Buttered Steak Bites with Mushrooms

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From the very first bite, these Buttered Steak Bites with Mushrooms became an instant favorite for my whole family. This is the most tender steak you can imagine and my whole family goes nuts for it.

A plate full of food, with Steak and Butter

I have two boys who aren’t the biggest fans of steak. (Yes, I know, it’s hard to imagine!) However, they dive right into these steak bites and always ask for seconds.

Served with Salt Potatoes and Honey Sriracha Roasted Broccoli, I love every bite of this meal.

Bite-size pieces of tender steak are seared in a hot skillet just for a couple minutes until each bite is crisply browned outside and juicy inside.

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you may have noticed that I absolutely love cooking meats in small pieces. There’s something amazing about the way each bite winds up with so much flavor despite the most minuscule of cooking times.

Here are a few more bite-size main dishes you might like: Chipotle Ranch Chicken Bites with BroccoliGarlic and Ginger Glazed Sticky PorkAsian Steak Bites, Baked Catfish Bites, and Indian Chicken Bits are all delicious easy dinner recipes.

How To Cook Steak Bites

The goal when cooking steak bites is to create a crisply browned outside and a lovely pink and juicy center for each piece of meat.

As the meat is cooking, if a piece is slightly larger and has a side that looks like it hasn’t browned, flip to that side again for 20-30 seconds. Take caution not to overcook the steak.

Buttered Steak Bites

  1. Cut the steak into bite size pieces, about 1/2″ – 3/4″ in size. Sprinkle the meat generously with 3/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Heat a heavy flat bottomed stainless skillet over medium high heat and add 1 tablespoon of butter. When the butter has melted, swirl to coat the pan. Add about a third of the meat and spread it across the pan.

  2. Cook for 1 minute and then use a large spatula to flip the pieces over. Cook 1 more minute. Use a spatula to remove the meat to a plate and then repeat with a second batch of meat pieces. Add an additional tablespoon butter to the skillet. The entire cooking process for the meat should only take a few minutes total. When the meat has finished cooking, loosely tent foil over the cooked steak bites on the plate.

  3. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter to the hot skillet and toss the mushrooms in the butter. Sprinkle with the remaining salt and let the mushrooms cook without stirring for 2-3 minutes, until browned. Stir and let cook a few more minutes until soft. Add the mushrooms and the buttery pan drippings to the plate with the steak bites. Serve hot.

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Buttered Steak Bites with Mushrooms

4.84 from 6 votes
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Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Course: Main Course
Servings: 4 -5 servings

Ingredients 

  • 1 1/2 pounds skirt steak
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons butter divided
  • 6 ounces small crimini or button mushrooms sliced in half

Instructions

  • Cut the steak into bite size pieces, about 1/2" - 3/4" in size. Sprinkle the meat generously with 3/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Heat a heavy flat bottomed stainless skillet over medium high heat and add 1 tablespoon of butter. When the butter has melted, swirl to coat the pan. Add about a third of the meat and spread it across the pan.
  • Cook for 1 minute and then use a large spatula to flip the pieces over. Cook 1 more minute. Use a spatula to remove the meat to a plate and then repeat with a second batch of meat pieces. Add an additional tablespoon butter to the skillet. The entire cooking process for the meat should only take a few minutes total. When the meat has finished cooking, loosely tent foil over the cooked steak bites on the plate. 
  • Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter to the hot skillet and toss the mushrooms in the butter. Sprinkle with the remaining salt and let the mushrooms cook without stirring for 2-3 minutes, until browned. Stir and let cook a few more minutes until soft. Add the mushrooms and the buttery pan drippings to the plate with the steak bites. Serve hot. Enjoy!

Notes

The goal when cooking the meat is to create a crisply browned outside and a lovely pink and juicy center for each piece. As the meat is cooking, if a piece is slightly larger and has a side that looks like it hasn't browned, flip to that side again for 20-30 seconds. Take caution not to overcook the steak.

Nutrition

Calories: 370kcal · Carbohydrates: 1g · Protein: 38g · Fat: 24g · Saturated Fat: 11g · Cholesterol: 137mg · Sodium: 795mg · Potassium: 631mg · Vitamin A: 365IU · Vitamin C: 0.9mg · Calcium: 14mg · Iron: 3.2mg
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{originally published 8/9/16 – recipe notes and photos updated 10/23/18}

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    • Mary says

      Flank steak is the closest alternative to skirt steak. Any tender steak that can be sliced thinly or cut into small bites will work nicely.

  1. Lvanallen says

    Very tastey! Added fresh, diced garlic to the mushrooms, and topped steak bites with crumbled bleu cheese. Leftovers were gone before I even got up the next morning!

  2. Julie Barnett says

    For an adult upgrade, deglaze the pan with a small amount of good quality bourbon or whiskey along with beef boullion. The alcohol will cook off and leave a lovely flavor before you add the mushrooms. Also, try adding a few chopped onions to start cooking prior to adding the mushrooms. This took this easy dish to a steakhouse quality heavy appetizer!5 stars

  3. Anne Gallucci says

    I am going to do a sugar detox. I would love to try this dish. Can you tell me if there is any sugar in this? Looks so good!
    Thank you

  4. Sharla Dobbins says

    I want to make this for my Christmas pot luck at work. I would make it around 7am, transfer to a crock pot to keep warm, and serve it at 11:30am. You think this will work? Last pot luck someone turned my crock pot to the buffet setting and burned my food. I NEED to bring something delicious this time that will impress my new coworkers. Thanks!

    • Mary Younkin says

      Truthfully, Sharla, I wouldn’t make steak bites for a potluck or to keep warm in a crock-pot. They simply don’t hold well. If you’re looking for something that is likely to impress your co-workers and you want a warm dish, crock-pot creamed corn is always a hit. This chili recipe is also SUPER easy to stir together in the morning and it will hold nicely in the crock-pot on low until ready to serve.

  5. Deb says

    I was skeptical because i really don’t like steak cooked in a pan. This dish is delish! I enjoyed it immensely. Thanks for the recipe!!5 stars

  6. Barbara says

    Hi. Do you think I could substitute chicken for the beef. My husband isn’t supposed to eat much red meat. Thanks

  7. Patty says

    So good, I would probably use a different cut of steak, skirt steak was really tough
    A delicious quick meal

    • Mary Younkin says

      That’s unusual, Patty. Skirt and flank steaks are typically the most tender when sliced this way, Patty. Was it a very thin flat piece of meat with marbling through it?

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