Whenever you want a fancy and flavorful appetizer, steak bites are the way to go! Tender chunks of beef with rosemary and garlic are a cinch to make!
We love this recipe because they are easy to make, portable, and they satisfy even the biggest of appetites!
What Kind of Steak is Best for Steak Bites?
Just like in our Soy Ginger Steak Bites, we love to use sirloin, sirloin strip or ribeye. If using less expensive cuts, you can tenderize them by pounding them meat mallet before cutting into bites.
Another quick and easy way to tenderize steak bites is to put them in a zippered bag with about 2 tablespoons of bottled Italian salad dressing. Chill them in the fridge for about 30 minutes, then proceed with the recipe. The vinegar in the dressing tenderizes the beef and the other seasonings will add an extra punch of flavor.
Be sure to discard all of the marinade and to dab the steaks dry before cooking.
How to Make Steak Bites
Steak bites are super quick and easy to make!
- Dab steak dry with a paper towel. Cut and toss cut pieces with seasonings (per recipe below).
- Add oil to skillet and saute and heat over medium-high heat. Cook steak until crisp on one side.
- Add butter and garlic and toss to combine.
Transfer to a serving dish and serve warm with garlic butter.
PRO TIP: Sear steak bites in bacon grease for a richer, smoky bacon-y flavor!
What to Serve with Steak Bites?
Thread cooked steak bites on skewers or picks and arrange them on a platter with a bowl of dipping sauce in the center. Garnish with sprigs of rosemary or parsley! We like tangy dips and sauces, but rich and creamy sauces will work, too. Here is a list of our faves!
- Horseradish Sauce (favorite choice)
- Creamy Mushroom Sauce
- Chipotle Aioli
- Honey Mustard Sauce
- Tahini Sauce
The trick is to start with oil in a hot skillet that sears the meat while the inside stays tender and juicy. Once the pieces are removed from the pan after the first cook, they will continue to cook before they are added back to the pan.
- If marinating meat in the refrigerator, marinate up to 1 hour.
- Dab steak dry, before adding oil/seasonings. Moisture will keep the bites from getting a nice sear.
- Cut meat into uniform sizes so they cook at the same rate.
- It’s better to cook the steak bites in batches rather than overcrowd the pan.
More Steak Favorites
- Soy Ginger Steak Bites – tender & juicy
- Perfect Ribeye Steaks – use fresh or frozen fillets
- Grilled Steak Sandwich – served on garlic toast
- Easy Steak Tacos – quick & easy
- Air Fryer Steak – the easiest way to cook a steak
Did you love these Garlic Butter Steak Bites? Be sure to leave a rating and a comment below!
Garlic Butter Steak Bites
- 1 ½ pounds sirloin steak or strip loin or ribeye
- salt & pepper or steak spice, to taste
- 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary or ½ teaspoon dried rosemary
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil or as needed
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tablespoon parsley
Cut steak into bite-sized pieces. Toss with salt, pepper, and fresh rosemary.
Preheat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon vegetable oil.
Add steak in a single layer and cook 2-3 mintues without stirring to get a crust on one side. Stir and cook 1 minute more. Do not overcook.
Remove from heat and place on a plate. Reduce heat in the skillet to medium.
Add butter and garlic, cook 1 minute until fragrant. Add steak and parsley. Toss to combine.
Remove from the pan immediately, season with salt if desired and serve warm.
Vegetable oil is used in place of olive oil as it has a higher smoke point.