Shrimp in Garlic Sauce over Steak

Make an impressive dinner in less than half an hour with this “surf & turf” recipe.  By cooking the steak first, then making the shrimp & sauce in the same pan – the shrimp mixture picks up some of the flavor of the meat which makes for some delicious crustacean goodness.


With steak, shrimp and wine on the ingredients list – this dinner is a bit of a splurge but it’s well worth it as this combination of flavors really bring out the best in eachother.  If you don’t have white wine, some people say that chicken or vegetable stock makes an okay substitute but to be honest, I would probably look for another shrimp sauce recipe because you don’t want to spend all this money only to have it taste off!


Cleaning your shrimp (peeling and deveining) is kind of gross if you aren’t into that whole seeing the animal you plan on eating still look like an animal thing.  However, I recommend you go for it and buy shrimp that hasn’t been cleaned because it loses a lot of it’s flavor and texture if it’s peeled before frozen.


Shrimp in Garlic Sauce over Steak

Serves 2-3
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 15 minutes
Total time 25 minutes


  • 12-16oz steak (cut of your choice)
  • 8oz shrimp (half pound)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3-4 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine (chardonnay, pinot grigio, sauvignon blanc)
  • 1/4 cup half & half (or heavy cream if you want a creamier sauce)
  • salt & pepper


1. Preheat pan (cast iron works great if you have it). Peel/devein shrimp if aren't already, then rinse them and drain on paper towel. Put shrimp in bowl and toss with lemon juice. If you are using large shrimp (31/35) or bigger, cut them in about 1" sized pieces. If you'd prefer not to cut them, just note that it may take an extra minute or two to cook them through.
2. Coat each filet with small amount of olive oil and salt and pepper. Turn heat to medium-high and cook filets a few minutes on each side (depending on size of steak and how done you'd like it to be). Set them aside and cover them losely.
3. Reduce heat to medium. Carefully add 2 tbs butter and remaining olive oil. Add garlic and cook two minutes. Add wine (carefully it will spatter). Reduce wine to half original amount, for about 3 minutes. Add half & half, shrimp, remaining butter. Cook until shrimp are pink, about 2 minutes.
4. Top steaks with shrimp and sauce. Enjoy!

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