Whenever you want a fancy and flavorful appetizer, steak bites are the way to go! Tender chunks of beef with rosemary and garlic are a cinch to make!

We love this recipe because they are easy to make, portable, and they satisfy even the biggest of appetites!

Steak bites garnished with parsley in a pan

What Kind of Steak is Best for Steak Bites?

Just like in our Soy Ginger Steak Bites, we love to use sirloinsirloin strip or ribeye. If using less expensive cuts, you can tenderize them by pounding them meat mallet before cutting into bites.

Another quick and easy way to tenderize steak bites is to put them in a zippered bag with about 2 tablespoons of bottled Italian salad dressing. Chill them in the fridge for about 30 minutes, then proceed with the recipe. The vinegar in the dressing tenderizes the beef and the other seasonings will add an extra punch of flavor.

Be sure to discard all of the marinade and to dab the steaks dry before cooking.

Uncooked steak on a cutting board with garlic, butter and rosemary

How to Make Steak Bites

Steak bites are super quick and easy to make!

  1. Dab steak dry with a paper towel. Cut and toss cut pieces with seasonings (per recipe below).
  2. Add oil to skillet and saute and heat over medium-high heat. Cook steak until crisp on one side.
  3. Add butter and garlic and toss to combine.

Transfer to a serving dish and serve warm with garlic butter.

PRO TIP: Sear steak bites in bacon grease for a richer, smoky bacon-y flavor!

Uncooked steak bites garnished with salt and spices in a glass bowl

What to Serve with Steak Bites?

Thread cooked steak bites on skewers, or picks and arrange them on a platter with a bowl of dipping sauce in the center, or serve on top of a salad. Garnish with sprigs of rosemary or parsley! We like tangy dips and sauces, but rich and creamy sauces will work, too. Here is a list of our faves!

Steak bites in garlic butter, garnished with parsley in a pan

Kitchen Tips

The trick is to start with oil in a hot skillet that sears the meat while the inside stays tender and juicy. Once the pieces are removed from the pan after the first cook, they will continue to cook before they are added back to the pan.

  • If marinating meat in the refrigerator, marinate up to 1 hour.
  • Dab steak dry, before adding oil/seasonings. Moisture will keep the bites from getting a nice sear.
  • Cut meat into uniform sizes so they cook at the same rate.
  • It’s better to cook the steak bites in batches rather than overcrowd the pan.

More Steak Favorites

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Garlic Butter Steak Bites

Tender, juicy, and full of flavor, these Garlic Butter Steak Bites are an amazing appetizer!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
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  • 1 ½ pounds sirloin steak or strip loin or ribeye
  • salt & pepper or steak spice, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary or ½ teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil or as needed
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon parsley


  • Cut steak into bite-sized pieces. Toss with salt, pepper, and fresh rosemary.
  • Preheat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon vegetable oil.
  • Add steak in a single layer and cook 2-3 minutes without stirring to get a crust on one side. Stir and cook 1 minute more. Do not overcook.
  • Remove from heat and place on a plate. Reduce heat in the skillet to medium.
  • Add butter and garlic, cook 1 minute until fragrant. Add steak and parsley. Toss to combine.
  • Remove from the pan immediately, season with salt if desired and serve warm.


Cook steak bites in batches if needed. If the pan is overcrowded, you won't get a good crust.
Vegetable oil is used in place of olive oil as it has a higher smoke point. 
4.96 from 45 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 313 | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 119mg | Sodium: 148mg | Potassium: 582mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 259IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Appetizer, Beef, Party Food, Snack
Cuisine American
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  1. these are amazing! I made and served with horseradish creme and will make again. One tip from similar dishes I have made – cook the steak whole, let rest 5-10 minutes and then cut into cubes and toss with the pan butter. It’s juicer that way.5 stars

  2. Loved this!!! I added mushrooms and red onions. When I was melting the butter and garlic is when I added them, let them sauté then added my meat back to skillets ( I used two to cook all at once instead of in batches). I had made rice so we just mixed both skillets and rice together and served that way and had Naan with garlic. Was spectacular!!!! I took a picture but cannot figure out how to add it.5 stars

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  3. If I could give more stars I would. These steak bites are delicious and oh so easy to make.so I would give 5 stars for taste 5 stars for prep and 5 stars for clean up.i made these for super bowl party it was only 3 of us here. social distance and all.it would get expensive to make for a crowd.this will be added to my dinner menu also.we are doing low carb so this with roasted Brussels sprouts with yellow squash and zucchini add a side of carrots yum.5 stars

  4. Super easy super tasty! Served with baked potato and green beans. Healthy, loved it and will definitely make again. I used chuck but will try it with other cuts next time.5 stars

  5. Tried this for the first time last night. DELICIOUS!!! Also, quick and easy to prepare. I will definitely be making this again.5 stars

  6. I only had one batch of meat to cook (cooking for two, didn’t want leftovers) and I added quartered button mushrooms to the pan, when the steak was almost done. I probably should have removed the meat and sautéed the mushrooms separately, but I was in a hurry. Steak was slightly overdone, but the sauce was great, and enhanced the mushrooms as well. I served it with a side of asparagus with some of the sauce on that as well. A very satisfying, low carb dinner. I will be making it again.4 stars