Savoury Steak Bites
- 200-250g (7-9oz) beef tenderloin steak, cut into 1-2″ chunks
- 2 Tbsps chili powder
- 1 tsp chipotle powder
- 1 Tbsp cumin
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 Tbsp cornstarch
- 2 Tbsps mayonnaise
- 1 Tbsp sriracha (alternatives: hot sauce, masala chilli, or similar)
DirectionsMix the spices and cornstarch together. Toss the steak pieces in the powder mixture until fully coated. Heat the oil in medium-high heat pan until hot, add the steak bites. Turn regularly until desired level of doneness and outsides are browned. Remove from the pan and set aside. Mix together the hot sauce and mayonnaise. Serve the steak bites with the hot mayonnaise.
And now for the details…
I must admit, I do not think I could become a vegetarian. Meat is just too delicious. I joke around that I am a protein-aholic. And yes, I realize I can find protein sources outside of meats and fish, but when really craving a filling, umami-rich, toothy bite, what could provide this better than a bite of savoury steak? The outside crisp, salty and spicy, the inside soft and juicy. I’m salivating just typing about it, and it’s 8am on a Saturday morning…
These steak bites come together quite quickly, and are great for either entertaining, or as a quick meat option for your evening meal. The best part is that because they are already cut down into smaller bites, they seem to go a longer way. With some veggies on the side, one steak was more than enough for both me and the hubby for dinner, which is usually our largest meal of the day.
To get started, let’s cut the steak into bite-sized chunks, about 1 to 2″ big. Mix all the spices and cornstarch together. I do this in a ziplock bag, in preparation of the next step. Next, add your precut steak pieces into the bag, close it up, and shake until all the steak bites are evenly coated with the powder mixture.
Heat the oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Wait until the oil has gotten hot enough. You can test this by adding a couple of drops of water to the pan. When the water pops, the pan is ready for you steak bites. Add them to the pan in one layer, leaving a bit of spacing between the pieces. We are doing this so that we get a nice crispy outside on the bites, otherwise, they may start to steam instead, leaving us with a soggy, moist (yeah, I said it) outside. Turn the pieces regularly, until the insides are to your desired level of doneness (here is a handy guide for the temperatures to aim for), and the outsides are looking crisp and browned.
Remove the bites from the pan and let them sit to the side for a moment or two.
In a small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise and sriracha (or hot sauce of choice) until fully mixed. Serve the steak bites with the spicy mayonnaise for dipping.