Beef Salpicao

Tender chunks of rib-eye steak cooked to perfection and flavored with a delicious seasoning sauce and then smothered in butter. All done in less than 10 minutes!

 

Beef Salpicao

 

If there is a Filipino meal that makes me eat more than I intend to this is it – BEEF SALPICAO!

Now what is beef salpicao? Let me describe it this way – tender chunks of rib-eye steak cooked to perfection and flavored with a delicious seasoning sauce and then smothered in butter. Are you hungry yet?

 

Beef Salpicao

 

My mouth is salivating just thinking of this dish again! Best of all, it’s done in less than 10 minutes and hardly any prep at all!

Despite the seemingly foreign-sounding name that doesn’t sound very Asian at all, it is in fact a Filipino dish! You’re probably wondering – how, why? I suspect that this beef dish or a variation of this came to the Philippines by way of Spain or Portugal. Ferdinand Magellan who discovered the Philippines was after all a Portuguese explorer though he was commissioned by the Spanish when he reached our islands. Thereafter, the Philippines was colonized by Spain for nearly 400 years so we have a lot of Spanish/European inspired recipes which we have made into our own by infusing local seasonings and flavors!

 

 

And this is exactly what beef salpicao is! The original idea or recipe may have been imported but we made it our own by adding our own spin and sauces to give it an Asian flair. What comes out is a super tasty dish, indeed. I can seriously eat this every day!

While beef salpicao is a favorite for lunch or dinner, it can certainly be eaten in the morning and may be offered as a breakfast dish. After all, it is often paired with fried rice which is a popular side dish for Filipino breakfast! So make sure to have this with rice!

 

Beef Salpicao

 

Love the flavors of garlic and butter that are prominent in this dish! You don’t even need to marinate the meat and yet it comes out so tasty because of its delicious seasoning sauce which has a yummy combo of both soy sauce and oyster sauces! How can you go wrong with that? 

 

Beef Salpicao

 

And of course, the fried rice that goes with this truly elevates the meal. It is such a perfect combo! 

Here are the fried rice recipes you can pair with beef salpicao. Yellow fried rice or Java rice is the popular favorite but any fried rice recipe is great, too. Get the recipe by clicking on the link under the photo.

 

Yellow RiceYellow Fried Rice (Java Rice)

 

Easy Garlic Fried Rice

 

Pineapple Fried Rice

 

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Beef Salpicao

Tender chunks of rib eye steak cooked to perfection and flavored with a delicious seasoning sauce and then smothered in butter. All done in less than 10 minutes!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Filipino
Keyword beef salpicado, beef salpicao, beef salpicao recipe, easy beef salpicao recipe, filipino beef salpicao, salpicao
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Servings 2
Author Manila Spoon

Ingredients

  • 12 oz rib eye steak (room temperature), chopped into 1-inch cubes 
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • ½ tbsp oyster sauce
  • ½ tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp butter

Instructions

  1. Lightly season the meat with salt and pepper. Set aside. Combine the soy sauce, oyster sauce and sugar in a small bowl. Set aside. 

  2. Heat the oil and minced garlic to medium. Cook the garlic until browned. Remove the garlic once browned. Set aside to use as garnish later. Add a little more oil to the pan, if needed. (I didn’t have to because my pan is non-stick).

  3. Increase the heat to medium-high. Add the beef cubes in one layer and sear on 1 side for about 1 minute. Stir-fry for another 2-3 minutes or until done to your liking. I like a little pink so I don’t overcook the steak so it comes out tender.

  4. Pour in the soy sauce and allow to boil briefly, about 10 seconds. Continue to stir-fry the beef to coat with the sauce. Add the butter. Continue to cook until the butter is melted, about a minute or less. Sprinkle half of the garlic. Remove the meat and its sauce to a serving plate. Top with the remaining garlic bits.

    Serve with Java Rice!

Recipe Notes

Make sure to prepare everything beforehand as this cooks very quickly.

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40 Comments

  1. kim
    July 1, 2020 / 9:24 am

    5 stars
    This dish was absolutely delicious! Love how easy it was too! Will definitely be making again!

  2. Patricia @ Grab a Plate
    July 1, 2020 / 9:31 am

    5 stars
    The sauce for this – so easy to make, and so rich and flavorful! What a great main dish!

  3. Jill
    July 1, 2020 / 9:36 am

    5 stars
    You had me at beef and butter. This recipe looks and sounds fantastic!

  4. Brandy
    July 1, 2020 / 9:49 am

    5 stars
    5 STARS! Absolutely delicious!

  5. Lisa | Garlic & Zest
    July 1, 2020 / 10:03 am

    5 stars
    The marinade for this beef salpicao sounds absolutely luscious! I need to make this over the weekend!

  6. Ashley
    July 1, 2020 / 10:03 am

    5 stars
    All these ingredients are so flavorful! The steak was delicious with the pineapple fried rice!

  7. Jessica Formicola
    July 1, 2020 / 10:09 am

    5 stars
    My family loves ribeye, so I know they’ll enjoy this recipe! Making it for dinner tonight, thanks so much for sharing!

    • abigail
      Author
      July 1, 2020 / 11:47 am

      Thanks for stopping by and hope you enjoy it!

  8. Taleen | Just As Tasty
    July 2, 2020 / 12:52 pm

    5 stars
    Oh man, this looks delicious and I love that it also seems so easy! I’m definitely going to have to make this for dinner soon.

  9. Lesli Schwartz
    July 2, 2020 / 2:42 pm

    Did you say smothered in butter? Sign me up! The sauce looks a-m-a-z-i-n-g! Can’t wait to make this salpicao recipe!

  10. Joycelyn
    July 2, 2020 / 6:34 pm

    Hi Abby, I would love to make this but only have top sirloin steak on hand as I’m trying to use up the older meat in my freezer before buying more. Have you ever used top sirloin in a pinch for this recipe if it was all you had on hand or would it as I suspect, make the top sirloin have the texture of very chewy chunks of leather when trying to eat it so you’d not use it.

    If the top sirloin is not suitable I’m pretty I’ll be able to convince dear hubby to go buy the proper steak once I show him your photo as he does love to eat with his eyes first!
    Have your cookbook by the way and love it!
    Thanks Abby

    • abigail
      Author
      July 2, 2020 / 8:02 pm

      Hello Joycelyn, I have tried using sirloin steak for this and it was ok for me as long as it’s cooked properly (we Filipinos don’t mind a little chewiness in our meats) but hubby didn’t like it at all. I have done some research and Filipino chefs mostly use and recommend rib-eye steak for this dish. When I tried the rib-eye, then I tasted the difference – it was truly so much better because the rib-eye has more marbling (more fat means tastier meat) and in fact came out more tender. Hubby totally approved of it! So I leave it to you.

      Thank you as well for getting a copy of the book and hope you enjoy the dishes there!

      • Joycelyn
        July 2, 2020 / 9:30 pm

        Thank you Abigail, I suspected the top sirloin wouldn’t be suitable so am glad I asked before thawing it out. I will now inform dear hubby (now that he’s viewed your mouth drooling photo) that he’ll have to pick up a nice rib eye when he’s out and about if he want’s me to make it!

        • abigail
          Author
          July 2, 2020 / 9:33 pm

          You’re welcome and hope you both enjoy this. Thanks!

          • Joycelyn
            July 8, 2020 / 11:06 am

            4 stars
            Hi Abigail
            An update for you.
            Well, dear hubby came home with strip loin steaks instead of rib eye which I wrote on his shopping list, but all it all the strip loin which was nicely marbled worked pretty darn good, not chewy at all.
            I also made your Java rice and although it turned out lovely and tasty, I’d hoped it would be a bit crispier on the bottom but that’s just a personal preference of mine. I don’t know if it’s because I rarely buy or make Jasmine rice due to it being stickier than basmati when cooked even when it’s sat in the fridge overnight to get nice and cold before using. Nonetheless the dish was enjoyed very much, dear hubby raved about your recipe being so delicious he hopes I make it again soon!

          • abigail
            Author
            July 8, 2020 / 12:43 pm

            I am so delighted that you both enjoyed it! Thanks for kindly letting us know!

  11. Maria
    July 2, 2020 / 8:23 pm

    5 stars
    This recipe looks amazing and so flavorful. I love that it doesn’t take long at all to prepare. Can’t wait to try this!

  12. Stine Mari
    July 3, 2020 / 9:25 am

    5 stars
    Did you seriously just say TEN minutes?! I absolutely need to make this deliciousness asap. That glaze looks perfect!

  13. Joyce
    July 3, 2020 / 10:18 am

    5 stars
    This beef recipe looks so tasty! The pictures are beautiful and it’s making me drool! Have to give this one a try soon!

  14. Sondra Barker
    July 3, 2020 / 1:52 pm

    5 stars
    This looks absolutely amazing! Just reading about the dish made me hungry can’t wait to try this!

  15. July 3, 2020 / 4:21 pm

    5 stars
    I’ve never heard of Beef Salpicao but you had me at Rib Eye! I love Rib Eye and this dish did not disappoint!

  16. Alexis
    July 3, 2020 / 8:21 pm

    5 stars
    My family goes crazy for this dish, so delicious.

  17. Beth
    July 3, 2020 / 9:13 pm

    5 stars
    We love combinations of Asian seasonings like this – not to mention that touch of butter – I can see why you enjoy it so much!

  18. Jere Cassidy
    July 3, 2020 / 11:07 pm

    5 stars
    I can’t wait to give this dish a try. Ribeye steak is a favorite and I like how you prepared it. I love that the recipe is simple and it cooks in no time.

  19. Marta
    July 4, 2020 / 12:07 am

    5 stars
    This beef salpicao looks so delicious. The caramelization on the beef is spot on. I can’t wait to taste it.

  20. Shana
    July 4, 2020 / 12:15 am

    This dish looks very flavorful! And can be made in a very short time. I can definitely see myself making this one day.

  21. Kushigalu
    July 4, 2020 / 1:39 am

    5 stars
    This dish is something new to me. Love the flavors you have given to this dish. Can’t wait to try this new recipe. Thanks

  22. Amy Liu Dong
    July 4, 2020 / 3:05 am

    5 stars
    This is a mouthwatering dish and to be honest, it makes me really hungry. YUM!

  23. Jacqueline Debono
    July 4, 2020 / 12:06 pm

    5 stars
    This beef salpicao looks really good. Can’t believe it only takes 10 minutes. I love discovering dishes from other countries so this is definitely on my to-try list!

  24. Valerie
    July 4, 2020 / 7:53 pm

    5 stars
    I made this today and it is SUPERB!! I have been craving for this!!! Thank you! 🙂

    • abigail
      Author
      July 4, 2020 / 8:06 pm

      So glad to know that! It is one of my favorites for sure! Thank you!

  25. Ali Hanson
    July 5, 2020 / 12:44 pm

    5 stars
    Get in my belly! I love this recipe, I can’t wait to make it. The beef looks so perfectly cooked!

  26. Emily
    July 6, 2020 / 12:58 am

    5 stars
    This beef Salpicao recipe is so delicious! Whole family loved it and will definitely make again!

  27. sapana
    July 6, 2020 / 4:14 am

    5 stars
    This is absolutely amazing, reading the ingredients I can imagine how flavorful it must have been and no wonderf=s it is your favorite.

  28. Alena
    July 6, 2020 / 11:13 am

    5 stars
    That sauce for the beef is absolutely AMAZING and so flavorful. Such a great dish to serve with fried rice.

  29. Alex
    July 6, 2020 / 12:16 pm

    I should not have looked at this before dinner, my mouth is watering! Your recipe looks delicious and I am definitely going to have to give it a try. I don’t know too much about Fillipino food but am excited to learn more!

  30. Lathiya
    July 7, 2020 / 5:15 pm

    5 stars
    I love the simplicity of this recipe. I love such easy recipes with fewer ingredients. This looks delicious.

  31. Kari
    July 13, 2020 / 12:58 pm

    I have had lots of Filipino dishes but not this. Thanks for sharing this recipe. What a great way to use a ribeye!

  32. Heather
    July 15, 2020 / 2:05 pm

    5 stars
    For a mainly carnivore family this dish is fantastic. All of the kids asked for seconds. Will have to triple the recipe next time!

    • abigail
      Author
      July 15, 2020 / 7:34 pm

      Awww. Thank you for stopping by and giving us feedback. Glad you enjoyed it!

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