Chili Lime Steak Bites
Chili lime steak bites are easily one of my new favorite recipes. It is the perfect combination of sweet, spicy, with a pop of acid from the lime to really set it off. This simple recipe is perfect for game day parties, or just when you want a delicious bite of steak.
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Have you tried these chili lime steak bites yet? Come on in and let me tell you about them!
Chili Lime Steak Bites Ingredients
Top Sirloin Steak, 2 pounds, cubed into bite size pieces
Garlic Powder, 1 teaspoon
Salt and pepper to taste
Steak Seasoning, 1 teaspoon
Chili Paste, 4 tablespoons add more or less depending on spice preferences
Honey, 2 tablespoons
Olive Oil, 2 tablespoons
Lime, 2, zested and juiced
Chili Lime Steak Bites Directions
Cute the steak into bite size pieces, about ½ inch cubes
Place the steak into a mixing bowl, season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and the steak seasoning.
Add in the chili paste and honey, stir until the steak is well coated.
Heat the olive oil in a pan on medium-high heat until it is ready to start smoking. That screaming hot pan will give you the gorgeous crust on the steak bites, adding another delicious layer of flavor to it.
Add the steak bites into the pan in a single layer. You may have to do this in batches to keep from overcrowding the pan.
Sear the steak just long enough to develop that crust on all sides without overcooking it. My goal is always a nice medium-rare when I cook steak, but you can certainly cook it to your own preferred internal temperature if that is different from mine.
Remove the steak bites and set aside for now.
Add the lime zest and juice into the hot pan, and start stirring with a spatula. I like to cook mine down for a few minutes, until it turns into a thick glaze for the steak. It’ll take a few minutes to reduce as the lime juice evaporates and the sauce thickens to where you want it.
The original recipe that inspired this dish just said to add in the juice and zest until it was combined with the sauce from the steak. You’re certainly welcome to do this. I found that giving it time to reduce not only created a thicker sauce that stuck to the steak bites better, it gave me a much more concentrated flavor that I absolutely loved. I reduced mine by about half, on medium heat.
Concentrating the sauce also really amped up the spice level in this sauce, and I loved that part. The spice level is just enough to add a good solid kick, but it will not burn your face off. You know it is there, and that is my favorite way to enjoy spicy food. How hot do you like it when you eat spicy foods?
Remove the sauce from the heat, drizzle it over the steak bites, garnish with a little fresh parsley, if desired, and serve!
Nothing to do now but enjoy it and watch everyone devour this deliciously sweet and spicy treat.
If you’re serving this as a game day snack or party food, I would recommend using toothpicks so everyone can grab this perfectly portable snack to enjoy. I serve mine with garlic parmesan potato wedges.
If you’re serving it as a main dish, it can be served with rice. Or simply as the protein component to any meal.
I’ve heard people ask if it matters what kind of frying pan you use, and the answer is no. I’ve done it with both cast iron and stainless steel. The key is simply that you want the oil to be screaming hot to create the delicious sear on the steak. Cast iron retains the heat better than stainless steel, but either one works just fine. Also pay close attention to not overcrowding the pan because that is another way you’ll miss out on that perfect sear.
I made this recipe using the same measurements listed above because I wanted to have some leftovers for later. This steak goes really well on salad the next day. The recipe is really easy to cut in half though, so if you’re making it for just one or two people you’ll likely want to cut it in half.
Why I Love This Recipe
I love this recipe because it is so simple to make. It is almost effortless. The most effort I put into this recipe was cutting up the steak into bite size pieces.
If you aren’t a great cook, this is the recipe for you! It really is easy to do, and I love that. I’m a good cook, and can whip up fairly elaborate meals without a ton of effort. But there are times when the simple recipes are just the best.
The fact that this recipe is so simple means it is something I can make in mere minutes before my husband, Nathan, heads off to work in the afternoon or the evening. Being able to make him a quick and delicious dish that he can just snack on before he leaves always makes me happy.
Much like my hot honey chicken, I love the balance of sweet and spicy in this dish. The lime juice adds an extra pop of acid to really bring out both the sweet and spicy, while giving it an added depth of flavor. It is delicious!
Have you tried making these delicious chili lime steak bites yet? Are you a fan? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!
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