Melissa Hemsley's Filipino-style Steak and Onions

Try Melissa Hemsley's Filipino-style Steak and Onions, as seen on Sunday Brunch on Channel 4, for a quick and easy 30 minute midweek meal with plenty of flavour.

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This is the Filipino version of steak and onions, known as bisteak. My mum grew up in Manila cooking it with kalamansi, a cross between a mandarin and a kumquat, but lemon makes a good substitute. This dish takes less than 10 minutes to cook, freeing up time to make a great side or two. Try Cauliflower or Broccoli Rice and maybe some Killer Kale or a load of lightly cooked spinach.

Serves 4
Cook time: 30 min


2 tbsp coconut oil or ghee
2 large onions, sliced into rings
500g sirloin steak, cut into 5mm slices
1 tbsp chickpea flour
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
juice of 1 lemon
4 tbsp tamari
sea salt and black pepper


1. Melt half the oil in a large, wide frying pan, add the onion rings and fry over a low-medium heat for about 3 minutes until softened slightly but still with a bit of bite, then set aside on a plate.

2. Dust the steak slices in flour and season with a little salt and pepper.

3. Melt the remaining oil in the same pan, add the steak pieces, in batches if necessary, and fry over a high heat for about 1 minute on each side, then transfer to the plate with the onion rings.

4. Fry the garlic in the pan for about 30 seconds. Add the lemon juice, tamari and a good pinch of pepper and simmer for 2 minutes.

5. Return the steak and onions to the pan to gently heat through for 30 seconds and then serve.

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