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Plate with air fried steak and fried lobster tail with a side of steamed asparagus and a glass of wine

Surf and Turf Recipe

Juicy steak in air fryer with fried lobster tail is an amazingly flavorful surf and turf recipe perfect for a special occasion.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword air fried steak, fried lobster tails, lobster tail recipes, surf and turf recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 493kcal


  • Air fryer


Steak Air Fryer Ingredients

  • 2 6 oz. filet mignon steaks
  • 2 Tbsp. Chicago steak seasoning or seasoning of your choice (just salt & pepper works well)
  • 2 Tbsp. garlic butter
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil

Air Fryer Lobster Tails Ingredients

  • 2 4 oz. lobster tails
  • 4 Tbsp. garlic butter
  • ½ lemon cut into wedges
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Chopped parsley for garnish


How to Fry Steak in Air Fryer

  • Sprinkle 2 Tbsp. Chicago steak seasoning or seasoning of your choice on each side of 2 6 oz. filet mignon steaks. Place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight.
    Coating steak in seasoning for air fried steak surf and turf recipe
  • Brush each side of both steaks with 1 Tbsp. of olive oil each.
    Brushing steak with garlic butter for air fried steak surf and turf recipe
  • Place the filets in the air fryer and cook for approximately 4 minutes at 390°F. Flip the filets and cook for approximately 4 minutes more.
    After cooking steak in air fryer
  • Remove from the air fryer and top each filet with 1 Tbsp. garlic butter. Let the steak rest for 10 minutes before cutting.
    Air fried steak on a white plate

How to Cook Lobster Tail in Air Fryer

  • Butterfly two 4 oz. lobster tails by using kitchen scissors to cut lengthwise through the center of the shells.
    Give it a good cut through ¾ of the lobster, but do not go all of the way through.
    Butterflying lobster tails for fried lobster tails
  • Carefully spread the shell open where you cut. Place your fingers under the meat in the shell and firmly, but gently, pull it out in one piece.
    Close the shell so that the lobster meat rests on top of the shell.
    Butterflied lobster tails for fried lobster tails recipe
  • Melt 4 Tbsp. garlic butter sauce over medium heat in a small saucepan.
    Melting garlic butter in a skillet
  • Transfer 2 Tbsp. of the garlic butter sauce to a small bowl and brush the lobster tail meat with it. Season the lobster tails with salt and pepper to your preference.
    Brushing garlic butter onto lobster tails for air fryer surf and turf recipe
  • Place the lobster tails in the air fryer basket with the cut lobster meat facing up. Cook at 380°F until the lobster meat is opaque, approximately 5 to 7 minutes.
    Fried lobster tails fresh out of air fryer for surf and turf recipe
  • Squeeze ½ a lemon (cut into wedges) over the lobster tail. Serve the additional 2 Tbsp. garlic butter sauce in a small dish to use as a dip for the lobster and steak.
    Squeezing lemon onto an air fryer fried lobster tail


  • If using thick steaks: If your steaks are on the thicker side, you may need to cook them for 1 minute longer on each side.
  • Cut against the grain: Always cut steak against the grain.
  • How long to cook lobster tails: For 4 oz. lobster tails, cook approximately 5 to 7 minutes. The meat will be white and opaque when done.


Calories: 493kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 49g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 313mg | Potassium: 162mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 169mg | Iron: 8mg