Beef Salpicao

Beef Salpicao

Beef Salpicao is a Spanish inspired Filipino dish consisting of grilled beef cubes cooked popularly in two ways, one loaded with peppers and another one loaded with garlic. I guess the reasons behind this two different versions are its original Spanish definitions. One from coming from the word “salpicar” which means pepper or to pepper. Another word is “salpicado” and it means “spotted” or “dotted”, the spotted or dotted term explains the loads of fried garlic that accompanies this variant. Having said that you can also see versions that has both.

This dish is very popular in restaurants that presents dishes on sizzling plates usually served with garlic fried rice. You will also see this a lot in bars where they offer this as a “pulutan” (beer snack), the spicy and garlicky taste is always the perfect pair to an ice cold beer.

Beef Salpicao
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Serves: 4-6
  • 800 g beef sirloin or tenderloin, cubed
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • salt
  • fried crispy garlic, to garnish
  1. Season beef cubes with salt, pepper, and garlic then set it aside for 5 minutes.
  2. Add olive oil to the meat then mix it to distribute evenly.
  3. Prepare a heavy cast iron pan then place in high heat. Once pan is really hot add and sear the beef until beef one at a side until turns brown. Do not over crowd the pan.
  4. Add the butter and Worcestershire Sauce and mix it well to coat the beef pieces evenly. Place in a sizzling plate or serving platter then top with lots of fried garlic.


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8 Responses

  1. Chefhelen says:

    I’m a garlic lover and this sounds FANTASTIC!

  2. suituapui says:

    Beef in NZ is very fresh, nice and tender. Here, the frozen imported ones are probably best for curry or stew…or soup.

  3. Karen says:

    I can see why this would be a popular dish…it sounds great.

  4. How interesting, Raymund! In Brazil, we have a dish called salpicão, mas it is a salad with chopped fruits (such as dried raisins and apples), ham, and a homemade dressing with heavy cream. I would love to try both beef salpicao versions to compare and decide which one would be my fave.

  5. Rachel (Rachel's Kitchen NZ) says:

    Oh, yes please, Raymund – sounds fab – love these flavours!

  6. Your Beef Salpicao looks amazing and it is not just because you have added 6 cloves of garlic, but that was a great way to start this recipe. Take Care

  7. mjskit says:

    Oh yeh…I can see munching on a plate of this while sipping on a beer!

  8. cls says:

    I will try this tonight

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