Garlic Butter Steak Bites

|by Erica

Hey there! Are you ready to take your taste buds on a savory adventure? Get ready to whip up some mouthwatering steak bites with garlic butter! This recipe is perfect for those who crave big flavors and tender, juicy steak. So, grab your apron and let’s get cooking!

Garlic Butter Steak Bites

Garlic Butter Steak Bites are the perfect blend of simplicity and flavor. They are easy to make, requiring just a few ingredients and a single skillet. This dish is versatile, serving as an appetizing starter, a party snack, or a satisfying main course. The combination of garlic and butter creates a sauce that is both rich and aromatic, enhancing the natural flavors of the steak.

Ingredients Needed for This recipe

  • Sirloin Steak: 1.5 pounds (or use ribeye, strip steak, or another tender well-marbled cut)
  • Salt & Pepper: To taste
  • Olive Oil: 1 tablespoon
  • Butter: 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick), divided
  • Garlic: 4-5 cloves, minced
  • Fresh Parsley: 1 tablespoon, chopped

Instructions for Making Garlic Butter Steak Bites

Preparation: Take the steak out of the fridge and let it warm up for 30 minutes prior to starting the recipe if possible.

Season and Cut Steak: Cut the steak into 1″ cubes and season generously with salt & pepper.

Cooking the Steak: Add the olive oil and 1 tablespoon of the butter to a skillet over medium-high heat. Let the pan heat up for a few minutes.

Add the meat in a single layer (don’t crowd it, do two batches if needed). Cook for about 2 minutes then flip and cook for another 2 minutes for the steak to be cooked to medium temperature.

Repeat with the second batch. Don’t move the steak around the pan; just let it cook undisturbed to get a good sear. Once each batch is done, transfer it to a plate.

Making the Garlic Butter Sauce: Turn the heat down to medium-low and add the remaining butter and garlic to the pan. Cook, stirring almost constantly, for 1-2 minutes or until the garlic is cooked (but don’t let it burn/get too dark).

Take the pan off the heat and add the steak (and juices from the plate) back and toss with the butter sauce.

Serve: Serve immediately with parsley sprinkled over top.

Serving Suggestions

Garlic Butter Steak Bites can be served in various ways:

  • As a main course with sides like garlic mashed potatoes, butter noodles, or sautéed vegetables.
  • As an appetizer with toothpicks for easy handling.
  • Incorporated into tacos or served with crusty bread to soak up the delicious sauce.

Storage and Leftovers

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Reheat gently to avoid overcooking the steak. Freezing is not recommended as it can alter the texture of the meat.

Tips for Perfecting Garlic Butter Steak Bites

Choose the Right Cut of Steak: Sirloin is ideal for its balance of tenderness and flavor, but you can also opt for ribeye or New York strip for a richer taste. Look for well-marbled pieces as they tend to be juicier and more flavorful.

Room Temperature Meat: Allow the steak to sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes before cooking. This helps in cooking the steak evenly and achieving a better sear.

Season Generously: Don’t be shy with the salt and pepper. A generous seasoning is key to developing a flavorful crust on the steak.

Preheat the Pan: Ensure your skillet is hot before adding the steak. A hot pan is crucial for a good sear that locks in the juices.

Avoid Overcrowding: Cook the steak in batches if necessary. Overcrowding the pan can cause the steak to steam rather than sear, affecting the texture and flavor.

Don’t Overcook: Steak bites cook quickly. Keep an eye on them and remove them from the heat as soon as they’re done to your liking. Overcooking can make them tough.

Let the Garlic Cook Just Right: Cook the garlic until it’s fragrant but not burnt. Burnt garlic can impart a bitter taste to the sauce.

Rest the Steak: After cooking, let the steak bites rest for a few minutes before serving. This allows the juices to redistribute, making each bite succulent.

Fresh Ingredients for the Sauce: Use fresh garlic and parsley for the best flavor. The freshness adds a vibrant taste to the butter sauce.

Experiment with Flavors: Feel free to add your own twist with different herbs, spices, or a splash of wine in the sauce for added depth.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use a different type of meat for this recipe? A: Yes, while sirloin, ribeye, or New York strip are recommended, you can experiment with other cuts of beef. Just keep in mind that cooking times may vary based on the cut.

How do I know when the steak bites are cooked perfectly? A: Steak bites usually take about 2-3 minutes per side to cook to a medium-rare to medium doneness. Use a meat thermometer to check; 130°F to 135°F is ideal for medium-rare.

Can I make this recipe ahead of time? A: It’s best served fresh, but you can prepare the steak bites a few hours in advance and reheat them gently before serving.

What are some side dishes that pair well with garlic butter steak bites? A: Creamy mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, a fresh salad, or crusty bread are great accompaniments.

How can I store and reheat leftovers? A: Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Reheat gently in a skillet over low heat.

Is it possible to make this recipe in an air fryer or oven? A: While the recipe is designed for stovetop cooking, you can adapt it for an air fryer or oven. Adjust cooking times accordingly and finish with the garlic butter sauce as directed.

Can I make this recipe dairy-free? A: Yes, you can substitute the butter with a dairy-free alternative or use olive oil, though the flavor profile will change slightly.

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    A highly passionate individual with a deep love for creating delicious and creative recipes that are perfect for any occasion. With an extensive background in the culinary arts and a strong flair for experimentation, I strive to push the boundaries of traditional cooking and deliver exceptional dishes that not only satisfy the palate but also ignite a sense of culinary adventure.

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