Bistek Filipino Rice (Beef Steak with Rice) Recipe

Filipino bistek, or beef steak, is a saucy beef dish best served with lots of rice!

Nothing beats the flavor that calamansi lends to classic bistek. But if you can’t get the local citrus fruit, lemon juice will work just as well.

Bistek Filipino Rice (Beef Steak with Rice) Recipe

Christa Mendiola
Filipino bistek, or beef steak, is a saucy beef dish best served with lots of rice!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 6


Bistek Filipino Rice (Beef Steak with Rice) Ingredients

  • 750 Grams Beef (use sirloin cut), sliced thinly and pounded
  • 1/4 Cup Soy Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Calamansi Juice or juice from 1 lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 Cup white onion sliced into rings
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 Cup Butter
  • 1 tablespoon Garlic crushed
  • cilantro (wansoy) chopped, to garnish
  • 3 cups white rice cooked and cooled
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons Garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons Butter


  • Marinate beef in soy sauce, calamansi juice, and pepper, covered, in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
  • Heat vegetable oil in a pan over medium heat. Toss onions in cornstarch until well coated. Fry onion rings until crisp and golden. Drain on paper towels and set aside.
  • Melt butter in a large pan over medium heat. Fry beef until browned. Add garlic and sauté for 15 to 20 minutes. Set aside and keep warm.
  • Make the bistek rice: Mix rice and oil in a bowl. Add rice to the pan where the beef was cooked; toss until heated through. Add garlic, salt, and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring continuously to prevent rice from sticking to the pan. Remove from heat and mix in butter.
  • Divide rice among bowls. Top with beef and onions. Garnish with cilantro.
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