Chili Lime Steak Bites Recipe

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Delicious and zesty Chili Lime Steak Bites seared to tender perfection in a tangy chili lime sauce. This recipe is quick, easy, and packed with bold flavors.

Stirring Chili Lime Steak Bites while cooking them in a cast iron skillet.


Why We Love These Steak Bites

  • Flavorful: The combo of chili and lime offers a slightly spicy taste that’s so delicious.
  • Quick: Ready in 15 minutes, this recipe is perfect for a last-minute dinner.
  • Versatility: Ideal for everything from a cozy family dinner to a party snack.
  • Tender: The searing technique results in perfectly juicy and tender sirloin steak.

Ingredients You’ll Need

We create the magic of our Chili Lime Steak Bites with just a handful of the following simple ingredients!

  • Sirloin Steak: Sirloin is great for quick cooking but ribeye can also work.
  • Chili Paste: Adds a spicy kick. Use hot sauce or red pepper flakes as an alternative.
  • Honey: Balances the heat with a touch of sweetness. If needed, maple syrup is a good substitute.
  • Lime (Juice and Zest): Provides a fresh, citrusy zing.
  • Garlic Powder, Kosher Salt, Black Pepper: This classic seasoning trio enhances the meat’s natural flavors.
  • Olive Oil: For searing. Canola or vegetable oil are good alternatives.

How To Make Chili Lime Steak Bites

This is a very quick recipe that packs plenty of flavors. The lime not only adds flavor but also helps in tenderizing the meat. Also, this dish’s ease and flavor make it a great introduction to cooking with steak for beginners.

Tossing raw cubed steak in a mixing bowl with chili sauce and honey.
  1. Cut the sirloin steak into 1/2-inch cubes. Toss the cubed steak in a zesty sauce of chili paste, honey, and seasonings.
  2. Sear the steak bites in a hot cast iron skillet until just cooked – about 2 to 3 minutes total.
  3. Add fresh lime juice and lime zest to the hot pan; mix it around before removing it from the heat.
  4. Transfer the steak bites to a serving platter and enjoy.

Recipe Tips And Variations

  • Hot skillet. Ensure your skillet is hot enough for a proper sear.
  • Adjust to taste. Experiment with different levels of spiciness by adjusting the chili paste.
  • Garnish. Add a sprinkle of fresh herbs like cilantro for extra flavor.
Stirring Chili Lime Steak Bites while cooking them in a cast iron skillet.

Serving Suggestions

You can serve these steak bites with a side of my Garlic Parmesan Sugar Snap Peas alongside this Instant Pot Mashed Cauliflower. Top a Green Goddess Salad with them, or serve them as an appetizer with toothpicks for easy handling.

How To Store Leftovers

  • Refrigerate steak leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
  • Reheat gently in a skillet or microwave to retain tenderness.

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Chili Lime Steak Bites

Perfectly seared and tender Steak Bites are tossed in a zesty chili lime sauce in this simple, 15-minute recipe that's bursting with incredible flavors.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 pound top sirloin steak,, cubed
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chili paste,, add more if you like it spicier
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 limes, , zested and juiced
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  • Cut the steak into 1/2-inch cubes. Then, place the steak cubes in a mixing bowl; season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder and stir to coat the steak bites.
  • Add chili paste and honey to the steak bites; stir until well coated.
  • Heat a 10-inch cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Hold your hand 6 inches above the skillet, and when you can feel the heat, add the olive oil and swirl it around.
  • Add the steak bites to the hot skillet in a single layer. If it doesn't sizzle, the skillet is not hot enough.
  • Sear the steak bites for 1 minute – do not move them around. Using tongs, flip the steak bites over. Continue to sear for a minute longer, or until done.
  • Transfer the steak bites to a plate; set aside.
  • Add the lime zest and lime juice to the hot skillet and stir to combine; pour the lime sauce over the steak bites.
  • Serve.


This steak bites recipe is from my friends, Donna and Chad, and their cookbook, The Simple Kitchen: Quick and Easy Recipes Bursting with Flavor.


Serving: 4ounces | Calories: 242kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 66mg | Sodium: 357mg | Potassium: 468mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 35IU | Vitamin C: 11.1mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 2.1mg

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  1. Laurie says:

    Made it a couple of days ago, LOVED IT, not a fan of leftovers, but next day had for lunch, fantastic. Husband and I are making again tonight, putting it on southwest style salad. This would be great on chicken or shrimp as well.

  2. Melissa says:

    Cant wait to try this!! Do you think red curry paste would work as a substitute to thai chili paste? Or better to use hot sauce?

  3. Keishla says:

    Hi there! This sounds wonderful! Have you ever substituted the steak bites for chicken?

    1. Katerina Petrovska says:

      Yep, I have! And it’s delish! 🙂 But the chicken bites do take just a bit longer to cook through.

  4. Holly says:

    What can I use in place of the chili paste?

    1. Katerina Petrovska says:


      You can use hot sauce, or sriracha. It won’t be as thick as chili paste, but it works.

  5. Amy T says:

    Can you make these in a regular skillet if you don’t have a cast iron pan?

    1. Katerina Petrovska says:

      Sure! It might take a minute longer to cook through since regular skillets don’t retain heat quite like cast iron skillets, but it’s fine. Also, just make sure to wait until the oil is hot enough before adding in the steak bites. You want that sizzle. 🙂

  6. Leslie P. says:

    This is delicious! It would be great to make and freeze it. Sitting down and eating some right now.

  7. Kt says:

    What kind of chili paste. There are a gazillion?

    1. Katerina Petrovska says:

      You can use any as long as it’s chili paste. I use “Thai Kitchen” or “Sambal Oelek”

  8. Lucille says:

    Hi Katerina

    Great Recipe. I can feel the taste while reading the post. It is delicious.