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Garlic Butter Steak Bites

5.0 from 24 votes

Garlic Butter Steak Bites are a delicious and easy meal that can be made with just a handful of ingredients. This simple recipe is perfect for a quick weeknight dinner or as an appetizer for a party. The secret to making juicy Garlic Butter Steak Bites is to get a good sear on the steak.

To make Garlic Butter Steak Bites, start by cutting sirloin steak into bite-sized pieces. Season with salt and pepper, then sear in a hot skillet with oil until browned on all sides. Remove the steak bites from the skillet and set aside.

In the same skillet, melt butter and add minced garlic. Cook until fragrant, then add the steak bites back to the skillet. Toss to coat in the garlic butter sauce and cook for an additional minute or two until the steak is cooked to your liking. Serve with toothpicks as an appetizer or over rice or mashed potatoes for a hearty meal.

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds sirloin steak, cut into small bite-sized pieces (about 1-1 ½” chunks)
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 6-8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced (or to taste, I like the whole bulb!)
  • 3-4 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley for garnish

How to Make Garlic Steak Bites

If you are planning to make garlic butter steak bites, choosing the right cut of steak is crucial. I always look for a tender cut that will cook quickly and evenly. Some of the best cuts of steak for this recipe include New York strip steak, ribeye steak, filet mignon, and my favorite – top sirloin steak.

While expensive cuts of steak can be tempting, they are not always best choices for juicy and tasty bites. Tender sirloin steak is a great option that won’t break the bank. When selecting your steak, look for a cut that is marbled with fat, as this will help keep the steak moist and flavorful.

Before cooking your steak, it’s important to let it come to room temperature. Take the steak out of the refrigerator and let it sit for about 30 minutes. This will ensure that the steak cooks evenly throughout. Pat the steak dry with paper towels to remove any excess moisture, as this can prevent a good sear.

To cook the steak bites, heat a large skillet or cast iron skillet over medium-high heat with a small amount of olive oil. Make sure the skillet is hot before adding the steak pieces.

Add steak bites to a large bowl. In a small bowl, combine the seasonings and mix together. Sprinkle it over the steak. Toss the pieces to combine and ensure it is evenly coated.

Add the steak bites to the skillet in a single layer, making sure not to overcrowd the pan. Cook for 2-3 minutes per side, until a good sear has formed and a nice crust has developed.

Transfer the cooked pieces onto a plate. Add more oil as needed to finish searing the remaining batches of steak.

Once all the steak is browned and transferred to a plate, lower the heat to medium. Then add and melt the butter. Then, add minced garlic and let the garlic cook for about 30 seconds to a minute, until fragrant. This creates a delicious garlic butter sauce that will coat the steak bites perfectly.

To enhance the flavor of the steak, I season it with salt and black pepper. You can also add fresh herbs like rosemary or thyme to the garlic butter sauce for an extra burst of flavor. Add the steak back to the skillet and stir to coat in the melted garlic butter.

Finally, I top the steak bites with fresh parsley for a pop of color and added freshness. These garlic butter steak bites are a simple yet flavorful dish that is perfect for any occasion, whether it’s part of your game day spread or a weeknight dinner.

It’s a good idea to use a skillet that is the right size for the amount of steak you are cooking. This ensures that the steak bites cook evenly and get a nice sear. You can use different cuts of beef for this recipe, but I find that sirloin or ribeye work best.

Store any leftover steak bites in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Garlic butter steak bites make a great main dish, but they can also be served as a party appetizer or as a side dish to your favorite sides, such as green beans, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, mashed potatoes, or air fryer potato wedges.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I cook garlic butter steak bites in an air fryer?

To cook garlic butter steak bites in an air fryer, preheat the air fryer to 400°F. Season the steak bites with salt and pepper. Place the steak bites in the air fryer basket and cook for 8-10 minutes or until they are cooked to your desired level of doneness. In a separate pan, melt the butter and sauté the garlic until golden. Once the steak bites are done, toss them in the garlic butter sauce and serve.

What are the best types of potatoes to pair with garlic butter steak bites?

The best types of potatoes to pair with garlic butter steak bites are roasted potatoes, mashed potatoes, or crispy potato wedges. Russet, Yukon Gold, or red potatoes work well for roasting and mashing. For crispy potato wedges, use russet potatoes and season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.

Can I add Worcestershire sauce into my steak bites recipe?

Yes, if you like Worcestershire sauce into your steak bites recipe, add a tablespoon of the sauce to the garlic butter sauce before tossing the steak bites. The Worcestershire sauce will add a savory and tangy flavor to the dish.

What are the key ingredients for the most flavorful steak bites?

The key ingredients for the most flavorful steak bites are high-quality beef, garlic, butter, salt, and pepper. For an extra kick of flavor, add Worcestershire sauce, red pepper flakes, and fresh herbs like rosemary or thyme.

Can I prepare garlic butter steak bites using stew meat in a crockpot?

Yes, you can prepare garlic butter steak bites using stew meat in a crockpot. Cut the stew meat into bite-sized pieces and season with salt and pepper. In a separate pan, melt the butter and sauté the garlic until golden. Add the garlic butter sauce to the crockpot along with the stew meat. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or until the meat is tender. Serve hot.

What are some recommended side dishes to serve with garlic butter steak bites?

Some recommended side dishes to serve with garlic butter steak bites are roasted vegetables like asparagus or broccoli, creamy mashed potatoes, or a simple green salad. You can also serve the steak bites with a side of garlic bread or crusty French bread to soak up the delicious garlic butter sauce.

Garlic Butter Steak Bites Recipe

Garlic Butter Steak Bites Recipe

Recipe by Adore Foods
5.0 from 24 votes

This simple garlic butter steak bites recipe is perfect for a quick weeknight dinner or as an appetizer for a party. Ready to be served in 30 minutes!

Course: Recipes
Servings

6

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

20

minutes
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Ingredients

  • 3 pounds 3 sirloin steak, cut into small bite-sized pieces (about 1-1 ½” chunks)

  • 3 tbsp 3 olive oil, divided

  • 1 tsp 1 salt

  • 1/2 tsp 1/2 black pepper

  • 1/2 tsp 1/2 cayenne pepper

  • 1/4 tsp 1/4 garlic powder

  • 6-8 tbsp 6-8 unsalted butter

  • 6 cloves 6 garlic, minced (or to taste, I like the whole bulb!)

  • 3 tbsp 3 fresh chopped parsley for garnish

Directions

  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
  • Place the cut sirloin steak pieces into a large bowl and pat dry with a paper towel. This will help the seasonings stick and help to form a nice crisp crust on the meat when cooking.
  • In a small bowl, combine the seasonings and mix together.
  • Sprinkle it over the steak. Toss the pieces to combine and ensure it is evenly coated.
  • Once the skillet is hot, work in small batches to sear the steak in a single layer until browned, about 3-5 minutes on both sides. Transfer the cooked pieces onto a plate. Add more oil as needed to finish searing the remaining batches of steak.
  • Once all the steak is browned and transferred to a plate, lower the heat to medium. Then add and melt the butter.
  • Once the butter is melted, add the minced garlic and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Add the steak back to the skillet and stir to coat in the melted garlic butter.
  • Remove from the heat and then garnish with fresh chopped parsley.
  • Serve with mashed potatoes and a side of veggies if desired. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Use your favorite tender and boneless cut of steak cut into 1-1 ½” chunks. Sirloin steak, ribeye, strip steak, tenderloin all work great. I would avoid tough meat like stew meat which takes awhile to break down and get tender.