These Cajun Steak Bites are seasoned with a tasty Cajun spice blend and pan-seared until the edges are crisp, then tossed in a delicious and simple garlic butter.
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This recipe is simple – no long list of ingredients or tedious steps to do – which makes it a great option for busy weeknights or when you don’t have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen.
Cajun steak bites are always a great option for a low-carb diet because there’s no added sugar or carbs, just a deliciously flavored protein that’s easy to pair with just about any veggie you’re serving. One of the best things about this recipe is the versatility of the steak pieces; you can eat them alone, in a wrap, or with your favorite side dish.
These steak bites are packed with flavor thanks to the Cajun seasoning, which gives them a nice spicy kick. Don’t worry if you don’t like spicy. The Cajun seasoning can be adjusted to suit various levels of spiciness.
Ingredients You’ll Need
- Cajun seasoning – You can use your favorite store brand of Cajun seasoning or make your own. In the recipe below, we give instructions for making your own. To make your own Cajun seasoning, you’ll need paprika, salt garlic powder, ground black pepper, onion powder, oregano, cayenne, and thyme.
- Sirloin Steak – We use sirloin, which is a lean cut of beef that is high in protein and low in fat. Make sure to trim the fat and cut it into 1-inch pieces.
- Cooking Oil – I prefer to use olive oil or avocado oil.
- Butter – Always use salted butter for additional flavor complexity.
How to Make Cajun Steak Bites
You can use your favorite store brand Cajun seasoning, if you want. That makes it really easy to just get the jar out and season the steak. However, I prefer to make my own.
If you’re making your own, you’ll want to mix all of the spices together in a bowl. Add the steak pieces to the bowl and toss to coat the steak with the seasoning. If you have time, allow it to sit for 10-15 minutes to soak up all the flavor.
Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Once it’s hot, add the steak and sear it without touching for 3 minutes. Leaving it alone in the pan helps to get a good sear on the steak. If you move it too much, it will become watery and soggy. Totally not what we’re going for here.
After 3 minutes, toss the steak and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Toss again to make sure all sides of the steak are getting browned.
Transfer the steak to a plate. Add the butter to the skillet. Once it’s melted, add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Don’t cook any longer than that or the garlic will burn and become bitter.
Add the steak back to the skillet and toss well to coat all the pieces in the butter. Serve it with fresh parsley as garnish.
Additional Helpful Tips
- Make sure the steak is at room temperature before cooking. This will help it cook evenly and prevent it from getting tough. If you mix the steak with the seasoning and let it sit for 15 minutes, it will be at room temperature at that point.
- Be sure not to overcrowd the skillet when cooking the steak bites. This will cause the meat to steam instead of sear, and it will not get a nice crust. Cook the steak in batches if necessary.
- Adjust the amount of Cajun seasoning to your taste. Some Cajun seasoning blends can be quite spicy, so start with less and add more to taste.
- You can also add other vegetables, like bell peppers, mushrooms, or zucchini, to the skillet to make it a complete meal.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use other types of seasoning instead of Cajun?
Cajun seasoning is the traditional seasoning used in this recipe but you can use other types of seasoning such as barbecue, Mexican, or Italian to make it different.
Can I cook the steak bites in the oven?
Yes, you can cook the steak bites in the oven by preheating the oven to 400°F (200°C) place the steak bites in a baking dish and cook for 10-15 minutes or until the steak reaches your desired level of doneness. Though I think the skillet is the best method.
How long can I keep these cooked steak bites in the fridge?
Cooked Keto Cajun Steak Bites can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. To store them properly, place the steak bites in an airtight container or wrap them tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil. This will help to prevent the steak bites from drying out.
What to Serve With This Dish?
If you’re looking for a great side dish to serve alongside this main dish, why not try one of these recipes below. They will compliment this main dish very well and are all low in carbs so you can make a great keto or low-carb meal to enjoy.
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- 1/2 tablespoon paprika I prefer smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
- 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 1/2 pound sirloin steak cut into 1 inch pieces (fat trimmed)
- 1 tablespoon cooking oil
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tablespoon parsley chopped
- Mix all spices together in a bowl. Add steak pieces and toss to coat with seasoning.
- Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the steak and sear without touching for 2-3 minutes. Toss the steak and cook for another 3 minutes.
- Transfer the steak to a plate. Add the butter to the skillet with the remaining cooking liquid. Once melted, add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add the steak back to the skillet and toss to coat in the butter.
- Serve with fresh parsley as garnish.
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Laura is dedicated to a low-carb lifestyle after losing 52 pounds on the keto diet. As many of us do, she struggles with her weight and has found that one of the only diet lifestyles that allows her to maintain a healthy weight is a low-carb diet. She shares her favorite low-carb recipes here that are both easy to make and full of flavor, so you don’t even miss the carbs.