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Easy Air Fryer Garlic Butter Steak Bites

These Air Fryer Garlic Butter Steak Bites are made with simple ingredients and are perfect for meat lovers looking for a quick and delicious meal. The combination of tender steak, rich garlic butter, and fresh parsley creates a dish that is bursting with flavor. Serve them with your favorite sides like french fries or a crisp salad for a complete and satisfying meal.

Plate of steak bites covered in a garlic, parsley, and melted butter mixture.

Next time you need a simple yet impressive dish, give air fryer steak bites a try. 

Steak Bites Ingredients

  • 16-ounce sirloin steak
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar

For the Garlic Butter:

  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 teaspoon chopped parsley
Beef cubes, melted butter, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, and brown sugar.

Substitutions 

These Air Fryer Garlic Butter Steak Bites are a savory and satisfying dish that can be easily customized to suit your preferences or available ingredients. Here are some helpful substitutions and tips to make this recipe even more versatile.

1. Parsley: Freeze-Dried Parsley: If you don’t have fresh parsley on hand, freeze-dried parsley is a great substitute. Use about half the amount called for in the recipe. For example, if the recipe calls for 1 teaspoon of fresh parsley, use 1/2 teaspoon of freeze-dried parsley. Add it to the melted butter along with the garlic.

2. Steak Cuts:

  • Different Cuts of Beef: While sirloin steak is recommended for this recipe, you can use other cuts of beef such as ribeye, filet mignon, New York strip, or tri-tip. Each cut will bring its own unique texture and flavor to the dish. Adjust cooking times based on the thickness and tenderness of the cut.
  • Cubing Beef: If you’re starting with a larger cut of beef, use a sharp knife to cut the steak into 1-inch cubes. Trim away any large pieces of fat to ensure even cooking and a better texture. Try to cut the cubes as uniformly as possible to promote even cooking.

3. Garlic: Garlic Powder: If you don’t have fresh garlic, you can use garlic powder in the garlic butter. Substitute 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder for each clove of fresh garlic. Mix it into the melted butter with the parsley.

4. Butter: Unsalted Butter: If you only have unsalted butter, you can use it instead of salted butter. Simply add a pinch of salt to the garlic-butter mixture to balance the flavors.

Instructions

1. Prepare the Steak: Cut the sirloin steak into bite-sized pieces, ensuring they are all similar in size for even cooking.

2. Make a Wet Rub: In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, salt, black pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and brown sugar. This mixture might not look like it is enough, but once you start massaging it into the steak bites, you’ll see it evenly coats each piece, enhancing the flavors beautifully. Make sure every bite-sized piece is well-coated to ensure maximum flavor in every bite.

Seasoning on top of beef cubes.

3. Season the Steak: Toss the steak pieces in the rub, ensuring they are evenly coated. Let them sit for at least 15-20 minutes to absorb the flavors. For more flavor, season them and then place them in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours and up to 24 hours.

4. Preheat the Air Fryer: Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (200°C).

Seasoned steak bites in the basket of an air fryer.

5. Cook the Steak: Place the seasoned steak pieces in a single layer in the air fryer basket, making sure they are evenly spaced and not overcrowded. Cook at 400°F for 4-6 minutes, depending on your preferred level of doneness.

Cooked steak bites in an air fryer basket.

6. Make the Garlic Butter: Melt the salted butter in a microwave-safe bowl while the steak bites are cooking. Stir in the minced garlic and parsley.

Garlic and parsley in a small bowl of melted butter.

7. Finish the Dish: Once the steak bites are done, use tongs to transfer them to a serving plate and pour the garlic butter sauce over the top. Let the steak bites rest for a few minutes to meld the flavors.

8. Serve and Enjoy: Serve your air-fried garlic butter steak bites hot and enjoy the delicious, savory flavors.

Steak bites on the end of a fork.
Plate of steak bites covered in a garlic, parsley, and melted butter mixture.

Air Fryer Garlic Butter Steak Bites

These Air Fryer Garlic Butter Steak Bites are tender, juicy, and packed with flavor. Quick to prepare and perfect for any occasion, they’re a delicious addition to your meal repertoire.
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Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 26 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 501kcal

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces sirloin steak
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon brown sugar

Garlic Butter

  • 1-2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 teaspoon parsley chopped

Instructions

  • Cut the sirloin steak into bite-sized pieces, ensuring they are all similar in size for even cooking.
  • In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, salt, black pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and brown sugar.
  • ​Toss the steak pieces in the rub, ensuring they are evenly coated. Let them sit for at least 15-20 minutes to absorb the flavors. For more flavor, season them and then place them in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours and up to 24 hours.
  • Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (200°C).
  • Place the seasoned steak pieces in a single layer in the air fryer basket, making sure they are evenly spaced and not overcrowded. Cook at 400°F for 4-6 minutes, depending on your preferred level of doneness.
  • Melt the salted butter in a microwave-safe bowl while the steak is cooking. Stir in the minced garlic and parsley.
  • Once the steak bites are done, transfer them to a serving plate and pour the garlic butter sauce over the top. Let the steak bites rest for a few minutes to let the flavors meld.
  • Serve your air-fried garlic butter steak bites hot and enjoy the delicious, savory flavors.

Nutrition

Calories: 501kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 50g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 183mg | Sodium: 556mg | Potassium: 799mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 531IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 4mg
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Cooking Tips

  • Even Cooking: Ensure that the steak pieces are cut into uniform sizes for even cooking. This helps achieve a consistent texture and flavor throughout.
  • Single Layer: Cook the steak bites in a single layer in the air fryer basket to ensure proper air circulation and even cooking.
  • Meat Thermometer: Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature for perfect doneness. Beef should be cooked to a minimum temperature of 145°F (57°C).
Plate of seasoned steak bites.

Storing Leftover Steak Bites

If you have any leftover steak bites, here’s how to store them:

1. Refrigeration: Place the cooled steak bites in an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

2. Freezing: For longer storage, freeze the steak bites. Place them in a single layer on a baking sheet to freeze individually, then transfer them to a freezer bag. They can be frozen for up to 2 months. Reheat in the air fryer at 350°F (175°C) until warmed through.

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