Satisfy your craving for beef and seafood by serving a platter of tender, juicy steak bites and lemon pepper shrimp. Serve with a variety of dips – creamy horseradish, mustard, and cocktail sauce.

Prep Time: 10 minutes ■ Cook Time: 10-15 mins ■ Makes: 6 servings


For the Steak Bites

  • 2 lbs. sirloin steak
  • 1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1¾ tablespoons minced garlic
  • canola or peanut cooking oil

For the Lemon Pepper Shrimp

  • 1 lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2-3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons chopped parsley, optional


For the Steak Bites

  1. Crush the peppercorns with a mortar and pestle, or seal peppercorns in a plastic bag and crush with a heavy-duty pot.
  2. Cut the steak into bite-size pieces (about ¾-inch cubes). Trim off any large pieces of fat, and remove any gristle, or silvery membrane.
  3. Place the steak bites in a large bowl. Season the steak with salt and crushed black peppercorn, coating evenly. Set aside for about 30 minutes.
  4. Heat a large skillet over high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of oil and heat until oil is shimmering.
  5. Working in batches, add steak to the skillet in a single layer. Sear all sides of the meat; about 45 seconds per side until crusty and browned. Cooking time varies depending on the thickness of the beef and on desired doneness – medium-rare, medium, or well done. Transfer the meat to a plate. Repeat with remaining steak bites.
  6. While the steak bites rest, reduce heat to medium-low. Add butter and minced garlic. Sauté the minced garlic just until fragrant for about 30 seconds, scraping the brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Turn off the heat and return seared steak bites to the skillet. Stir to coat the meat in the garlic butter.

For the Lemon Pepper Shrimp

  1. In a separate skillet, melt the butter over high heat. 
  2. Pat the shrimp dry with paper towels and season with the salt and pepper. 
  3. Add the shrimp the pan in batches (to avoid over-crowding) and cook until the shrimp are cooked. Remove from the pan and set aside. 
  4. Add the garlic to the pan, cook until fragrant; about 1 minute. Add the shrimp, lemon juice and parsley and cook for another minute, or until shrimp are opaque and cooked through. 
  5. Taste, and adjust seasoning, if necessary.

To serve: Arrange the shrimp and steak bites on a large serving platter. Serve with a creamy horseradish sauce, wholegrain mustard, and seafood cocktail sauce. Provide small appetizer forks or picks.

Horseradish Sauce

In a small mixing bowl, stir together 1/2 cup sour cream, 2 Tbsp prepared horseradish, 2 Tbsp mayonnaise, 1 tsp apple cider vinegar, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/8 tsp black pepper, and 1 Tbsp freshly chopped chives. Serve right away or cover and refrigerate for about 2 weeks.

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