Steak and potatoes go together like peanut butter and jelly, cookies and milk, spaghetti and meatballs, Superman and Lois Lane — well, you get the idea. It is an irresistible pairing. What we don’t love is how long it takes to cook those potatoes, especially considering how quickly steak bites cook. Years ago we decided to try gnocchi instead of potatoes, and have never looked back. We are all about quick and easy weeknight meals, and this is one of our family’s absolute favorites. 

Irresistible, marinated steak bites are served with perfectly browned gnocchi in this quick and easy, family favorite meal. 

A fork filled with gnocchi and steak bites.

Steak bites and gnocchi combine the richness of tender beef with the convenience of gnocchi. This dish is a perfect blend of flavors and textures, making it a delightful meal for any occasion. Whether you’re a busy parent looking to impress your family or just wanting to treat yourself, this dish brings a touch of elegance to your dining table without the fuss.

Ingredient Breakdown and Substitutes

  • Beef: The star of the dish. We prefer using tenderloin for the most tender results, but you can also use sirloin, ribeye, or strip steak
  • Lemon Juice: Freshly squeezed is best, but bottled works in a pinch.
  • Gnocchi: Choose from store-bought or homemade. Gluten-free options are available for those with dietary restrictions.
  • Parmesan Cheese: Grate it fresh for the best flavor. For a dairy-free option, consider using nutritional yeast.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I tell when the steak is perfectly cooked?

Use a meat thermometer to check for doneness: 145°F for medium-rare, 160°F for medium, and 170°F for well-done. The steak should be browned on the outside and at your preferred level of pinkness inside.

Can I use frozen gnocchi instead of dried?

Yes, you can use frozen gnocchi. Cook it directly from frozen, following the package instructions; it might just take a minute or two longer than the dried variety.

What if my gnocchi sticks to the pan?

Ensure your pan is well-heated and coated with a thin layer of oil or butter before adding the gnocchi. Stirring occasionally prevents sticking. If they still stick, your pan might be too hot, so try reducing the heat slightly.

What are the different types of store-bought gnocchi products?

There are several types of store-bought gnocchi, including traditional potato gnocchi, whole wheat for a healthier option, and gluten-free made from alternative flours. Some stores also carry flavored varieties, like spinach or pumpkin gnocchi.

Where do I find gnocchi at the grocery store?

Gnocchi is typically located in the pasta aisle of most grocery stores. You may find it either in dry, vacuum-packed forms or as a refrigerated product near fresh pastas and sauces.

Can I make this with homemade gnocchi?

Absolutely! If you have the time and inclination, homemade gnocchi can elevate the dish. Just follow your favorite gnocchi recipe.

Make Ahead and Freezer Instructions: 

If you don’t want to worry about the time to marinate steak for this recipe, you can always dice and marinate your steak ahead of time. Let your steak marinate for 1-8 hours before wrapping your marinated steak cubes in plastic wrap and placing in a freezer-safe bag for up to 3 months. Allow to thaw overnight in the refrigerator and continue on with the recipe when ready to cook.

Overhead view of steak bites and gnocchi.

Storage and Reheating Instructions: 

Steak bites and gnocchi is best served fresh. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Reheat in a skillet with a drizzle of olive oil over medium-low heat until warmed through. 

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