectable main dishes together on one plate for double the enjoyment!

This surf and turf skillet is the perfect date-night dish to take your quality time or celebration to the next level! It is made with ribeye steaks and shrimp, and cooked easily in one pan. This surf & turf skillet is made free of dairy and gluten, and is paleo, Whole30 and easily made AIP!

The Ingredients for this Surf & Turf Skillet

  • Ribeye Steaks
  • Shrimp: To save time, you can buy them already peeled and deveined.
  • Avocado Oil: You can sub other oils like olive if you’d like.
  • Garlic Cloves
  • Sea Salt & Black Pepper: Omit pepper for AIP.
  • Ghee: Omit for AIP.
  • Parsley: To garnish!

How to make this Surf & Turf Skillet

  • Cook Steak & Garlic: Set the strip steak out on the counter for 15-20 minutes to allow to come closer to room temperature. Pat the steak dry and salt well on both sides, along with pepper. Heat the avocado oil in a large cast-iron pan on medium heat. Once the oil is hot and shimmering, add the steak to the pan along with the garlic clove. Cook the steak for 3 minutes on each side. Use a meat thermometer to check for the temperature of the desired doneness. See notes. Remove from the pan and allow to rest for 5-10 minutes.
  • Cook Shrimp: While the steak sits, clean out the pan and add additional avocado oil. Heat the avocado oil over medium heat. Add the shrimp to the pan and season with salt and pepper. Allow the shrimp to cook for 2-3 minutes on each side or until pink and fully cooked. Set aside and top with lemon.
  • Garnish & Serve: Divide the steak and shrimp between two plates, topping both with parsley and the steak with ghee. Serve with a side of roasted broccoli or asparagus.

surf & turf skillet on plate

Can you use precooked shrimp?

You can but they don’t taste quite as good! I highly recommend fresh.

What kind of shrimp can you use?

Fresh caught has the best flavor.

Is there another sauce you can use for the steak?

Yes! You can use my chimichurri sauce, which pairs perfectly with steak.

What other cuts of steak can you use?

You can also use NY strip!

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Surf and Turf Skillet


  • Author: Michelle
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

This surf and turf skillet is the perfect main dish to serve for date night! This simple one-pan meal is paleo, whole30, and AIP.


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Ingredients

  • 2 lbs ribeye steak (2 steaks)
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt (divided)
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper (omit for AIP)
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil, divided
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 tbsp ghee (omit for AIP)
  • 1 tbsp parsley, chopped

Instructions

  1. Set the strip steak out on the counter for 15-20 minutes to allow to come closer to room temperature.
  2. Pat the steak dry and salt well on both sides, along with pepper.
  3. Heat the avocado oil in a large cast-iron pan on medium heat.
  4. Once the oil is hot and shimmering, add the steak to the pan along with the garlic clove. Cook the steak for 3 minutes on each side. Use a meat thermometer to check for the temperature of the desired doneness. See notes.
  5. Remove from the pan and allow to rest for 5-10 minutes.
  6. While the steak sits, clean out the pan and add additional avocado oil. Heat the avocado oil over medium heat. Add the shrimp to the pan and season with salt and pepper. Allow the shrimp to cook for 2-3 minutes on each side or until pink and fully cooked. Set aside and top with lemon.
  7. Divide the steak and shrimp between two plates, topping both with parsley and the steak with ghee. Serve with a side of roasted broccoli or asparagus.

Notes

For a rare steak, the temperature should be 130 F-140 F, medium rare if 140-145F, a medium steak is around 150-160F and well done is anything above.

All nutritional information are estimations and will vary. Estimations do not include optional ingredients.

  • Category: Main Dishes

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 783
  • Fat: 43.3g
  • Carbohydrates: 0.6g
  • Fiber: 0.1g
  • Protein: 98.1g

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