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Chili Lime Steak Bites Recipe

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

Chili Lime Steak Bites

Katerina | Diethood
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.
5 from 4 votes
Servings : 4
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 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


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

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Appetizer, Dinner
Cuisine: American/Southwest
Keyword: easy steak dinner, low carb, sirloin steak recipe, steak bites
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