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A cowboy ribeye and giant shrimp combo makes for a perfect dinner for 2.  Enjoy it from the comforts of your own home with my simple recipe. This steakhouse surf and turf dish has a perfectly medium rare steak, grilled shrimp and homemade compound herb butter that adds richness and flavor. 

Step 1: How to grill the perfect medium rare steak.

Surf and Turf ingredients

For this recipe I went with a cowboy ribeye steak.  The difference between this cut and a regular ribeye is the attached short bone.  The bone adds additional flavor and is a great presentation showpiece.

Keep the seasoning simple.  I mixed ground black pepper, salt, garlic and onion powders.  Cover all sides of the steak with the mixed rub and pat it in.

Heat up the grill to 250 degrees and set in up for dual zone heat.  This means there should be an indirect cooking set up as well as direct for the final sear.

Ribeye Sear

First, place the cowboy ribeye on the indirect side for approximately 1 hour or until it reaches 120 internal.

Then, increase the temperature of the grill to high heat at 500 degrees and sear the steak 2 minutes per side. To achieve the perfect medium rare, the final internal temperature should be around 128 degrees.

Finally, set aside the steak to rest for 10 minutes. It’s very important to rest any protein after a cook.  This process helps redistribute all those wonderful juices that will create a beautifully tender slice of meat.

Dad’s Seasonings

Must have grillin seasonings!

Step 2: How to grill the perfect giant shrimp.

For those getting the whole shrimp, make sure to devein each one.  To do so, cut down the top of the crustacean and remove the thin dirty vein.  Do not remove the shell. 

Grilled Shrimp

Toss in olive oil and season with cajun seasoning before hitting the grill.

Preheat the grill for 400 degrees and set for direct heat.  Place the shrimp directly on the grill grates and flip after 1.5 minutes. 

Step 3: How to make homemade compound herb butter.

Compound Herb Butter Ingredients

Compound butter is a great way to elevate any dish adding richness and a punch of flavor.  The best part, if you don’t use it all up, store it in the fridge for next time.

I strongly recommend going with a higher quality butter, because of it’s higher butter fat content adding more flavor. 

In a mixing bowl, add 1 stick of room temperature butter, chopped parsley, rosemary and sage. Next add in grated fresh garlic, salt and crushed red peppers.  Mix all the ingredients together until the butter is completely mashed and blended in evenly with the herbs.

Place the butter mixture onto plastic wrap, wrap it and roll it tightly forming a log shape.  Next, place it into the refrigerator allowing it to firm up making it easier to slice.

Firm Herb Butter Log

Once the homemade herb butter has hardened, place a few slices on the steak as well as melt a little and pour it over the grilled shrimp.  Enjoy this homemade steakhouse surf and turf!

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Frequently Asked Questions:

What cut of steak should I use?

Type of steak depends on what you are trying to grill up. For hot and fast look for cuts with good marbling like a ribeye or NY strip. If you are cooking a roast or stew, look for cuts that are cheaper and meatier like a chuck roast.

At what temperature should I remove the steak?

The internal temperature all depends on how you want or prefer your steak cooked. For a medium rare, remove it at between 120-125 degrees. If you are going for a medium cooked steak, anywhere between 135-140 degrees. Anything over will be well done. Remember to always rest the meat for 10 minutes before slicing.

Can I make this in the oven or stove top?

All my recipes can be replicated in the oven, stove top or gas grill. You do not need a big green egg or weber grill to replicate any of my recipes.

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Steakhouse Surf and Turf

A cowboy ribeye and giant shrimp combo makes for a perfect dinner for 2.  Enjoy it from the comforts of your own home with my simple recipe.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings: 2 People

Ingredients 

Steak Ingredients

  • 2 Cowboy ribeye steaks
  • 2 tbsp Ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp Onion powder

Shrimp Ingredients

  • 1 lbs Giant shrimp
  • 1 tbsp Cajun seasoning
  • 2 tsp Olive oil

Compound Herb Butter Ingredients

  • 1 stick Unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp Parsley
  • 2 tbsp Rosemary
  • 2 tbsp Sage
  • 1/2 tbsp Salt
  • 1/2 tbsp Crushed red peppers
  • 3 Garlic cloves

Instructions 

Grill The Perfect Steak

  • In a bowl, mix together ground black pepper, salt, garlic and onion powders.  Cover all sides of the steak and pat it in.
  • Heat up the grill to 250 degrees and set in up for dual zone heat.  This means there should be an indirect cooking set up as well as direct for the final sear.
  • First place the cowboy ribeye on the indirect side for approximately 1 hour or until it reaches 120 internal.
  • Next , increase the temperature of the grill to high heat at 500 degrees and sear the steak 2 minutes per side. Final internal temperature should be around 128 degrees.
  • Finally, allow the steak to rest for 10 minutes.

Grill The Perfect Shrimp

  • Devein shrimp by cutting down the top of the crustacean and removing the thin dirty vein.  Do not remove the shell. 
  • Toss in olive oil and season with cajun seasoning.
  • Preheat the grill for 400 degrees and set for direct heat.  Place the shrimp directly on the grill grates and flip after 1.5 minutes. 

How To Make The Homemade Compound Herb Butter

  • In a mixing bowl, add 1 stick of room temperature butter, chopped parsley, rosemary and sage. Next add in freshly grated garlic, salt and crushed red peppers.  Mix all the ingredients together until the butter is completely mashed and blended in evenly with the herbs.
  • Place the butter mixture onto plastic wrap, wrap it and roll it tightly forming a log shape.  Next, place it into the refrigerator allowing it to firm up making it easier to slice.
  • One the homemade herb butter has hardened, place a few slices on the steak as well as melt a little and pour it over the grilled shrimp
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About Maciek

I make easy meals that anyone can replicate at home. I’m not a professionally trained chef, just your average guy that likes to fire up the grill. So follow along and see what’s cooking today!

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