This recipe is definitely one to put in the “rare occasion” category. There is no sacrificing calories or flavour in this decadent buttery meal of grilled steak, fresh seafood, and creamy bearnaise sauce. A leaner cut of steak is ideal for this recipe, as your meat will be fully loaded with creamy goodness that you wont be able to easily dig around to cut out bits of unwanted fat. For this meal I served the steaks on a base of my full flavour lazy mashed potatoes, which tasted wonderful mixed with the crab and shrimp bearnaise topping. This recipe is always a crowd pleaser (it’s a lot easier than it looks – don’t tell anyone), and is an excellent choice as a celebration meal… whether it’s an anniversary, or just a Wednesday 😉
2 lean steaks (I chose top sirloin for this meal, but a nice tenderloin would be even better!)
1 package Knorr bearnaise sauce (Ok, I cheated here… but Knorr makes to die for bearnaise sauce, and it is nearly impossible for it not to turn out perfect every time)
1 can chunk crab meat
1/2 cup chopped cooked baby shrimp (fresh or frozen, you can usually find these mini cooked shrimp in the meat section)
3/4 cup butter – separated into 1/2 cup and 1/4 cup
This meal is very quick and easy to prepare, and can all be done simultaneously. With such a nice presentation, and amazingly decadent flavour, you would have no idea that it actually only took 15 minutes to make!
Grill steaks on BBQ or broil in oven until desired done-ness is achieved – everybody has their own tastes! When steaks are done, wrap with tin foil and let sit approx 5-10 minutes. This allows juices to fill the steak.
While steaks are grilling, heat up 3/4 cup butter in small pot on medium heat until lightly simmering. Remove from heat, stir in 1 cup water and bearnaise sauce mix. Return to heat, and cook on high for 3 minutes, whisking ever 30 seconds or so. You can tell the sauce is done when a thick creamy texture is reached. Cover, and set aside.
In a small pan, heat up remaining 1/4 cup butter, and stir in chopped shallot (or small onion if preferred). Cook on medium heat until onions are cooked through – about 3-5 minutes. Stir in crab and shrimp, and allow to heat up to a hot temperature.
Place steaks on individual serving plates (I like to serve mine on a bed of mashed potatoes for a complete meal). Pile each steak with half of the seafood mixture, and cover with generous spoonfuls of bearnaise sauce.
(Note: This recipe is catered to someone who wants a nice romantic meal, without breaking the budget OR the clock. This recipe could easily be enhanced with freshly cooked crab meat and home made bearnaise sauce – but honestly, who has the time!)