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5 Surf and Turf Menu Ideas with International Flair
The possibilities are endless when you consider the bright flavors and innovative cooking techniques of cuisines from around the world.
07-22-2019
America's Test Kitchen

On a restaurant menu, “surf and turf” usually means the standard pairing of lobster and filet mignon. We’re not complaining, but this land and sea concept can be applied to any seafood-and-beef combination, and the possibilities become greater when you consider the bright flavors and innovative cooking techniques of cuisines from around the world. Here are five creative surf and turf pairings you might want to consider next time you’re planning a special meal or assigning tasks for a potluck.

Peruvian Fish Ceviche + Thai Grilled-Beef Salad

The fish in our ceviche recipe “cooks” in the slightly acidic leche de tigre for 30 to 40 minutes, which is long enough to cook the beef in our Thai Grilled-Beef Salad. Both recipes include make-ahead components so you won’t be running between the kitchen and the grill, and together they make a light, fresh combination that would perfectly suit any summertime get-together.

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Peruvian Fish Ceviche with Radishes and Orange
Thai Grilled-Beef Salad

Grilled Fish Tacos + Grilled Mojo-Marinated Skirt Steak

Our Grilled Fish Tacos were inspired by the bold flavors of southeastern Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. The grilled swordfish is topped with grilled pineapple salsa, avocado, and crunchy iceberg lettuce—toppings that also go well with thin strips of Grilled Mojo-Marinated Skirt Steak. We suggest offering both of these two protein options at your next cookout.

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Grilled Fish Tacos
Grilled Mojo-Marinated Skirt Steak

Grilled Shrimp and Vegetable Kebabs + Mexican-Style Grilled Steak (Carne Asada)

Shrimp and vegetable kebabs are notoriously difficult to cook because the shrimp inevitably overcook in the time it takes most vegetables to pass from raw to their crisp-tender ideal. Our recipe works by pairing slower-cooking jumbo shrimp with quick-cooking vegetables. The shrimp-and-vegetable skewers cook in just a few minutes, and the grill will still be hot for you to cook the steak.

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Grilled Shrimp and Vegetable Kebabs
Mexican-Style Grilled Steak (Carne Asada)

Crispy Salt and Pepper Shrimp + Beef Stir-Fry with Bell Peppers and Black Pepper Sauce

As in many of the fast-cooking dishes commonly made in China and/or Vietnam, these two recipes are all about the importance of mise en place. Their ingredient lists might look hefty, but most of the items are ones you already have in your pantry or fridge. Plus, both recipes cook quickly. To simplify things, you could cook the shrimp first and eat it as an appetizer before preparing the steak.

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Crispy Salt and Pepper Shrimp
Beef Stir-Fry with Bell Peppers and Black Pepper Sauce

Miso-Marinated Salmon + Pan-Seared Thick-Cut Strip Steaks

The Japanese technique of marinating fish in miso has become a popular restaurant preparation in this country, but the technique is quite simple and easily executed at home. Our Miso-Marinated Salmon recipe uses only four ingredients and is mostly make-ahead (the fish needs to marinate for at least six hours before a quick broil). This will leave you able to focus on cooking the steaks, which are versatile enough to pair with the salty-sweet salmon and any side dishes you choose to complete the meal.

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Miso-Marinated Salmon
Pan-Seared Thick-Cut Strip Steaks


What's your dream surf-and-turf combination? Let us know in the comments. And for more menu-planning inspiration, check out the recipes from our latest seasons of America's Test Kitchen TV.

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