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Steak Bites with Sweet Potatoes

  • Serves: 4
  • Calories: 615
Garlic steak bites with sweet potatoes in a cast iron pan with curry aioli on a spoon.

Steak bites and sweet potatoes with curry aioli for dipping- you heard that right! 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.
ingredients laid out for steak bites sweet potatoes, garlic, salt and pepper
sweet potatoes sautéed in a cast iron pan
steak bites in a cast iron pan.
garlic steak and sweet potatoes in a cast iron pan.

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
  • Calories: 615

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.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories 615
  • Protein 48 g
  • Carbohydrates 39 g
  • Total Fat 28 g
  • Dietary Fiber 4 g
  • Cholesterol 143 mg
  • sodium 1095 mg
  • Added Sugars 2 g

Steak Bites with Sweet Potatoes

Questions & Reviews

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  • Carolyn Hildebrand

    Can you substitute stewing beef for sirloin?

    For this recipe, we wouldn't recommend that! In this recipe, the steak is cooked so quickly, and stewing beef usually needs low-and-slow cooking to turn out well.

  • Karen Masterson

    I wasn’t aware that Mayo was on whole 30.

    Yes! Not all mayonnaise is Whole30 compliant. We normally make our own homemade mayo when we do whole30. But there are some store bought brands as well that will work! You might have to look it up. But homemade mayo is only made with oil (you can use olive oil to avocado oil), eggs, and salt.

  • Shawna Palmer-Soto

    Could I use curry paste instead of powder?

    Great question! Unfortunately, curry paste is not a substitute for curry powder as the flavor profiles do not match up.

  • Jessica Anderson

    I made this tonight... wanted to say thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I love the flavors of the steak, the potatoes, and the aioli. I did add some cinnamon to the potatoes at the end of them cooking, but everything else was followed exactly. I will definitely keep this one around.

    You're welcome Jessica! Happy to hear you loved it!

  • Laura Hanf

    Loved this recipe!!

    Thank you! Happy to hear it!

  • Constantin Valdor

    My wife and I are about a week in to our third Whole 30, and I made this last night for us and the kids. It was a huge hit! The recipe is perfect as is, but I do want to emphasize a couple things: (1) The curry garlic aioli is what really makes this dish. Don't skip it. (2) If done right, the sweet potatoes are perfect after 15 minutes or so. The trick is to let them brown untouched for 2-3 minutes at first, then stir gently pretty continuously after that. I used cast iron, and it gave them a beautiful char. (3) Don't skimp on the garlic!! (4) There's nothing in the recipe about the hint of green shown in the picture. I decided to chop up some basil and finish with that. It worked perfectly and added a bit of brightness. You could also use parsley or whatever else strikes your fancy. This dish is great, and I will definitely make it again. Thank you!

    So happy you loved it and will be making it again!

  • Hold The Nuts

    This was SO delicious! My whole family loved it and I’m blown away by how easy it was to make. The combination of flavors was perfection! I am not even a big steak eater and I’m still thinking about this meal. Will make it again this week :)

    Yay! We love when the whole family likes something! Happy to hear you'll be making it again!

  • Jocelyn Kujala

    Made this tonight and it was absolutely delicious! Thank you from a fellow Oregonian!

    Yay! Glad to hear this!