'Eat Happy' recipe: Filipino style Steak & Onions | Melissa Hemsley
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‘Eat Happy’ Filipino Style Steak


‘Eat Happy’ Exclusive: Filipino style Steak & Onions





This is the Filipino version of steak and onions, known as bisteak from my cookbook ‘Eat Happy. My mum grew up in Manila cooking it with kalamansi, a cross between a mandarin and a kumquat, but lemon makes a good substitute. This dish takes less than 10 minutes to cook, freeing up time to make a great side or two. Try Cauliflower or Broccoli Rice (p. 272 of Eat Happy) and maybe some Killer Kale (p. 201) or a load of lightly cooked spinach.

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  1. Melt half the oil in a large, wide frying pan, add the onion rings and fry over a low-medium heat for about 3 minutes until softened slightly but still with a bit of bite, then set aside on a plate.
  2. Dust the steak slices in our and season with a little salt and pepper.
  3. Melt the remaining oil in the same pan, add the steak pieces, in batches if necessary, and fry over a high heat for about 1 minute on each side, then transfer to the plate with the onion rings.
  4. Fry the garlic in the pan for about 30 seconds. Add the lemon juice, tamari and a good pinch of pepper and simmer for 2 minutes.
  5.  Return the steak and onions to the pan to gently heat through for 30 seconds and then serve.


  • 2 tbsp coconut oil or ghee
    2 large onions, sliced into rings
    500g sirloin steak, cut into 5mm slices
    1 tbsp chickpea flour
    3 garlic cloves, finely chopped

    Juice of 1 lemon
    4 tsps tamari
    Sea salt & black pepper

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