Bistek Tagalog (Filipino Beef Steak)

5 from 12 reviews


  • 600g Sirloin, sliced
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • 4 tbsp calamansi juice (or lemon juice)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 5 onions, sliced into rings
  • 5 tbsp cooking oil
  • pinch of pepper
  • patis to taste


  1. In a large bowl, combine the soy sauce, calamansi juice, and pepper. Mix well.
  2. Marinate beef sirloin in the mixture for at least 30 minutes.
  3. In a non-stick pan, heat oil. Sauté onion slices until it’s a little bit caramelized. Set aside.
  4. In the same pan, fry the sirloin until light brown. Add marinade and water.
  5. Stir and bring to a boil. Turn heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes or until tender.
  6. Add onions and wait until it simmers. Turn off heat.
  7. Serve with steamed rice with a dipping sauce of patis-calaamansi with siling labuyo.