Quick & Easy Portuguese Steak (Bitoque)

This recipe is a quick and easy take on the Portuguese steak (Bitoque). Portuguese steak is usually thin, quick to cook and filled with spicy flavor. You can add a spicy red pepper if you really want it hot and spicy or you can fry an egg and place it on top of the steak when you serve it. Usual sides are fresh cut french fries, rice or salad.

1 Steak fillet, 1/2-inch thick
1 onion, thinly sliced
1 bay leaf
1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine
5 garlic cloves, crushed
Salt and pepper to taste
1 egg

1) First we want to marinade the steak.

2) Place all the ingredients together in a bowl except for the egg and a tablespoon of olive oil. Let it sit in the refrigerator for about 2 hours. You can leave it in the fridge marinating over night if you really want the flavor and spice to be absorbed into the steak.

3) Pour a tablespoon of olive oil into a large sauté pan or skillet and heat on high for two minutes or until just smoking.

4) Remove the steak from its marinade and place in the center of the pan. Pour the marinade over the steak and cook the steak for 1 minute on the first side. Then flip the steak over and cook the other side for about 2 minutes until it is well browned.

5) Remove the steak from heat and let it sit for 5 minutes before serving so the juice can redistribute throughout the meat. Fry the egg in the same pan sunny side up and serve it over the steak.


  1. Thom Locke

    After spending many trips in the Azores I fell in love with this meal. Excellent with a glass of red wine.

  2. Gloria

    In a word, ‘yum!’. I had a similar meal near Toronto , and have never forgotten how good the egg was on to of the steak. My spouse raved over the flavors. I served with a warm potato salad and chopped salad. Way cheaper than a steak meal out. The merlot I used on the steak was perfect to enjoy with our meal. In ready for the next Portuguese recipe.

  3. Kevin Sithole

    Yum yum..had this sumptuous meal in Tete Mozambique.

  4. Gringa

    Awesome recepie loved it I made 4 steaks with this recepie but added more wine extra olive oil and a 1tbs of tomatoe sauce for every 2 steaks for flavor and sprinkled paprika and cow knor and loved it

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