Surf and Turf

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 2 hr 55 min (includes marinating time)
  • Active: 55 min
  • Yield: 8 to 10 servings
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1 cup soy sauce

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

2 tablespoons honey or brown sugar

1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger

2 teaspoons white sesame seeds

1 teaspoon chile flakes

6 cloves garlic, crushed

4 spring onions, chopped

1/2 cup sesame oil

2 kilograms (4.5 pounds) center-cut beef fillet


1 kilogram (2 pounds) whole squid, cleaned

60 grams (2 ounces) butter

4 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger, plus 1 teaspoon

Salt and pepper

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Zest and juice of 1 lemon

2 cups good-quality beef stock

Cilantro, for garnish


  1. For the turf: Whisk together the soy sauce, cilantro, honey, ginger, sesame seeds, chile flakes, garlic and spring onions in a bowl. Stir in the sesame oil.
  2. Using cocktail sticks, pin the bottom of the beef fillet to create a round shape (quicker than trussing with butcher's knots!). If already nicely round, the cut may not require this step.
  3. Place the fillet in a freezer bag and pour over two-thirds of the marinade, gently rubbing it into the meat. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  5. Remove the meat from the marinade and gently pat dry. Set aside for 5 minutes to warm up a bit.
  6. Heat a nonstick frying pan or griddle until hot. Sear the beef for 1 1/2 minutes on each side. Transfer to a baking sheet and drizzle with oil. Roast for 5 to 8 minutes for medium rare.
  7. Remove the fillet to a cutting board, reserving the pan juices for the sauce. Tent with foil and let rest for 10 minutes.
  8. For the surf: Heat the butter over high heat in a large frying pan. Add the garlic and the 1 tablespoon ginger, and saute until fragrant. Add the squid and cook until the legs curl up and the bodies are white, 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Off the heat, stir in the cilantro, lemon zest and a squeeze of lemon juice. Remove the squid to a plate and cover to keep warm.
  9. To make the sauce, add the reserved meat juices and the remaining marinade to the calamari pan; cook for 8 minutes. Add the beef stock and simmer until reduced slightly. Stir in the remaining 1 teaspoon ginger and then strain the sauce through a sieve into a serving jug.
  10. Carve the fillet and arrange on a board. Arrange the calamari on the board and garnish with cilantro. Serve with sauce alongside.