Garlic butter steak bites are cubes of sirloin steak that are pan-seared. Then coated in a fresh garlic butter sauce. Make these as a quick dinner idea or enjoy them as an appetizer.
If you are at all like me and love quick and easy dinner recipes then this steak bites recipe is perfect for you. Sirloin steak is cut into cubes then pan-seared in a hot cast iron pan. Tossed in a fresh garlic butter sauce these bites can be done in 15 minutes.
I'm all about quick and easy meals that can be done in 30 minutes or less. These bites can be made in 15 minutes and are loaded with flavor. Serve with mashed potatoes, your favorite pasta recipe, or potato salad for a complete meal.
For all you steak lovers this recipe is a fun way to enjoy tender bites of steak. The garlic butter sauce has a hint of spicy heat from the red pepper flakes. Adding even more flavor to this delicious recipe.
Steak Bites Ingredients
Not only is this recipe quick and easy to make but it doesn't require many ingredients to make it.
- Steak~ sirloin steak is what I used because it's a tender and typically a cheaper cut of meat.
- Olive Oil~ Olive oil wont leave that oil flavor to what you are cooking like say vegetable oil will. Not to mention it's a healther oil to use. Plus olive oil will hold up to the heat that we need for this recipe unlike other oils. I normally use extra virgin olive oil.
- Salt and pepper~ Typically when I make steaks I like to use steak seasoning. But for this recipe salt and pepper is all you need.
- Butter~ You can't have a butter sauce without butter. I prefer to use unsalted butter that way I have more control over the amount of salt in this recipe.
- Garlic~ Fresh garlic is best since we are sauté it in with the butter. But if you don't have fresh then garlic powder would be a good subsitute. Just add the garlic powder into the butter and heat until the butter is melted.
- Red Pepper Flakes~ Red pepper flakes bring a little spicy heat to this recipe. Of course this can always be left out if spice isn't for you.
- Parsley~ The parlsey not only adds a bit of flavor but adds a bit of color to this recipe. After all we do eat with our eys as well.
How To Make Garlic Butter
To get started making this recipe think about the pan you will be using. I used my cast iron skillet but any skillet that can hold high heat will work. The trick to this recipe is getting the skillet really hot. A really hot skillet will give a good first sear to the steak bites.
Add the olive oil into a large skillet and heat. Once the oil is heated add the steak bites into the pan, season with salt and pepper. Let the bites sit in the pan without stirring for 2 minutes. This will give a good sear to the bites.
After the two minutes of searing stir the bites and cook for another 3-4 minutes or until desired doneness is reached. Be careful not to overcook the meat or else it will become tough.
I do recommend not to crowd the skillet with the meat. I worked in batches to get a nice sear on the sirloin tips.
When all the meat is fully cooked remove it from the skillet. I filled a large bowl with the cooked steak then placed it in the microwave to keep warm.
The butter sauce is simple to make. Once all the meat is removed from the skillet turn the heat down to medium-low. Melt the butter in the skillet with the remaining oil and bits of steak.
With the butter melted add the fresh garlic and red pepper flakes into the skillet. Sauté until the garlic becomes aromatic and starts to brown. Cooking the garlic butter separately from the meat ensures that the garlic doesn't burn.
Stir the steak bites back into the skillet with the garlic butter. Making sure to coat all the bites with garlic butter.
Sirloin steak is a great choice to use because it's tender and flavorful. Also, sirloin is typically a cheaper cut of meat. However, New York strip, tenderloin, or rib-eye are also great choices.
Fresh garlic will infuse with the butter better. The heat from the skillet will bring out the aromatic flavors of the fresh garlic. Garlic powder will work, there just won't be that fresh garlic taste that makes this recipe.
Serve the bites over mashed potatoes or egg noodles for a complete meal. We like to enjoy these with potato salad or French fries as well.
Not only are these steak bites a great dinner recipe. They make for an amazing appetizer as well. Stir up a batch of these steakhouse-style bites to enjoy at home.
My Creative Manner is answering the question "what's there to eat" with simple recipe creations. ~ Jen
Other recipes from you may enjoy are:
- Steak marinade
- Beef Ramen Noodles
- Herb Butter With Garlic
- Grilled Steak Kabobs With Vegetables
- Instant Pot Pancake Bites
Garlic Butter Steak Bites
Pan-seared steak bites coated in a garlic butter sauce.
For The Meat
- 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
- 3.5 Pounds Sirloin Steak cut into bite-size pieces
- 1 Teaspoon Salt
- 1 Teaspoon Black Pepper
For The Garlic Butter Sauce
- 8 Tablespoons Butter unsalted
- 8 Cloves Garlic finely minced
- ½ Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
- 2 Teaspoons Parsley fresh and finely chopped
For The Meat
Add the olive oil into a large skillet. Heat the skillet and olive oil on high heat. Making sure that the olive oil is hot, add the steak bites into the skillet. Season with salt and pepper.
Cook the sirloin in the hot skillet for 2 minutes without stirring. This will give the steak bites a nice first sear to them. Continue cooking the steak bites for another 3-4 minutes or until the desired doness.
Remove meat from the skillet into a bowl.
For the Garlic Butter Sauce
Turn the heat to the skillet down to medium-low. Add the butter into the skillet and melt the butter.
Once butter is melted add in the fresh garlic and red pepper flakes. Sauté until garlic becomes aromatic and starts to brown. This will take about 30 seconds. Add in the fresh chopped parsley.
Add the steak bites back into the skillet with the butter. Stir the garlic butter and steak bites together making sure to coat all the steak.
Serve and enjoy.
Cook the steak in batches so as not to crowd the skillet.
Careful not to overcook the steak or it will become tough.
Nutritional information is a rough estimate and may vary depending on the ingredients used.