Asian Salisbury Steaks with Sauteed Watercress

Asian Salisbury Steaks with Sauteed Watercress

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.

Serves 2

Prep Time 25 min

Total Time 30 min.


6 ounces 90%-lean ground beef
1/3 cup finely diced red bell pepper
1/3 cup chopped scallions
2 tablespoon plain dry breadcrumbs
2 tablespoon hoisin sauce, divided (see Note)
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons canola oil, divided
8 cups trimmed watercress, (2 bunches or one 4-ounce bag)
1/4 cup Shao Hsing rice wine, or dry sherry (see Note)

Cooking Directions

Step 1

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

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.


Asian Salisbury Steaks with Sauteed Watercress

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