Rochester, NY

Rubino's in Rochester, NY has my favorite steak that I used for my steak bites

Ina Eats In

If you are a steak lover, this recipe is for you. These garlic butter steak bites will be your new go-to steak meal. Perfectly pan-seared on the outside, and juice and flavorful on the inside- what more could you need? If you're from the Rochester, NY area- I've had the best luck with Rubino's Italian Food Markets.

Choosing steak for Garlic Butter Steak Bites.

In my opinion, any steak of choice will work. My favorite to use for this Garlic Butter Steak Bites recipe is rib-eye steak but you sirloin, New York strip steak, tenderloin, and and even filet mignon will work great as well.

Preparing the steak.

You’ll love this because there is minimum work required for preparing the steak. The most important thing to remember is to not cook the garlic steak bites white the steak is cold or right out of the refrigerator. There are only 3 very simple steps required for preparation.

  1. Let the streak rest at room temperature.
  2. Cut the steak into 1 inch cubes.
  3. Season steak bites with salt and pepper.

Pan-Seared to perfection. (How To)

Pan searing the steak will be just as preparing it. Do not use a non stick skillet for pan searing. Instead, chose either a cast iron skillet or a stainless steel pan. This is because you want to cook the steak at very high heat. Cast iron and stainless steal both can handle great at conducting heat which is what you want for pan searing. Pan searing simply means you are cooking at a very high temperature so that the outside of your food, in this case steak, develops a seasoned browned crust. Here is how to have perfectly pan seared steak bites.

  1. Heat the cast iron skillet or stainless steal pan until it is very hot.
  2. Drizzle oil and wait about 30 seconds until oil begins to move freely around the pan.
  3. Add steak bites. They should sizzle.
  4. Let the steak cook at least 2 minutes before stirring.
  5. Stir and cook for another 2-3 minutes until the outsides of the steak bites is browned.
  6. Once fully cooked to desired doneness, transfer onto a bowl.

Making the garlic butter sauce.

This part is my favorite. If you loved how quick the steak bites were, you will not be disappointed here. I don’t cook the steak bites in the garlic butter sauce because the garlic and the butter will over cook, thus compromising the flavor. Instead, once the steak is cooked, I add the butter in the same skillet. This way, I can take advantage of the steak flavors and pieces already in the skillet. Once the butter melts, add 3 cloves of whole, smashed garlic gloves. To that, add fresh parsley and red pepper flakes. Mix the garlic butter sauce and let it cook over medium heat for about 1 minutes. That’s all! Remove skillet from heat and remove garlic cloves.

Combining the steak bites and the garlic butter sauce.

Drizzle the hot garlic butter over the steak bites and mix with a spoon so that the steak bites are coated. You my friend, are done!


  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 ½ rib-eye steak
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tbsp fresh chopped parsley more for garnish
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper


  • Allow your steak to sit at room temperature for about 15-20 minutes. Then, cut steak into bit sized pieces and seasoned them with salt and pepper.
  • Heat large cast iron skillet over high heat. Once hot, add oil. The oil will begin to freely move around the skillet when it is hot.
  • Add steak bites to the hot cast iron skillet. Allow them to cook for 2-3 minutes before stirring. Stir the steak bites and allow to cook for 2-3 more minutes.
  • Once desired doneness has been reached, remove steak bites from cast iron skillet and transfer in a bowl.
  • To the same cast iron skillet, on medium heat, add butter and smashed garlic cloves. Cook the garlic for 1 minute then add pepper flakes and fresh parsley. Cook for another 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  • Remove from heat and remove garlic cloves from butter sauce. Pour butter sauce over steak bites and garnish with more fresh chopped parsley, if desired.

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