Bistek Tagalog - Pinoy Beefsteak

Bistek Tagalog is a regular beef dish at home. I always cook it because my family loves it. It is also one of the dishes I would love my kids to learn how to cook. It is one of their comfort foods that is easy to make so I am keeping the recipe here for them. This is a small batch which is good for 2-3 people.

Bistek Tagalog - Pinoy Beefsteak


500 grams beef (preferably sirloin or any tender beef cuts) thinly sliced
1/2 cup of dark soy sauce (add more if needed)
Juice of 1 large lemon
1 large yellow onion sliced into rings
4 tablespoons cooking oil (I used olive oil to sear the beef)
1/2 cup of water
1 pinch salt and black pepper

Here is how I usually cook it.

-Marinate beef in soy sauce, lemon, and ground black pepper for an hour. You can also marinate it overnight for best results (be sure to keep it in the fridge if marinating overnight)

-Now, heat the cooking oil in a pan. Drain the marinade from the beef and set it aside. 

-Pan-fry all the beef pieces (both sides). Remove from the pan. Set aside

-Add more oil if needed. Saute onions until it softens. 

-Add beef (be sure not to include the juices that drained from the beef) and saute with onions for 2-3 minutes

-Pour the marinade, the juices from the beef and water. Let it simmer for another 2 minutes without allowing the sauce to dry out. Add more water if needed. 

*The beef cuts I used here are thin slices and they are tender so no need to simmer it for a long time. If the beef cut used is not tender, then simmer it until it is tender. Add water as needed.

-Season with ground black pepper and salt as needed. 

-Transfer to a serving plate. Serve hot. Share and Enjoy!

Bistek Tagalog

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Carla is a lifestyle blogger based in Dubai who's thankful to call this ever-evolving city her second home. The pages of this blog are filled with stories about her expat life in the sandpit. It features dining and travel adventures in and around the city and beyond. It also features food recipes, parenting tips, and fashion style.

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