Beef Salpicao (Stir-fried Garlic Beef)

This is a Filipino recipe and whenever I bring this for lunch at work, my officemates can’t help but try it. The beef is tender and juicy with a buttery garlic flavor.

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  • 1 lb beef tenderloin, cut into 1/2 inch chunks (or another tender cut)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or canola oil
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced (more if you like)
  • salt, to taste
  • fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 3 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1/4 cup liquid seasoning
  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1/2 red onions
  • 1/4 red bell pepper
  • Dash of sesame seeds (optional)
  • 2 chili peppers (optional)


  1. Combine oil, garlic, salt, pepper, and paprika in a bowl.
  2. Marinate beef chunks in the garlic-oil mixture for a couple of hours or more in the fridge.
  3. Saute marinated beef (including marinade) in VERY hot oil.
  4. Keep stirring until beef chunks are browned evenly.
  5. DO NOT lower heat.
  6. Add oyster sauce and liquid seasoning.
  7. Add red onions, bell pepper, chili pepper, and sesame seeds
  8. Cook a few seconds more; add butter last.
  9. Remove from heat and serve immediately over hot steamed rice.
  10. *Note: Cooking time should be about 10 minutes or less to keep beef tender.