Honey Garlic Steak Bites are a delicious combination of tender, juicy sirloin steak cubes simmered in a tasty honey garlic sauce. This recipe is a fantastic choice for a quick, flavorful dinner or as a hit appetizer on game days.
Steak bites make for a simple yet finger-licking-good dish. In just 15 minutes, you can have juicy pieces of steak perfectly pan-seared to a crispy finish, all coated in a deliciously sweet and sticky sauce. And the best part is that it’s all whipped up in a single pan. If you’re hosting a gathering, these little steak morsels can be quite the showstopper – just pop them onto toothpicks and serve!
Why We Love These Steak Bites
- Easy: It’s a simple recipe, perfect for a quick and delicious meal after a busy day.
- Flavorful: The honey garlic sauce provides a sweet and salty balance, enhancing the steak’s natural flavors.
- Serving Options: These steak bites are great as a main dish or as an appetizer, and they pair wonderfully with mushroom rice, cajun fries, and various side dishes.
Ingredients You’ll Need
- Top Sirloin Steak: Other steak cuts like ribeye or strip steak can be used.
- Salt, Ground Black Pepper, & Paprika: For basic seasoning to enhance the meat’s flavor.
- Vegetable Oil: Used for searing the steak – you can use any high-smoke point oil.
- For the Honey Garlic Sauce: Soy sauce, water, broth, garlic, honey, sesame seed oil, rice vinegar, dried oregano, and cornstarch.
- Sesame Seeds and Green Onions: For garnish.
How To Make Honey Garlic Steak Bites
Making steak bites is a breeze, and the key trick here is using a hot skillet. This way, you avoid overcooking the steak. If your skillet is sizzling enough, the steak bites only need around 4 to 5 minutes to cook perfectly.
- Prep the Steak: Cube the steak and season it with paprika, salt, and pepper.
- Make the Sauce: In a bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, water, garlic, honey, sesame seed oil, rice vinegar, oregano, and cornstarch.
- Cook: Sear the steak cubes in hot oil in a cast iron skillet, then set aside. Stir the sauce and add it to the skillet to deglaze. Then, return the steak and cook until the sauce thickens.
- Serve: Garnish the finished dish with sesame seeds and green onions and serve.
Recipe Tips and Variations
- Let Them Sear: Hold off on stirring the steak bites immediately. Let them cook for a minute or two when they first hit the skillet to get that beautiful sear.
- Avoid Crowding: Cook your steak bites in batches. Overcrowding leads to steaming instead of that desired browning effect.
- Resting Time: Once cooked, let the steak bites rest for a few minutes. This helps them hold onto their juices, ensuring they are as tender and flavorful as possible.
- Mix in Veggies: Toss in some vegetables like bell peppers, mushrooms, or onions while you cook the steak bites. Just remember to adjust your cooking time so everything is perfectly done.
- To Make Ahead: Cube the raw steak and store it in the refrigerator for up to two days. Before cooking, remove it from the fridge and allow it to sit at room temperature for 15 minutes. Also, prepare the honey garlic sauce and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will keep well for up to 3 days.
With so much flavor and so easy to throw together, these awesome steak bites are irresistibly juicy and tender and pair well when served over my Stir Fry Zucchini Noodles and this Garlic Butter Cauliflower Rice with Spinach or Spring Vegetables and Potatoes Baked in Parchment. They also pair well with a slice of Focaccia or sop them up with Naan.
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- Stuffed Flank Steak
- Sheet Pan Steak Fajitas Recipe
- New York Strip Steak
Honey Garlic Steak Bites
- 1½ pounds top sirloin steak, cubed
- 1 teaspoon sweet or smoked paprika
- salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
- 3 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
- ¼ cup water, or beef broth
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon sesame seed oil, or extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar, or white vinegar
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano, or your favorite dried herbs
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- sesame seeds, for garnish
- sliced green onions, for garnish
- Pat dry the steak with paper towels, cut it into 1-inch cubes, and season it with paprika, salt, and pepper; set aside.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the soy sauce, water (or broth), garlic, honey, sesame seed oil, rice vinegar, oregano, and cornstarch; whisk until thoroughly combined. Set aside.
- Heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a cast iron skillet set over medium-high heat until sizzling hot.
- Add 1/2 of the steak cubes to the hot oil and cook for 2 minutes per side or until browned and done. Remove the steak bites from the skillet and repeat with the rest of the steak, adding extra oil as needed.
- Remove all steak bites from the skillet and set aside.
- Give the previously prepared honey garlic sauce a good stir with a whisk and pour ⅓ of the sauce into the hot skillet; scrape up the browned pieces from the bottom of the pan.
- Add the steak bites back to the skillet and pour the rest of the sauce over the steak; cook for 1 to 2 more minutes or until the sauce starts to thicken.
- Remove from heat, transfer the steak bites to a plate, and drizzle with the pan sauce.
- Garnish with sesame seeds and sliced green onions, and serve.
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.