Filipino Beef Salpicao

Finally, I have a new Filipino recipe for you guys!

I know I’ve been teasing you with my memories of Filipino food (ube jamlechon, green beans with squash and coconut milk, spicy snails with chilis, and other exotica) and while I’m the first to admit that I don’t cook Filipino dishes often enough, I am getting super excited for my upcoming holiday vacation in the Philippines that I decided to jumpstart my eating bonanza with a traditional Pinoy dish.

My family didn’t really prepare beef salpicao very often so I didn’t eat it much while growing up in the Philippines. However when I was in college, I remember going out with my friends and getting beef salpicao rice bowls – tender cubes of steak in a buttery, garlicky sauce, on top of garlic fried rice. This rich dish with chunks of beef and steaming rice seemed like the perfect meal during exam week (when we were all craving comfort), and also the perfect companion for a cold glass of beer or five (when we are all craving… something hearty).  It tastes like comfort food at its finest.

Filipino Beef Salpicao

This is a very indulgent dish, and also very easy to make. I start with a tender, well-marbled cut of beef (ribeye or tenderloin), marinate it for a couple of hours, and stir-fry the beef. There is a little secret to making mouth-watering, rich-tasting beef salpicao: adding a pat of butter that melts seductively over the meat. The butter gives the beef chunks a satin coat, with each bite bursting with umami flavors.

The finishing touch? Sprinkles of golden garlic bits.

Filipino Beef Salpicao

(serves two)

1/2 – 2/3 lb beef tenderloin or ribeye, cubed (I used one big ribeye steak)
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons soy sauce (or better yet, oyster sauce, which you can find in the International/Asian aisle of most department stores)
1/2 tablespoon paprika
3 large garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon chili pepper flakes or cayenne pepper (optional)
1 tablespoon butter
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Make your marinade: combine 1 tablespoon the olive oil, the Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce (or oyster sauce), paprika, half of the minced garlic, cayenne pepper, and salt and pepper.  Let the beef marinate for at least two hours.

Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a big pan over medium high heat. Add the meat and cook for about 5 minutes, until brown and lightly caramelized, stirring occasionally.

While the beef is cooking, heat the remaining olive oil in a separate pan and fry the remaining garlic. Watch the garlic closely as it fries/burns quickly. Strain out the garlic once it is golden brown and crispy.

Add the butter to the beef and stir, letting the butter melt and meld with the light sauce. Cook for another minute or two, and plate immediately. Sprinkle the salpicao with the fried garlic and serve with rice. (This is traditionally served with white rice or garlic rice, but I ate it with brown rice, no biggie.)

this is one of the easiest Filipino recipes I know, and also one of my favorites

Have you ever had Filipino food? What’s your favorite? Adobo sits on top of my favorites list.


31 Responses to “Filipino Beef Salpicao”

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    Tiffany @ Snack Snark Bark posted November 20, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    OMG this looks and sounds fantastic! My bestie is half filipino and her mom has made punsit before and I loved the flavor. I’ve always wanted to take a stab at a Filipino dish so I am bookmarking this-thanks!!

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      Bianca Garcia posted November 20, 2011 at 9:17 pm

      Thanks Tiffany, let me know if you end up making it!

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    Melanie @ Melanie Cooks posted November 20, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    What a great hearty beef, looks delicious!

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    Elizabeth posted November 20, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    What are some good veg. Filipino dishes?

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      Bianca Garcia posted November 20, 2011 at 9:29 pm

      Hey Elizabeth, there’s a ton but off the top of my head are the ones I like the most: chopped taro leaves in chilis and coconut milk; sauteed cabbage with onions, tomatoes, and tofu; green beans or spinach adobo (braised in garlic, vinegar, soy sauce, and bay leaves), vegetarian kare-kare (bokchoy, squash, green beans in a peanut sauce), and eggplant torta. All very yummy :)

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    Jessica @ Stylish Stealthy and Healthy posted November 20, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Growing up, one of my best friends was Filipino and every year they had a Filipino Ball which was this big extravagant event with tons of food and dancing. It was so fun. But I remember the food being so delicious and haven’t thought about it in a while. Which means it’s fate that we’ve found each other, clearly.

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      Bianca Garcia posted November 20, 2011 at 9:30 pm

      Clearly fate! Happy to e-meet you :)

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    Michelle posted November 20, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    I love the food-styling in these photos!

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    Megan posted November 20, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    Sounds like a great dish! I need to try your adobo recipe. I’m so excited for your trip home for the holidays!

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    Meghan@travelwinedine posted November 21, 2011 at 9:29 am

    This looks so delicious,and I am so happy you get to go home soon! I probably already mentioned this, but I grew up eating lots of Filipino food. I just don’t remember the name of anything!

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    Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel posted November 21, 2011 at 9:33 am

    the garlic bits with this gorgeous beef recipe- SCRUMPTIOUSNESS!!! <3

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    Daisy posted November 21, 2011 at 10:25 am

    sounds like an awesome dish!!

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    Maggie posted November 21, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    Obviously, you didn’t have a bottle in front of you!
    “2 tablespoons Worcesteschire sauce”

    Though have to agree the word is definitely as difficult to spell as it is to pronounce!
    That aside, this looks like a wonderful recipe—the rib-eye steak is my shopping list for tomorrow—I have everything else. It appears that your garlic bits are more sliced than minced, otherwise I would imagine they would brown too quickly.

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      Bianca Garcia posted November 21, 2011 at 3:25 pm

      Haha thanks for catching that Maggie – I just changed the spelling!

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    shannon posted November 21, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    i don’t think i’ve had alot of Filipino food, but I’d love to try a bite of this ;)

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    Joanne posted November 22, 2011 at 7:53 am

    I love all of this Filippino food you’ve been sharing…but yes I have been getting pretty jealous! This looks like some serious comfort food!

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    Susan posted November 22, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    One of my best friend’s husband is Filipino and I’m sending this to her :)

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    Mark posted November 22, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    From reading the ingredients and tasting it in my mind, I’m pretty sure I’ve had this, but probably didn’t ever know the name! Ha. Thanks for posting =)

    So hard for me to narrow down, but my favorites would include crispy pata, kare kare (+oxtail,-tripe), kalderetang kambing, bicol express, pancit palabok, ukoy, laing. Oh, and Cebu-style lechon!

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      Bianca Garcia posted November 23, 2011 at 12:43 am

      Ohhh crispy pata! I haven’t had that in years. Now I want some :p I am going home to Manila next month and I am very excited to eat all my favorites!

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    Baking Serendipity posted November 23, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    This sounds fantastic! I’ve never made Filipino food before, but this is definitely something that my husband and I would both enjoy :)

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    Mary posted November 26, 2011 at 9:32 am

    This sounds fantastic! Have you ever made lumpia before? Do you have a recipe for it here? I remember it fondly from when a friend made it for me years ago. It is at the top of my list of things to try making this coming year!

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      Bianca Garcia posted November 30, 2011 at 12:18 pm

      Hi Mary! Lumpia was actually the very first Filipino dish I made when I first moved to Boston in 2004! Unfortunately I don’t have a recipe here (yet) but I do love it, and I will try to make it again and make sure to post the recipe :) Glad to hear you have fond memories of lumpia!

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    Olga @ MangoTomato posted November 27, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    the beef looks so unbelievably tender, and I love the garlic crispy pieces on top!
    I used to date a Filipino guy, but he never cooked for me ;(

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    PanaceaWhiz posted November 29, 2012 at 4:54 am

    I was checking out recipes on the web that’s easy to follow when I stumbled upon your write up. The beef salpicao looks oh so great! Thank you for sharing your recipe. I can’t wait to cook this weekend. :)

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    Jeda posted January 13, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Kamusta Bianca! :)
    Thank you very much for sharing this recipe (recently tried it). I love the simplicity of your recipe. It turned out so yummy! I brought it for lunch one day; my classmates loved the smell and asked what’s in it :) Thank you very much again! May you and your family have a beautiful 2013!
    <3 We love your blog!
    Peace be with you,

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      Bianca Garcia posted January 14, 2013 at 11:39 am

      Thank you, Jeda, for the nice words! I’m glad you like my recipe!

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    Gayle posted August 8, 2017 at 10:57 am

    Thank you.
    You made this my go to recipe when craving for Salpicao.
    Very nice of you to share :D


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