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This easy Chili Lime Steak Bites recipe packs plenty of spicy and zesty flavor into tender pieces of sirloin steak. With only a handful of ingredients and in less than fifteen minutes, you can have an irresistible gluten free appetizer or quick and easy dinner that is a fiesta for your taste buds.
Mouthwatering Sirloin Steak Bites with Chili and Lime
Just because you are short on time, it doesn’t mean dinner has to be short on deliciousness! I always keep the ingredients on hand to make Chili Lime Steak Bites. It’s a simple dish that is part of our regular rotation because they are perfect to whip up even when you only have a few minutes to make a meal.
A little bit (or a lot if you prefer) of spice, plus the tangy flavor of fresh lime juice and zest make these perfect to serve in tacos, over a salad, for making rice bowls, and more. My favorite is to have enjoy on top of browned butter cauliflower rice! But you can also make a batch to serve with toothpicks for a party appetizer.
What kind of steak to use for steak bites?
The top sirloin is a lean and affordable cut of beef. But it is extremely flavorful and juicy. It is perfect for a recipe like this because since it does not have a high fat content, the quick cooking time ensures it retains its moisture and does not dry out.
With only five ingredients (plus salt and pepper). It doesn’t get much easier. Here is an overview of the ingredients and how to make the steak bites. For the full amounts and step-by-step instructions, keep scrolling for the recipe card. But don’t miss all of my tips and serving ideas below.
- Top sirloin steak – If there is a thick layer of fat on the steak, you can cut that off. Then cut it into 1-inch thick slices, and cut those slices into 1/2-inch long pieces.
- Seasonings – Since the steak and sauce have so much flavor, you only need basic seasonings from your spice cabinet for this recipe. I simply use salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
- Chili paste – I used to make this with the tubes of chili paste you can find in the produce section near the herbs from the brand Gourmet Gardens. That brand discontinued the product, but you may be able to find another brand. I now use Huy Fong Sambal Oelek (chili paste) or Chili Garlic Sauce.
- Olive oil – You can also use a neutral oil like avocado oil as well. No need for the fancy extra virgin olive oil here.
- Limes – You’ll need both the zest and the juice of the limes, so be sure to zest the limes first before juicing them.
How to Make Steak Bites with Chili and Lime
You won’t believe that including prep time, they are ready in less than 15 minutes! I guarantee you’ll be making them as often as we do, whether it’s Taco Tuesday, Cinco de Mayo, or any busy night when you need a fast meal. Let’s go over what you’ll need to do.
Season the beef. Cut top sirloin steak into cubes. Season it with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Then drizzle chili paste and honey over the top of the steak cubes and toss to coat it completely.
Sear and glaze. Heat oil in a cast iron skillet over high heat until it is screaming hot. Add the steak to the pan and sear it for about a minute on the first side before flipping it to cook for about a minute on the second side. Remove the steak from the pan. Then add lime zest and juice to create a zingy glaze to slather over those steak bites.
Once you make this easy steak bites recipe once, you’ll be making it all the time. You’ll love that not only is it quick, but it’s also super versatile with so many ways to serve it.
- Serve it with rice, cauliflower rice, or alongside a baked sweet potato with a drizzle of Aji Sauce.
- Use them to make a salad with delicious Honey Lime Dressing.
- They would be tasty with Mexican Pepper Jack Cauli Tots or Chili Lime Corn
- You can use them to make steak tacos topped with Mango Avocado Salsa and Easy Guacamole.
- Also, these steak bites can be a fast party appetizer with some Avocado Lime Crema or easy Thai Peanut Sauce for dipping.
If you come up with another favorite meal idea, let me know!
Tips for Success
Get the pan super hot. That’s what gets you the nice sear and caramelization on the outside, and seals in the juices. I like to test it by adding one piece of steak to make sure it immediately starts to sizzle.
Use cast iron if you can. Cast iron skillets can get much hotter than other pans, especially nonstick skillets that shouldn’t be put over the highest heat.
Zest before you juice. You need both, and it’s hard to get the zest off a lime that you’ve already squeezed. I like to use a Microplane zester to avoid getting any of the bitter white pith. And this handheld juicer has become my new best friend lately because it gets out tons of juice without a lot of work or mess.
Make extra. You can quickly make several batches to add to your game day or Cinco de Mayo menu. Or double or triple the batch if you have a large skillet. I guarantee they will disappear faster than you can make them.
Once you know the technique, you can change up the ingredients for all different flavors:
- Douse the steak bites with Worcestershire Sauce, similar to the way I make cube steaks.
- Keep the seasoning simple and serve your Steak Bites with Bloody Mary Sauce.
- Or make them all glazy good with Honey Balsamic Steak Bites.
- Also, try searing just the seasoned steak bites and toss them in Gluten Free Teriyaki Sauce.
Leftover steak bites can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 3 or 4 days. They are actually great for meal prep or quick lunches. You can even wrap them tightly and freeze them for up to two months. Just be sure to thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving cold on a salad or reheating.
About The Simple Kitchen cookbook
If you are already a fan of The Slow Roasted Italian, then you may already know about Donna and Chad’s cookbook. I had the opportunity to review the cookbook and share this recipe with you. And if you love these steak bites, you’ll love the cookbook. It’s page after page of the vibrant photos of their belly-filling and soul-satisfying comfort food.
The Simple Kitchen will have dog-eared corners in no time. It’s a collection of slow cooker recipes, one-pot meals, super fast dinners and sides, fun party appetizers, and of course desserts.
You can also get some other sneak peeks into The Simple Kitchen cookbook.
- Find the Down-Home Pot Roast with Carrots and Potatoes on Chelsea’s Messy Apron.
- The No-Bake Black Bottom Peanut Butter Pie was whipped up on 365 Days of Baking and More.
- And you can check out the 5-Ingredient Alfredo Sauce on Eating in a Dime.
Are there gluten free recipes in The Simple Kitchen Cookbook?
For my fellow gluten-free readers, there are definitely gluten free recipes to choose from. There are a fair amount of pasta dishes, so you might have to substitute gluten free pasta in those dishes. A few of the soups and sauces are thickened with flour, so perhaps you can give those a shot with rice flour. But there’s still plenty to choose from. There are even a couple of desserts like No-Bake Rocky Road Avalanche Bars.
More easy steak recipes
- Balsamic Marinated Flank Steak
- Greek Beef Skewers
- Caprese Filet Mignon
- Honey Balsamic Grilled Flat Iron Steak
Chili Lime Steak Bites
- 1 lb top sirloin steak
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 Tablespoons chili paste or sauce, either tubes of chili paste in the product section or chili sauce from the Asian section of the grocery store, such as sambal oelek
- 1 Tablespoon honey
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 limes zested and juiced
- Cut the steak into 1-inch strips, then cut the strips into 1/2-inch pieces.
- Place the steak in a small bowl, and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Stir to coat the steak in the spices.
- Add the chili pasta and the honey, and stir again to coat the steak completely.
- Place a 10-inch cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Hold your hand about 6 inches above the pan, and when you can feel the heat, add the olive oil and swirl around the pan. Add the steak to the pan in a single layer. If it doesn’t sizzle and hiss, the pan is not hot enough.
- Sear the steak for 1 minute before touching it, then flip the steak bites with tongs or a spatula. Sear the steak on the second side for an additional 1 minute, then remove the steak from the pan to a plate.
- Add the lime zest and lime juice to the hot pan, stir to combine, and pour the chili lime sauce of the steak bites.