Bistek Tagalog

Bistek Tagalog or Filipino Beef Steak is one of my favorite Filipino dishes.  I got this recipe from my dad.  It’s a simple, yet great tasting beef recipe.  It is best paired with white rice. I’m sure you will love this Bistek Tagalog recipe as much as we do!


  • 1 lb beef sirloin or beef chuck (thinly sliced against the grain)
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 1/2 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 tsp brown sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • garlic powder (optional)
  • oil for frying beef (3-4 tbsp)
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • white or purple onion, cut into rings (toppings)


  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp fresh lime or calamansi
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed

Cooking Procedure:

  1. Combine all the ingredients for marinade in a bowl.  Add beef and marinate for about 15-30 minutes depending on thickness of beef.  (If your beef is super thin, don’t marinate for too long or it will be salty)
  2. Heat the cooking oil in a pan then fry the marinated beef  until color turns light brown.  Set aside.
  3. In a separate pan, melt the butter.
  4. Brown the garlic, then add the onions.  Saute for a few minutes.
  5. Put in the fried beef, water, oyster sauce, and brown sugar.  Bring to a soft boil and simmer for 5-8 minutes.
  6. Season with salt(optional), pepper and garlic powder to taste.
  7. Serve hot and top with some white or purple onion rings.
  8. Share and enjoy!


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