I love these Cajun Butter Steak Tips. Steak Tips are my preferred way of eating steak; you get the perfect ratio of seared and seasoned surface area to tender beefy center in every bite! What’s not to love? I made this on Instagram last week and y’all wanted the recipe so here you go!
Cajun Butter Steak Tips Ingredients
Feel free to jump to the full recipe, but here are useful notes about the ingredients you will need to make this Cajun Butter Steak Tips recipe:
- Steak: I like to use well-marbled (for the cut) NY Strip and Top Sirloin when I make Steak Tips. They’re tender and flavorful cuts that aren’t super expensive. Ribeye and Filet Mignon work well also. I cut them into 1″ pieces, making sure to keep them as evenly sized as possible. You can find steak tips already cut in most grocery stores, or you can request to have steaks cut into tips by the butcher there.
- Cajun seasoning: Use your favorite, or make your own. I have a recipe for Cajun seasoning included with my Cajun Chicken Recipe. For this dish I used a different cajun spice blend I’m working on for the upcoming product line I’ve been working on. It has salt in it, so I didn’t add any extra salt to the recipe, and I used unsalted butter. If your cajun seasoning is salt-free you’ll want to add some to the recipe.
- Unsalted Butter: Use the best quality butter you can find, as it’s a key component. The expensive stuff, if you have it. As it melts and browns along with the seasoned steak, it’ll form a really delicious sauce you’ll want to sop up with a biscuit. My blend has salt in it, so I used unsalted butter. You use your preference.
- Olive oil: Olive oil serves two purposes: it helps the cajun seasoning adhere and sink in during the quick marination, and it mixes with the butter while cooking so that it doesn’t burn. Another type of oil like canola or peanut will work fine in place of olive oil.
- Equipment: You’ll want to use a cast-iron pan to cook these, for reasons that I detail below. Here’s all the equipment I use when I make these Cajun Butter Steak Tips:
How to Make Cajun Butter Steak Tips
Full instructions are included in the recipe below, but here is a basic overview of what you’ll need to do, along with some important tidbits to help you make the most of this Cajun Butter Steak Tips recipe:
- Season the steak. Add your steak tips to a bowl and drizzle in the olive oil, then add the cajun seasoning. Stir well and make sure to coat each piece of steak in the oil and cajun seasonings. Cover and marinate for up to 8 hours. Or just cook immediately – it’ll still be amazing.
- Preheat the pan. Controlling the temperature of your pan is *the* most important part of this recipe. You don’t want to burn the butter, and you don’t want to overcook the steak. Using a cast-iron pan will help. It retains heat very well, so we’ll preheat it over medium-high for 5 minutes, then reduce the heat to medium and add the oil and let that heat for another minute or so. Once the pan reached the desired temperature it can usually be maintained over medium-low heat until the cooking is all done. Adjust it as needed.
- Sear the steak. After a minute, or when the oil is shimmering add a small pat, about 1 teaspoon or so, of butter and swirl it around to coat the pan. Add the steak tips in a single layer, in batches if needed. Ensure there’s adequate space between each piece. Sear for 2 minutes, then flip. Add another teaspoon of butter and sear the other side for 1 minute, then remove from the pan. Repeat until all of the steak tips are seared.
- Cook the steak. When the last batch is seared, add the other steak tips along with their accumulated juices back to the pan. Increase the heat to medium if it’s lower than that, and add the remaining butter (or only as much as you want or need). Use tongs to stir and toss the steak tips in the butter sauce and spread them out evenly, in a single layer again if you can. Cook over medium heat for about 3-5 minutes, until they reach your desired doneness. Use a thermometer if you’re unsure.
What to Serve with Cajun Butter Steak Tips:
I don’t think there’s anything these steak tips don’t go well with. I’ll give you some ideas tho because we’re pals:
- As pictured above, these go great with Spicy Yellow Rice and Roasted Broccolini.
- They’re also amazing with Onion-Roasted Potatoes and Lemon Parmesan Asparagus.
- Elevate your One-Pot Garlic-Asiago Pasta or One-Pot Fettuccine Alfredo by stirring a batch of these in at the end.
- Who doesn’t love Finger Foods? Skewer these on toothpicks, maybe along with a batch of Gas Station Potato Wedges.
Please come back and rate this recipe if you try it! I’m excited to see what everyone thinks of this one. Here’s a Pinterest Graphic:Print