Bistek Tagalog Recipe

Bistek Tagalog Recipe

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Bistek Tagalog is one of the simplest, yet most appetizing dishes of Tagalog region, in the Southern Luzon, Philippines, where “bistek” is believed to have originated. The Bistek Tagalog Recipe is a local version of western beef steak. It comes from Spanish word “bistec”, it is a type of Mexican dish that made of salted and peppered meat and its covered in breadcrumbs.


  • 1 lb. Beef or Pork sirloin, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 1 piece lemon or 3 pieces calamansi
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 large onion, sliced into rings
  • 3 tbsp cooking oil
  • salt to taste


  1. Marinate Beef or Pork in Soy sauce, 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.
  3. Set aside.
  4. In the same pan where the onions were fried, fry the marinated Beef or Pork (without the marinade) until color turns brown. Set aside.
  5. Put-in the garlic then saute for a few minutes.
  6. Pour the marinade and bring to a boil.
  7. Put in the fried beef and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes or until meat is tender.
  8. Add water as needed.
  9. Add the stir-fried onions and some salt to taste.
  10. Serve with Rice


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