Surf ‘n’ Turf Pinwheels

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pinwheel steak recipe

What’s Up, Hungry People

If there’s one thing I love more than shrimp, it’s steak. I’m also a sucker for surf ‘n’ turf recipes. Recently there was a sale on super thin sirloin at my local grocery store and I had a light bulb moment when I picked up the package, so immediately popped it in my basket while I formulated a recipe in my head.

In the serendipity of the moment, I remembered my garden’s fresh cherry tomatoes, waiting to be paired with something exceptional. Along with those tomatoes, I grabbed some spinach, mushrooms, a splash of lemon juice, and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes for that touch of heat.

ingredients for surf n turf pinwheels

Here’s What You Need:

  • Beef filet or sirloin: Provides the meaty base and wraps around other ingredients.
  • Shrimp: Adds a seafood touch, giving contrast to the beef.
  • Spinach: Offers a fresh, leafy green contrast and nutritional boost.
  • Button mushrooms: Contributes an earthy flavor and meaty texture.
  • Cherry tomatoes: Brings a sweet and tangy flavor burst.
  • Garlic powder: Enhances overall taste with a warm, savory depth.
  • Red pepper flakes: Introduces a hint of spiciness and heat.
  • Lemon juice: Balances flavors with its citrusy tang.
  • Olive oil: Aids in sautéing and brings out the flavors of other ingredients.
  • Salt & pepper: Basic seasoning to enhance and balance dish flavors.

Let’s Cook!

When you’re dealing with shrimp, remember: size does matter! You want those pieces finer than fine – think less than half an inch. Once they’re the right size, season them up with garlic powder, salt, and pepper. It’s all about getting that flavor balance!

chopped raw shrimp

Time to get cooking! In a skillet, give your mushrooms and tomatoes a nice little sauté in your choice of butter or olive oil. When they begin showing off a golden hue and releasing their juices, that’s your sign.

sauting tomato and mushroom

Add the spinach and gently fold it into the mushrooms and tomatoes. It will wilt quickly, so take care not to over-stir! Let some of the liquid evaporate from the skillet before removing it from the heat.

wilting spinach
sauting spinach and veggies

Spread this delicious mixture atop your sirloin, and then comes the star of our show: the shrimp layer.

filling for pinwheels

Once it’s all assembled, roll that sirloin around the fillings like a cozy blanket. To keep everything in place, toothpicks are your best friends here.

rolled pinwheels with toothpicks

Now, onto the final act. Heat up that skillet and sear your sirloin-wrapped creation for a solid 2-3 minutes on each side. You’re looking for a perfectly seared sirloin with thoroughly cooked shrimp inside. And hey, a little tip from me: use tongs! It’s a game-changer to ensure all that yummy filling stays put.

searing steak pinwheels

Rock Those Surf ‘n’ Turf Pinwheels: Tips and Tricks!

  • Choosing beef: Opt for the freshest cut possible. A good quality beef elevates the overall taste.
  • Shrimp size matters: When chopping, ensure even sizes for uniform cooking. It prevents over or undercooking.
  • Olive oil temperature: When the oil shimmers, it’s hot enough. Too hot, and ingredients may burn.
  • Toothpicks: Soak wooden toothpicks in water for 10 minutes before using. This prevents them from burning during the searing process.
  • Searing the pinwheels: Ensure your skillet is very hot. This helps in achieving a beautiful sear while keeping the inside juicy.
  • Spinach volume: Remember, spinach reduces significantly when cooked. Don’t be alarmed if it looks like a lot initially.
steak roll ups

These surf ‘n’ turf pinwheels are a delightful fusion of land and sea, bringing the best of both onto your plate. We’ve combined the meaty goodness of sirloin with the tender texture of shrimp, accented by fresh veggies. The result? A show-stopping dish that’s both visually appealing and a treat for the taste buds. And remember, while the process might seem intricate, it’s the love and creativity you pour in that makes it truly special. Dive into this dish and let your senses embark on a flavorsome ride.

pinwheel steak recipe

Surf ‘n’ Turf Pinwheels

The Starving Chef
A savory blend of sirloin and shrimp, rolled into pinwheels and accented with fresh veggies for a delightful culinary experience.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Dinner
Servings 4



  • Roughly chop the shrimp into quarter-inch pieces. Season with garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  • Wash and chop the mushrooms and tomatoes. Preheat the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the mushrooms and tomatoes, and sauté until the mushrooms have lost their moisture, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Add the spinach to the skillet and gently stir until wilted. Let any excess moisture evaporate, then remove from the heat.
  • Spread the spinach mixture in an even layer over the sirloin. Place the seasoned shrimp on top. Roll the sirloin around the shrimp and spinach into a pinwheel shape. Secure with toothpicks, then cut into individual portions, about 2 inches thick.
  • Sear the pinwheels on each side for 4-5 minutes or until the beef is no longer pink and the shrimp are cooked thoroughly. Serve immediately. Enjoy!
Keyword seafood, steak
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