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beef steak filipino recipe

Bistek Tagalog

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 8


  • 4 lbs Top round or sirloin, sliced thinly
  • 4 Lemons, juiced (about 1/4 cup juice)
  • 1/2 cup Soy sauce
  • 2 Onion, peeled and sliced thinly
  • 2 Head garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 6 tbsp Canola oil
  • 2 cups Water
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 Onion, peeled and sliced into rings


  • In a bowl, combine beef, lemon juice, soy sauce, sliced onions, garlic, and pepper. Massage the 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.


Keyword bistek tagalog