Surf And Turf Sensation: Shrimp Sauce For Steak

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There’s something undeniably satisfying about a perfectly cooked steak. But sometimes, even the best cuts of meat can benefit from a little extra something. Enter the glorious steak shrimp sauce. This decadent and flavorful sauce combines the savory richness of shrimp with a touch of sweetness and a hint of tang, creating a perfect complement to your succulent steak.

While store-bought steak sauces can be convenient, there’s nothing quite like the taste and satisfaction of making your own. This homemade steak shrimp sauce is surprisingly easy to prepare, requiring minimal ingredients and cooking time. This guide will take you through everything you need to know, from gathering the ingredients to plating your masterpiece.

Steak in Creamy Cajun Shrimp Sauce (Surf and Turf)
Steak in Creamy Cajun Shrimp Sauce (Surf and Turf)

Understanding the Magic: Ingredients Breakdown

The Savory Base:

1 tablespoon unsalted butter: Butter adds richness and depth of flavor to the sauce.

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil: Olive oil helps prevent the butter from burning and adds a touch of healthy fat.
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, diced: Onion provides a base of aromatic flavor and sweetness.
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced: Garlic adds a pungent and savory kick.
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine: White wine deglazes the pan, adding acidity and complexity to the sauce.

  • The Shrimpy Goodness:

    1 pound fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined: Use the freshest shrimp possible for the best flavor. Frozen thawed shrimp works too, but fresh will deliver a superior taste.

  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth: Chicken broth adds depth and body to the sauce.
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream: Heavy cream adds a luxurious texture and richness.

  • The Flavor Boosters:

    2 tablespoons tomato paste: Tomato paste adds umami flavor and a touch of acidity.

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce: Worcestershire sauce adds a complex, savory depth of flavor.
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme: Thyme complements the other flavors beautifully with its earthy, herbal aroma.
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste: Seasoning is key! Adjust according to your preference.

  • Optional Extras:

    1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley: Parsley adds a vibrant pop of color and freshness.

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice: Lemon juice adds a touch of brightness and acidity.

  • Bringing it All Together: Directions

    1. Prep is Key: Begin by finely dicing your onion and mincing your garlic. Peel and devein your shrimp if using fresh.
    2. Sautéing the Aromatics: In a large skillet or saucepan, melt the butter and olive oil over medium heat. Once hot, add the diced onion and cook until softened and translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the minced garlic and cook for an additional minute, until fragrant.
    3. Deglazing the Pan: Pour in the white wine and scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Let the wine simmer for a few minutes, allowing it to reduce slightly.
    4. Introducing the Shrimp: Add the peeled and deveined shrimp to the pan and cook until they turn opaque and pink, about 3-4 minutes per side. Remove the shrimp from the pan and set aside.
    5. Building the Sauce: Pour in the chicken broth and tomato paste, stirring to combine. Bring to a simmer and cook for 2-3 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld.
    6. Creamy Dreaminess: Whisk in the heavy cream and Worcestershire sauce. Let the sauce simmer for a few minutes, until slightly thickened.
    7. Flavor Fiesta: Add the dried thyme, salt, and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
    8. The Grand Finale: Return the cooked shrimp to the pan and gently simmer for another minute or two to allow them to heat through.
    9. Serving Up Perfection: Transfer the finished steak shrimp sauce to a serving dish. Serve immediately over your favorite cooked steaks. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley for a pop of color, if desired.

    Fueling Your Craving: Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

    This recipe yields approximately 4 servings. Here’s a general estimate of the nutritional content per serving:

    Calories: 450

  • Fat: 30g
  • Saturated Fat: 15g
  • Cholesterol: 250mg
  • Sodium: 500mg (depending on the sodium content of your chicken broth and Worcestershire sauce)