These easy Garlic Butter Steak Bites are cooked in a sauce with fresh herbs, chili flakes, and garlic. This steak recipe is naturally low-carb, requires one pan, and takes just 15 minutes to make.
Juicy and Garlicky Steak Bites
There are few things that can compare to a bite of perfect steak. And my favorite thing about this garlic butter steak bites recipe is that that’s all it is … lots of bites of perfect steak. The meat is unbelievably tender, and the garlic flavor is strong (but not too strong!). The meat is seasoned with fresh herbs and a kick from some chili flakes, and it goes without saying that there’s a lot of butter.
This recipe also has a secret ingredient: soy sauce. It might seem unconventional, but the soy sauce adds a strong umami flavor to the beef. It makes these juicy keto steak bites even more irresistible. And did I mention how quick and easy this recipe is? Gourmet steak has never been so simple to make at home. You’ve got to give this recipe a try.
Why You’ll Love This Easy Keto Steak Recipe
There are so many different reasons why you’ll be a huge fan of these garlic butter steak bites. Here are a few of them.
- Fast and easy. Normally steak is something that you need to labor over. But this recipe couldn’t be easier. It’s hassle-free and only takes about 15 minutes to make. What’s not to love?
- Intense flavor. Despite only taking 15 minutes, this recipe packs some strong flavors. It’s loaded with garlic, fresh herbs, chili flakes, butter, and soy sauce, and the result is some intensely flavorful beef. This is unlike anything you’ve ever eaten, in the best way.
- Protein-packed. This recipe is basically pure protein. It’s just steak with some seasonings! So if you’re looking for a protein-packed meal, this is it. One serving has a whopping 36.9 grams of protein.
Ingredients for Steak Bites
Here are the ingredients that you’ll need to make this juicy garlic steak recipe. Scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of the page to see the exact quantities for each ingredient.
- Steak: I prefer to use ribeye or sirloin steak. Make sure to cut them into nice uniform chunks so they cook evenly. Alternatively, your local butcher will likely do this for you.
- Butter: You want to use salted butter for this recipe.
- Garlic: Freshly minced garlic is best in this recipe.
- Herbs and Spices: fresh thyme, rosemary, crushed red peppers, salt, and pepper.
- Soy sauce: trust me, this is the secret to the best steak!
How to Make Garlic Butter Steak Bites
In addition to the ingredients listed above you will need a large skillet. I’ve documented every step of this process below. Here’s how to make this simple, 15-minute steak recipe.
Sear the Steak
The first step is to heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the butter and allow it to melt completely. Add the steak cubes to the skillet, being careful not to overcrowd them. Cook the steak undisturbed for 2 minutes, then use tongs to carefully flip each piece of steak over. Cook on the other side for 1-2 minutes, until the steak has good color. Remove from the skillet and set aside.
Make the Sauce
Reduce the heat to low, if you feel the skillet is still quite hot remove it from the heat entirely for a few minutes to allow it to cool. Next, add the rest of the butter, along with the garlic, herbs, chili flakes, and soy sauce. Sauté for 1 minute, making sure not to burn the garlic.
Add the Steak
The final step is to finish the steak. Add the meat and the drippings back to the pan and coat it with the sauce. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and cook to your desired doneness.
This recipe will last for 3 days in the fridge if you store it in an airtight container. Make sure the steak is fully cooled before closing it in a container–Residual heat could build up steam and continue cooking the steak.
You can definitely freeze these garlicky pieces of steak. Let them cool entirely, then store them in an airtight container in the freezer for 3 months. Make sure you defrost or thaw the steak fully before you reheat it.
These leftover steak tips are great enjoyed cold on a salad, but you can carefully reheat it in the oven as well. Simply warm on 375 degrees F for about 7 minutes. Keep a close eye on them so they don’t overcook and dry out.
What to Serve with Steak
I always like to serve steak with some traditional sides. Here are some of my favorite recipes for eating with these tender steak bites. These Crispy Green Bean Fries are great, especially when dipped in a little of the leftover garlic butter! Cheesy Bacon Wrapped Asparagus or Brussels Sprouts with Bacon are also super impressive served with the steak bites. When you miss bread but not the carbs, try these Keto Dinner Rolls or Keto Garlic Bread Chaffles!
Tips and Tricks for the BEST Steak
This is one of my favorite recipes, and it’s so easy to make. Here are a few tips for making it perfect every time.
- Use fresh garlic. As the name would suggest, garlic is one of the stars of this recipe. Because of that, it’s really important to use high-quality garlic. Always use fresh garlic for this recipe, instead of pre-minced or pre-peeled garlic.
- Don’t overcrowd. When searing the steak bites, make sure you don’t overcrowd them. You don’t want the cubes of beef to be too close together, or the meat won’t be able to get a good sear. If you have too many cubes of steak to cook in the skillet, then cook in batches. Once the meat has been seared, you can add it back to the sauce without worrying about crowding.
- Get a good sear. The best way to make steak taste good is to get a good sear on the meat. If your steak cubes don’t have a golden brown sear, they won’t taste very good. Make sure your skillet is hot enough, and that you cook your steak long enough to get a great sear on it.
- Pick your doneness. It’s important to always cook steak to the doneness that you like. The best way to do this is to use an instant-read meat thermometer to see what the internal temperature of the steak is. Cook the steak bites to 130F for medium rare, 140F for medium, 150F for medium well, and 160F for well done.
If you like this keto steak, you’ll love these other low carb beef recipes:
If you’re anything like me, then you just can’t get enough beef. Here are a few more of my favorite keto beef dishes to make.
- Bacon Cheeseburger Quesadillas – This is the perfect use of leftover ground beef! These quesadillas are packed full of your favorite classic burger flavor.
- Steak and Shrimp Skillet – Surf and turf in a skillet is incredibly easy AND healthy! This veggie packed skillet has both steak bites and seared shrimp!
- One Pan Philly Cheesesteak Skillet – This is great fresh or as a leftover lunch in a lettuce wrap! These are so satisfying and meaty, you don’t even miss the bread.
- Beef and Broccoli – Perfectly tender broccoli with juicy beef and a thick, delicious sauce… Yes, please! This one pan meal is a huge favorite with cauliflower fried rice.
- Easy Steak Wraps – Perfect for meal prepping some easy lunches and dinners! These are versatile and super filling.
- Keto Beef Meal Prep Ideas
Garlic Butter Steak Bites
- 1 1/2 pounds steak ribeye or sirloin, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 4 tablespoons salted butter
- 4 whole garlic cloves minced
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce
- 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh thyme chopped
- 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary chopped
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Heat a large skillet to medium heat and add 1 tablespoon of butter. Add the steak cubes to the skillet, being careful not to overcrowd them.
- Cook the steak undisturbed for 2 minutes, then use tongs to carefully flip each piece of steak over. Cook on the other side for 1-2 minutes, until the steak has good color. Remove from the skillet and set aside.
- Remove the skillet from the heat to cool it down. Reduce the heat to low so that you don't burn the garlic or the butter.
- Add the remaining 3 tablespoons of butter to the skillet, along with the garlic, fresh herbs, crushed red pepper, and soy sauce. Sauté for 1 minute, making sure to not burn the garlic.
- Add the steak and the drippings to the pan, and stir to coat. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Cook the steak to 130F for medium rare, 140F for medium, 150F for medium well, and 160F for well done, then serve immediately.
- Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 days, or in the freezer for 3 months.
- Reheat in a 375F oven for 7 minutes.