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Cuts of rib eye fillet with sliced onions and potatoes on a gray plate with a bowl of white rice

Philippine Beef Steak {Bistek}

  • Author: Jocelyn Wilhelm
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Beef
  • Cuisine: Philippine
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This Philippine {Bistek} Beef Steak recipe uses only four other ingredients soy sauce or coconut aminos, lemon, onions, potatoes. Takes 5 easy steps and cooks in less than an hour!



  • 2 lbs. Rib Eye {cut into 1/2" strips}
  • 1/4 cup of Soy sauce (affiliate link) or Coconut Aminos (affiliate link) (which is what I use and it's gluten free) + 2T
  • Juice of 1 Lemon + 2T
  • Onions (at least two and sliced into rings)
  • Potatoes (4 medium sized, peeled and cut into wedges)


  1. With the meat, mix together the Soy sauce (affiliate link) or Coconut Aminos (affiliate link) and juice of one lemon in a bowl or Ziploc bag. If time allows, marinate the meat for an hour. Keep in the fridge until ready to cook. See notes below!
  2. When ready to cook, add 1T of olive oil (affiliate link) in a hot skillet, over medium heat. When the oil shimmers, sear meat for 2 minutes each side in a single layer. Don't overcrowd the meat! Set aside.
  3. Sear potatoes, 3 minutes each side. Set aside.
  4. Caramelize onions 3 - 5 minutes. Add the meat and potatoes back in the skillet.
  5. Add 2T each of coconut aminos (affiliate link) and lemon juice. Let simmer for 1 minute. Done.



  • The equipment section above contains affiliate links to products I LOVE and personally use.
  • For non-red meat eaters, you can switch out the meat for chicken, pork, seafood, or vegetables.
  • When it comes to marinating a less tender cut of meat like flank or skirt steak, four hours is ideal however, I would not recommend going over 24 hours.
  • Marinating a more tender cut of meat like Sirloin or Rib Eye - 30 minutes will do for this recipe.
  • ALWAYS bring the steak to room temperature for an hour or so before cooking to produce a very tender meat.
  • Another cooking option is to grill the meat. If doing so, you may want to keep the meat whole for ease in cooking then slice thinly after letting the meat rest.
  • Can't grill outdoors? Use Le Creuset Cast Iron Bistro Grill like I did! You get that beautifully grill marks on your steak! ?
  • Adding vegetables to this dish is also an option, see my other Beef Steak with Broccoli, Potatoes and Onions recipe.
  • Other suggested vegetables: Cauliflower, Bell Peppers, Carrots, Peas, Parsnips, Chayote, Bok Choy, Green Beans, Eggplant, Zucchini
  • Serve with steamed rice. Enjoy!
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