These seared steak bites are cubes of sirloin steak cooked to perfection in a garlic butter sauce. An easy meal or party snack that’s ready in just minutes!

If you’ve got meat lovers in your life, you HAVE to try these garlic butter steak bites. They’re amazing simply eaten out of the pan with toothpicks, or serve them over sour cream mashed potatoes or mashed red potatoes for a hearty dinner option.

Bites of sirloin steak in a garlic sauce.

Raise your hand if you love steak! These steak bites are a super fun way to get your meat fix. My kids ask for them constantly. Not to mention, steak and garlic butter are just a perfect combination, wouldn’t you agree?

These steak bites are amazing appetizers. Make a party platter with some of my other favorite appetizer recipes like bacon wrapped shrimp, baked chicken wings, sausage cheese balls or lemon pepper wings.

Steak Bites Ingredients

To make steak bites you will need cubes of sirloin steak, olive oil, butter, minced garlic, parsley, salt and black pepper.

Cubes of raw beef seasoned with salt and black pepper.

How Do You make Steak Bites With Garlic Butter?

When you make this recipe start by cutting your steak into small cubes. Next, heat olive oil in a pan. Sprinkle the steak with salt and pepper and place it in the pan. Sear the steak and and cook it for 3-4 minutes. Add butter and minced garlic to the pan. Let the butter melt and stir the beef in the garlic butter sauce. Sprinkle with parsley and enjoy!

A frying pan of beef cubes tossed in garlic butter.

Tips For The Perfect Steak

  • Try to cut your beef pieces about the same size so they take the same amount of time to cook. You want bite size pieces that you could pick up with a fork or toothpick.
  • Butter can burn at high temperatures, so I start the meat in olive oil for the browning factor, then add butter for flavor.
  • A cast iron skillet is a great choice for these steak bites as that type of pan can get REALLY hot!
  • I use olive oil instead of vegetable oil because it gives the meat a better and richer flavor.
  • You can mince your garlic cloves with a knife or with a garlic press, whichever way you prefer.
  • Add the garlic at the end so that it doesn’t burn.

Quick Tip

The key to this recipe is an very hot pan so that you get a nice crust on your meat.

A pan of steak bites with a serving spoon.

Recipe FAQs

What are steak bites made of?

Steak bites are made of small cubes of steak that are seared and coated in a garlic butter sauce.

Can I use stew meat as steak bites?

I do not recommend using stew meat. You may end up with tougher beef. I recommend sirloin, tenderloin, New York strip steak or ribeye. You want a tender cut of beef that isn’t too fatty.

How do you cut steak into cubes?

You can cut steak into cubes by first cutting steak into strips. Then cut the strips horizontally. If you have a thick piece of meat, you may have to cut the pieces again until they are bite sized.

How long do steak bites last in the refrigerator?

You can keep steak bites fresh in an airtight container in a refrigerator up to 3 days.

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Flavor Variations

These steak bites are fantastic as-is; however, you can change the recipe to suit your own taste!

  • Steak: I chose sirloin because it’s tender and flavorful, but it’s not super expensive. Other great choices are tenderloin, rib eye or New York strip steak.
  • Spicy: Give your beef an extra kick by adding a little hot sauce to the garlic butter sauce.
  • Flavorings: Increase the flavor by dipping your steak bites in steak sauce, Worcestershire sauce or horseradish sauce.
  • Garlic: If you don’t have fresh garlic you can use a little garlic powder. However, I recommend using fresh garlic.

When I made these steak bites, my kids and I all grabbed some toothpicks and ate the meat as a snack straight from the pan. It also makes a unique main course over potatoes or with a side of bread to sop up all that garlic butter. However you serve these steak bites, everyone is sure to love them!

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Steak Bites with Garlic Butter

AuthorSara Welch
Bites of sirloin steak in a garlic sauce.
These seared steak bites are cubes of sirloin steak cooked to perfection in a garlic butter sauce. An easy meal or party snack that’s ready in just minutes!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Serves 4


  • 1 1/4 lbs sirloin steak cut into small cubes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon minced parsley


  • Heat the olive oil in a large pan over high heat. Season the steak with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Place the steak in the pan in a single layer; you may have to work in batches depending on the size of your pan. Cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden brown. Repeat with remaining meat if needed.
  • Add the butter and garlic to the pan; cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring to coat the meat in the sauce.
  • Sprinkle with parsley and serve.


  1. If you don’t have sirloin, you can also use tenderloin, rib eye or strip steak.
  2. The key to this recipe is an very hot pan so that you get a nice crust on your meat.
  3. Try to cut your beef pieces about the same size so they take the same amount of time to cook.


Calories: 272kcal | Protein: 31g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 101mg | Sodium: 130mg | Potassium: 484mg | Vitamin A: 175IU | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 2.3mg

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  1. 5 stars
    Love love love this recipe! We are steak people and never in a million years thought I’d like something like this! But it is wonderful. I want to try what another reviewer suggested and double the butter and garlic and add onions and mushrooms. Sounds ever more wonderful! I have used sirloin and it turned out great but filet tips or filet is the best. We like ours rare to medium rare so I start out with a very hot skillet and sear them quickly to keep them red/pink and juicy inside. A couple red pepper flakes also gives it a little kick.

  2. I doubled the butter and added some chopped onions and a bag of frozen green beans. My low carb hubby loved it.

  3. 5 stars
    Delicious!! I’m so glad I decided to try this recipe. Everyone e in my family loved it and I had dinner on the table in 15 minutes. Served with green beans and penne as a meal. I’m looking forward to topping my salad with these for lunch tomorrow. Thank you!

  4. This is now a staple at my house but to make it a meal, double butter and garlic add mushrooms and onions sauté before adding meat back the add cooked ,drained Ramen noodles with seasoning. Its great

    1. 5 stars
      Thanks for the idea! I made this tonight and it was so good! Added some veggies on the side and my husband and I loved it!

  5. 5 stars
    Can this be partially cooked ahead of time and then finished the day of? I realize it doesn’t take that long but if you’re cooking for a large crowd, it takes a while. BTW I did make this about a year ago and it was delicious!

    1. I think if you did that the meat would be a lot more likely to dry out since you’re essentially cooking it twice!

    2. If you’re making for a large crowd you could just sear the outside of the meat then put it in foil in the oven with the butter and garlic on like 425°-450° and it would take a lot of the effort out 😉

    3. This is a dish that yets a big WOW when served.
      I did just a little cheating to your original recipe.
      Prepared tomatoe stew sauce on the side. Just took meat in the dish. Added the sauce. Extra spicy flavourful butter left in the pan , used it on whole wheat breadsticks……we all thank you Ma’am forever !

  6. This is more of a question than comment but I’m wondering if i could sear the steak and keep warm in a slow cooker? I am hosting a 60th birthday party for 30 and would like to serve these as part of the buffet.

    1. I think that would work, you’d want to serve them pretty quickly as they may get tough if they sit in the slow cooker for hours.

  7. 5 stars
    I can’t believe I’ve been cooking for kids for 17 years and have never made something like this before. It’s so easy and delicious! My daughter told me to always make steak this way from here on out. And I think I will. Served with buttered new potatoes and corn on the cob. Excellent meal. Thank you!

  8. Couldn’t you make a roux with equal parts of butter and flour and make a gravy with the sauce left in the bottom of the pan? I would think the gravy would be wonderful!

  9. I make this often and its wonderful I use roasted garlic mashed potatoes my family loves it very please . I use alot of you recipes they are wonderful

    1. There’s not a ton of sauce to serve over pasta unless you want to double the sauce part! I recommend mashed potatoes or some other type of potato.

  10. 5 stars
    Used stew cubes because I couldn’t find steak in my area in the last min but it turned out amazing! Great recipe!

  11. Hi Sara,

    Do you think this would work with a London Broil? Also The cubes in the video appear larger than the pictures. I was just wondering if cutting the meat too small results in a tougher steak bite.


  12. 5 stars
    1. So easy!
    2. So delicious!
    3. Great with microwave 90 second jasmin rice and butter!
    4. Great with peas and carrots!
    5. A real crowd pleasing app with some dips on the side, ginger teriyaki/tangy onion!