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Sesame Garlic Steak Bites Bowls

Sesame Garlic Steak Bites Bowls with rice, steamed broccoli, pickled red onions, and avocado. Tender hunks of beef get crisped up in a skillet with the most amazing sweet and savory sticky sauce.

Wooden bowl of garlic steak with rice, pickled onions, broccoli and avocado. Chopsticks to the side and a golden napkin.

Calling all beef lovers! This brand new way of enjoying steak may just be one of your new favorite dinner recipes.

Tender chunks of beef get pan fried to crispy perfection, then glazed up in an Chinese-inspired sweet and savory sauce.

These amazing crispy glazed steak bites get served up in a big bowl with rice and your favorite veggies for an unforgettable meal. 

The inspiration for this recipe came from a hybrid of my Crispy Bang Bang Salmon Bites Bowls and my Air Fryer Steak Bites

Both recipes have not only been favorites in my household, but they’ve also been a big hit among you all!

So combining the concepts, these delicious beef and rice bowls were born.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe:

Culinary Adventure: The sweet and savory flavors of the sticky stir fry sauce are out of this world delicious! When combined with steamed white rice, brown rice, or wild rice and your choice of stir fry or steamed veggies, you’re left with a restaurant quality meal!

Easy to Customize: Add in your favorite cooked vegetables or sauces to fit these beef stir fry bowls to your palate and dietary needs.

Versatile: This simple recipe is pitch perfect if you’re looking for creative steak recipes. I love that you can use virtually any cut of beef you have on hand.

So if you’re looking for beef sirloin tip steak recipes, chuck steak recipes, how to cook thin ribeye steaks, a flat iron steak recipe or more, you’re in the right spot.

Just be sure to marinate any kind of steak that is notorious for being tough, such as flank steak, skirt steak, or round steak.

Sticky steak and rice bowls with a savory sweet sauce.

Let’s discuss the simple ingredients for this delicious garlic beef recipe.

Ingredients for Sesame Garlic Steak Bites Bowls:

Steak: Many types of steak will work fabulously in this recipe. I like using NY strip steak, boneless ribeye steak, or sirloin steak. So what is the best cut of beef for steak bites? 

I like using a cut of steak that has a decent amount of intramuscular fat marbling and/or fat around the edges in order to guarantee juicy steak bites. 

Lean cuts of beef like filet mignon also work well, although I would avoid using a lean cut that is known for being tough.

Beef stew meat works well in applications like this because it comes pre-chopped into the perfect size pieces and generally contains some fat.

Sauce: Coconut aminos, rice vinegar, sriracha, fresh garlic cloves, toasted sesame oil, and black pepper are the basic sauce ingredients. Coconut aminos is a great soy-free alternative to soy sauce and it brings natural sweetness to the sauce. 

Rice: Pick your favorite kind of rice for the bowls. I enjoy the texture of basmati rice or jasmine rice, which is what I went with.

Use cauliflower rice (or veggie rice of choice) for a low-carb option.

Broccoli: Bringing some fiber and vitamins to the meal, broccoli brings some greenery to this healthy dinner recipe.

You can cook it using your favorite method. Steaming, roasting, or stir frying are all viable options. 

Pickled Red Onions: Adding tangy flavor to balance out the flavor profile, I whip up some quick pickled onions prior to preparing the steak.

Avocado: Sliced avocado adds a creamy component to the bowls. The glazed steak bites already contain a decent amount of fat, so skip the avocado if you’re watching your fat intake.

Green Onions and Sesame Seeds: Sesame seeds add a little nutty flavor and green onion bring a fresh zing to the bowls. 

​Avocado Oil: Used to sear the beef, we need a quality high temperature cooking oil that won’t burn.

I prefer using avocado oil because it contains healthy fats over vegetable oil, which contains more omega 6’s. Olive oil isn’t a great option here because it burns at high temperatures.

Recipe Customizations:

  • Top the bowls with any of your other favorite toppings or sauces like hot sauce, teriyaki sauce, or a drizzle of soy sauce.
  • Add in your favorite veggies. Red bell peppers, green bell peppers, broccoli, green beans, asparagus, spinach, and bok choy are all great options. 
  • Prepare the pickled onions and rice ahead of time and use day-old rice to break up some of the work.
  • Use Teriyaki sauce instead of coconut aminos if you don’t typically use coconut aminos in other recipes. 
  • You can omit the sriracha for mild sauce, or increase the amount for spicy sauce.
  • For a sweeter sauce, add a little brown sugar.
  • If you have fresh ginger or ginger paste on hand, feel free to add some in.
  • To level up the experience, make your favorite rice recipe like fried rice instead of using plain white rice or brown rice. My Cilantro Lime Rice and Ginger Turmeric Aromatic Rice are both good options. 
  • If you’re following a low calorie diet, use cauliflower rice instead of regular rice, and skip the avocado.
Skillet of sesame garlic steak bites, ready to eat.

Now that we’ve covered the basic ingredients, let’s make this garlic beef recipe.

How to Make Sesame Garlic Steak Bite Bowls:

Prepare the Sides:

Begin by preparing the side dishes you intend to serve in the bowls. Once the steak gets cooking, it cooks fast so have everything ready before preparing the steak bites.

Begin by preparing the Pickled Red Onions because they take the longest to make. You can make the pickled red onions up to one week in advance.

Saucepan with vinegar and sliced red onions.

As an alternative to the pickled red onions, you can make my Asian Cucumber Salad

Cook the rice according to the package instructions, steam or roast the broccoli, and if desired, make the pickled red onions. 

Make Steak Bites on the Stove Top:

Heat one tablespoon of avocado oil in a large skillet over high heat (I use a 12-inch large nonstick skillet but a cast iron skillet works too). Allow the oil to heat up for a few minutes. We want it to be sizzling hot.

Carefully transfer the chopped steak bites to the hot skillet and spread them into a single layer.

Raw bites of steak in a skillet browning.

Cook steak undisturbed for 2-3 minutes, or until it has a golden brown crust. Pour the sauce mixture into the skillet. It will immediately begin to boil – this is normal.

Continue cooking at a full boil over high heat until the sauce has thickened and glazed the steak, about 4 to 5 minutes or until steak reaches your desired level of crisp and the sauce is your desired level of thickness.

Pouring sauce mixture in a skillet to make Asian steak bites.

Make Crispy Steak Bowls:

Load up your steak rice bowl by adding your desired amount of rice, broccoli, avocado, pickled red onion, and steak bites.

Steak bites cooking in a skillet in a thick and sticky sauce.

Garnish with sesame seeds and chopped green onions and enjoy!

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Close up image of sweet garlic steak bites in a bowl with toppings.

This great meal contains so much flavor and is one of those healthy recipes that keeps you coming back for more.

This recipe makes enough to serve 2-3 individuals. It serves two in my household because we’re very hungry humans; however, for many this recipe will serve three.

Simply whip up a double batch or triple batch if you intend to enjoy these steak bites for more than 3 meals or want plenty of leftovers.

For those times you’re looking for a delicious meal prep recipe to keep weeknight meals interesting, here’s your muse! This simple recipe is easy to prepare in bulk to bring with you to work for lunch or for weeknight dinner. 

Steak and broccoli stir fry recipes are just what I need when I’m looking for comfort food but want to keep it health-conscious. 

Looking for healthy bowl food recipes to keep meal time fun and frisky? Here are some of my most popular bowls.

More Healthy Bowl Recipes:

The next time you’re on the prowl for steak and rice recipes, whip up these delicious steak and rice bowls! It is my current favorite meal, and I hope you enjoy it too!

Wooden bowl of garlic steak with rice, pickled onions, broccoli and avocado. Chopsticks to the side and a golden napkin.
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Sesame Garlic Steak Bites Bowls

Tender bites of beef that are perfectly crispy and swaddled in a sweet and savory sauce. Serve it up with rice, steamed broccoli and sliced avocado for a complete meal.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Course: Beef Main Dishes, Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 3 Servings
Calories: 960kcal
Author: Julia

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 lb steak such as top sirloin or NY Strip steak cut into bite sized pieces
  • cup coconut aminos *
  • 1 Tbsp rice vinegar or fresh lime juice to taste
  • 2 large cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp sriracha optional
  • 2 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • ¼ tsp black pepper to taste

For the Bowls:

Instructions

Prepare the Sides:

  • Begin by preparing the side dishes you intend to serve in the bowls. Once the steak gets cooking, it cooks fast so have everything ready before preparing the steak bites.
  • Begin by preparing the Pickled Red Onions because they take the longest to make. You can make the pickled red onions up to one week in advance. As an alternative to the pickled red onions, you can make my Asian Cucumber Salad.
  • Cook the rice according to the package instructions, and steam or roast the broccoli.

Make Steak Bites on the Stove Top:

  • Heat one tablespoon of avocado oil in a large skillet over high heat (I use a 12-inch large nonstick skillet but a cast iron skillet works too). Allow the oil to heat up for a few minutes. We want it to be sizzling hot.
  • Carefully transfer the chopped steak bites to the hot skillet and spread them into a single layer.
  • Cook steak undisturbed for 2-3 minutes, or until it has a golden brown crust. Pour the sauce mixture into the skillet. It will immediately begin to boil – this is normal. Continue cooking at a full boil over high heat until the sauce has thickened and glazed the steak, about 4 to 5 minutes or until steak reaches your desired level of crisp and the sauce is your desired level of thickness.

Make Crispy Steak Bowls:

  • Load up your steak rice bowl by adding your desired amount of rice, broccoli, avocado, pickled red onion, and steak bites. Garnish with sesame seeds and chopped green onions and enjoy!

Notes

*You can replace coconut aminos with teriyaki sauce if you’d like.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Serving (of 3) | Calories: 960kcal | Carbohydrates: 76g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 55g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g | Monounsaturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 635mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 8g

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Angela

Thursday 15th of February 2024

I made this last night for our Valentines dinner. My husband loved it and so did I!

Julia

Friday 16th of February 2024

Aww yaaay! I love hearing that! Thanks so much for sharing, Angela! xo

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