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Namibian-style Surf’n’Turf (Namibia)

This is a traditional Namibian recipe for a classic dish of oryx steaks cooked in foil parcels that are served with rock lobster, mixed vegetables and a red wine base.

Yields: 4 Servings


4 crayfish (these are typically ‘kreef’ crayfish [rock lobster])
4 oryx steaks (or springbok steaks or substitute venison steaks)
250 grams mangetout (snow peas)
250 grams baby carrots scrubbed
250 grams spring onions stems trimmed to 6cm long and root end cut off
50 grams butter
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons groundnut oil
250ml red wine
a little lemon juice
beef broth or game broth
salt and freshly-ground black pepper


Heat the oil in a pan set over high heat. Add the steaks and quickly sear on both sides.
Reduce the heat slightly and cook the meat for about 3 minutes per side (depending on thickness).

Transfer the meat to a parcel of aluminum foil then set in an oven pre-heated to 150°C whilst you cook the remaining ingredients.

Pour the beef stock into the frying pan to deglaze, then add a little lemon juice. Bring gently to a boil then add the red wine and season to taste. Bring a pan of lightly-salted water to a boil, add the vegetables and cook for about 10 minutes, or until just tender. Drain and plunge into a bowl of iced water to stop any further cooking.

Melt the butter, add the sugar and cook gently until the sugar has melted and caramelized. Add the vegetables and stir to coat in the glaze. Allow to heat through, but do not over-cook (they should remain crunchy).

Bring another pan of salted water to a boil. Add the crayfish and cook for a few minutes or until they turn pink.

Drain the crayfish then loosen the tails from the shell. To serve, sit the steak in the center of the plate and place the crayfish tail on top. Garnish around the meat with the vegetables then spoon over a little of the red wine sauce.

Serve immediately, accompanied by fresh bread.

Link to My Post on Namibia:

Cuisine :   Namibian

Main Ingredient :   Steak and Seafood  

Namibia on map of Africa

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