Bistek Tagalog Recipe

July 21, 2013 (Last Updated: July 7, 2016)

Learn how to cook Bistek Tagalog a.k.a. Filipino Beef Steak

Bistek Tagalog Recipe is the Filipino version of the famous beef steak, but it is different from the western cooking.  Bistek Tagalog is thinly sliced beef unlike the usual thick chunk of beef steak, it has a combination of citrus flavor which produced by calamansi juice, the sweetness of the onions and the saltiness of soy sauce. This recipe is considered one of the Philippines national food.

This classic Filipino recipe is best served with hot rice. Learn how to cook this delicious and easy to prepare Bistek Tagalog Recipe, everyone in the family will surely love.

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Bistek Tagalog or Filipino Beef Steak Ingredients:

  • 1/2 kilo beef round steak or beef sirloin or beef tenderloin, sliced 1/4-inch thick
  • 8 tablespoons kalamansi juice or lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup dark soy sauce (Silver Swan or Datu Puti, if the 2 is not available you can use Kikkoman)
  • 1 tsp freshly-ground pepper
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 3 large onions, cut into rings
  • 3 tablespoons Canola cooking oil
  • water

Bistek Tagalog or Filipino Beef Steak Cooking Instructions:

  • In a glass bowl mix kalamansi juice, soy sauce, and garlic.  Add more soy sauce if the taste is too sour; if it’s too salty, add more juice. Make sure to balance out the flavors but you can also adjust the taste near the end of cooking the beef.
  • Thinly sliced the beef into about 1/4″ strips (This is called Tapa slice when you buy the meat in the Market). We highly suggest that you pound it with a meat tenderizer, this will make the beef soft when cooked.
  • Rub the meat with the freshly-ground pepper then add the meat to soy sauce mixture and stir to let it soak up the marinade evenly. Let sit in the marinade for at least 30 minutes.
  • Heat a  frying pan. Add one tablespoon of oil. Stir fry the onion rings until translucent and a tiny bit brown on the edges but still with a bit of a crunch. Remove from skillet and set aside.
  • In the same pan, heat one tablespoon of oil. Pan-fry the beef working in batches, remove after browning on both sides. When all the beef has been browned, pour the marinade into the frying pan and bring to a slow boil and simmer for a few minutes or until cooked through. Adjust the sauce with more soy sauce or juice, or some water, to suit your taste. After adding soy sauce always let it cook a little.
  • Slide the beef slices onto a serving plate, arrange the onion rings on top.
  • Serve hot with rice.

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Bistek Tagalog Recipe is always a huge hit for a large Filipino gathering like Fiesta, Birthdays and Christmas Holidays.

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    Jean Cox

    December 16, 2013 at 12:31 am

    Yum, this looks right up my alley; pinning it right now!

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    Deborah D

    August 22, 2013 at 9:43 am

    I am making this because it looks so good!!!!

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    July 21, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    I just finished eating my supper and now am feeling hungry again. I miss bistek tagalog badly.

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    July 21, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    This looks so yummy!

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    Renae C.

    July 21, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    OMG, that looks amazing! I am going to have to make this! (Or have my hubby make it! ;))

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