Filipino style Beef Steak.

Bistek or bistec, is a Spanish loan word derived from the English words, “beef steak.” It’s slices of tenderloin steak, salted, and peppered. Its marinated in calamansi juice or lemon juice, garlic, onions, soy sauce. A dish, I can eat any day of the week.


  • Sirlon steak
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Black pepper
  • Calamansi (or lemon)
  • Soy sauce

Cook time

About 20 minutes after marinating for an hour.

Preparation and cooking

I start by cutting the meat into stir-fry size strips, but you can cut it into your choice of slices. Then, slice or chop the onions. The onions are usually cut into rings, but then again you can cut or chop the onions to your choice of slices, along with minced garlic.

I marinate the meat in a Ziploc bag with the soy sauce, lemon, and black pepper mix for about an hour. Make sure when closing your Ziploc bag there is no air left in the bag and marinate in your frigerator.

Once ready place the meat into a heated pan, and then slow cook the meat for about 10 minutes. After, I remove the sauce, and fry the steak till medium rare with olive oil, then when almost cooked to medium, I add the onions and garlic.

After, the meat is cooked, I add in new sauce that I set aside, and let that simmer for another 10 minutes on medium. I like to see the sauce coat the onions and beef real nice so that every bite you get is full of flavor.

Once cooked, place on top of some white rice and enjoy the salty, tangy, and savory flavor of this dish. This is an easy and quick dish and many will enjoy. I’ve also tried putting it in a sub as well which gives it a Asian style steak sub.


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