Buttery Blackened Steak Bites with Gorgonzola

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Buttery Blackened Steak Bites with Gorgonzola is perfect for an easy, casual dinner or makes a fun appetizer!  Tender, succulent pieces of steak are tossed in a flavorful blackening mix, seared to perfection then glazed with melted butter and Gorgonzola cheese!  Mashed turnips, creamed spinach or roasted onions are perfect on the side!

Buttery Blackened Steak Bites with Gorgonzola - Overhead shot of steak bites in cast iron skillet

Clearly I’m into beef and gorgonzola cheese lately with recently publishing Italian Pot Roast (Stracotto) and Oven-Baked Gorgonzola Polenta.  Beef with blue cheese is one of my favorite food combinations ever and blackening is one of my favorite cooking techniques ever!

What is blackening?

Blackening is a Cajun cooking technique made popular by Chef Paul Prudhomme of New Orleans in the 1980’s.  When something is “blackened,” a blend of herbs and spices (the blackening mix) is rubbed onto fish, meat or poultry and then quickly seared at a high temperature.  A good, seasoned cast-iron skillet is ideal for blackening food.

Good commercial blackening blends are available.  However, I prefer to blend my own Blackening Seasoning to control the amount of salt and heat.  Your own blend is very easy to make–you just need a well-stocked spice cabinet.

My blackening spice blend has….

Overhead shot of ingredients for blackening mix in white ramekins

Stir it all together and store in a jar in your spice cabinet so you always have a great blackening blend on hand!

Overhead shot of jar of blackening mix all combined

How to make Buttery Blackened Steak Bites with Gorgonzola:

  • Start with four 6 to 8-ounce beef tenderloin filets that you’ve let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.  If you wish, you can also use ribeye or sirloin.
  • Why room temperature?  There’s been some debate about this and whether it’s really necessary.  The theory behind this is if the steaks are too cold, the steaks will cook unevenly and you’ll have to spend more time bringing the meat to the correct internal temperature.  As long as you don’t leave the steak out for several hours, 30 minutes to help get a good sear on all sides of the meat is not a food safety problem.
Overhead shot of four steaks on white cutting board
  • Cut the steaks into approximately 1 to 1 1/2-inch pieces.
Overhead shot of steaks cut into bite-sized pieces
  • Sprinkle the steak pieces generously with the blackening mix, tossing to coat as needed.
Overhead shot of steak bites on white cutting board dredged in blackening mix
  • Heat a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat, add oil and add the seasoned steak pieces.
  • Brown well on all sides, working in batches if necessary.  It’s important to give the steak pieces some room so they brown nicely.  If the pan is too crowded, they will steam rather than brown.
Buttery Blackened Steak Bites with Gorgonzola - Steak bites being browned in cast iron skillet
  • When all the steak pieces have a nice crusty exterior, add butter and allow it to melt.
Buttery Blackened Steak Bites with Gorgonzola - Butter being added to steak bites in cast iron skillet
  • Gently toss the steak pieces in the butter…
Buttery Blackened Steak Bites with Gorgonzola - Steak bites being tossed with butter in cast iron skillet
  • Sprinkle with Gorgonzola cheese…
Buttery Blackened Steak Bites with Gorgonzola - Cheese being added to steak bites in cast iron skillet
Buttery Blackened Steak Bites with Gorgonzola - Overhead shot of steak bites sprinkled with Gorgonzola cheese in cast iron skillet
  • The Gorgonzola is going to soften up and melt a little into the butter sauce.
Buttery Blackened Steak Bites with Gorgonzola - Overhead shot of steak bites on black platter with cheese melted in
  • Sprinkle the steak bites with a little more Gorgonzola and serve!
Buttery Blackened Steak Bites with Gorgonzola - Close-up shot of steak bites on black platter with more cheese added

What to serve with this dish:

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Buttery Blackened Steak Bites with Gorgonzola - Overhead shot of steak bites in cast iron skillet

Buttery Blackened Steak Bites with Gorgonzola

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By: Carol | From A Chef’s Kitchen
Buttery Blackened Steak Bites with Gorgonzola is perfect for an easy, casual dinner or make a fun appetizer!  Tender, succulent pieces of steak are tossed in a flavorful blackening mix, seared to perfection then glazed with melted butter and Gorgonzola cheese!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Beef
Cuisine American / New Orleans
Servings 4
Calories 1048 kcal

Ingredients
  

Blackening Mix

  • 4 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons sweet paprika
  • 2 tablespoons granulated garlic
  • 2 tablespoons granulated onion
  • 2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons salt

Steak Bites

  • 2 pounds beef tenderloin
  • 1/4 cup blackening mix
  • 3-4 tablespoons olive oil - as needed
  • 1 stick salted butter - cut into 4 pieces
  • 1/2 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese - divided
  • Chopped fresh parsley - for garnish

Instructions
 

Blackening Mix

  • Combine the blackening mix ingredients in a small bowl. Reserve 1/4 cup for steak bites. Transfer the remainder to a jar, seal and store for another use.

Steak Bites

  • Cut the tenderloin into 1 to 1 1/2-inch pieces.
  • Sprinkle the steak pieces generously with the blackening mix.
  • Heat a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add the oil.
  • Working in batches if necessary, place the seasoned steak pieces in the skillet and brown well on all sides. Be careful to just brown and not cook all the way through. Tent the steak pieces to keep warm if working in batches.
  • When all the steak pieces are browned, return them to the pan and shove to one side.
  • Add the butter pieces and allow them to melt.
  • Sprinkle beef with half the Gorgonzola cheese.
  • Gently spoon the melted butter over the steak pieces.
  • Sprinkle remaining cheese over steak pieces.
  • Serve from the skillet or transfer to a platter. Sprinkle with parsley for garnish.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 1048kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 48g | Fat: 89g | Saturated Fat: 39g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 36g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 230mg | Sodium: 5572mg | Potassium: 1156mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 6582IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 197mg | Iron: 10mg

These are estimated values generated from a nutritional database using unbranded products. Please do your own research with the products you’re using if you have a serious health issue or are following a specific diet.

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26 Comments

  1. Oh wow, that blackening mix sounds so good. I absolutely love spices and herbs you used here. And gorgonzola on top of that steak… omg, I’m seriously craving this right now. I must make this asap.

  2. Wow these steak bites look so tender and juicy. And that spice rub and gorgonzola cheese on top is the perfect pairing! Looking forward to making this soon.

  3. Since I made your recipe for Buttery Blackened Steak Bites with Gorgonzola— that is all my husband has been talking about lol! He seriously loved this meal and I will be making it again soon.

  4. This is just divine, especially with the tenderloin. The seasonings are absolutely perfect. Guests would love this!

  5. This looks amazing and pretty easy, too! I love the photo of all the spices together, that makes it easy for me, and with your pureed cauliflower underneath this it sounds extra wonderful!

  6. When we dine out at a steakhouse, I always always get blue cheese added to my steak – I freakin love it! This is definitely something I need to make at home. I love the idea of adding blackening seasoning, too. So much flavour in one bite!

  7. I love your blackened spice mix! It’s the perfect combination of flavors. The steak turned out so tender and the butter and gorgonzola added just the right amount of creamy smoothness!

  8. I love this recipe soooo much! To be fair, I love pretty much any recipe involving steak — but this one is especially amazing! The spicy, flavorful blackening mix is perfectly tempered by the creamy richness of the Gorgonzola. That’s a whole lot of yum!!

  9. Your description was so tempting and perfect so I had to try this! This delicious recipe is full of flavor!

  10. 5 stars
    What a wonderful recipe for this blackened spice mixture. The fact that it is also used on tenderloin makes it even better.

  11. I love this blackened spice mix. And that you used it on a wonderful tenderloin makes it so special. Delicious!

    1. Hi, Ginny, Thanks so very much and so glad you enjoyed! You could other less expensive cuts of beef but the tenderloin adds even more “umami!” Thanks again!

  12. Outrageously Good!!!! The rub was spicy and the butter and Gorgonzola cheese made this over-the-top mouthwatering. I will definitely be making this for guests very soon! Mary

  13. 5 stars
    From the blackening spice to the delicious butter sauce with Gorgonzola added, it was mouth watering. I will be making this for guests very soon!