I’m all about quick-to-make dinners without compromising on flavours and quality. This garlic butter steak bites recipe simply calls for basic pantry ingredients and is super quick to whip up. It takes no more than 15 minutes from start to finish. You can serve it with a side of rice and vegetables, creamy mash, or even toss it into your pasta.
Essentially, it’s like cooking regular steaks but the bite-size speeds up the whole process. To enhance the sear, I coat the beef with mayo, more specifically Japanese Kewpie Mayo. After searing the meat, I set them aside and make the garlic butter in the same pan. You can flavour it differently if you want and incorporate the likes of rosemary and thyme in it. As you know I enjoy a little kick of spice, I used garlic, red chilli flakes, and fresh coriander leaves for this recipe.
What type of steak to use
My go-to is sirloin. You can also use flat iron as a cheap alternative, or ribeye would work very well too.
What is the purpose of adding mayo to steak
Mayo sear is a popular method of cooking steak and the same is applicable in this garlic butter steak bites recipe. The mayo acts as fat, which assists in the searing process and produce a nice crust over the steak.
Personally, I swear by Japanese Kewpie Mayo, which you see me mentioning in various recipes here on the blog.
Kewpie Mayo vs Regular Mayo
Kewpie Mayo is made with only egg yolks instead of whole eggs, rice vinegar/apple vinegar in replacement of distilled vinegar, and contains no added salt or sugar. As a result, kewpie mayo tends to be creamier in texture and richer in flavour with a mild hint of sweetness.
Additionally, kewpie mayo contains a healthy dose of MSG in it, which essentially acts as a flavour enhancer.
How to make Garlic Butter Steak Bites
- Kewpie Mayo
- Steak, cut in cubes
- Red Chilli Flakes
- Fresh Coriander Leaves
- Sea Salt
- Black Pepper
Firstly, cut the steak into cubes and then season generously with sea salt, black pepper, and paprika. Set aside while you prep for other ingredients.
Finely chop the garlic and the fresh coriander leaves. Heat pan over the hob. Ensure it’s really hot so that you can get a nice sear and avoid overcooking the meat.
Right before cooking the steak, toss the steak with kewpie mayo until fully coated. Add to the heated pan to sear until browned on all sides, roughly 2 minutes on each side. Remove from pn and set aside.
In the same pan, together with any remaining juices in it, melt the butter then add both garlic and chilli flakes. Saute for 1-2 minute until fragrant and starting to crisp up.
Return the steak into the pan. Quickly stir-fry for a minute until combined. Add in chopped coriander leaves. Toss to combine and let cook for another 30 seconds. Serve immediately.
Spicy Garlic Butter Steak Bites
- 2 tbsp Kewpie Mayo
- 500 g Steak Sirloin / Flat Iron / Ribeye
- 1 tsp Paprika
- 2 tbsp Butter
- 4 cloves Garlic finely chopped
- 1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
- 20 g Fresh Coriander Leaves chopped
- 1 tsp Sea Salt
- 1 tsp Black Pepper
- Cut steak into bite-size cubes. Season generously with sea salt, black pepper and paprika. Toss with kewpie mayo until fully coated right before cooking.
- Heat pan over high heat. Add in mayo-coated steak cubes and allow the sides to sear until golden brown, roughly 2 minutes on each side. Transfer to plate and set aside.
- In the same pan, along with any remaining juices, melt butter and add in both garlic and red pepper flakes. Saute for 1-2 minutes until fragrant and starting to crisp up.
- Return the steak cubes into the pan. Stir-fry for a minute until combined.
- Add in coriander leaves. Toss to combine and cook for another 30 seconds. Serve immediately.
- The use of mayo helps in searing the steak and attaining a golden crust over the meat.
- Kewpie mayo is preferred but regular mayo would work just fine either.
- Make sure the pan/skillet is really hot before adding the steak to attain a perfect sear. This also helps to prevent overcooking the meat.
- Add more chilli flakes if you desire the dish to come out spicier.
- Serving ideas include a side of steamed rice and roasted vegetables, creamy mash, or toss it into your favourite pasta!
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