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Filipino Beef Steak

Filipino Beef Steak, known as Bistek in Tagalog, is made with citrus and soy marinade and fried with onions. It is tangy and hearty and usually served with a side of garlic rice.

Super easy beef steak dish using thinly sliced beef marinated with lemon juice and soy sauce. Leave 2 hour minimum for marination; Best if marinated overnight to soften the beef.

Filipino Beef Steak


Serving Size: 6

Cook Time: 10 minutes



  • 4 lbs of NY Strip steak, thinly sliced

  • 2 large lemons, squeezed

  • 6 tbsp soy sauce

  • 1 tsp of white sugar

  • salt to taste (be careful)

  • pepper to taste

  • 1 tbl cornstarch

  • ¼ tbl Golden Fiesta Palm Oil (vegetable or canola oil)

  • 1 sliced white onion

  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped

  • QFC 100% Calamansi Extract (hyperlink needed)

  • Jasmine Rice

  • ½ cup Datu Puti Pinoy Spice, for dipping sauce

Step 1: Create the Marinade

Whisk together in a small bowl: lemon juice, soy sauce, sugar, salt, and pepper. Place beef in a large bowl. Pour mixture over beef and toss to coat. Stir in corn starch. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.

Step 2: Heat

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Remove beef slices from marinade with a quick shake to remove excess, place on plate and set aside any leftover marinade.

Step 3: Fry

Fry beef slices in hot oil until they start to firm and medium rare/juicy in the middle. About 2 - 4 minutes per side based on thickness of slice. Place on serving platter. Repeat until all beef is cooked.

Step 4: Stir it up

Add veggies into hot oil and cook until the onion is slightly caramelized, not allowing garlic to burn. Add beef back in to heat and mix together.

Step 5: Thicken the marinade

Cook the marinade for 4 minutes to heat through with a dash of calamansi juice. Taste marinade and add calamansi juice if too salty, soy sauce if too sour. Serve poured over a side of Sinangag (Filipino Garlic Fried Rice)



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