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BISTEK TAGALOG (Filipino Beef Steak)

Bistek Tagalog is the Filipino version of the beef steak, although it is different from the western way of cooking it. Bistek Tagalog is thinly sliced unlike the usual thick chunk of beef we normally see. This is best served with hot rice. Learn how to cook this delicious and easy to prepare food for everyone in the family.

Bistek Tagalog

BISTEK TAGALOG (Filipino Beef Steak)

Filipino Bistek is a savory dish consisting of thinly sliced beef sirloin marinaded in a 3-ingredient soy sauce mix then simmered with onions and garlic. This recipe is only 8 ingredients and makes an easy weekday meal!



  • 2 pounds top round or sirloin, sliced thinly
  • 2 lemons, juiced (about 1/4 cup juice)
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 onion, peeled and sliced thinly
  • 1 head garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 cup water
  • salt to taste
  • 1 onion, peeled and sliced into rings


    • In a bowl, combine beef, lemon juice, soy sauce, sliced onions, garlic, and pepper. Massage marinade into the meat and marinate for about 30 minutes. 
    • Remove meat, onions, and garlic from marinade, squeezing and reserving excess liquid.
    • In a pan over high heat, heat oil. Add beef and cook for about 3 to 5 minutes per side or until lightly browned. Spoon out and reserve released meat juices during frying. Remove meat.
    • In the pan,  add onions and garlic, and cook, stirring regularly, until softened. Return browned beef to pan.
    • Add reserved marinade and meat juices. Add water and bring to a boil. 
    • Cover, lower heat, and simmer for about 40 to 50 minutes or until meat is fork-tender and liquid is reduced. Season with salt to taste. 
    • Turn off heat. Garnish with onion rings, if desired, and cover to allow onions to cook slightly in the steam. Serve hot.
Bistek Tagalog
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