Bistek Tagalog

Bistek Tagalog Recipe

Bistek Tagalog


  • ½ kilo beef
  • ¼ cup calamansi juice
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 white onions
  • pepper
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • cooking oil

Cooking Instructions:

Sliced the beef around ¼-inch thick. Mix calamansi and soy sauce in a mixing bowl, add pepper, garlic and beef. Mix the ingredients well. Refrigerate the mixture and allow it to sit for 30 minutes.

Heat the skillet. Pour cooking oil and increase the heat for oil to become very hot.

Fry the slices of beef for about 3 minutes per each side or cook until brown. Do this in batches. Keep the marinade, it will be used later.

When you are finished with the beef, stir fry the onion rings in the remaining oil. Put back the beef in the skillet, then pour the marinade. Boil for 1 minute.

Remove the beef slices from the skillet and arranged it in a medium-sized platter. Topped with onion rings. Pour the sauce over the beef and onions. Best when served hot and with white rice.

Cooking tips:

  • When picking which part of the beef you should buy, I suggest that you purchase the tender part of the beef (recommendation: sirloin or tenderloin) as this recipe doesn’t require the beef to be cooked in long and slow process.
  • For Filipino’s overseas and curious foreigners, you may replace calamansi juice with lemon juice and some lime zest for additional flavour.

When cooking the beef, do not cook it for too long. The beef becomes too rubbery when chewed.
Image by arndog


Jesusa Virginia S. Reyes
January 20, 2013 at 3:14 am

nice, can’t wait to cook

ada peters
February 23, 2013 at 12:01 pm

I love this. My mum is fillipino and she thickens the marinade with a little cornflour for more of a gravey, yummm 🙂

Ericka Grace Murcia
April 22, 2015 at 6:30 am

How I really miss filipino food especially bistek tagalog. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I can’t wait to make one at home.

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