Filipino Cuisine: Beef Steak

Marian from Philippines demonstrated 3 Filipino recipes in the Caring Place Community Kitchen. Marian used to own a restaurant which specializes on grill items in Philippines before she moved to Canada. We are so glad to learn from her.

The first item is Filipino Style Beef Steak. According to Marian, this is a popular home cook dish. The caramelized onions add sweetness to this beefy dish.


  • 1 pound sliced beef sirloin tip
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce (she used a Filipino brand with a pineapple logo which is sweeter)
  • 1 lemon or calamansi
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil
  • salt to taste

Source: Marian

Prep time: 20 minutes; Cook time: 30 minutes; Serves 4 to 6


Squeeze the lemon juice over the meat to tenderize the meat.
Marinate the beef with soy sauce and ground black pepper for at least 1 hour.
Heat half the cooking oil in a frying pan to fry the sliced onions until soft and set aside.
In the same frying pan, heat the remaining oil and fry garlic until fragrant.
Add marinated beef and fry until until brown, on both sides.
Add marinates into pan. Cover and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes until the meat is tender. Add some water if necessary to prevent the sauce from burning if it dries up.
Top with caramelized onions and season to taste. Serve hot.

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  1. Jonnek

    This is the first dish I learned to cook on my own when I was about 10 yrs old. I watched my mom cooked it and I tried it myself. I bought all the ingredients including beef from a nearby market. This is a very easy and delicious beef dish.

    BTW, Suanne, the Filipino soy sauce that Marian used doesnt have pineapple flavouring. It’s just the brand name (Marca Pina) which translates to Pineapple Brand. You can actually use any brand of soy sauce but be aware that you may have to use less amount if using a non-Filipino brand. Filipino soy sauce is less salty.

    1. Suanne

      Hi Jonnek, thank you for clarifying that.

  2. Marian

    the soy sauce that I used does not have pineapple flavouring in it, but the brand Marca Pina soy sauce has a sweeter taste , that’s why I don’t have to put sugar in my recipe..

  3. Shannon

    I’m sorry, but those onions look like maggots. Gross.

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