Creamy Bistek Tagalog Recipe

September 20, 2016
(Last Updated On: November 1, 2018)

How to cook Creamy Bistek Tagalog

Who knew that you could spin the classic bistek recipe and make it a creamier, thicker and more savory dish with just one added element?

This easy beef meal that you can get ready and cook in a quick go just needs the special ingredient, all-purpose cream, to raise up its flavor and texture up a notch. Just buy the beef slices from your trusted butcher, ready the marinade and onion rings and get cooking in the kitchen. In no time, you will have a flavorful, protein-packed plate of creamy bistek that will satisfy your taste buds as well as keep you full for the mealtime.

creamy bistek tagalog

Follow the very easy recipe below for your own creamy bistek as a tasty, beefy lunch or dinner.

Creamy Bistek Tagalog by Pinoy Recipe dot net:

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Creamy Bistek Tagalog Recipe

Prep Time40 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Beef
Cuisine: Filipino
Servings: 4
Author: Eduardo Joven -


  • 1/2 kilo beef round steak or beef sirloin or beef tenderloin sliced 1/4-inch thick
  • 1 250 ml All Purpose Cream
  • 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


  • 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 5 minutes or until cooked through.
  • Pour the All Purpose Cream then simmer for another 5 minutes.
  • 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.

creamy bistek tagalog recipe

This Creamy Bistek Tagalog Recipe is a Filipino family favorite dish with an added twist that will surely delight the taste buds of your love ones.



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    March 13, 2017 at 9:09 am

    looks yummy

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    Calvin F.

    February 19, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    I could eat this everyday, really want to try it.

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    Eva Mitton-Urban

    December 14, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    Minus 28 today in Edmonton – was just searching for something hearty for my guys for supper. Not venturing out for the ingredients today – but will on the weekend. Don’t think the cold snap is leaving any time soon. Old Man Winter is unleashing his furry. Merry Christmas to you and yours. The Urbans.

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      Ed Joven
      December 14, 2016 at 4:12 pm

      Merry Christmas to you and your Family!!! Thank you for dropping by!

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    October 20, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    I love how easy this filing recipe is! I’ll have to make it for my family soon!

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    Christina G.

    October 12, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    This looks delicious. Thanks for posting!

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    Dotty J Boucher

    October 12, 2016 at 11:50 am

    Well I can say I have never heard of this dish before , but it does sound
    very tasty! It looks delicious! to me on that place..

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    Katt Lewis

    October 10, 2016 at 6:41 am

    Interesting. I like to marinate in soy sauce myself.

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    Sarah L

    September 30, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    I like all the flavors in this dish. Will have to try it soon.

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    Ronald Gagnon

    September 29, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    This seems like such a great meal, but I have never heard of, or now where to get kalamansi juice, and I love to try actual recipes

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    Michelle Castagne

    September 28, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    This looks so good. I’m going to try it for dinner this week.

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    September 27, 2016 at 1:18 am

    This recipe looks so yummy! Thank you for sharing it!

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    Amber Ludwig

    September 26, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    Looks amazing!! Perfect hearty dish for this cold weather!

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