Bistek Tagalog (beefsteak) Recipe

Bistek Tagalog is the Filipino version of the Beefsteak. It is comprised of thinly sliced beef cooked in soy sauce and lemon juice and garnished with caramelized onion rings.

This simple yet great tasting recipe does not require much ingredients and the procedure is not complicated at all. Just have all the ingredients present, add a little love to it  and Voila! You have your deliciously cooked beef steak.

Cooking Bistek Tagalog is easier than you think. As long as you follow the steps indicated in this bistek tagalog recipe, you should be alright. It is important to marinate the beef in soy sauce and lemon juice for at least an hour so that the meat absorbs the flavor prior to cooking. The cut of the beef also matters a lot because this will affect the texture of the dish. Tender cuts are recommended for shorter cooking time. If the cut of beef that you have is tough, try cooking it in a pressure cooker for 30 minutes.

By the way, there are good pressure cookers that you can get for a reasonable price. Presto is the brand that I trust everytime I cook beefsteak because it is dependable and the price is reasonable.

Try this delicious Bistek Tagalog Recipe and let me know what you think.

Bistek beef steak recipe

Bistek Tagalog Recipe


  • 1 lb beef sirloin, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 piece lemon or 3 pieces calamansi
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 large onion, sliced into rings
  • 3 tbsp cooking oil
  • salt to taste

Cooking Procedure

  1. Marinade beef in soy sauce, lemon (or calamansi), and ground black pepper for at least 1 hour
  2. Heat the cooking oil in a pan then stir fry the onion rings until the texture becomes soft. Set aside
  3. In the same pan where the onions were fried, fry the marinated beef (without the marinade) until color turns brown. Set aside
  4. Put-in the garlic then saute for a few minutes
  5. Pour the marinade and bring to a boil.
  6. Put in the fried beef and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes or until meat is tender. Add water as needed.
  7. Add the stir-fried onions and some salt to taste.
  8. Serve hot. Share and Enjoy!

Number of servings (yield): 4

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  1. Hi! Thank you very much for this recipe! I used blue marlin fish (or malasugi/tanguige) instead of beef by the way and still, everyone loved it. You are my ‘secret herb’ in these dishes I cooked. Thank you :)

  2. Sylvia Rodriguez says:

    Thanks for sharing your recipes! They are all good! I got my confidence back in cooking
    because of your guidance. I want to try baking and can you post recipes for really good
    ensaymadas (variety flavors), hopiang baboy, hopiang munggo, butter mamon like red ribbon,
    pan de coco, pan de ube, taisan, spanish bread, etc. pleaseeeee….

  3. Czarina Kline says:

    Hi kuya. What if Im using lemon juice? How much of that do I use?

  4. Melanie Cidro says:

    By the way this is our menu for tonight…though I added a little amount of sugar in the marinade.. Im sure its gonna be yummy:)

  5. Thank you for sharing us your recipes! It really helps me in my daily cooking activities.
    More power panlasang pinoy:)

  6. ang alam ko matagal lumambot ang beef. But i”ll try this tonight.

  7. Hello po,…im first time here,,and sobrang ngustuhan q po this site,really helpful s aming nandito s abroad,,,madami nqng menu for everyday,nung isang araw isda n sinigang sa miso,and now bistek tagalog,,,really great thank you tlga for this site…more power and god bless po

  8. Joan Chon says:

    I tried it tonight and it was a success! I added 2 drops of honey and it tasted better ^^
    Thanks for the simple recipe.

  9. Catherine Torralba says:

    Hi. I love your website and thank you for sharing the recipes here. One suggestion though… size of produce is very relative. For example, when you say 3 pieces of calamansi, the sizes may differ and may produce slightly different results. Can you please quantify your ingredients based on volume instead of quantity for these types of ingredients where size is relative? Using the same example, instead of 3 pieces you could probably put 1 tsp calamansi instead.
    Thank you and more power to your endeavors!

  10. agie of hinatuan says:

    thanks for accepting my request… am an amateur cook.. hope that thru panlasang pinoy… my cooking will be improved…more power…

  11. Thanks for the recipe. I try to cook my 1st bistek tagalog and it’s a success, thanks for this guide :) I can cook fairly decent, limited lang ang alam kong lutuin and naisip namin ng husband ko na magtry ng mga recipe n di pa namin na-try lutuin kasi nakakasawa din un paulit ulit n ulam, hehhe. I found this site online and I’m very impressed and thankful s mga recipe guide. The recipes and of course the videos are so helpful. Now, I’m going to try chicken afritada :) Thanks again! cheers!

  12. underwood says:

    Thanks for the bistek tagalog recipe my kids says so yummy and very very good.

  13. Thanks for the recipes! I live in Arizona and my family really misses Filipino dishes.

  14. I like your website…Can you pls tell me how to avail the CD?

  15. uuuhhmm, nakakatakam nman nitong bistek tagalog na to, try ko nga yan during outing the next day.

  16. wow!!! thanks for posting this!!! i will try this now and make my boyfriend try it! ( he’s a portugese-chinese kasi ) i soo want him to try our filipino dishes!

  17. Hi kuya, kuya pede ba ung beef skirt ang gmitin ko for this? thank u po….

  18. cristina felipe says:

    it’s my first time to make kutsinta, i thought it won’t be perfect my husband loves it! thanks to panlasang pinoy, you really helping to people who learning to cook for the first time. Your procedure for each menus are easy to understand.

  19. Angelita D. McEvoy says:

    Vanjo, What you’re doing is a great service to the Filipino communities all over the world.I’ve been serving filipino dishes to my American husband of 35years and my children and they are loving it!!!. Rochester, New York

  20. Giselle says:

    I have cooked this recipe 3x this week already! Very flavorful and my husband adores it! He keeps asking for more… :) thank you panlasang pinoy! Mabuhay po kayo!

  21. THis is really great…I also tried it using ELK meat, it taste yummy…my whole family like it! thanks a lot!

  22. Sir good day to you! I like all your recipe. Thanks a lot. By the way, do you know how to cook ” Pork steamrice” dimsum style? Thanks
    More power

  23. if im not mistaken , sa music kumukuha ng momentum si kuya sa presentation nya , its still necessary rather than having no music at all kasi very dull pakinggan just try to imagine… better to suggest na replace it with more soothing and audio controlled music.

  24. marry me!!! no just kidding. thanks for the videos…dapat ka ng magkasitcom. hehehe. yung kahit 10 minutes lang a day!. thanks for the bistek. this is my second attempt at cooking. medyo salty yung adobo ko (1st attempt) kasi gumamit ako ng oyster sauce at an uncalculated amount. thanks alot po.

  25. hi there!!! i’ve tried lots of your recipe and i appreciate it so much that you shared your talent in cooking, its so convenient..and easy to follow…may you go on and may you have the strenght each day to set some time for this…

  26. hi,I found your site in youtube, looking for siopao recipe. ikaw lang yong nakita kong step by step na clear ang instruction…and I thank you for that.
    more power and keep up the good work.

    ping of canada

  27. Thanks blumen. Your request is noted.

  28. hi again kuya

    thanks for posting this recipe.i will try this tomorrow. please,remind ko lang ulit ang MAJA BLANCA recipe,thank you!

    • Please do try this. Kindly allow some time for the Maja Blanca since marami pa pong requests na nakapila but I’ll make sure to post it soon. :)

  29. Welcome, dalabastro. Sana try mo rin yung iba nating recipes and let me know what you think. Have a good day!

  30. I tried Bistek Tagalog last night and Beef pares today… It’s yummy! May recipe ho ba kayo ng Mak-ki? Yung nakakain natin sa Manila sa Ha Yuan restaurant? And Samurai balls? meron sila stall sa SM .thank you very much! More blessings to you!

  31. thanks for sharing your pinoy recipe…can i ask for a Beef Stew recipe….like one of the menu of KIMCHI…it’s a korean style… thanks and more power…

  32. tnx a lot this helps filipino abroad who doesnt know how to cook but can’t wait to eat some filipino food.

  33. nothing beats calamansi for bistek…can u get them fresh over there?

  34. magandako says:

    tnx for the recepi. Hmmm… It looks like yummy… I’ll try this one tonight…

  35. I agree Elmer but can’t find fresh calamansi near our place that is why I opted for lemon.