Steak Bites with Sweet Potatoes

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Steak bites and sweet potatoes with curry aioli for dipping- you heard that right! Meaty, healthy and delicious—can you think of a more delicious skillet dinner?

Easy Steak Bites that Totally Count As Dinner.

Lately, I find myself scrambling for weeknight ease. And not just when it comes to dinner—I'm talking in all my meals. For this reason, one-pot dinners, sheet pan meals, and skillet dishes have become my go-tos. They are great for meal-prep, lunch leftovers, can be made quickly and easily, and are usually on the healthy side. So many things to love!

If your house is filled with meat lovers, you’re going to make a lot of people happy with this meal. I made this recipe for a party a few weeks ago and everyone loved it so much they were asking if I had more hidden somewhere for replenishment. In other words, this sirloin steak bite “weeknight dinner”  doubles as a crowd-pleasing appetizer! 

Garlic steak bites with sweet potatoes in a cast iron pan with curry aioli in a dish.

How to Make Steak Bites For Dinner:

They key to getting tender and crispy steak bites is a hot skillet. This particular one is our favorite, but any cast iron skillet will do. Here's how to make steak bites that come out perfectly every time:  

  • You want your skillet to be piping hot. In fact, you should actually look for little (very little, though!) wisps of smoke to know it’s ready to go.
  • Be sure not to crowd the pan or the steak bites won't getting that nice brown color that you want. If you need to, work in batches.We like our sirloin steak bites cooked to medium-rare, so I turn the steak often to be sure they're not over-cooked.

How to Perfectly Season Those Yummy Steak Bites:

  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic

That’s it?! Yep!

Sounds easy enough right? I opted for fresh garlic, as it adds a delicious flavor to the whole dish, but if mincing garlic isn’t your jam, garlic powder works just fine.

curry aioli ingredients in three bowls. garlic, curry and mayonnaise.
curry aioli in a small bowl with a spoon

What Goes With Steak Bites?

Don’t get me wrong, these steak bites are great on their own. You could serve them with mashed potatoes, a good salad or just give your littles some toothpicks and make eating extra fun. But, to make this a really satisfying, complete meal I like to pair these tender bits of sirloin with sweet potato pieces.

Once your meat is done cooking, just stir some pre-cooked sweet potato bites in with the seared sirloin steak bites and all that fresh garlic (can you taste it?!) and dinner is almost done.

Did You Say Curry Aioli?

Yes, you could stop there, but what fun would that be when instead you can drizzle, dip or dredge all that goodness into the world’s easiest 3-ingredient curry mayo?

When I first made these steak bites, they didn’t even make it to the table. We all just stood over the stove with our toothpicks and ate them until they were gone. Next time I’ll be making a double (maybe triple?) batch for dinner and lunches all week long, because I don’t see my family getting tired of this meal any time soon.

Garlic steak bites with sweet potatoes in a cast iron pan

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Steak Bites with Sweet Potatoes

Serves 4

Ingredients

2 lbs sirloin steaks, cut into 2-inch pieces
4 tbsp olive oil, divided
1 1/2 lb sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
5 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp salt
cracked pepper

Curry Aioli

3/4 cup good quality mayonnaise
1 clove garlic minced
1 tsp curry powder

Method

  1. In a small bowl mix together mayonnaise, garlic and curry powder until smooth and set aside.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sweet potatoes to the pan in single layer. Let sit untouched for 3-5 minutes until golden brown. Toss in the pan for an additional 10-12 minutes until fork tender. Remove from pan and set aside.
  3. Season steak pieces generously with salt and pepper.
  4. Heat 2 tbsp of olive oil over high heat. Add in steak bites in a single layer, making sure they aren’t touching each other. Cook on high untouched until steak bites are well browned, turn sides and repeat. Continue cooking until all sides are brown. If working in batches, remove the first batch from the pan and cook the remaining steak.
  5. Once all the steak is cooked add both sweet potatoes and all steak back into the pan along with the garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes until garlic is fragrant.
  6. Serve hot with curry aioli.