4 Surf & Turf Meal Ideas and Side Dish Inspiration for the Perfect Dinner - Pine Tree Seafood

4 Surf & Turf Meal Ideas and Side Dish Inspiration for the Perfect Dinner

4 Surf & Turf Meal Ideas and Side Dish Inspiration for the Perfect Dinner

4 Surf & Turf Meal Ideas and Side Dish Inspiration for the Perfect Dinner

What’s better than enjoying a delicious seafood dinner? Enjoying a delicious seafood dinner with the perfect pairing of red meat. 

Seafood and steak are a classic pairing that’s hard to beat. But, if you want to take your surf and turf meal up a notch, there are plenty of ways to do it. 

Here are some ideas and tips to help you create the perfect surf and turf meal. Bon appetit!

Where did “surf and turf” come from?

Who had the bright idea to pair seafood and land food? We had the same question. 

While the origin of “surf and turf” is unknown, the earliest known use of the term came from the Los Angeles Times in 1961.

4 Surf & Turf Meal Ideas

Below you’ll find our favorite surf and turf meal ideas. While steak and lobster are bound to be mentioned, it isn’t the only combo that made our list. 

In fact, surf and turf doesn’t have to be a high price tag meal. 

Think outside of the box and get creative. You can take two relatively cheap proteins — like sirloin and salmon — and with some extra finesse, you’ll have a decadent meal that will have your family swooning over. 

  1. NY Strip with Scallops

    You can’t go wrong with a New York strip steak, pan-seared with garlic butter. Plus, scallops are so easy to make, and when you pair them with a bright white wine sauce, it complements the turf portion of the dish perfectly.
  1. Ribeye with Shrimp

    The classic ribeye can be prepared the same way as the New York strip steak. As for the surf side of the dish, shrimp pairs nicely with a ribeye. Add some lemon cream sauce for a nice tangy flavor.
  1. Sirloin and Salmon Cakes

    If you’re reaching for an upscaled meal without the upscaled tag, tackle this surf and turf dish: sirloin and salmon cakes. Who would’ve thought to put these two together on a plate? Trust us, they are decadent. The crispy bites of the salmon cakes effortlessly complement the tender juiciness of the sirloin.
  2. Filet Mignon and Lobster

    We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the long-time favorite filet mignon and lobster. The smoky flavor from a bacon-wrapped filet and the buttery-sweet and decadent meat of the lobster makes for a decadent dinner. 

4 Side Dish Inspiration for a Surf & Turf Dinner  

Sometimes, the hardest part about a meal is deciding on the right side dishes

Here are some sides to add to your surf and turf dinner that will only help enhance your meal.

  • Garlic herb roasted potatoes
  • Lemon pepper steam asparagus 
  • Mushrooms – stuffed or grilled
  • Salad – either a crunchy brussel sprout vinaigrette or an iceberg lettuce wedge

We’ve shared some of our favorite surf and turf ideas and side dishes with you, but feel free to get creative! There are no rules when it comes to creating the perfect surf and turf dinner. 

Ready to find the perfect surf part of your meal? Order today or come into our Scarborough, Maine location to purchase fresh caught Maine fish and lobster.