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:)