If you're looking for a super flavorful keto meal, don't overlook this skillet dinner bursting with flavor. Steak and shrimp lovers rejoice, this meal will not disappoint, and it's ready fast, with few dishes!
If you like steak or shrimp, be sure to check out some of our favorite recipes, like this air fryer ribeye, this spicy shrimp bisque, this surf or turf, or this sirloin steak salad with roasted veggies.
❤️Why you'll love this
- One of our most popular recipes - This recipe has over 65 five-star reviews for a reason! People absolutely love it.
- Creamy, rich, and flavorful - This skillet is absolutely packed full of flavor and seasonings. It's a decadent meal for any occasion.
- Perfect for special occasions - Speaking of any occasion, many of our readers say they enjoy this recipe for holiday meals or get-togethers with loved ones.
- Naturally gluten free, low carb and protein packed - All of the ingredients included in this list are not only pantry and kitchen staples, but they're also naturally keto friendly, gluten free, and packed with protein!
You can find full ingredient quantities and nutritional information in the recipe card.
- Steak - You can use your favorite cut of steak, it really doesn't matter, and it's more of a preference thing. We generally use sirloin or ribeye, since those are two of our favorite cuts.
- Shrimp - We love big, juicy shrimp for this. They should be peeled and deveined, but it's up to you if you want to leave the tails on or not.
- Olive oil - For searing the steak at a high heat. You could use avocado oil instead if you prefer.
- Unsalted butter - This is the base of the sauce, that makes it so luscious and creamy!
- Salt & pepper - Pretty standard, make sure you season your steak and shrimp very well before skillet them off in your cast iron skillet.
- Seasonings - You can season your sauce and shrimp however you'd like, but our favorites are smoked paprika and some red pepper flakes for a little heat.
- Onion and garlic - These two are the base of any great dish, in our opinion. Feel free to substitute with onion and garlic powder if you prefer, but it's definitely going to taste the best with fresh!
- Fresh spinach - Just to add some greenery to this dish! We like to chop ours up a little bit beforehand.
- Lemon juice and zest - This is another one of our favorite ingredients. Lemon juice and zest add some acidity, sweetness and a ton of flavor. Don't underestimate these two!
- Broth or white wine - To thin the sauce, and add flavor. You can go with anything you see fit here, beef, seafood, chicken or even vegetable broth. If you're into it, use some dry white wine instead!
- Heavy whipping cream - This is where the creamy element of this sauce comes in! You will want to use heavy whipping cream so that it thickens up the best.
- Parmesan cheese - You will definitely want to use freshly grated parmesan cheese for this. Pre-shredded cheese can be convenient but parmesan especially does not melt well if pre-shredded. You want the parmesan to melt as best as it can to create the sauce.
- Parsley & parmesan cheese for garnish - When it's time to serve, add some fresh parsley and parmesan cheese flakes on top if you want.
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- Mince the garlic and dice the onion.
- Zest the lemon.
- Freshly grate parmesan cheese.
- Peel and devein the shrimp, leaving the tails off or on (your choice).
- Allow the steak to sit out at room temperature for about 30 minutes.
- Heat a large skillet (at least 10.25", we prefer a 12" skillet) over medium high heat for about 10 minutes before beginning to get the skillet really hot.
- Dry steak off with paper towel to remove any excess moisture.
🥩Cook the steak
Season the steak liberally with salt and pepper on both sides. Make sure to reserve some salt and pepper for the other components of the dish.
Once the skillet is very hot, add olive oil, then add the steaks to the skillet. Cook about 3-4 minutes on each side (depending on the thickness of your steaks), until a nice crust forms and the steaks are cooked to your liking.
We like our steaks medium-rare. Once cooked, set aside to rest for at least 10 minutes before slicing into the steak.
🍤Cook the shrimp
In a mixing bowl, combine shrimp with some salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and smoked paprika.
Add some of the butter to the skillet, then add the shrimp, cooking in batches to avoid overcrowding the shrimp. Sear for 1-2 minutes on each side until shrimp are cooked through and no longer translucent. Once cooked, remove from the skillet and set aside.
🧀Make the cream sauce
Add remaining butter to the skillet, along with diced onion and a pinch of salt. Cook until onion is brown and caramelized, then add in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
Add in the spinach with more salt, moving around the pan often to wilt.
After the spinach has wilted, add in lemon juice, zest, and broth.
Stir in the heavy cream, along with the parmesan cheese in batches, stirring constantly until completely melted and a sauce forms. Taste and adjust seasonings to your preference.
✨Assemble & garnish
Add the steak and shrimp back to the skillet, top with parsley, and parmesan cheese.
Surf and turf represents proteins of both the land, and the sea served together as one dish! Generally speaking, turf is often represented by red meat like steak and it's "the land".
The surf portion is seafood, generally, lobster, shrimp, prawns, or crab legs and it represents "the sea". This dish starting gaining traction in fancy restaurants back in the 1960's. Surf and turf (like this skillet) represent two gourmet tastes together.
🍽What to serve with steak and shrimp
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Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Reheat gently in the microwave, on the stovetop, or at a lower heat (350°F) in the oven. Keep in mind that the steak and shrimp will cook further every time you reheat it.
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Steak and Seafood Skillet with Creamy Sauce
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1.5 pounds steak (use any cut you like, we used ribeye)
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided (or to taste, add slowly)
- 1.5 teaspoons course ground black pepper, divided (to taste)
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes (to taste)
- ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika (to taste)
- 1 pound jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 6 cloves garlic, minced
- 8 ounces fresh spinach
- 1 whole lemon, juice and zest
- ½ cup broth of choice (could use beef, seafood, chicken, vegetable or even dry white wine!)
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 4 ounces parmesan cheese, freshly grated (do not use pre-shredded parmesan cheese)
- Parsley and parmesan cheese for garnish
- Heat a large skillet (at least 10.25") over medium high heat. Season your steaks liberally with salt and pepper. Once hot, add in olive oil, then add the steaks to the skillet. Cook about 3-4 minutes on each side, until a nice crust forms and the steaks are cooked to your liking. Once cooked, set aside to rest for at least 10 minutes before slicing into the steak.
- Add in some of the butter to the pan, and season the shrimp with salt, pepper, smoked paprika and some red pepper flakes if desired. Add the shrimp to the skillet, and cook 1-2 minutes on each side. Once shrimp are cooked through, remove from the skillet and set aside.
- Add remaining butter to the skillet, along with diced onion and a pinch of salt. Cook until onion is brown and caramelized, then add in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add in the chopped spinach and cook until wilted.After spinach has wilted, add in lemon juice, zest and broth. Simmer for 2-3 minutes.
- Stir in the heavy cream, along with the parmesan cheese in batches, stirring constantly until completely melted and a sauce forms. Taste and adjust seasonings to your preference.
- Add the steak and shrimp back to the skillet, top with parsley and parmesan cheese.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. We don't recommend freezing this.
- Make sure to freshly grate your parmesan cheese. Pre-shredded will not melt properly and your sauce will become clumpy instead of a rich, creamy texture.
- To reheat, gently simmer in a skillet.
- Season to taste with salt & pepper. Be aware that adding parmesan to your sauce will introduce salt into your dish, so take care not to over salt the sauce before incorporating the cheese.
- Cook time on both your steak and shrimp will depend a lot on the size and thickness of them. For the steak, you should also cook it to your preference. We prefer our steak cooked medium-rare.