Bistek Tagalog (Filipino Beef Steak)

Bistek Tagalog is almost very common to Filipinos' cuisines. This easy and savoury recipe is a great dish for Pinoys lunch or dinner. Thus, it is rarely prepared for a certain especial occassions.

It is not my first time to cook Bistek Tagalog, in fact I have cooked this for several times, but still nothing beats my Mom's recipe. It took me sometime to somehow get the right flavour. It is an easy recipe yet I always did something wrong that makes it salty. Today, I am indeed satisfied on how I cooked it. I should say, just the right flavour!

Ingredients :
  • 1/2 kilo of beef (round, sirloin or tenderloin), sliced 1/4-inch thick
  • 4 tbsp. of lemon juice / kalamansi juice
  • 1/4 cup of dark soy sauce
  • 2 small potatoes sliced
  • ground pepper
  • salt
  • 1 tbsp. of minced garlic
  • 2 large onions, cut into rings
  • oil
  • 1/2 cup water
Procedure :
  1. In a mixing bowl, mix kalamansi or lemon juice and soy sauce.
  2. Add beef and ground pepper. Mix well. Let sit in the refrigerator at least 30 minutes.
  3. Heat a skillet. Add oil. Lightly fry the potatoes. Remove from skillet and drain on paper towels.
  4. In the same skillet, lightly fry the onion rings. Remove and drain on paper towel as well.
  5. In the same skillet, add a little more oil. Sautee garlic.
  6. Add the beef and pan-fry it..
  7. When the beef has been cooked, pour the marinade, water, salt and pepper into the skillet and boil for 2 minutes.
  8. Add the potatoes and onion rings.
  9. Serve with plain steamed rice.


  1. hi mitch! i tried to cook this, pero, since, i'm not good with measurements and following instructions.. hahaha! mejo palpak ang luto ko.. pero, still, i think, nakuha ko naman ung gusto kong lasa. anyway, thanks for this recipe at least, natry ko na magluto nito.. first time! ^^


  2. galing nman ni tintin... he he he...mdalas nmn me online kya if may tanong k chat u lng =D ok lng yn... d2 lng dn me ntutong mgluto... =D


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