Beef Brisket with Gravy – Healthy Option

Your favorite holiday meal, only lighter and a healthier (but just as juicy!)

The Backstory: Who doesn’t love a moist, tender brisket at the holidays? No one, I know! Well now you can have your delicious brisket and not feel guilty about it! My delicious recipe offers up all the goodness that Bubbe used to serve but with less saturated fat and sugar.  One thing I do know: you will not compromise on taste when you make this recipe and serve it to your family and friends. You will still enjoy the sweet and savory balance of flavors that a good brisket delivers and that melt-in-your-mouth taste from a tender, slow-cooked cut of meat. More of the Backstory after the recipe

Beef Brisket with Gravy - Healthy Option

This hearty, classic brisket is savory, full of flavor, and perfect for the High Holidays, special occasions, or anytime you want to serve something special and comforting to your family. Perfect with brown rice or baked potatoes, and a green vegetable or salad.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Jewish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 170 kcal


  • 1 tbsp. fresh minced garlic
  • 1 1.4 oz. pkg. dried onion soup mix
  • 1/4 cup mustard
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup chili sauce
  • 1 tsp. thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 pounds boneless, lean, raw beef brisket
  • 1 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp. water


  1. Make a sauce of the garlic, onion soup mix, ketchup, mustard, chili sauce, thyme and pepper. Put aside.
  2. Place 1/2 cup water in the bottom of a casserole dish. Place the brisket in the pan and brush it with the sauce mixture.
  3. Cover with foil and cook at 325 degrees for 2 1/2 to 3 hours or until the meat is tender.
  4. Collect the drippings to make the gravy. Pour them into a measuring cup and add water if necessary to make 1 cup. Spoon off the fat from the top of the liquid and discard.
  5. Place the drippings into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Dissolve the cornstarch in the water and add to the boiling mixture, Continue boiling while stirring until the gravy thickens.
  6. Slice the brisket (against the grain) and serve with the gravy.

Recipe Notes


Nutrition Information Per Serving
Calories:  170
Total Fat: 5g
Saturated Fat: 2g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 50mg
Protein: 25g
Carbohydrates: 4g
Sodium: 460mg
Fiber: 0g
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…The Backstory continues: You can find this recipe and many more in my latest cookbook, Healthy Meals for Your Busy Life. In my new book, I’ve created a collection of delicious and satisfying meals from Broiled Salmon with Garlic and Tarragon, to Baked Apples–that you can prepare in 30 minutes or less. I know you’ll love them and that they’ll leave you feeling full, satisfied, and happy that you’ve made healthful choices that don’t sacrifice on taste!



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Franceen Friefeld, RD., LD., P.H.Ec.

Franceen Friefeld, RD., LD., P.H.Ec.

Franceen is one of country's leading voices in nutrition and health with 30 + years of experience as a senior food management executive, author, speaker, and TV host. Fran's followers adore her because she believes you should be able to have your kugel and not feel guilty about it. Her recipes, humor, and realistic approach to enjoying food and cutting through the hype of fad diets and quick fixes are what make her approach to a balanced lifestyle loved by so many.
Franceen Friefeld, RD., LD., P.H.Ec.

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