Asian Steak Bites and Potatoes

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This Asian Steak Bites and Potatoes features seared beef cubes and potatoes in a garlicky butter and soy-based sauce. It comes together in under 30 minutes and everything is cooked in just one pan.

This Butter Soy Steak Bites and Potatoes recipe features seared beef cubes and potatoes in a garlicky butter and soy-based sauce. It comes together in under 30 minutes and everything is cooked in just one pan. Easy weeknight dinner!

This Asian Steak Bites and Potatoes dish is inspired by several steak bites pins I came across on Pinterest. I wanted to make a version with Asian flairs, and hence this recipe :).

If you haven’t tried, soy sauce and butter go very well with each other. Butter gives us a rich and smooth mouthfeel while soy sauce adds umami to the food. Together, they create a velvety savory sauce which is my favorite flavor-enhancer for beef stir-fry dishes.

Beef and potato always make a great combo. In this dish, I actually think the potatoes are the real star here because once tender, they soak up all the delicious flavors from the beef, butter, soy sauce, and aromatics. You may also want to try this stir-fried beef and potato slices.

Recipe Video

This dish reminds me of my Vietnamese shaking beef (Bo Luc Lac) recipe, which also uses cubes of beef steak. However, this one is more simple and easier to cook with fewer ingredients while still very tasty. I made a short video showing how to cook it below.

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Ingredients

The main ingredients are:

  • 12 oz beef steak (I use ribeye),
  • 16 oz potatoes,
  • garlic,
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of butter,
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of soy sauce (I use Kikkoman), and
  • fresh thymes.

I like to use yukon gold potatoes for this dish. They are waxy enough to hold up the shape and fluffy enough to get tender and soak up flavors. You can choose to leave the skin on or peel it before cooking.

How to Cook

This Asian Steak Bites and Potatoes is an quick and easy one-pan weeknight dinner. It features beef cubes and tender potatoes with a buttery savory sauce.

In order for this dish to turn out delicious, you should use a heavy-bottomed pan like a cast iron to get a good sear on the beef and potatoes. A cast iron skillet from good brands such as Lodge or Staub will be perfect. Non-stick pans will not work well for this recipe, unfortunately (except those with a coating layer that allows for searing).

Depending on how much food you are making and the size of your pan, you may need to work in batches. If you overcrowd the pan, you may not be able to get a nice sear and the ingredients may not cook evenly.

Step-by-step photos for Butter Soy Steak Bites and Potatoes

This dish comes together quickly, so make sure you prep everything before you start cooking. I like my beef cubes to be medium and potatoes to be all tender when served, so they need to be cooked separately.

1️⃣ The first step is to cook the potatoes. This may take 5-7 minutes depending on how powerful your stovetop is and the size of the potato pieces. 

2️⃣ After that, we sear the beef very quickly, add butter, garlic, soy sauce, potatoes, and stir-fry briefly until all flavors meld together.

Detailed step-by-step instructions are in the recipe card. For a quick and filling weeknight dinner, you can serve this dish with steamed vegetables or these salads:

Asian Steak Bites and Potatoes - an easy weeknight dinner.

Asian Steak Bites and Potatoes

This Asian Steak Bites and Potatoes recipe features seared beef cubes and potatoes in a garlicky butter and soy-based sauce. It comes together in under 30 minutes and everything is cooked in just one pan.
Author: Sophie
4.79 from 38 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Servings: 3 people

Ingredients
 

  • 12 oz beef steak (I use ribeye)
  • 16 oz potatoes (I recommend using yukon gold potatoes)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (divided)
  • black pepper
  • 5 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter (divided)
  • 1/2 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • cooking oil
  • chopped parsley (for garnish)

Instructions
 

  • Cut beef into 1-inch thick cubes and mix with 1/4 teaspoon of salt and black pepper. Peel potatoes if you want, and cut into 3/4-inch thick cubes.
  • Place a heavy-bottomed pan over medium heat and add oil to coat the pan. Add potatoes and let them cook undisturbed until the bottom starts to brown. Then add thyme sprigs, 1/4 teaspoon of salt and black pepper, stir and cook until they just get tender. Cooking potatoes may take 5-7 minutes. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
    Pan searing potatoes with thyme for steak bites and potatoes recipe.
  • Increase the heat to medium high-high and add more oil to the same pan if needed. Add beef cubes and let them sear undisturbed for about 45 seconds or until they start to develop colors. Then flip to cook the other side for about 30 seconds. Add 1/2 tablespoon of butter and minced garlic, start to stir and cook for a few more seconds until garlic is fragrant.
    Searing beef in a hot pan for steak bites and potatoes recipe.
  • Add potatoes back to the pan, give the beef cubes and potatoes a quick stir. Slightly lower the heat. Add 1 tablespoon of butter and 1 1/2 tablespoons of soy sauce. Stir to cook to desired doneness and coat everything with the sauce. This should not take long, otherwise the beef will be overcooked.
    Cooking steak bites and potatoes
  • Adjust seasoning to your liking. Turn off the heat and transfer beef and potatoes to serving plates. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve immediately.

Video

Notes

You should use a heavy-bottomed pan like a cast iron to get a good sear on the beef and potatoes.
You may need to adjust cooking time and heat depending on your stovetop. I have a gas cooktop and with these instructions, my final dish turns out with medium beef and tender potatoes.
Feel free to scale up the recipe. Depending on how much food you are making and the size of your pan, you may need to work in batches to avoid overcrowding the pan. Also, feel free to cut back on the amount of butter if you prefer to make the dish healthier.

Nutrition

Calories: 165kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 961mg | Potassium: 912mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1120IU | Vitamin C: 33.2mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 5.4mg
Course: Appetizers and Side dishes, Main Dish
Cuisine: Asian Fusion
Keyword: garlic steak bites
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48 Comments

  1. Definitely “steak bites and potatoes” not particularly Asian. Certainly delicious, I marinated the cubes of steak for about 6 hours with the salt, pepper, thyme, mice d garlic and just enough soy sauce to cover them.

  2. 5 stars
    Loved it! Added chopped onions habit they were very good in this as well. Thank you for this recipe greatly appreciated

    1. 3 stars
      Love the concept but no so much the executed product. I think the steak would be much more flavorful if marinated and potatoes would turn out better if partially steamed first. I alsso think I will add some fresh green beans next time.

      All that said, this was a very quick and simple dinner to throw on the table. Definitely a highlight there!

      1. Hi Jenna,

        Thank you for trying the recipe! If you find it difficult to cook the potatoes, you can add a bit of water to the pan (maybe try a couple of tablespoons). Then cover the pan and the steam will help with the cooking process. Please feel free to marinate the steak. Several readers have done it like that and it turns out fine.

  3. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious! Perfect recipe! Because it was the best looking choice at the market, I made mine using beef choice tenderloin steak and am very pleased with that.
    Thank you for sharing, this will definitely go in my top 5!

  4. 4 stars
    Made it for dinner tonight. My son liked it and he is kind of pickie. . Will make again soon. Easy to make.

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