Chili-Lime Steak Bites

updated Apr 14, 2021
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Chili-Lime Steak Bites

A spicy, citrusy 3-ingredient steak dinner.


Prep5 minutes

Cook7 minutes to 9 minutes

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close up of chili lime steak bites cooking in a cast iron skillet
Credit: Photo: Joe Lingeman; Food Styling: Anna Stockwell

If you’ve got a lime in your produce drawer and chili garlic sauce on your condiment shelf, you have everything you need to turn tender New York strip steaks into spicy, citrusy steak bites. Make them a meal with a scoop of steamed rice or a spiralized cucumber salad, and believe me when I say this easy dinner will be anything but ordinary.

Credit: Photo: Joe Lingeman; Food Styling: Anna Stockwell

Chili Garlic Sauce Is an Instant Flavor Booster

These steak bites get their flavorful heat from chili garlic sauce, and it doesn’t take much — just two teaspoons is all you need to instantly add savory, slightly spicy flavor to the steak. While any brand you like will work, we’re partial to Huy Fong Foods: It’s hot and tangy, but still tastes bright, and it packs a big punch of garlic flavor.

Chili-Lime Steak Bites

A spicy, citrusy 3-ingredient steak dinner.

Prep time 5 minutes

Cook time 7 minutes to 9 minutes

Serves 4

Nutritional Info


  • 2

    medium limes

  • 2 pounds

    (1 to 1 1/2-inch thick) New York strip steaks

  • 1/2 teaspoon

    kosher salt

  • 2 tablespoons

    olive oil

  • 2 teaspoons

    chili garlic sauce or paste


  1. Finely grate the zest of 2 medium limes until you have 1 tablespoon. Juice the limes until you have 2 tablespoons juice. Cut 2 pounds New York strip steak into 1-inch cubes, then season them with 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt.

  2. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the steak cubes and sear until browned, flipping them halfway through, 6 to 8 minutes total. Add the lime juice and 2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce and cook for 1 minute more. Remove from the heat and garnish with the lime zest.

Recipe Notes

Storage: Leftovers can be refrigerated in an airtight container up to 4 days.