Garlic Butter Steak Bites - Ready and on the table in under 30 minutes. This steak bite recipe is juicy, tender, and incredibly flavorful.
How to make steak bites
Making this keto steak bite recipe honestly couldn't be any easier: it's just a matter of tossing a handful of ingredients in a bowl, mixing, marinating, and then searing in a ripping hot pan. Since they are bitesized pieces, they cook in less than 5 minutes. Of course, you can always bake them in the oven, cook them in an air fryer, or even throw them on the grill. If grilling, I would recommend cooking them in a grill pan, or putting down a grill mat so that the meat doesn't fall through the grates.
Converting this recipe for a smoker
If you have a pellet smoker like a Traeger or a RecTec (the RT700 my personal favorite), this is an awesome recipe to smoke. It's really simple too: just heat your smoker to 225°F. You can put the steak bites directly on the grill grates, on a grill mat, or on a sheet pan. Personally, I like to cook these garlic butter steak bites on a sheet pan because then they can sit in their own juices; it makes them so flavorful and tender. Cook them for about an hour and a half or until the internal temperature reaches about 135°F. If your smoker does not come with an attached thermometer, I recommend picking up a high quality meat thermometer.
Substitutions and Recipe Notes
- BUTTER: These herbed garlic steak bites are very rich and buttery. If you cannot have dairy, you can make these with olive oil, butter flavored coconut oil, or the fat of your choice. You may not want to use as much oil as you would butter. Enough to coat the meat and cook it through would suffice.
- SALT: If you are using unsalted butter, you will want to increase the amount of salt in the seasoning blend. If you are using gluten free soy sauce in place of coconut aminos, as well as salted butter, you may want to omit the additional salt altogether.
- GARLIC: If you do not have fresh garlic, use extra garlic powder.
- COOKING: Cook in batches if you do not have a big enough pan. You want them to sear, not steam as they cook.
Best cuts of meat for this recipe
While I chose to use beef tenderloin for this recipe, (I had a 3 pound tenderloin from my Butcher Box) there are several other cuts of meat you can use to make these Garlic Butter Steak Bites. Here are some of my favorites:
- New York
Side dish recipes that pair well with these steak bites:
- Bacon Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Garlic Parmesan Cream Sauce
- Cauliflower Mash with Keto Gravy
- Cheesy Garlic Creamy Spinach
- Paprika Roasted Radishes with Onions
- Lemon Pepper Green Beans
- Roasted Butternut Squash with Sage
- Cauliflower Au Gratin
- Roasted Mushrooms Zucchini and Eggplant
- Oven Roasted Cauliflower Wedges
- Keto Bang Bang Cauliflower
Garlic Butter Steak Bites
The best steak bite recipe around. You know why? Because everything is better with garlic and butter. Then when you throw fresh herbs in the mix, they are just elevated to the next level flavor wise.
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Yield: 8 servings 1x
- Category: Appetizers
- Method: Pan-Seared
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Gluten Free
- 3 pounds beef tenderloin, cut into bite-sized pieces (I get my meat here)
- 1 head of garlic, peeled and thinly sliced
- ⅓ cup coconut aminos or gluten free soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons dried minced onion
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano (or 1 teaspoon dried)
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley, extra for garnish (or 1 teaspoon dried)
- 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
- 1 ½ teaspoons chopped fresh thyme (or ¾ teaspoon dried)
- 1 teaspoon sea salt (this is the only brand I use)
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons olive oil (I use this brand) code peaceloveandlowcarb for 10% off
- 1 stick salted butter (8 tablespoons) or Butter Flavored Coconut Oil for dairy free (see notes above)
- Add all ingredients (except olive oil and butter) to a large mixing bowl. Toss to coat. Make sure that all pieces of the meat are evenly coated in the coconut aminos and spices. If time allows, refrigerate for 2 hours, up to 24 hours. This allows the flavors to really come together and soak into the meat.
- Heat the olive oil in a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the steak bites to the pan and sear on all sides. If you do not have a large enough pan, you may need to do this in batches to prevent overcrowding the pan (see tips in post).
- Once the steak bites are nice and seared, and have formed a slight crust, add the butter to the pan. Toss the steak bites in the butter as it melts.
- Garnish with reserved parsley before serving.
net carbs per serving: 3.4g
- Serving Size: 1 serving
- Calories: 570
- Fat: 45.8
- Carbohydrates: 4.1g
- Fiber: 0.6g
- Protein: 34.1g
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