Steak and Lobster Tails: Surf and Turf for Two

Steak and Lobster. Seared NY strip steak served with baked and buttered lobster tails.

Steak and Lobster Tails: Surf and Turf for Two

WOW, steak and lobster has never been so easy.

I’ve got it, one of my new favorite celebration meals. Potentially one the best surf and turf recipes I’ve come across in quite some time. As much as I hate to say it, it all started with an infamous Buzz Feed Tasty video.

Buzzfeed’s particular recipe called for a reverse searing of the sirloin steak. Rather than doing a sear first in a skillet and then finishing the steak in the oven, they actually bake the steak first and THEN finish with a stove top sear.

To each their own, but I think I found a better way to simultaneously cook both the lobster and the steak in the oven at the same temperature – I think the recipe flows better this way. For me, simplicity is key.

I prepare all of my steaks in a cast iron skillet using butter. For this particular recipe I seared a NY strip steak, cut in two for two minutes per side on the stove top and then transfer to an oven at 425 degrees for 5 minutes.

I think everyone knows the lobster tail is the best part of the lobster. The tails are cut in half before baking and basted with garlic, butter, lemon, fresh parsley, and sprinkled with crushed Ritz crackers and Parmesan cheese.

The beauty of this recipe is that you can simultaneously bake the lobster tails on the bottom rack the moment you the steak hits the skillet. A truly simple take on surf and turf for two that won’t break the bank or require four arms.

How to Prep Lobster Tails for Baking

The trickiest part of this recipe is cutting the uncooked lobster tails in half to expose the flesh. The best way to do this is to use kitchen shears (scissors) to cut the tails down the center, through the end of the tail. Cut both the underside and top of the shell with scissors and then use a knife to slice the lobster meat in half, separating into two equal halves.

You can also accomplish this with a sharp knife, by piercing the underside of the lobster tail with the tip of the knife and then rocking the knife downwards, applying pressure, until you slice entirely through the tail and shell. The scissors method is a lot easier and a lot less likely to end date night with a trip to the ER.

No cracking shells and no mess. The steak is finished off by drizzling garlic and rosemary infused butter over the steak. Super simple and guaranteed to impress.

Steak and Lobster Tails: Surf and Turf for Two
Steak and Lobster Tails: Surf and Turf for Two

Steak and Lobster Tails: Surf and Turf for Two

  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 2 1x



  • 1 12 ounce New York strip steak, cut in half
  • 2 uncooked lobster tails (in the shell)
  • 4 Ritz crackers, crushed
  • 1 lemon
  • 3 cloves garlic, 2 whole, 1 minced
  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • Sprig of fresh rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 425° F.
  2. Remove the steak from the fridge 30 minutes before cooking, this is to bring the steak to room temperature and ensure your cooking times are more accurate.
  3. Using kitchen shears (scissors), cut the tails down the center, through the end of the tail, on both the underside and top of the shell. Use a knife to slice the lobster meat in half, separating into two equal halves. (keeping lobster in the shell). Set aside.
  4. Combine 2 tablespoons melted butter, juice from half a lemon, garlic, and parsley in a small bowl. Stir until combined. Set aside. Combine Parmesan cheese and Ritz crackers in a Ziploc bag and crush until crackers are finely crushed. Set aside.
  5. Season lobster tails with salt and pepper. Liberally baste the flesh side of each lobster tail with melted garlic herb butter and place on a baking sheet flesh side up. Set aside.
  6. Cut the strip steak in half widthwise, season both sides generously with salt and pepper, and set aside.
  7. Add other 2 tablespoons of butter to an oven safe cast iron skillet and turn up high, allow the skillet to become very hot first. At this time, add the lobster tails to the oven and bake for 15 minutes.
  8. Place the strip steaks face down and sear undisturbed for 2 minutes. Flip the steaks and sear for an additional 2 minutes. This will give your steak a nice seared edge.
  9. Add a clove of garlic and a sprig of fresh rosemary and immediately transfer your skillet directly to the oven. [WARNING] skillet may be hot, handle with oven mitts. For rare, bake for 4-5 minutes. Medium rare, 5-6 minutes. Medium, 6-7 minutes. Remember, depending on the size of the steak, the more or less time it will take. This recipe is ideal for a 12-14 ounce strip steak.
  10. Remove steaks from the oven. Using a spoon, drizzle the pan drippings from the skillet over each steak. Let rest for 5 minutes before serving. After 5 minutes, your lobster tail should be ready. Serve each steak portion with 2 halves of lobster tails. Garnish each steak with a clove of roasted garlic and a portion of rosemary if desired.


Temperatures for steak Rare: 130°F to 135°F Medium Rare: 140°F to 145°F Medium: 155°F to 160°F Well Done: 165°F to 170°F