Take your beef to a new level with these tasty pan-seared garlic butter steak bites. Perfectly cooked bite-sized morsels of tender steak drenched in garlicky butter. No slaving over the stove for these, they’re ready in under 15 minutes.
Hey GyspyFans, it’s Jason. I haven’t posted in a while, but as I always cook for Valentine’s Day, Alpana wanted me to do our Valentine’s recipe this year. Though this one is so easy and delicious, it may become a weekly staple.
What are steak bites?
These tasty bites are just what they sound like, bite-sized pieces of steak. They are cut before cooking.
Why not just cook the steak whole? Well, though we do love our basic grilled or seared steak, this method does have a few advantages. First of all, it cooks really fast. It’s also great if you have a sauce, like our garlic butter in this case. That sauce nicely coats those bite-sized pieces.
The best part is, they always seem to come out right. Yeah, I’ve overcooked a few steaks in my time. But these always end up perfect.
What cut of steak to use
Today I’m using rib eye. It’s my favorite, tender, and flavorful. Other options are New York strip, tenderloin, or sirloin.
The single most important thing here is you want your skillet really hot. Otherwise, the steak just kind of… simmers. It’ll end up tough and won’t have that nice crust. So don’t be too hasty to cook those bites, let your skillet heat up first.
Speaking of skillets, I really recommend cast iron. If you don’t have one, you can use non-stick. But it’s worth rummaging around in the pantry for your cast iron.
These only take 4-5 minutes, so pay attention. This isn’t the time to be multitasking. Sear your steak bites for 2 minutes undisturbed, give them a stir, for 2 more minutes then get them out of the pan.
Don’t overcrowd the pan. Cook in batches if need be. You can afford the extra five minutes, but you can’t afford poorly cooked steak bites after bragging to your Valentine about what a nice dinner you’re cooking.
What to serve with these steak bites
They go great with steamed, roasted, or sautéed veggies. Today, as you can see from the pictures, we had asparagus. Other options would be green beans, broccoli, or zucchini.
Personally, I love a nice crusty bread to sop up that garlic butter. Alpana makes great no kneaded bread.
Meat and potatoes are a classic combo. Try these bites with our goat cheese mashed potatoes.
I always like a salad alongside my steak. A basic green salad or Caesar salad is great. If you want something a little fancier, try our zucchini carrot salad or Israeli couscous salad.
Want to double up on the fanciness factor? Serve them with a side of our cherry tomato gratin.
These also make a great, fancy-looking, appetizer for parties and get-togethers (remember those?). Just stick toothpicks in the bites and watch your guests go wild.
Try these garlic butter steak bites this Valentine’s Day, or any time. They’re so easy and so tasty you may not even think about your grill the next time you see those rib eyes at the store.
Keep on checking GypsyPlate for more great recipes. Alpana has a lot more tasty dishes up her sleeves, and I might pop in from time to time as well. Until next time