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Filipino beef steak, or bistek, is a staple in every household in the Philippines. This must-try recipe is very delicious and simple to make. Serve with steamed white or brown rice or a salad.


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15 mins
30 mins
30 mins
1 hr 15 mins
4 servings


Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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  • Combine soy sauce, lime juice, garlic, sugar, fish sauce, and pepper in a bowl. Taste and adjust to your liking. Add sliced beef, making sure it is coated evenly. Marinate for at least 30 minutes or up to 1 hour.

  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a wok or pan over medium-high heat. Fry potatoes in the hot oil until the edges turn golden brown, 7 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

  • Heat remaining oil in the same pan over medium-high heat and fry onions until edges turn brown, 7 to 10 minutes. Transfer to the same plate.

  • Heat the same pan over medium-high heat. Reserve marinade and fry beef in batches, adding more vegetable oil if necessary, until browned and no longer pink in the centers, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to the plate and continue with remaining beef.

  • Pour the reserved marinade into the pan with water to deglaze, scraping up the browned bits from the bottom of the pan using a wooden spoon. Taste and adjust seasonings. Return beef back to the pan with some onion, leaving remaining onion for garnish; reduce heat and let simmer until sauce has thickened, 7 to 10 minutes.

  • Slide beef and sauce onto a serving plate. Garnish with remaining onion. Place potatoes on the side and serve.

Cook's Notes:

You can use lemon or calamansi juice instead of lime, if preferred.

You can make the marinade/sauce saltier or more sour depending on your taste by adding soy sauce or lime juice. Adjust as necessary.

Nutrition Facts

445 calories; protein 25.7g; carbohydrates 47.5g; fat 17.4g; cholesterol 60.3mg; sodium 1952.5mg. Full Nutrition