Venison “Bistek” With Onions & Mushrooms

This is the Venison version of a lemon flavored Filipino dish called “Bistek” which traditionally uses thin cutlets of beef with round slices of onions. You can use pork cutlets too by the way. And, I sometimes add slices mushrooms to make the dish more robust and basically have a vegetable component since Bistek is enjoyed with a lot of rice.

Venison "Bistek" With Onions & Mushrooms


  • 1 1/2 pounds venison sliced in thin cutlets
  • 1 large onion sliced in rings
  • 2-3 button mushrooms sliced
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 lemon + grated rinds
  • 3 cloves garlic (or 1 tsp garlic powder)
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • sprinkle of black pepper
  • sprinkle of red pepper flakes* optional
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 1 1/2 cup water (+ extra if needed)


  • In a marinating bowl, combine the soy sauce, water, garlic, black pepper, red pepper flakes*, Worcestershire sauce, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and grated lemon rinds.
  • Add the thinly sliced venison cutlets. Gently stir every thing together to coat with the marinade. Cover the bowl then store in the fridge for 3-4 hours or overnight.
  • Slice the onions and mushrooms. Set aside until it's time to cook.
  • Once ready to cook, heat up oil in a wok or saute pan. Slowly add the marinated venison cutlets and the marinade into the saute pan. Brown for 8-10 minutes. Stir in 1 1/2 cup of water. Cover and cook until meat are soft and tender. Stir occasionally. (Add more water if needed and cook a little bit longer to tenderize the meat and reduce the sauce.)
  • Sprinkle red pepper flakes. This is optional.
  • Stir in the sliced onions. Cook for 2 minutes or so.
  • Stir in the sliced mushrooms. Cook for another 2 minutes.
  • VOILA!

Serve with a lot of rice!

Dexie Jane

Mother of 2. She drinks coffee everyday and wine on the weekends. She devours massive amount of chocolate, pork, and sushi. She loves to dance in her living room and binge-watches KDRAMA, historical dramas, and excessive unhealthy dose of Crime/Murder mysteries/dramas/documentaries. She's also a proud Bibliophile and loves being a bargain fashionista & SHOEHOLIC!

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