For my husband’s birthday, his dad gave him a steak and lobster dinner.
A raw steak. And a raw lobster.
I don’t know much about steak and I’m not really a seafood person but I do know that my father in law LOVES food, especially quality meat and I know that he picked these for a reason. (I don’t actually know the reason, but apparently they were the cream of the crop!) So, I knew I had an important job to cook these guys to their deserved completion.
My father-in-law branded the steak for us! (It unfortunately didn’t show up when I cooked it)
I knew I was going to cook the steak on the stove top, mostly because I don’t have a BBQ. I started by making a rub for the steaks.
I mixed a little bit of salt, pepper, garlic powder and olive oil and rubbed it on both sides of the steak. I let it sit for a few minutes while I got everything else prepared.
I roasted some garlic and peeled and cut some potatoes to mash, and then started them in hot water. I chopped some fresh brocolli and put it on the stove, but didn’t turn it on yet. When I am making a meal with so many parts, I try to get everything ready and then I just have to turn it on and not rush back and forth. Timing a meal is a really hard thing to master and it’s also really important.
On to this guy. First of all, I don’t really like seafood and this guy smelled like a fishing boat. I rinsed him and got out the kitchen scissors. I cut his shell (I should probably stop calling it ‘him’, right?) right down the center. It was hard. And it gave me the willies. And I hope I never have to do it again. Every *crack* of his it’s shell made me cringe. Okay, I’m done describing it, it freaked me out! God bless the chefs who do this every day!
After I cut the shell completely, I used a knife to cut straight down and then open it up. I placed it on a foil lined cookie sheet (one with edges, because heaven forbid stinky fish juice leak onto my oven and make my house smell like that every time I cook!) and put a few slices of butter on it, and set it aside. (I made the poor decision to do the lobster last because the recipe I read said it would take 5-10 minutes but it did not!)
I threw 3 tablespoons of butter into a skillet and got it nice and hot. I took my nicely spiced and rubbed steak and seared it for a few minutes (3-5) on each side. Keep smearing it in that butter!
After you’ve seared it for a few minutes, place it in a baking dish (I used Pyrex) and in a hot (450 degree) oven for about 10 min (depending on how you like it cooked). It will continue to cook a little bit in the pan so take it out just before it’s “done”. To be perfectly honest, I’m kind of a just-cut-it-open-and-check kind of cook so don’t know how accurate my times are!
I put the lobster in the oven underneath the steak, like I said before, thinking I could time them together. (I was wrong!)
I started the hot water for the brocolli and got that steaming. I had left out a few tablespoons of butter to soften, so with that I mixed in some fresh lemon juice, lemon zest, fresh ground pepper, and some dry basil.
After I mixed the herb butter, I set it back in the fridge. While the steak and lobster cooked, I mashed the potatoes with the roasted garlic, butter, whole milk and some salt.
I took the steak out, but the lobster still looked undercooked so I set up the rest of the plates while I let it finish (and moved it to the top rack). I topped my steaks with the herb butter, and added a bit to the potatoes. I melted some butter (we like butter…can you tell?) and squeezed the other half of the lemon into it, to pour on the brocolli.
I pulled the lobster out and pulled the shell off, split it in half and tossed some of that lemon butter on top.
The recipe I read said that the lobster meat should be opaque… either I don’t know what opaque means or I don’t know what cooked lobster should look like (or both) and I kept thinking the lobster was under cooked. Eventually, it looked cooked in my husband’s opinion but honestly it was a huge science experiement and I’m not really sure it was successful.
The steak was great. I thought it was cooked perfectly and was tender and flavorful. On the other hand, I don’t think we’re lobster people (or I’m not a lobster cook?). Either way, I saved the lobster and made a bisque out of it.
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