Garlic Butter Steak Bites are bite-sized pieces of steak cooked in a skillet with a flavorful garlic butter sauce. This easy steak recipe cooks in just minutes for an easy meal anytime!
This easy garlic butter steak bites recipe is perfect for an easy dinner on busy weeknights or a weekend when grilling isn't an option.
I love to make this easy recipe when we are craving steak and it's too hot or cold outside to grill. My whole family loves these tender steak tips, and even the picky eater had seconds!
Juicy steak bites are also perfect as an easy appetizer for game days or special occasions because they take just a few minutes to make.
Ingredients for Garlic Steak Bites
You can find these simple ingredients in your grocery store.
- Steak -- I used ribeye steak, but you can use any steak that you would normally grill. Sirloin steak, New York strip steak or even filet mignon work best.
- Garlic -- Fresh garlic is the best choice here. You'll want to finely mince the garlic cloves.
- Butter -- I use salted butter, but unsalted butter is fine.
- Salt and Black Pepper -- I use sea salt or kosher salt
- Garlic powder -- for extra garlic flavor. You can skip this if you like.
- Olive oil -- or avocado oil to help sear the steak
- Parsley -- optional, but adds color and flavor. I also use fresh rosemary if I have some.
How to Make Steak Bites with Garlic Butter
First, let the steak sit at room temperature while you prep the ingredients. This allows for a better sear than using cold meat straight from the fridge.
Pat the steak dry using paper towels, and cut the meat into roughly 1-inch pieces. Next, season the steak with salt and pepper.
Add a little olive oil or avocado oil to a large skillet, and heat on medium high heat until hot.
Depending on the size of your skillet, you may have to cook the steak in batches. If you crowd the meat, it won't brown well.
Add the steak pieces to the hot skillet in a single layer, and allow to cook for about 2 minutes. You should be able to easily turn the meat when it is ready.
If it is sticking to the pan, give it a few more seconds. Then, turn over and cook for another 2 minutes, for a total cook time of 4 minutes or until the meat is not visibly red.
Remove the cooked steak to a large plate or platter, and cover with aluminum foil to keep warm. The steak will continue to cook as it sits.
Next, turn the stove to low or medium low, and heat the butter and minced garlic and garlic powder over low heat. Scrape up those delicious brown bits, and mix them into the sauce.
Cook the garlic sauce for about 2 minutes, or until the garlic softens and is fragrant.
Finally, add the steak back to the pan. Mix the steak with the garlicky butter sauce so that is well coated with sauce.
Garnish with chopped parsley, and serve immediately.
What to serve with Garlic Butter Steak Bites
A hearty baked potato is also a great side for steak bites. If you want to keep this a low carb meal, you can serve with mashed cauliflower.
All you need is a simple side salad to complete this easy steak dinner.
How to Store
Refrigerate leftover steak bites in an airtight container for up to 4 days. Freeze for longer storage, up to 3 months for best taste.
You can reheat them on the stove top for best results. Or make leftover steak quesadillas!
For a great sear, pat the steak dry to remove excess moisture from the meat before cooking.
Use a cooking oil with a high smoke point when cooking on high temperatures. The pan needs to be hot for the meat to sear well. A cast iron skillet or stainless steal skillet are perfect for this recipe.
Don't crowd the pan. Cook the steak in batches for even browning if your pan is too small.
Cook the garlic and butter over low to medium heat so the garlic doesn't burn.
If you want more sauce, you can add more butter or a little beef broth to the sauce.
Garlic Butter Steak Bites
- 1½ pounds rib eye steak cut into 1 inch pieces
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 4 garlic cloves finely minced
- 4 tablespoon butter
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- fresh parsley optional
- Pat steak dry with paper towel, and season with salt and pepper
- Heat olive oil over medium-high heat until hot
- Working in batches, if necessary, add steak pieces to hot pan in a single layer, and cook for about 2 minutes per side.
- Remove to a large plate, and cover with aluminum foil.
- Add the butter, minced garlic and garlic powder to the pan, and cook over low heat, stirring frequently, for about 2 minutes or until garlic is soft and butter is melted.
- Return steak bites to pan, and stir well to coat meat with the sauce. Top with fresh parsley, if using, and serve immediately.
Nutrition information is estimated. Please do your own calculation to fit special diets.
I hope you enjoy these delicious steak bites as much as my entire family does. If you try them, please leave a star rating and/or comment.
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