Keto Bistek Tagalog

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  • prep time

    prep time

    15 min

  • cook time

    cook time

    30 min

  • ready time

    ready time

    45 min

Keto Bistek Tagalog

Keto Bistek Tagalog is a super, easy yet flavorful Keto diet Filipino recipe. Tender steak is sliced and marinated in a mixture of soy sauce, lemon juice, and lots of black pepper. The steak meat is simmered in a saute pan until tender and then tossed with lightly caramelized onions and minced garlic. Since this dish is flavorful and straightforward, it is a blank canvas to pair with all kinds of low carb and Keto side dishes.

I am Paleo, how can I make this dish paleo-friendly?

Since soy sauce is not Paleo-friendly, substitute the soy sauce for coconut amino acids instead. It is an easy swap with a very similar flavor profile.

What kind of beef cuts can I use?

Try to stick to tender cuts of beef with generous marbling like a ribeye, sirloin, and other similar cuts. The length of cook time will depend on the cut of beef you use. Instead of timing the simmering process, check the meat occasionally during the cooking process until the meat is tender when you bite into it.

Why does the recipe calls for lemon juice?

Traditionally, Bistek Tagalog recipes use calamansi citrus juice, but it is not a common ingredient. You can look at your local Asian market for it; however, lemon juice works just as well to tenderize the meat.

Serving suggestions

Serve Bistek Tagalog with other Keto Filipino recipes like Low Carb Tortang Tagalog with Sardinas

  • Net Carbs

    3 g

  • Fiber

    0.5 g

  • Total Carbs

    3.6 g

  • Protein

    39.5 g

  • Fats

    25.8 g

412 cals

Keto Bistek Tagalog

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  • Beef Ribeye Steak

    Beef Ribeye Steak

    2-½ pound

  • Soy Sauce

    Soy Sauce

    ½ cup

  • Lemon Juice

    Lemon Juice

    ¼ cup

  • Black Pepper

    Black Pepper

    1 teaspoon

  • Yellow Onion

    Yellow Onion

    1 large

  • Garlic


    3 clove

  • Avocado Oil

    Avocado Oil

    2-½ tablespoon

Recipe Steps

steps 4

45 min

  • Step 1

    Thinly slice the steak against the grain of the meat for the most tender slices. If your knife skills are lacking, you can freeze the meat and then allow the meat to thaw overnight in the fridge. This will give you a firm, yet pliable piece of meat that is easy to slice very thin. Place all the meat into a medium sized mixing bowl, then combine it with soy sauce, lemon juice and black pepper. Use freshly cracked black pepper, if possible. Allow it to sit as you slice onions or refrigerate it overnight for the best flavor. Slice the yellow onion by removing the ends and the papery skin. Then cut it in half and then slice each half into thin julienne slices. Heat a large saute pan over medium high heat until the pan is hot. Add the avocado oil and swirl the pan to distribute the oil into an even layer. Add the meat along with the marinating juices.
    Step 1
  • Step 2

    Bring the mixture to a boil and then down to a simmer. Cover the saute pan with a lid (if you do not have a lid, you can use a baking sheet to cover it). Simmer the meat until tender. This will depend on the type of meat you choose to use and even your particular cut, this will take at least 30 minutes. Keep an eye on the pan and be sure to add more water to the pan if it starts to get dry. Once the meat is tender, remove it to a clean bowl.
    Step 2
  • Step 3

    Add 1 tbsp of avocado oil to the pan and then add the onion and minced garlic and saute them until lightly caramelized. Add the meat back in and give the dish a good stir. Taste adding more salt or black pepper.
    Step 3
  • Step 4

    Serve immediately with your favorite Keto side dish or cauliflower rice.
    Step 4

Comments 1

  • SiwelRise

    SiwelRise 3 years ago

    Absolutely delicious! Worth the time it takes to make it. I might do this again when I have a craving for Filipino food and have some time on the weekend.