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
    Delicious. We only used two cloves of garlic instead of 2 T, but we will definitely make this again. Thanks!

  2. 5 stars
    Just made this for dinner and my teen daughter absolutely loved it!! She fought herself – wanted more, but also wanted to take them to school for lunch.
    My husband does keto, so perfect for him too! Super easy & delish – will def be making it again!

  3. How would I make this for 20 people and keep it warm without the meat becoming tough? Could I cover and put it in a warm oven??? Thank you

  4. This recipe was delicious! I actually used stewing beef instead of sirloin. It was so tender and flavourful! Thank you 🙂 i am happy to come across your page!

  5. Yes you can use venison. First soak the venison in water with salt and red wine vinegar. For about 30 minutes. That will take out the gamey taste. Always soak venison in water, salt and vinegar. Rinse well and pat dry with paper towels. Follow recipe when cooking venison.

  6. Could I switch out the steak for venison without altering the recipe at all? (Clearly new to cooking venison lol)

      1. The flavor of venison can vary based on the deer’s diet, but nutritionally it is similar to beef. Venison can generally be substituted for beef, but it is much leaner so it may need extra oil or other fats to compensate.