Steak bites are a meat lovers dream come true. The trick to perfect steak bites is getting your pan or skillet nice and hot before searing. Sear in batches to prevent them from boiling instead of frying and get a nice crust on the edges.
Cut the steak into bite size pieces, about 1/2″ – 3/4″ in size. Sprinkle the meat generously with 3/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Heat a heavy flat bottomed stainless skillet over medium-high heat and add 1 tablespoon of butter. When the butter has melted, swirl to coat the pan. Add about a third of the meat and spread it across the pan.
Cook for 1 minute and then use a large spatula to flip the pieces over. Cook 1 more minute. Use a spatula to remove the meat to a plate and then repeat with the second batch of meat pieces. Add an additional tablespoon butter to the skillet. The entire cooking process for the meat should only take a few minutes total. When the meat has finished cooking, loosely tent foil over the cooked steak bites on the plate.
Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter to the hot skillet and toss the mushrooms in the butter. Sprinkle with the remaining salt and let the mushrooms cook without stirring for 2-3 minutes, until browned. Stir and let cook a few more minutes until soft. Add the mushrooms and the buttery pan drippings to the plate with the steak bites.
- 1 tablespoon mild paprika
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon chili powder, add more if you like heat
- 3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
- 1/2-3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, add more if you like heat
- 1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper to taste
- 23 oz (650 g) steak, cut into 2-inch cubes (Sirloin, Rump, New York Strip, Porterhouse or Ribeye)
- 1-2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
- 1/4 cup butter
- 4 cloves garlic finely chopped
- Combine Cajun seasoning in a shallow bowl. Add the steak bites and toss to evenly coat.
- Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a skillet or pan over medium-high heat until hot.
- Sear the steak bites in batches for 2-3 minutes each side until edges are crispy and browned, adding extra oil as needed. Set aside.
- Reduce heat to medium. Add butter to the skillet and heat until melted. Sauté the chopped garlic until fragrant (about 30 seconds), while scraping up any browned bits from the pan.
- Take the pan off the heat. Throw the steak bites back in and toss through the garlic butter to evenly coat.