Filipino Fistek (Fish - Bistek Style) Recipe

Serves/Makes: 6 servings


  • 2 pounds (1 kilo) fresh tanigue (Spanish Mackerel) steaks, or any fish steaks of your choice
  • 1 teaspoon crushed black pepper
  • 2 onions ( sliced into rings)
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons calamansi juice (add if needed)
  • Salt to taste
How to cook Filipino Fistek (Fish - Bistek Style):
  • Fried the fish then set aside. Saute the onion until soften, remove some for toppings later.
  • Add the water and black pepper, wait until it is boiling then add the fried fish and simmer for 2 minutes to give a soft texture to the fish, then add the soy sauce and calamansi juice, simmer until the sauce is well blended, turn off the heat. ( Add salt if needed)
  • Top with ring onions then serve.
  • Serve the Filipino Fistek (Fish - Bistek Style) hot with steamed white rice.
Filipino Fistek (Fish - Bistek Style) recipe


The Filipino Fistek (Fish - Bistek Style) is a very affordable dish. This recipe is delicious, simple, and really easy to cook.


Beef steak is often pronounced bistek in the Philippines. Of course, the dish is significantly different from the steak one will find in American or steak-themed restaurants in that the Filipino version often come marinated or mixed with soy sauce, garlic and onions.
Some call this preparation Bistek Tagalog but variations of practically the same bistek may be found all around the Philippines.
If bistek is for beef cooked like a steak but Filipino style, there is also a delicious fish dish cooked like bistek and the name is fistek.

This recipe for Filipino Fistek (Fish - Bistek Style) serves/makes: 6 servings

The Filipino Fistek (Fish - Bistek Style) recipe and the pictures are adopted from The Philippine Cookbook by Reynaldo Alejandro.

Main Ingredient: Mackerel (more Mackerel recipes)
Preparation Method: Pan Fried/Sauteed (more Pan Fried/Sauteed recipes)
Cuisine: Filipino (more Filipino recipes)

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