Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Buttered Steak Bites with Mushrooms

With the very first taste, these Buttered Steak Bites with Mushrooms became an instant favorite for my whole family. Served with a simple salad, or Salt Potatoes, this is a hearty meal that is sure to earn thumbs up all the way around your table.

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.

This is the most tender steak you can imagine and my whole family goes nuts for it. 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.

COOK'S NOTE: 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.

Buttered Steak Bites with Mushrooms
Yield: 4-5 servings
(printable recipe)

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

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!

Here are some more bite-size recipes you might like:
Chipotle Ranch Chicken Bites with Broccoli by Barefeet In The Kitchen
Garlic and Ginger Glazed Sticky Pork by Foodie with Family
Asian Steak Bites by Barefeet In The Kitchen
Honey Sriracha Glazed Salmon Bites by Foodie with Family
Indian Chicken Bits by Barefeet In The Kitchen


  1. Mary, these look amazing and would make a great meal but they'd also be awesome to put out as an appetizer too!!

  2. Good grief, you knocked me out of my chair with "buttered steak bites." Talk about three words that make music together. The mushrooms just add a final chord of approval.
    In the end, it's a simple idea, but isn't that true of so many delicious things?

  3. This couldn't have come at a better time! I just got some steak tips and was looking for something interesting to do with them. This sounds perfect!!

  4. Great looking dish Mary - I see why they are a favorite.