Healthy Filipino Steak Bowl

filipino bowl
Kaleigh McMordie, MCN, RDN, LD
Total Time 30 min
Prep 15 min, Cook 15 min
Yield 2

Making bowls for dinner is always a hit, especially if you have a picky family. Each person can choose how they want to build their bowl so that everyone is happy. It’s also a great dinner to help you use up whatever produce and grains you have lurking around that need to be eaten.

These steak bowls are inspired by the Filipino dish bistec, which literally means “beef steak.’ The dish is comprised of beef in a savory and sour soy sauce-based marinade and onions. It is traditionally served with garlic fried rice. In this recipe, the brown rice is cooked with just a tad of oil and topped with the saucy steak and onion mixture, sauteed bok choy, a soft boiled egg, and fresh vegetables.

Ingredients

  • 8-10 ounce sirloin steak
  • ⅓ cup low sodium tamari
  • 2 small lemons, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2 tablespoon olive or avocado oil, divided
  • ½ yellow onion
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced and divided
  • ½ head bok choy, roughly chopped
  • 1 ½ cups steamed brown rice
  • 2 eggs
  • radishes, thinly sliced
  • cucumber, thinly sliced
  • bean sprouts

Preparation

  1. Thinly slice steak into ¼-inch slices. Whisk together soy sauce, lemons, honey, and garlic. Add steak and marinate 30 minutes to an hour in the refrigerator.

  2. In a large nonstick skillet, heat ½ tablespoon oil over medium heat. Add onions and cook until soft, 5 to 6 minutes. Remove to a plate.

  3. In same skillet, add another ½ tablespoon oil. Add half of the remaining garlic and the bok choy. Sautee over medium heat until bok choy is wilted and remove to plate.

  1. Add another ½ tablespoon oil to the skillet. Add steak, including marinade, and cook over medium-low heat, stirring, until steak is cooked through and sauce starts to simmer. Add onions back to pan and simmer until sauce is reduced and thickened.

  2. Meanwhile, add remaining oil to another skillet. Heat over medium-low heat and add remaining garlic and rice. Stir-fry until crispy.

  3. Fill a small saucepan with a few inches of water. Bring to a boil and gently add eggs. Lower heat to a simmer and cook eggs 5 to 6 minutes for soft yolks. Remove eggs with a slotted spoon and run under cold water to stop the cooking. Carefully peel eggs.

  4. Assemble bowls: divide rice into 2 bowls. Top with steak and bok choy. Cut eggs in half and place on top, and add any additional toppings, like radishes, cucumber, bean sprouts, or any other fresh vegetables you would like.

Ingredient Variations and Substitutions

You can use any cut of steak that you wish, but tougher cuts may need to be tenderized.

You can use soy sauce in place of tamari if you are not gluten-free.

You can use other greens, such as spinach or kale, in place of bok choy.

Fry or poach your eggs instead of soft-boiling if you’d like.

Cooking and Serving Tips

You can make this meal even easier by using leftover cooked brown rice that just needs to be pan fried with a touch of heart-healthy olive oil and garlic.

Freeze steak up to 10 minutes to make slicing easier.

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