These Air Fryer Steak Bites are a delicious and easy way to have tender, juicy steak. The steak is perfectly seasoned with a rich, garlic butter sauce that melts in your mouth. It's a simple yet satisfying dish that's sure to please any meat lover.
Get your air fryer ready for a treat! These Garlic Butter Steak Bites are not just tasty, but super easy to make.
If you wanted to know how to make steak bites in an air fryer, you came to the right place!
What You'll Love About This Recipe
- Quick and Easy: With simple ingredients and the air fryer's convenience, this recipe comes together in no time.
- Flavorful and Juicy: Each bite is packed with savory spices and topped with rich garlic butter, ensuring a juicy, flavorful experience.
- Versatile: Suitable for many occasions, from a family dinner to a party appetizer.
- Healthier Option: Air frying offers a healthier alternative to traditional frying methods, reducing oil usage without compromising taste.
Sirloin Steak: The star of the dish, sirloin is a versatile and flavorful cut of beef. It's lean yet tender enough to make perfect bite-sized pieces. Look for steaks with a bit of marbling for extra flavor.
Olive Oil: A kitchen essential that adds a subtle flavor and helps in marinating the steak. Olive oil also aids in creating a nice crust on the steak when air fried.
Salt and Pepper: These basic seasonings are key to enhancing the natural taste of the steak. Freshly ground pepper and sea salt can make a noticeable difference.
Onion Powder and Garlic Powder: These spices add depth and a slight sweetness to the dish, complementing the meat's savory taste.
Brown Sugar: A touch of brown sugar helps to balance the flavors and aids in caramelization, giving the steak bites a beautiful golden color.
Garlic: Fresh garlic in the butter sauce brings a punch of flavor, making the dish aromatic and irresistible.
Salted Butter: It forms the base of the rich garlic butter sauce, adding creaminess and enhancing the overall taste of the steak bites.
Parsley: Fresh parsley not only adds a pop of color but also brings a fresh, herby flavor to the dish, balancing the richness of the butter.
- Air Fryer: The star tool for cooking the steak bites to perfection.
- Mixing Bowl: For preparing the marinade.
- Microwave-Safe Bowl: For melting the butter.
- Knife and Cutting Board: For chopping the steak and garlic.
- Serving Plate: To present your delicious creation.
Alternatives: If you don't have an air fryer, a conventional oven or a grill can be used with adjusted cooking times.
Begin by slicing up your sirloin steak into evenly sized, bite-sized pieces. This step is important because similar-sized pieces cook at the same rate, preventing some pieces from being overcooked while others are undercooked.
In a mixing bowl, whisk together the olive oil, salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and brown sugar. This combination creates a flavorful marinade that adds tons of flavor to the steak, while still letting it's natural flavors shine.
Place the steak pieces into the bowl with the marinade, tossing them gently to ensure each piece is thoroughly coated.
Let the steak sit in this marinade for about 15-20 minutes. This marination time allows the flavors to seep into the meat, enhancing its taste and tenderness.
While your steak is marinating, preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (200 degrees Celsius). Preheating the air fryer is a key step, as it ensures the steak starts cooking immediately and gets a nice sear.
Once your air fryer is hot and ready, arrange the marinated steak pieces in the air fryer basket in a single layer. Avoid overcrowding the basket; proper space between the pieces allows hot air to circulate freely, ensuring even cooking.
Cook the steak in the air fryer at 400°F for about 4-6 minutes. The exact cooking time will depend on how you like your steak done. A shorter cooking time will result in a more tender, rare steak, while a longer time will give you a well-done steak.
As the steak cooks, prepare your garlic butter sauce. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the salted butter.
Once melted, stir in the minced garlic and chopped parsley, creating a fragrant and rich sauce.
After the steak is cooked to your liking, carefully remove it from the air fryer and transfer it to a serving plate.
Drizzle the prepared garlic butter sauce over the hot steak bites, making sure they are well coated. Let the steak bites rest for a couple of minutes before serving. Resting allows the juices and flavors to redistribute throughout the meat, ensuring each bite is juicy and flavorful.
Serve the steak bites while they're hot and savor the delicious combination of tender steak and savory garlic butter.
Enjoy your homemade steak bites!
Let the Steak Rest: After cooking, let your steak rest for a few minutes before serving. This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, resulting in a juicier, more flavorful steak.
- Butter: If you don't have salted butter, use unsalted butter and add a pinch of salt to the sauce.
- Brown Sugar: White sugar or honey can be used as a substitute if brown sugar is not available. These alternatives will still add a touch of sweetness to balance the savory flavors.
- Fresh Garlic: If fresh garlic is not available, garlic paste or dried garlic can be used in the garlic butter, although the flavor may be slightly different.
- Spicy Steak Bites: Add a sprinkle of chili flakes or a dash of hot sauce to the marinade for a spicy twist.
- Herb-Infused Steak: Mix in some dried herbs like thyme, rosemary, or oregano with the marinade for an herby flavor.
- Citrus Zest: Add a zest of lemon or orange to the marinade for a fresh, citrusy note.
- BBQ Style: Replace the marinade with your favorite BBQ sauce for a smoky, tangy flavor profile.
What to Serve With
Looking for something to serve with your steak bites. Here are some of our favorite pairings.
- Crispy Air Fryer Frozen French Fries: A quick and easy side that offers a crunchy texture to complement the steak bites.
- Twice Baked Potatoes: These offer a rich and creamy texture which pairs perfectly with steak.
- Italian Chopped Salad: A refreshing and light salad with a zesty dressing to balance the flavors.
- Garlic Mashed Potatoes: Garlic mashed potatoes provide a smooth and flavorful side that pairs beautifully with steak.
- Caprese Pasta Salad: A delightful combination of pasta, fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, and pesto, adding an Italian twist to the meal.
These Air Fryer Garlic Butter Steak Bites offer an, delicious meal in no time. The juicy, tender bites of steak paired with the rich and aromatic garlic butter create a flavor that's both comforting and yet feels fancy. It's a dish that's simple enough for a weeknight dinner yet classy enough for special occasions.
For the Steak Bites
- 16 ounces sirloin steak
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- ¼ teaspoon onion powder
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon brown sugar
For the Garlic Butter
- 1-2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 3 tablespoons salted butter
- 1 teaspoon chopped parsley
- Cut sirloin steak into bite-sized, evenly sized pieces.
- Combine olive oil, salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and brown sugar in a bowl for marinade.
- Coat steak pieces with marinade; let sit for 15-20 minutes.
- Preheat air fryer to 400°F (200°C).
- Arrange steak in air fryer basket in single layer; cook 4-6 minutes to desired doneness.
- For garlic butter, melt salted butter; mix in minced garlic and parsley.
- Transfer steak to plate; pour garlic butter sauce over steak.
- Let steak rest a few minutes; serve hot.
For the juiciest steak bites, let them rest for a few minutes after cooking before serving. This allows the flavors from the garlic butter to soak in, enhancing the taste.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 379Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 127mgSodium: 268mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 31g
Refrigerator Storage: To keep the steak bites fresh, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They'll stay good for up to 3 days. This method is perfect for enjoying leftovers the next day or as a make-ahead option for meal prep.
Freezer Storage: For longer storage, you can freeze the steak bites. Place them in a freezer-safe container or a zip-lock bag, squeezing out as much air as possible. They can be stored in the freezer for up to 1 month. This option is great for planning ahead or saving leftovers for a later date.
Reheating: To maintain the best texture and flavor, reheat the steak bites in the air fryer or oven. This will help them regain a bit of crispness and warmth throughout. If you're reheating from frozen, let them thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.
Avoiding the Microwave: While it's tempting to use the microwave for a quick reheat, it's not recommended for steak bites. The microwave can make the meat tough and dry out. Stick to reheating methods that preserve the tenderness and juiciness of the steak.
These expanded sections provide a deeper understanding of the ingredients and their roles, as well as comprehensive guidance on storing and enjoying your Air Fryer Garlic Butter Steak Bites at their best!