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Seared Steak and Scallops

Seared Steak and Scallops

This seared steak and scallops surf and turf recipe is perfect for a romantic surf and turf for two dinner. It's easy, decadent, and tasty!
4.6 from 10 votes
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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Inactive time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 726kcal


  • Skillet
  • Paper towels
  • Small saucepan


  • ¾ pound steak of choice ribeye, New York strip, or filet mignon
  • 1 pound scallops side muscle removed
  • 1 tablespoon neutral cooking oil for frying
  • 5 tablespoons butter divided
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and minced
  • 2 teaspoons parsley freshly minced (or use 1 teaspoon dry)
  • 2 teaspoons chives freshly minced (or use 1 teaspoon dry)
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper more or less to taste
  • Salt and pepper
  • Flaky sea salt optional, for serving


Prepare the Scallops and Steak:

  • Pat the steak dry and season all over with salt and pepper. Allow to set out at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  • Pat the scallops dry and transfer to a paper towel lined plate. Season with salt and pepper and transfer to the refrigerator, uncovered, for 30 minutes to chill.

Cook the Steak:

  • In a cast iron skillet, heat the oil over medium-high until shimmering. Pat the steak dry once more and place in the skillet. Cook without moving for 2-3 minutes until a deep, golden crust forms. Flip and cook an additional 1-2 minutes more. Add 1 tablespoon butter to the skillet and spoon the melted butter over the steak for 45 seconds to 1 minute more or until the steak reaches desired internal temperature.
  • Transfer the steak to a cutting board or plate and tent loosely with foil and rest for 10 minutes. Carefully wipe out the skillet.

Prepare the Herb Butter:

  • Melt three tablespoons butter in a small saucepan. Once frothy, turn off the heat. Add the garlic, parsley, chives, and crushed red pepper. Season lightly with salt and pepper and stir. Set aside.

Cook the Scallops:

  • Pat the scallops dry once more. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter into the skillet. Once frothy, add the scallops in an even layer (cook in batches if needed) and cook for 1-2 minutes or until a deep, golden brown crust forms. Flip and cook an additional 1 minute or until they are cooked through, but not overcooked. The bottom of the scallop will not form as much of a crust as the top. Transfer to a plate.

To Serve:

  • Right before serving, slice the steak against the grain and transfer to a serving plate. Arrange the scallops next to it and spoon the herb butter over the entire dish. Sprinkle with a touch of flaky sea salt, if you like. Enjoy!


Calories: 726kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 62g | Fat: 61g | Sodium: 1236mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 2mg
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