Today we love a great homemade skillet salisbury steak - however, it can also be made in an instant pot, slow cooker, or even crock pot and is often served with cheesy creamy mashed potatoes or honey glazed carrots.
When you are thinking about what to make with ground meat try this homemade fried Salisbury steak recipe with an amazing mushroom gravy that has beef broth and red wine added to it and then reduced to make a really intense flavor for the whole dish. The mushroom sauce is finished with a knob of butter and if you follow our recipe for this, it is a sauce that could be served in a Michelin starred restaurant or like you would see on a Masterchef professional’s final.
But most of all this recipe for stovetop Salisbury steak will thrill your loved ones or guests with a classic dish from America’s history.
This is also a dish that can be served to a large group - and see our list of dishes that can be served for a crowd.
Whisk one egg with a fork.
Put the Tuscan spice mix on the beef mince and a pinch on cayenne pepper [optional]and smoked paprika.
Then also tip on the diced onions and put half the Lea and Perrins Worcestershire sauce. Now add the bread crumbs and season with salt and pepper.
Lastly, tip the whisked eggs over the mince and start to mix. You can mix it with a fork or mix it with your hands. Mix until all ingredients are evenly spread around the patty mix.
The egg and the breadcrumbs are going to act as an unseasoned binder, with the flavor coming from the other ingredients.
Now divide the mix into equal sizes and start to shape them into oblong patties that the Dr. Salisbury Steaks are famous for. Pressing with a firm hand so that they are firmly shaped.
Prewarm your skillet ( especially if you have a cast iron skillet) Put 1 tbs vegetable oil and 1 tbs unsalted butter into a medium heat skillet.
Put in the patties and leave for about 2-4 minutes until they are brown on one side before turning them over. After they are turned over, cook them for a further 2 minutes and add some thyme and garlic to the butter mixture.
Get a big spoon and pour (bast) the hot butter over the top of the patties. This will add some really nice flavor and help with the Maillard reaction, or caramelization of the nicely browned Salisbury meat patties.
Take the out and set aside.
Now add the remainder of the sliced onion and sliced mushrooms to the hot pan and mix well at first and then leave them alone for a few minutes to let the water from the mushrooms escape and you will see that the mushrooms start to lose volume and color up.
Stir and turn the mushrooms while you continue cooking until the moisture is released, and the mushrooms are browned.
Then take your flour and sprinkle over the mushrooms and onions in the pan and then mix in with the wooden spoon gently.
Then add the red wine and let it boil followed by the beef stock and ketchup. Mix again well add a little more Worcestershire sauce and mix. Take another sprig of thyme and break off the little leaves and mix them in. Season with salt and pepper and let the mix boil away and reduce by about 50%. Finally, add about a tablespoon of butter for taste and you will have a professional onion and mushroom sauce. Watch our video on how to make the sauce as it is key to the flavor of the dish. Stir in the remaining 1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce into the Gravy and check the seasoning. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Now as the sauce simmers gently - add back in the Salisbury patties and spoon the sauce over the top so they are all covered with the sauce. Turn off the heat and let them stand while you get ready to plate up.
An easy way to make the sauce for the Salisbury steak is to saute the minced onion and mushrooms and rather than going through the reduction process - you can add 1 tablespoon of onion gravy powder (or use an onion soup mix and 1/2 teaspoon of cornstarch) and some garlic powder and after it is nice and smooth pour it straight over the homemade ground beef steaks.
The cheapest and easiest mushroom types are the ordinary white button mushrooms. If you need more flavor try using swiss brown or Cremini mushrooms
Also if you know what you’re doing when foraging for mushrooms, wild mushrooms will bring a unique flavor - but only if you know the safe ones.
If you really like an intense mushroom flavor add a little porcini mushroom or mushroom soup concentrate.
If you do not like mushrooms - add in a french onion soup packet (or onion powder) and 1 teaspoon of mustard powder to give some extra flavor.
Simply the top side dish for this recipe is the onion mushroom gravy spooned over a big serving of buttery creamy mashed potatoes.
You can also serve the ground beef steaks over hot buttered egg noodles.
Other good side dishes for a Salisbury steak are white or brown rice.
Another great serving suggestion is Homestyle french fries or chunky wedges - just imagine the rich beef gravy/mushroom sauce lighting up those french fries.
Another great idea is a soft and warmed dinner roll used for sopping up the gravy, or you can not leave out fresh-made cornbread!
What to serve with salisbury steak?
Add additional butter to the skillet, if needed, and season the butter with herbs. Then spend time basting the steak patty to really cook a tasty patty.
Start with raw ground beef and make your patties by hand using our recipe above.
What is the difference between Salisbury steak and hamburger steak?
The difference between Salisbury Steak and Hamburger Steak? A Salisbury steak will normally have more fillers such as breadcrumbs, sauces, seasoning, and onions plus an egg whereas a hamburger steak will usually only have salt and pepper.
The other key difference is the Hamburger steak will be served with a hamburger bun while the Salisbury Steak will be served with a rich mushroom sauce.