This Salisbury Steak Recipe For One is single serving comfort food at it’s finest. Low in carbs and topped with a mushroom, onion gravy. Made with pantry staples, this comforting meal can be ready in minutes.
Growing up I didn’t eat a lot of packaged foods. My mother mostly made dinners from scratch. I rarely ate sweetened boxed cereal and sodas were strictly forbidden. Once in a while though, when my mother had a particularly long day at the office, we would enjoy a frozen dinner and I remember Salisbury Steak being one of my favorites.
What Is Salisbury Steak?
Salisbury Steak has been around since the late 1800’s. It’s a dish made of ground beef and spices and isn’t really a steak at all. It’s more of a seasoned hamburger patty typically served with brown gravy.
Salisbury Steak is named after Dr. James Salisbury, a 19th century American physician who had very interesting ideas about diet. He believed that food was the key to health and that certain foods could cure illnesses. He tested his theory during the Civil War treating soldiers.
Dr. Salisbury also believed that vegetables and starchy foods produced poisonous substances in the digestive system and his “Salisbury Steak” was the perfect food to cure many ailments. He advocated eating meat in large portions, and limiting fruits, vegetables and fats. He can actually be credited with starting the first low carb diet craze.
How To Make Salisbury Steak
In many recipes you will find Salisbury Steak made with fillers such as bread crumbs. I decided I wanted to make this Salisbury Steak a low carb, keto version (as Dr. Salisbury did) so I chose to eliminate bread crumbs and other fillers from my recipe. I love the spices used in this recipe and don’t think bread crumbs are necessary.
First, mix together ground beef, Worcestershire sauce, mustard powder, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper.
Form the ground beef mixture into a round or oval patty and fry it in a skillet over medium-high heat on both sides until meat is no longer pink in the middle.
Remove the beef patty from the skillet and place on a plate. Cover with a sheet of aluminum foil while you make the gravy.
How to Make Salisbury Steak Gravy
Melt 1/2 tablespoon of butter in the same skillet.
Add sliced onions and sliced mushrooms to the pan and cook until softened.
Stir in a little Worcestershire sauce and beef broth.
Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce it to a simmer.
As the gravy simmers, it will reduce. After simmering for 4-5 minutes, pour the gravy over the steak and enjoy.
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What To Serve With Steak
Typically, Salisbury Steak is served with mashed potatoes.
I like to keep my meals low carb when I can and enjoy mine with a side of green beans or other vegetable. You might also like to serve yours with any of these single serving recipes:
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FOR THE BEEF PATTY
- 8 ounces ground beef
- 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1/4 teaspoon mustard powder
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
FOR THE GRAVY
- 1/2 tablespoon butter
- 2 1/2 ounces sliced onions (about 1/4 small onion)
- 1/4 cup sliced mushrooms
- 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 cup beef broth
- 1 teaspoon sour cream
- Place the ground beef in a bowl. Add the Worcestershire sauce, Italian seasoning, mustard powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Mix together until well combined. Flatten the seasoned ground beef into a round patty, about 1/2-inch thick.
- Heat the oil in a medium-sized skillet on medium heat. Add the ground beef patty to the hot skillet and cook for 4 minutes per side or until burger is no longer rare. Remove the burger patty from the skillet and place on a plate. Cover plate with aluminum foil and set aside.
TO MAKE THE GRAVY
- Return the skillet to the heat and reduce heat to medium-low. Add the butter to the pan. When the butter has melted, add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally for 3 minutes. Add the mushrooms to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally until the mushrooms have softened, about 3 minutes.
- Stir in the Worcestershire sauce and the beef broth, bring the mixture to a gentle boil, stirring occasionally, then reduce heat to low. Simmer for another 3 minutes.
- Stir in the sour cream and mix well. Add the ground beef patty back to the pan and cook for a minute more, spooning some of the sauce over the meat as it heats.
- Remove the beef patty from the pan and place on a plate. Pour the sauce over the top and enjoy.
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