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Steak Bites

Steak bites are a favorite among my family! I love that the marinade really soaks in to the little bite-sized chunks of steak and we all love how quick these are to get from stove to table! 

The other night I had the biggest craving for a big hunk of meat.

Do you ever feel that way?

I just needed some red meat in my life, like immediately.

Steak bites cut up on a wooden plate with a cup of garlic butter.

I’m guessing that my protein or iron levels were a little low that day, but whatever the reason – I wanted steak and I made sure that I got some steak. πŸ˜‰

There isn’t much in this world tastier than a perfectly cooked steak! I love to grill them outside on our big grill, but sometimes I prefer to keep things simple and just cook them right inside on the stove.

My trusty cast iron skillet makes a fabulous steak!

Often, when I’m short on time for marinading my steak, I turn to steak bites.

Everyone just LOVES this little steak bites recipe. It’s beyond simple, but it’s just a major crowd pleaser.

I start with my easy steak marinade.

Steak bites on cutting board with a cup of garlic butter.Easy steak marinade:

Add some hot water to a mixing bowl and dissolve in a tablespoon of salt. I know that it feels like an awful lot of salt, but I like my steak to have some flavor and it starts with a bit of salt. Keep in mind that we’re discarding the majority of the marinade, so you’re not actually consuming as much of the salt as you’d think!

Once the salt is pretty well dissolved in the hot water, stir in some vegetable oil, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, hot sauce, oregano, rosemary, and pepper.

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It sounds like a laundry list of ingredients, but I’d bet you have most of those in your kitchen right now.

This marinade is seriously just my favorite!!

Whisk it all together and it’s ready for your steak!

How to make steak bites:

Raw steak on cutting board.

I’m starting with a couple of New York Strips, but you can use any cut that you enjoy for this recipe.

Slice the steaks into bite-sized chunks and then add them to the marinade.

Because we’re using small pieces of meat, the steak doesn’t need to marinate nearly as long.

Thirty minutes in the marinade is fine, but 3-4 hours is AMAZING.

Don’t leave your steak in much longer than 8 hours or it does start to get a bit salty.

Drain off the marinade and pat the steak bites dry.

Cut up raw steak cooking in a skillet.

Heat a cast iron skillet as hot as you can get it and toss the steak bites right in.

Let the steak bites cook, stirring occasionally, until all the pieces are browned on the outside and cooked to your liking in the center.

These go so quick, especially if you’re more of a ‘rare’ type of person. Keep an eye out so you don’t over cook your steak!

Steak on a fork being dipped in a cup garlic butter steak sauce

I like to melt together some butter, garlic, garlic powder, and parsley to make a simple garlic butter for dipping.

The steak already has a ton of flavor, so this really isn’t necessary if it’s not your thing, but it makes it so much more fun to dip, right? πŸ˜‰

What to serve with steak bites:

Broccoli Salad is always a hit and it’s full of bacon, cheddar, and ranch. You know it’s good. πŸ˜‰

Broccoli Cheese Casserole is another delicious side that my kids gobble up.

Loaded Cauliflower Casserole is my go-to when I’m missing potatoes and want something that feels a little more indulgent.

Cooked pieces of steak bites.

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Steak Bites

So flavorful and juicy, these steak bites are always a hit in my house!

Yield 4
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Marinating Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes


Steak Bites:

  • 1 pound New York Strip
  • ¼ cup hot water
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon rosemary

Garlic Butter:

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon minced parsley


  1. Dice the steak into bite-sized pieces and place into a zip top bag.
  2. Whisk together the hot water and salt until the salt is nearly dissolved. Add the remaining ingredients and whisk well.
  3. Pour the marinade over the steak. Seal the bag and marinate for 30 minutes to 8 hours.
  4. When ready to cook, heat a cast iron skillet over high heat with a tablespoon of oil.
  5. Drain the marinade from the steak and pat the steak bites dry.
  6. Add to the hot skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned on all sides and cooked to your liking. 
  7. To make the garlic butter, melt the butter in a small bowl and whisk in the minced garlic, garlic powder, and parsley.
  8. Serve garlic butter with the steak for dipping or drizzle the butter over the steak bites before serving.


If you'll be marinating for longer than 2 hours, consider reducing the salt to 1-2 teaspoons. The longer the steak sits in the marinade, the saltier it will taste.

Nutrition Information:

Yield: 4
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 489Total Fat: 44gCholesterol: 120mgSodium: 856mgCarbohydrates: 1gNet Carbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 23g

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56 thoughts on “Steak Bites”

  1. Monet Lisette

    Delicious! So happy I stumbled upon this recipe! I used a pinch of chili flakes in place of the hot sauce…and next time I will reduce the salt. All-in-all it was amazing. I will definitely be making this again! Thank you x3!

  2. These are some fantastic recipes! Thank you! However.. WOW at the ads. So many. I switched to a browser with an adblocker and could finally get through a page without having to click closed multiple ads. I know it’s revenue, but it’s just so darn tiring. You can’t look at anything these days without having to endure ridiculous ads, and there are SO many of them on here.

    1. Karly Campbell

      Hi Lys!

      I hate to hear that! Were you getting pop up ads or just the ones that you scroll by? The only thing that should really be too intrusive is the video that auto-plays and scrolls with you, otherwise the rest of the ads should just be inside the content than you can scroll past. If you were getting pop ups, please let me know as those aren’t supposed to be there! It’s such a struggle balancing the user experience with earning a living to support my family – I am trying and hate to hear you had a bad experience! πŸ™‚

  3. Lance Klass

    Karly, you are amazing! I usually do medium rare steak on my new two-head Weber grill that my son found for me on Amazon, the least expensive but very cool grill that Weber does, apparently, but it’s time to get out and use my ancient California iron skillet! I’m planning to substitute Goya Sofrito for the salt as well as my usual salt substitute, a bit of cayenne powder, which fills the niche that salt usually fills. Otherwise very excited to be using my skillet again for steak and doing it your way, so give this 5 stars in advance!!

    I musts add that your various broccoli and cauliflower based casseroles are fantastic (!) and I eat them as my main dinner dish.

    1. Karly Campbell

      So glad you’re enjoying the recipes, Lance! Hope you love this one too! πŸ™‚

      1. Lance Klass

        Carly, can you recommend a cut of steak that might work best for this recipe? That would be much appreciated. I wonder if I should just go to my local butcher and get stew beef. . .

        1. Karly Campbell

          The better the cut, the better your end result. I normally use New York strip or ribeye, but sirloin works well too.

          1. Lance Klass

            Great! Just the direction I need; it’s gonna be either sirloin or NY strip, probably the latter if I can find a good, healthy one (I buy meats largely from Trader Joe’s or the all-natural online farm source, Moink. Thanks so much!

  4. This was soooooo delicious! I didn’t have veg. oil so used Tsang’s stir fry cooking oil (0 carbs) for the marinade and cooked it in olive oil. Didn’t have white vinegar so used balsamic. Didn’t have rosemary so used thyme. The steak bites were in the marinade for about 5 hours and I cooked it in my dutch oven on the stove top (I don’t have a cast iron pan). I’ll definitely be making this again.

  5. Sheila Becker

    what do you consider a serving with this recipe , since it’s steak bites? thank you!

    1. Karly Campbell

      I used a pound of steak and divided it between 4 people, but you can adjust as needed. πŸ™‚

  6. Made this tonight! Absolutely delicious. Thanks for a new go-to steak recipe. My family loved the β€œtips” style steak with the dip.

  7. Can I substitute vinegar with balsamic, because balsamic and Worcestershire sauce it’s delicious together.

    1. Karly Campbell

      I haven’t tried it, but if you like the flavors I’m sure it would work here.

  8. I made these the other night. AmAAAAAzing! I love it when I hear words like “Excellent” and “Beautiful” when I serve dinner! πŸ™‚ The only thing that I changed was I used beef broth instead of water (and reduced the salt a little) in the marinade, and I used tarragon instead of parsley in the garlic butter. I buy whole beef tenderloin and cut it into steaks–this is a great way to use up that little end!

  9. Sounds lovely, but could you please confirm what type of mustard? Is that American mustard? Thanks.

  10. Loved the marinades ease but it was way to salty for me, granted thats my families own pallet talking. Will definately try it again with maybe only a teaspoon of salt. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Karly Campbell

      Sorry to hear that! It definitely gets salty if you let the meat stay in for too long, but reducing the salt works well too and then you don’t have to worry about it. πŸ™‚

  11. Where can you get the measure utensils you used, the little jar looking ones? Loved the recipe!

  12. I don’t even like steak typically, but these are amazing! Definitely do NOT skip the garlic butter for dipping! Thanks for sharing! I will be making these again asap!

    1. Karly Campbell

      I just picked up some avocado oil at the store after doing a bit more research. πŸ˜‰

  13. You can’t label this Keto you have vegetable oil as an ingredient ‍♀️

    1. Karly Campbell

      Feel free to sub in whichever oil you prefer. Personally, if I’m eating foods that allow me to stay in ketosis, I consider myself eating keto. I totally understand that keto means different things to different people though. πŸ™‚

      1. Karen Ginsburg

        Looks great. I will be trying this recipe very soon. Can you make this with chicken or lamb as well?

        1. Karly Campbell

          I would not use this marinade on chicken. Not sure about lamb as I never cook with it.

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