Beef Steak (Bistek Tagalog)

This is Beef Steak (Bistek Tagalog). Beef Steak is a dish made with onions and strips of sirloin beef slowly cooked in soy sauce, and calamansi juice. Enjoy this recipe from all of us at Filipino Chow.


  • 2 pounds of beef sirloin, cut into 3 inch strips
  • 1 large red onion, thinly sliced to make rings
  • 3 cloves of garlic, crushed then peeled
  • 1/4 cup of calamansi concentrate
  • 1/2 cups of soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
  • cooking oil
  • salt to taste


  1. Marinate the beef in soy sauce, lemon or calamansi, sugar and ground black pepper for at least 1 hour.
  2. Heat the cooking oil in a pan over medium heat.
  3. Stir fry the onion rings until they are translucent.
  4. Remove the onions from the pan then set them aside.
  5. Separate the beef from the marinade then put the marinade on a separate bowl and set aside.
  6. In the same pan stir fry the beef a few pieces at a time until color changes to dark brown.
  7. Remove the cooked beef from the pan and set it aside.
  8. Add the garlic to the pan and saute for a few minutes.
  9. Pour in the marinade and bring this to a boil.
  10. Add the fried beef back to the pan and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes over low heat or until meat is tender.
  11. Add water as needed.
  12. After simmering top the beef with the stir fried onion rings.
  13. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  14. Serve with steamed rice.


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