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Brown Butter Steak Bites

  • Author: Jess Pryles



1lb sirloin steak, cut into cubes

1 tablespoon olive oil

12 teaspoons kosher salt

23 tablespoons water

3 tablespoons good quality salted butter


  1. Place a large stainless steel or cast iron pan/skillet over high heat. You can use non stick, but will not get the same sear/crust on the steak. Season steak cubes with the salt and toss to coat on all sides.
  2. After pan has heated for a few minutes, add the olive oil. If the pan is hot enough it should shimmer across the surface when added.
  3. Place the steak bites in the pan in a single layer without crowding them. Do not stir or flip them for 3-4 minutes until a crusty sear has developed. Flip pieces over one by one to sear the other side until well browned.
  4. Remove steak from pan and set aside to rest. Turn flame to medium low and add the water to deglaze the pan. This will lift up all of the delicious fond (better known as brown crispy bits) that developed on the pan’s surface, and will make sure they end up in your sauce.
  5. Once water has evaporated, add butter to the pan. Gently cook and toast the butter for 5-7 minutes until the milk solids start to brown. You should smell a nutty aroma and see flecks of golden brown develop. If the butter starts to smoke, your heat is too high.
  6. Return the steak pieces to the pan, toss to coat in the butter 1-2 minutes, and serve immediately.