I’m going to tell you something that might surprise you, grilled skewers are SO much better when you leave the veggies off. Take these grilled surf and turf skewers for example. They are all meat, but leaving the veggies off of them allows for a more even cook to each item.
I am not saying you should leave the veggies off your plate entirely, but have you ever tried grilled your meats separately? It’s a game changer. Just like these grilled surf and turf skewers are a barbecue game changer. Step away from burgers and dogs for a minute and upgrade to something a bit more sophisticated, but just as simple to prepare.
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This week I am doing a full week of grilling recipes on Mad About Food leading up to Memorial Day weekend and summers start! I am kicking off this grilling week the best way I know how: some grilled surf and turf skewers.
I might be alone in this, but I think there is something so luxurious about having steak and seafood on the same plate. To be fair there isn’t any lobster in this grilled surf and turf skewer recipe, but I still feel very fancy.
For this recipe I used frozen shrimp and sirloin steak. By using these ingredients I can feel fancy AND stay on a budget. That is definitely a backyard barbecue win-win.
These grilled surf and turf skewers are made with just a few simple ingredients. The basic marinade keeps them flavorful, but also whole30 and paleo compliant. I used coconut aminos instead of soy to marinate the chicken, but if you aren’t worried about using soy or staying whole30 compliant then that is a perfect alternative.
You don’t have to plan too far ahead to get these delicious grilled surf and turf skewers on your table. Just be sure to defrost your shrimp, if they’re frozen. Then soak the skewers and marinate the proteins about an hour before your get your food on the grill.
I did not include any sides in the recipe, but these grilled surf and turf skewers go great with any veggies or starches. My favorite way to enjoy them is on a big green salad with lots of fresh summer produce and maybe my green dream dressing.
To make these simple and healthy grilled surf and turf skewers you need just a few simple ingredients. Gather the ingredients and prep the marinades for the proteins and soak the skewers in some water. Soaking the skewers in water for at least an hour before cooking prevents them from catching on fire when your are grilling.
To prepare the marinades, mince the onions and mix it with avocado oil and coconut aminos for the steak and avocado oil and lemon juice for the shrimp. Toss the proteins in their respective marinades and pop in the fridge for about an hour.
Remove the proteins from the fridge and preheat the grill to medium high heat. Be sure to clean your grill as well! Skewer them separately and then season liberally on all sides with salt and pepper.
Place on the grill and cook the shrimp for about 6 minutes rotating once. Cook the steak for 12 minutes rotating every 2 minutes. The skewers are best if enjoyed immediately, but can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
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