Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy, Lightened Up

This is kind of like the old diner dishes, remember them?  Nothing fancy --- just good plain food, served on those white plates with the black ring around the rim. 

I had a pound of ground sirloin, and wanted to make something besides regular ground beef patties, that wasn’t calorie laden.   I saw this recipe for Salisbury steak in my Cooking Light cookbook ~ it made me feel good about making the meat as it comes in at less than 200 calories per serving.  That’s great and it tasted great too!  

The recipe called for cremini mushrooms ~ I had button mushrooms on hand and used them.  Sometimes, I like the high gloss of Kitchen Bouquet (“tsk, tsk!”) added to a dish such as this.  Besides the gloss, it also gives the gravy a deep color and steps-up the flavor a tad.  An added teaspoon of dry mustard provides a little zing. And, for a little additional color, there’s chopped parsley.  Pick and choose what you want in it. 

This is a great comfort food dish for these chilly days that I hope you will cook and enjoy!

Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy


1/3 cup grated onion, divided
½ teaspoon pepper
¼ teaspoon salt
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 pound ground sirloin
Cooking spray
1 tablespoon butter
8 ounces button, mushrooms, sliced
1/3 cup dry red wine
1¼ cups fat-free, lower-sodium beef broth
1 teaspoon Kitchen Bouquet, optional
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 tablespoon flour
1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
Chopped parsley for garnish, if desired


Combine ¼ cup onion, salt, pepper, garlic and beef.
Shape into 4 oval patties.
Heat large skillet over medium-high heat and coat with cooking spray.
Add patties.
Cook for 3 minutes on each side, or until browned.
Melt butter in pan.
Add mushrooms and sauté for 4 minutes.
Stir in wine, Kitchen Bouquet, dry mustard and remaining onion; cook for 2 minutes.
Combine broth and flour, add to pan and bring to a boil.
Cook 5 minutes or until thick.
Add patties and vinegar to pan, cook for 2 minutes.
Serve with your favorite potatoes, or egg noodles, and a vegetable on the side.

Bon Appetite!

Tell me ~ did you "tsk, tsk" at the Kitchen Bouquet?

Be sure to visit my friend, Linda’s blog, @My Kind of Cooking, for great tips on Tuesday’s and good and easy recipes every Friday! 


  1. Pam,
    I love the lightened version of this "Oldie but a Goodie" recipe. I'll have to make this one soon

  2. Becky, thanks! It's pretty good!

  3. No Tsk Tsking at the Kitchen Bouquet here, sometimes it's what's needed to make things taste good :) Beef flavors are hard to develop in the short term so sometimes a little bouquet does the trick :) I've been thinking about making salisbury steak recently, thanks for posting this one!

  4. Oh Miss Pam, this takes me back to my Mama's kitchen at my childhood farm.

    This was one of Mom's favorite recipes always served with corn and 'smashed' taders! Heeehehehe!

    God bless ya and have yourself an awesome week sweetie!!! :o)

  5. Comfort food at it's best Pam - the gravy looks so rich and creamy and we like a little Kitcen Bouquet in ours as well.

  6. We don't often but steak because of the price but this sounds delicious. Diane

  7. Looks perfect! I like the idea of a lighter version, too.

  8. Salisbury steak is one of my favorites! Your lightened up version sounds better than any diners!

  9. Very creative, Pam! I am adding this tom our menu for next week. Thanks!

  10. I so wish that the salisbury steak I have had in the past looked this good! You may just have changed my mind on the dish, that's for sure!

  11. jose manuel, gracias!

    Andrea, I'm with you all the on the KB. Sometimes, that's exactly what's needed.

    Nezzy, I'm glad this brought back good memories for you!

    Larry, I'm glad to hear that you use the KB as well.

    Diane, I know what you mean!

    laurie, yes, and you could never tell it's low calorie when you eat it.

    Gloria, thank you!

    Reeni, thanks! This is good and I'm happy you think so.

    Linda, thanks. It's worth a try!

    Jenn, it's not something I make often, but it's good!

  12. One of our favourite meals and you made it healthier. I served up your
    Chicken Pizzaiola with Capers; a big hit and a keeper. Thanks Pam.

  13. a classic but delicious dish, looks amazing!

  14. 200 calories? Wow - it looks great and sounds delicious!

  15. oh yum!! looks and sounds so delicious..and I love the calorie count!! thanks.
    I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

  16. No tsk tsk here. I have a bottle of it and also have a bottle of liquid smoke.


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