Portuguese Beef and Onions (Bifes De Cebolada)

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins

A recipe that I found at recipes4us.co.uk and am posting this for ZWT Spain/Portugal region. I think this would be nice served over pasta, rice or with mashed potatoes. This isn't a spicy dish, so if you are wanting a little zip to the beef/veggie mix, feel free to add red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper to taste.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan until very hot, add the beef and fry for 2-3 minutes to seal on all sides.
  2. Add onion, garlic, tomatoes, parsley, and bay leaf, season with salt and pepper and heat to simmering point. Reduce the heat to low, cover and cook for 20 minutes.
  3. Remove the lid, raise the heat, bring to the boil and continue to boil rapidly, uncovered for 5 minutes to reduce the amount of liquid. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Serve hot sprinkled with fresh coriander.
Most Helpful

This was really good. I appreciated how easy this recipe is to make, most of the cooking time is hands free.

Queen Dana July 27, 2012

Easy to prepare. The onions and tomatoes were good, but still needed something. Maybe some red pepper flakes, or some sliced bell peppers. Served with rice. A good base recipe that could be adapted to your own tastes.

Outta Here January 03, 2010

This was okay ~ we all felt that it was missing something ~ not sure what. Served over noodles. Made for 123 Hits.

LARavenscroft October 22, 2009