Garlic Butter Steak Bites

Garlic Butter Steak Bites are the perfect easy gluten-free appetizer recipe that also doubles as a gluten-free dinner recipe! |

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These dairy-free Garlic Butter Steak Bites are flash-cooked to perfection, tossed in a garlic butter drizzle, and topped with green onion and fresh parsley for a juicy appetizer or main dish meal. {Gluten-free, dairy-free, and paleo option included!}


  • 2 pounds top sirloin, cut into cubes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (more as needed)
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt (more as needed)
  • 1/4 cup buttery spread (I like soy-free Earth Balance Buttery Spread)
  • 6 cloves garlic, pressed
  • Fresh parsley, minced and to taste 
  • Green onion, thinly sliced and to taste
  • Coarse black pepper, to taste


  1. Pour the olive oil into the skillet and add the sea salt. Turn the stove on to a high heat (I set mine to between medium and high). Let the oil heat up. Once it is hot, transfer only as many steak bites to the skillet as will fit without overlapping. Flash cook for 90 seconds. Turn each steak bite over and flash cook for another 90 seconds. Remove from the skillet and transfer to a bowl, preferably one with a lid. Repeat these steps for each remaining batch of steak bites. If necessary, add a little more olive oil and a pinch of sea salt to each remaining set of steak bites.
  2. Once all steak bites have been flash-cooked, then melt the butter on a low-to-medium heat in the same pan (I chose to quickly rinse my skillet so the butter wouldn’t burn or blacken, but that’s entirely up to you). Add the pressed garlic to the butter and cook for about 30 seconds. I chose to add a pinch of sea salt, too.
  3. Drizzle the garlic butter over the steak bites and toss until evenly coated.
  4. Stir in, or garnish with, green onion, fresh parsley, and coarse black pepper.
  5. Serve immediately. Refrigerate leftovers and consume within about 24 hours. 


  • Only place as many steak bites in the pan as will fit without overlapping.
  • Do not overcook the steak bites.
  • Since they cook at different temperatures, prepare and cook the steak bites and garlic butter separately.
  • If you have problems with uneven flash-cooking, consider slicing the cubes light through the center after the first 90 seconds of cooking and then flipping them over, sliced side down, for the second round of 90-second flash-cook time. You can also tip the corners and edges of individual steak bites into the skillet for cooking specific areas that remain undercooked.