Filipino beef kare kare

Filipino Beef Kare Kare





15 min


15 min



Filipino Beef Kare Kare | Stewed Beef in Peanutbutter Sauce

A unique savory beef stew with peanut butter sauce.

Images of the sautéed  shrimp paste (bagoong), banana blossom flower and ‘astuete’ seeds are included in the Recipe Introduction.

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  • 350 gms ‏beef, shank cubes or oxtail
  • 1 cup ‏long beans, cut int 3 inch pieces
  • 2 cups ‏eggplant, cut into elongated slices
  • 1 1/2 cups ‏bok choy
  • 3 Tbsp ‏banana blossom flower ( I used dried/preserved flowers)
  • 3 Tbsp ‏creamy peanut butter
  • 2 Tbsp ‏'Bagoong' - sauteed shrimp paste
  • 3 tsp ‏minced garlic
  • 1 medium ‏onion, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp ‏freshly cracked black pepper
  • 6 Tbsp ‏oil, divided
  • 1 can ‏soda water
  • 2 Tbsp ‏coarsely ground peanuts - optional


  1. Rinse the beef. Soak in soda water while you prepare all other ingredients.
  2. Heat 3 Tbsp oil in a pressure cooker. Add the pepper and 1 tsp of the garlic.
  3. When the garlic is sautéed, add the beef and fry for a couple of minutes, till the beef has changed color.
  4. Add about 2 cups of water and pressure cook for about 8 steam whistles , till the beef is tender.
  5. Heat 2 Tbsp of oil, in a wok and add 1 tsp of the garlic. Add the long beans, bok choy, and eggplant and stir fry till the vegetables are JUST tender on HIGH heat. About a minute should do.
  6. Remove the vegetables to a plate and add the remaining oil to the wok.
  7. When the oil is very hot, add the astuete seeds and fry till the color of the oil becomes red and you smell a peppery aroma.
  8. Remove the seeds from the oil and discard. To the colored oil, add the remaining garlic along with the onion and banana blossom flower. Sauté till light golden in color.
  9. Now add the bagoong (sautéed shrimp paste), and stir fry till the oil separates. About 30 seconds.
  10. Then add the peanut butter and coarsely ground peanuts(if using). Stir and cook till the sauce becomes creamy and bubbles.
  11. Now remove the cooked beef from the broth and toss in the sauce. Add just enough broth to get a nice thick and creamy consistency.
  12. Taste and add a little salt ( only if needed- the shrimp paste is salty).
  13. Add the sautéed vegetables and heat through.
  14. Serve hot with rice or over noodles!


Filipino Beef Kare Kare

Key Ingredients: Beef, Peanut Butter, Bagoong(sautéed shrimp paste), Atsuete, Banana Blossom Flower, Long Beans, Eggplant, Bok Choy, Oil, Garlic, Onion, Pepper.

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