Tender and juicy pan-seared cajun butter steak bites are full-flavored with crispy edges.
Ready in under 10 minutes without any marinating needed, these Cajun Butter Steak Bites are a quick and easy family favorite!
Steak bites are a meat lovers’ dream come true! Whether you use sirloin steak, strip steak or ribeye, you will LOVE this twist on a steak! Eat them straight out of the pan as an appetizer or as a main with a delicious side like buttery mashed cauliflower, mashed potatoes, crispy roasted potatoes, or a simple salad.
The best part is you don’t need much to make them, especially if you have Cajun seasoning on hand (just make sure you’re using a LOW SODIUM brand). If not? We’ve included the perfect quantity of Cajun you need for these steak bites.
A super quick recipe that packs a punch!
how to make cajun steak bites
The trick to perfect steak bites, like any steak, is getting your pan or skillet nice and hot before searing. Sear in batches to prevent them from boiling instead of frying and get a nice crust on the edges. The meat stays irresistibly juicy and tender on the inside.
Toss steak pieces in our homemade Cajun seasoning.
Heat skillet or pan to just smoking hot.
For medium steak bites, sear for two minutes each side. For well-done bites, sear 3-4 minutes each side.
Once the steak is cooked to your liking, reduce the heat and add butter and garlic to the hot pan.
Take the pan off the heat and toss your steak bites in the garlic butter. THAT’S IT!
The Cajun seasoning oozes into the butter, creating a mouthwatering sauce for your bites.
the best steak for steak bites
For our steak bites recipe, we use tender New York Strip Steak (also known as porterhouse steak). You could also use:
To prevent the butter from burning from the start of cooking, you’re going to sear your steak bites in oil. Use canola, vegetable or coconut oil. We add the butter at the end purely to create that Cajun sauce.
If you have a cast-iron skillet, use it for this recipe. Nothing beats steak cooked in cast iron! If you don’t have cast iron, use a good quality nonstick pan that doesn’t warp at high temperatures.
Stay close to your steak bites while they are in the pan. They only need 2 minutes on each side. Use tongs to check on them and make sure they’re not overcooking or burning.
For Cajun Seasoning:
1 tablespoon mild paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon chili powder, add more if you like heat
3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon brown sugar KETO: use a brown sugar substitute
1/2-3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, add more if you like heat
1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper to taste
23 oz (650 g) steak, cut into 2-inch cubes (Sirloin, Rump, New York Strip, Porterhouse or Ribeye)
1-2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
1/4 cup butter
4 cloves garlic finely chopped
Combine Cajun seasoning in a shallow bowl. Add the steak bites and toss to evenly coat.
Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a skillet or pan over medium-high heat until hot.
Sear the steak bites in batches for 2-3 minutes each side until edges are crispy and browned, adding extra oil as needed. Set aside.
Reduce heat to medium. Add butter to the skillet and heat until melted. Sauté the chopped garlic until fragrant (about 30 seconds), while scraping up any browned bits from the pan.
Take the pan off the heat. Throw the steak bites back in and toss through the garlic butter to evenly coat.