Back in the 19th century, an English doctor named J.H. Salisbury prescribed beef for all manner of ailments. We think he'd love this healthy update of the ground-beef-and-onions classic that bears his name. The sautéed watercress is an excellent foil to the meaty glazed beef.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, February/March 2006


Recipe Summary

30 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Place rack in upper third of oven; preheat the broiler. Coat a broiler pan and rack with cooking spray.

  • Gently mix beef, bell pepper, scallions, breadcrumbs, 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce and ginger in a medium bowl until just combined. Form the mixture into 2 oblong patties and place on the prepared broiler-pan rack. Brush the tops of the patties with 1/2 teaspoon oil. Broil, flipping once, until cooked through, about 4 minutes per side.

  • Meanwhile, heat the remaining 1 teaspoon oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add watercress and cook, stirring often, until just wilted, 1 to 3 minutes. Divide the watercress between 2 plates. Return the pan to medium-high heat. Add rice wine (or sherry) and the remaining 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce. Cook, stirring, until smooth, bubbling and slightly reduced, about 1 minute. Top the watercress with the Salisbury steaks and drizzle with the pan sauce.


Notes: Hoisin sauce is a dark brown, thick, spicy-sweet sauce made from soybeans and a complex mix of spices. Look for it in the Asian section of your supermarket and in Asian markets.

Shao Hsing (or Shaoxing) is a seasoned rice wine. It is available in most Asian specialty markets and some larger supermarkets in the Asian section. If unavailable, dry sherry is an acceptable substitute.

Sherry is a type of fortified wine originally from southern Spain. Don't use the “cooking sherry” sold in many supermarkets--it can be surprisingly high in sodium. Instead, purchase dry sherry that's sold with other fortified wines in your wine or liquor store.

Easy cleanup: Recipes that require cooking spray can leave behind a sticky residue that can be hard to clean. To save time and keep your baking sheet looking fresh, line it with a layer of foil before you apply the cooking spray.

Nutrition Facts

303 calories; protein 20.5g 41% DV; carbohydrates 17.4g 6% DV; dietary fiber 2g 8% DV; sugars 6.3g; fat 13.1g 20% DV; saturated fat 3.8g 19% DV; cholesterol 55.8mg 19% DV; vitamin a iu 2765.8IU 55% DV; vitamin c 59.4mg 99% DV; folate 47.4mcg 12% DV; calcium 111.4mg 11% DV; iron 2.9mg 16% DV; magnesium 45mg 16% DV; potassium 610.5mg 17% DV; sodium 391.8mg 16% DV; thiamin 0.2mg 18% DV.

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Rating: 4 stars
Good meal This actually came out better than I was expecting. I substituted the wine for white grape juice. I didn't think it was going to taste good with that but it actually was quite good. Pros: Easy quick relatively healthy tasty. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Everyone Loved This! In our home we have about 6 weekday meals that rotate and I'm sick of them! I tried this - easy nutritious and delicious! I substituted broccoli sauteed in sesame oil for the watercress. Try it! Pros: Unique Flavor Cons: Didn't have some of the ingredients on hand Read More
Rating: 3 stars
Quite Good! I had two complaints but basically I thought this was a very good recipe. The patties fell apart too easily when cooked. Next time I will add some egg to hold them together. The sauce was very sweet because the rice wine (mirin) I had on hand was very sweet. I added rice vinegar to the sauce to reduce the sweetness. I will be making this again. Pros: Easy recipe Cons: Burgers fell apart too easily. Read More