Honey Garlic Steak Bites
Steak bites are one of my favourite ways to enjoy a nice piece of steak. It's also a great way to serve steak to kids as they can sometimes struggle cutting up a large piece of meat to eat; even I find it a bit of a chore sometimes, when I'm hungry all I want to do is tuck in to my food! Our honey garlic steak bites can be served in many different ways, from a simple appetizer to a larger meal with potatoes and vegetables of your choice.
You can use whatever steak you prefer to make into bites, but I would recommend steak that isn't too fatty, otherwise you can end up with some bites that are almost all fat. Some fat is good though, so I look for steaks with some nice fine marbling. For the best results, aim for a little less fat than you would typically enjoy in a full steak. You'll also get the best results with a thick cut steak, so the bites end up as nice chunky cube-like pieces. Sirloin is what I usually buy and would recommend as it's not too expensive but gives me consistently great results.
For this recipe we recommend two steaks with a total weight of around 400-500g, which will be enough to serve 4 people as part of a main meal- or many more as a bite-sized appetizer!
To make Honey Garlic Steak Bites you will need:
- 400-500g of Beef steak
- ½ Tsp of Salt
- ½ Tsp of Pepper
- ½ Tsp of Smoked Paprika
- 4 Cloves of Fresh Minced/Crushed Garlic
- 60g of Unsalted Butter
- 1 Tbsp of Just Bee Original Honey
- 1 Tbsp of Vegetable Oil
- A large frying pan
- A small saucepan
- A small dish or saucer
These steak bites will only take around 10-15 minutes in total to make and cook, so if you are serving them as part of a meal you'll want to get everything else almost done before starting on the steak bites.
Step One: Prepare the Steaks.
We'll start by making the dry rub seasoning for our steaks. Simply add a ½ teaspoon of salt, black pepper and smoked paprika to a small dish or saucer and mix together with a teaspoon.
Next pat down the steaks with some kitchen paper to remove the surface moisture, then rub the mix into both sides of each steak.
Then using a sharp knife cut the steaks into bite sized chunks, the size doesn't have to be too precise but they do want to be 'bite sized'- around 2cm is what I usually try to aim for. If you have a fatty bit along one edge of the steak you can trim that off if you would prefer.
Step Two: Prepare the garlic honey glaze.
Add the 60g of butter to a small saucepan and heat gently until melted. Then crush or mince the 4 cloves of garlic and add them to the pan, let the garlic cook in the butter for a minute or two. Keep the heat down low because we don't want to burn the butter or the garlic, we just want to avoid any raw garlic taste and infuse the butter with the garlic flavours. When you can clearly smell the garlic aroma coming from the pan that's a good sign that it's ready.
Next add a tablespoon of Just Bee Honey and stir continually until it's all blended with the butter. When it's done remove from the heat and leave aside for now.
If you like to add a bit of heat to your food, you could add in some chilli powder/chilli flakes for that extra kick!
Step Three: Frying the steak bites.
Add a tablespoon of vegetable oil to a large frying pan and turn the heat up, we want the pan nice and hot before adding the steak. Then add the steak bites to the pan, keeping the heat high. Spread the steak bites out as much as possible, ideally not touching each other, then leave them to cook without moving them for 2 minutes.
After two minutes have passed, using a spatula start turning them around every 10 seconds or so for another minute. The steak bites are almost cooked at this point and should look nicely browned. Now add the honey garlic mixture from the sauce pan and cook for another minute. Turn the bites often to make sure they all get a nice even coating of the sweet garlic glaze.
Your steak bites should now have a lovely brown sticky outside and perfect juicy 'medium' cooked inside!
Step Four: Serve and enjoy!
Remove the steak bites from the pan onto a plate and drizzle over any of the honey glaze that's left in the pan, then leave them to rest for a couple of minutes. Then they will be ready to serve with a crunchy salad, potatoes and vegetables or by themselves on a cocktail stick!
You might think four cloves is a lot of garlic, but if you love garlic then it's the perfect amount! If you prefer your food less garlic forward you could use two cloves instead.
Feel free to add some fresh herbs as a finishing touch too; while completely optional parsley, basil or thyme all taste great with steak. You could even use some of the edible flowers from our recent blog. Some bright red and peppery nasturtium flowers with steak bites would be amazing!