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!
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?
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!
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?
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.
Pineapple Fried Rice
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!
- 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
Lightly season the meat with salt and pepper. Set aside. Combine the soy sauce, oyster sauce and sugar in a small bowl. Set aside.
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).
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.
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!
Make sure to prepare everything beforehand as this cooks very quickly.
This dish was absolutely delicious! Love how easy it was too! Will definitely be making again!
The sauce for this – so easy to make, and so rich and flavorful! What a great main dish!
You had me at beef and butter. This recipe looks and sounds fantastic!
5 STARS! Absolutely delicious!
The marinade for this beef salpicao sounds absolutely luscious! I need to make this over the weekend!
All these ingredients are so flavorful! The steak was delicious with the pineapple fried rice!
My family loves ribeye, so I know they’ll enjoy this recipe! Making it for dinner tonight, thanks so much for sharing!
Thanks for stopping by and hope you enjoy it!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
You’re welcome and hope you both enjoy this. Thanks!
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!
I am so delighted that you both enjoyed it! Thanks for kindly letting us know!
Where can I get your book?
Thank you for asking. You can find it here – https://www.amazon.com/Rice-Noodles-Yum-Everyones-Southeast/dp/1624147712/ – hope you enjoy.
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!
Did you seriously just say TEN minutes?! I absolutely need to make this deliciousness asap. That glaze looks perfect!
This beef recipe looks so tasty! The pictures are beautiful and it’s making me drool! Have to give this one a try soon!
This looks absolutely amazing! Just reading about the dish made me hungry can’t wait to try this!
I’ve never heard of Beef Salpicao but you had me at Rib Eye! I love Rib Eye and this dish did not disappoint!
My family goes crazy for this dish, so delicious.
We love combinations of Asian seasonings like this – not to mention that touch of butter – I can see why you enjoy it so much!
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.
This beef salpicao looks so delicious. The caramelization on the beef is spot on. I can’t wait to taste it.
This dish looks very flavorful! And can be made in a very short time. I can definitely see myself making this one day.
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
This is a mouthwatering dish and to be honest, it makes me really hungry. YUM!
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!
I made this today and it is SUPERB!! I have been craving for this!!! Thank you! 🙂
So glad to know that! It is one of my favorites for sure! Thank you!
Get in my belly! I love this recipe, I can’t wait to make it. The beef looks so perfectly cooked!
This beef Salpicao recipe is so delicious! Whole family loved it and will definitely make again!
This is absolutely amazing, reading the ingredients I can imagine how flavorful it must have been and no wonderf=s it is your favorite.
That sauce for the beef is absolutely AMAZING and so flavorful. Such a great dish to serve with fried rice.
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!
I love the simplicity of this recipe. I love such easy recipes with fewer ingredients. This looks delicious.
I have had lots of Filipino dishes but not this. Thanks for sharing this recipe. What a great way to use a ribeye!
For a mainly carnivore family this dish is fantastic. All of the kids asked for seconds. Will have to triple the recipe next time!
Awww. Thank you for stopping by and giving us feedback. Glad you enjoyed it!
Tried and tested, this recipe is the bomb! My husband loves it and now I’m cooking it for the whole fam. I personally add mushrooms and scallions, because it’s how I like it. 🙂
My picky husband who only eats a few Filipino dishes, loves this. I use sirloin instead of rib eye.
Yay! So glad to know that. Sirloin is good with this, too. Thanks for kindly letting us know.
I made this tonight and the flavor is AMAZING!
Hi there! Can I make this with tri tip? Unfortunately, that is all the meat I have right now.
Certainly, if you can use it for stir-fry then it should be good. Hope you enjoy this. Thanks!