Cook time: 25min. total
PREP: 10min. | ACTIVE: 15min.
To see if the oil is hot enough, use your fingers to dash a few small drops of water into the skillet. If it pops slightly, it’s ready. If it does nothing, wait a few more minutes (don’t crank heat - low and steady is better). If it pops loudly and splatters, it’s too hot - turn it down by a third and wait a few minutes before testing again.
Steak slices should bubble and sizzle while cooking. If it’s not bubbling, it’s not hot enough. If it splatters and browns very quickly, it’s too hot. Remove pieces and wait for the oil to cool before proceeding.
Keep bites warm in a 250º degree oven while making last batches. In this case, it’s best to remove pieces from hot oil to a wire rack on a baking sheet.
Recipe by Chef & Culinary Producer Sarah Beth Tanner, @sbtcooks