Bistek Tagalog

Bistek Tagalog or Filipino Beefsteak is a very delicious beef recipe that is so easy to prepare and doesn’t require much ingredients. Basically, you can cook this with just beef, soy sauce, kalamansi(a small citrus fruit that is very popular in the Philippines) and onions. But to enhance the taste, I add pineapple juice to the marinade, and because kalamansi is not so common here in Texas, I use lemon instead. For this recipe, you can use any of the following beef cuts: chuck, flank, skirt or sirloin. Most of the time, I use beef chuck. As long as you tenderize your beef well enough, the type of cut won’t really matter.

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You should really try this simple yet great tasting recipe! You won’t regret it!

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Bistek Tagalog


  • 2 lbs beef sirloin (or other cuts like chuck, flank or skirt), thinly sliced and tenderized
  • 2 pcs. lemon, squeezed and strained (or 5-6 pcs. kalamansi)
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup pineapple juice
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced (3 cloves for marinade & 3 cloves for sautéing)
  • 2 large red onions, sliced into rings (you can also use white or yellow onions. I just prefer red onions because of its very sharp flavor)
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • salt & pepper to taste


  1. In a bowl, marinate tenderized beef in lemon, soy sauce, pineapple juice, black pepper and garlic.
  2. Cover the bowl and let the mixture sit in the refrigerator for at least 2 hrs.
  3. After marinating, drain the beef well. Reserve the marinade.
  4. In a skillet over medium heat, sauté the garlic until golden brown.
  5. Add the beef and stir fry until the juice starts to come out.
  6. Add the marinade. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer until beef is tender, stirring occasionally.
  7. Add salt & pepper to suit your taste.
  8. Add the onion rings and simmer until the onions are soft and caramelized.
  9. Serve with hot rice!

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  • EVA

    Wow, ang sarap naman. Iba talaga ang bistek tagalog. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  • aloh

    thanks for sharing your recipe! its really yummy!! ;)

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  • august2

    i love looking for a low budget yet tasty recipe and i got most of it just today here. thank you very much

  • dadikul

    di lang pala ako ang gumagamit ng oyster sauce. try oyster sauce instead of toyo and you will taste the difference…

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