Garlic Steak Bites

Browned, crispy steak bites swimming in a fabulous garlicky butter sauce - the perfect easy appetizer or dinner!

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Is there anything better than steak? Of course, there is; how about garlic steak bites, with every bite dripping with garlicky butter and browned steaky flavor?

For more great steak recipes, why not make this Pepper Steak? Or learn The Best Steak Marinade Recipe

garlic steak bites in a skillet

Garlic Steak Bites

Garlic, butter, and steak are pretty much the ultimate pairing of foods. Steak is meaty, savory, and delicious when seasoned properly, butter makes everything taste better, and garlic has a place in pretty much every savory meal.

Make these garlic steak bites as an appetizer or snack food for a party, or just as a cheat meal on a Saturday night.      

ingredients for garlic steak bites

Garlic Steak Bites Ingredients

Make sure you look at the recipe card at the very bottom for the exact amounts so that you know exactly what to buy for this recipe.

• Olive oil

• Sirloin steak, cut into bite-size pieces

• Flaked sea salt

• Pepper

• Butter

• Minced garlic

• Fresh parsley

How To Make Garlic Steak Bites

• Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over high heat

• Add in the steak pieces and season with salt and pepper

• Sear for 1 minute, stir and then cook for another minute until golden brown

• Move the steak bites to a plate or bowl and add butter into the same skillet

• Turn the heat down to medium

• Once the butter has totally melted, add in the minced garlic

• Cook until the garlic browns slightly

• Pour garlic butter over the steak bites and toss to ensure even coating

• Garnish with parsley and serve hot

garlic steak bites in a cast iron pan

How To Keep The Butter From Burning

Butter is an absolutely mandatory flavor when making steak; there is just something so magical about butter and beef together that makes the whole incredibly delicious.

However, one big problem with heating up butter in the same pan as the steak is that the butter can tend to burn really, really quickly if you aren’t careful.

The trick to avoiding burning the butter is to not heat the pan too hot when making the steak. While it should definitely be sizzling hot enough to brown the steak pieces, it should begin to cool slightly as the steak cooks for the few minutes it sits in the pan.

When you take the steak out, turn the pan off and move it away from the burner to let it cool for a minute.

While the instructions say to turn the heat down to medium, if you think the butter might burn, just keep the pan’s heat totally off.

When you add the butter, keep it moving to avoid any one bit of the melting butter staying in one place too long, ensuring much better and even melting and browning. Add the garlic in as soon as the butter covers the surface of the pan, which will help to lower the temperature and keep things from burning.

close up of frying garlic steak bites in a pan

What Other Kinds Of Steak Work Well For This Recipe?

This recipe uses some sirloin steak, which is a really great, all-purpose beef cut for all sorts of different steak recipes.

It isn’t too fatty, while still not being totally lean, and holds up well to a little bit of accidental overcooking or undercooking.

However, you aren’t forced to use only sirloin; you can use whatever steak cuts you want!

A decadent replacement for sirloin steak would be a nice ribeye, but if you do this, make sure that you cut the rib eye very thinly and make sure to remove any big globules of fat.

Ribeye is a much fattier cut, and if you leave the fat attached or cut the whole thing too thick, the fat won’t render out, and the whole thing will come out chewy.

Flat iron steak or hanger steak are also some great alternatives, as they both cook super quickly and go great with some garlic butter.

Looking for more delicious Steak recipes? Try these out:

Bacon Wrapped Grilled Filet Mignon

London Broil

Steak and Eggs Recipe




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Garlic Steak Bites

Browned, crispy steak bites swimming in a fabulous garlicky butter sauce – the perfect easy appetizer or dinner!
5 from 9 votes
Prep Time
4 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Appetizer, Main Course
Karlynn Johnston


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 pounds sirloin steak cut into bite-size pieces
  • 3/4 teaspoon flaked sea salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup salted butter
  • 3 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon fresh parsley minced


  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add in the steak pieces and season them liberally with salt and pepper.
  • Let the steak bites sear for 1-2 minutes on one side then stir them. Continue cooking for another 2-3 minutes or until the steak bites are all golden brown.
  • Move the steak bites to a medium-sized bowl and place a plate on top to keep them warm while you cook the garlic butter.
  • Turn the down heat to medium on the stove and add in the butter.
  • Once the butter has melted, add in the minced garlic.
  • Cook, stirring, until the garlic begins to brown.
  • Pour the garlic butter over the steak bites and toss to cover them complertely. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve hot.

Recipe Notes

  • You can use your favorite cut of steak in this
  • Add as much garlic as you like! It’s the whole point of the recipe!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 449kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 50g, Fat: 26g, Saturated Fat: 12g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 10g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 169mg, Sodium: 669mg, Potassium: 817mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 483IU, Vitamin C: 4mg, Calcium: 82mg, Iron: 4mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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  1. Lynne says

    It was very easy to make and has great flavor. Will definitely make this again.5 stars

  2. 3L120 says

    Read this recipe yesterday. No steak handy, but some pork loin worked tine. Over a bed of fettuccini and topped with sliced green onions, asparagus and mushrooms, no complaints. Thank you for giving me the idea!

  3. robert l storey says

    I have your recipe for Mock Chicken legs using pork. They are great. My only problem is finding the skewers to make them. All I can find are 12 inch ones and I only need 8 inch ones. They used to come in a kit from Krafts, for their Caramel apples with a bag of caramels.
    Do you know of any one who sells the smaller skewers?? I would appreciate it very much. Thank you.
    A senior who loves to cook.

  4. Caryn says

    These were insanely easy and delicious! I had 2 steaks in my freezer (a tbone and maybe a sirloin…not entirely sure). Just cut them both in bite sized pieces and cooked up! Not only was this easy and delicious, but a quick dinner! Paired with some roasted broccoli and rice pilaf for a tasty dinner!5 stars

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