The Perfect Combination: Garlic Butter Surf and Turf Kabobs

Who doesn’t love the rich flavors of surf and turf? The tantalizing blend of beef and seafood is a true delight for the senses. Picture this: succulent steak and plump shrimp, expertly seasoned with a medley of lemon, garlic, butter, parsley, and other mouth-watering seasonings. All cooked to perfection on the grill, giving you that smoky, heavenly taste you crave. These Garlic Butter Surf and Turf Kabobs are the ultimate indulgence, a delicious meal to be shared with your loved ones at the end of a long, hard weekend.

A Match Made in Grilling Heaven

When it comes to surf and turf, the challenge lies in finding the perfect balance. Cooking a big steak alongside lobster tails or crab claws can be time-consuming and daunting. But fear not! There is a solution that ensures maximum flavor in a fraction of the time. Kabob it! Skewer some steak and shrimp, generously season them with a lemony-garlicky-buttery marinade, and voila! You have a masterpiece ready to be grilled and savored.

Close up top view of garlic butter surf and turf kabobs on a plate

Adding a Spicy Kick

For those who like a little extra heat, there are several ways to amp up the spice factor in these Surf and Turf Kabobs. Here are some recommendations for those seeking a fiery twist:

  • Add red pepper flakes to the garlic butter mixture.
  • Dip or spread your favorite salsa over the finished kabobs.
  • Sprinkle red pepper flakes or drizzle your favorite hot sauce on top.
  • Crave a milder kick? Try freshly cracked black pepper.
  • Marinate in Sriracha, along with the garlic butter ingredients.
  • For an intense flavor experience, add jalapenos or poblanos between the shrimp and steak, ensuring a spicy surprise with every bite.
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Top view of a pair of hands holding deconstructed garlic butter surf and turf kabobs with a fork on a plate

Surf and Turf: Unraveling the Origins

Ever wondered why this delectable combination is called “Surf and Turf”? The term “surf” refers to seafood, often including lobster, crab, or shrimp. “Turf,” on the other hand, represents animals that feed on land, mainly beef. It was in the 1960s when a restaurant coined the phrase “surf and turf” to describe a meal featuring both elements, and the name stuck ever since.

The Perfect Marriage: Steak and Fish

When it comes to pairing fish with steak, it’s all about finding the right balance. Since steak boasts a meaty richness, it’s ideal to complement or contrast it with a seafood component. If you prefer meatier cuts of fish, swordfish, tuna, salmon, mahi-mahi, or cod are excellent choices. Alternatively, for those craving larger shellfish, lobster or crab can create a delectable combination. But if you’re looking for a lighter option, smaller seafood pieces like crayfish or shrimp work wonders. In fact, shrimp is my personal favorite. Its bite-size nature allows you to savor the surf and turf experience with every mouthful. And let’s not forget, a kabob with steak and shrimp is a feast for the eyes as well!

Close up of a fork grabbing a bite of deconstructed garlic butter surf and turf kabobs on a plate

The Choice Cut: Best Steak for Kabobs

In creating this dish, I opted for a top sirloin. However, various cuts of steak work just as well. The key is to choose a cut that is suitable for grilling and can be cut into 1.5-inch chunks for the kabobs. Consider options like strip steak, tri-tip steak, ribeye, t-bone, flank, petite sirloin, flat iron, or, for a touch of elegance, filet mignon.

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Grilled Shrimp: A Culinary Delight

Grilled shrimp is a treat like no other. When grilling, keep in mind that shrimp will naturally shrink in size. To ensure a satisfying portion, opt for larger varieties. Additionally, it’s crucial to purchase fresh shrimp on the day of cooking or thaw them just before grilling. Leaving thawed shrimp in the fridge for more than a day can lead to food poisoning. And for a hassle-free experience, consider buying shrimp that is already peeled and deveined. This way, the seasonings penetrate effortlessly, enhancing the overall flavor. To grill shrimp to perfection, cook them over medium-high heat, turning them several times. When done, they should be pink and opaque, with no translucent areas left.

Steak and shrimp kabobs on the grill

So there you have it – the ultimate Garlic Butter Surf and Turf Kabobs. A delightful symphony of flavors, expertly grilled to deliver a taste sensation that will leave you craving more. Whether you’re seeking a spicy kick or a classic combination, these kabobs are sure to impress. Gather your loved ones, fire up the grill, and indulge in a meal that perfectly marries land and sea. For more mouth-watering recipes and grilling inspiration, visit Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ. Happy grilling!