Beef Stroganoff

This Beef Stroganoff, is so creamy and indulgent, you’ll never believe that it’s slimming-friendly and perfect if counting calories or following a diet plan like Weight Watchers.
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For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb 👍

This Beef Stroganoff is also very, very tasty. If we could have this every night for a year we most certainly would!

We’ve got loads of comforting classics, why not try some of our other recipes too?

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How many Calories are in this Beef Stroganoff?

There are 274 calories in each portion of our slimming friendly Beef Stroganoff. This means it falls into our Everyday Light recipe category. 

This recipe is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

What diets is this Beef Stroganoff suitable for?

This recipe is suitable if you’re gluten free as long as you swap out the following ingredients for gluten free versions; 

  • Stock cubes
  • Worcestershire Sauce

Please make sure to double, and triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.
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How Weight Watchers friendly is this Beef Stroganoff recipe?

This Beef Stroganoff has 7 Points per portion. It’s a really indulgent and filling meal for so few points!

How to make this Beef Stroganoff

There are a few steps to making this amazing dish, but it’s really not complicated! Here’s a summary;

    • Season the beef and fry in some Low calorie cooking spray

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  • Remove the meat from the frying pan and add the vinegar and Worcestershire Sauce
  • Sauté the onions and mushrooms. Add the mustard and brandy

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  • Add the stock and reduce
  • Stir in the Philadelphia
  • Add the beef back to the sauce, simmer for a few minutes

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  • Serve with your choice of accompaniment from the list below

What should you should serve with Beef Stroganoff?

Any of the following go really well with this meal. It’s one of those dishes that goes with pretty much anything. It’s so hearty it can of course be eaten on its own!

Whatever accompaniment you choose, don’t forget to account for the extra calories and/or other nutritional values. 

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Do you need any special ingredients to make this Beef Stroganoff?

Beef Stroganoff is traditionally made with mustard, double cream, and stock, so we’ve made some clever switches to make this a super slimming-friendly version

Some people like to put Paprika or even tomatoes in their Stroganoff, but we don’t think it needs either of those ingredients. If you fancy an experiment, then go for it!

We’d recommend using a good quality piece of meat which is suitable for quick cooking, rather than a cheaper cut.

Cheap cuts tend to be better for low and slow cooking and can end up really tough if only cooked for a short time.

You can get all of the ingredients for this recipe in your local supermarket.

Can you cook Beef Stroganoff another way?

This recipe really needs to be cooked using the method below.

How do you know when Beef Stroganoff is cooked?

You’ll know this recipe is cooked once the beef is cooked to your liking (we like it a little on the pink side) and when the sauce is thick, rich and reduced.

This will take around 30 minutes on the hob.

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.Beef Stroganoff | Slimming & Weight Watchers Friendly

How long can you keep Beef Stroganoff  in the fridge?

Once you’ve served it, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.

If you allow any left overs to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill.  You can keep leftovers of Beef Stroganoff in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so. 

Can I freeze Beef Stroganoff?

Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;

  • Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!

How do I reheat Beef Stroganoff?

From chilled: Place in a microwave proof container with loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.

From frozen: Allow to defrost, and heat covered in the microwave for 3-5 minutes then stir. Cook for a further 5-7 minutes until piping hot.

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274kcal 7

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  1. Season the beef with a little sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, then set aside
  2. Spray a large frying pan with Low Calorie Cooking Spray and place on a medium heat
  3. Add the beef to the pan and quickly seal on all sides
  4. Remove the meat from the pan, add the White Wine Vinegar and Worcestershire sauce to deglaze
  5. Scrape and stir the browned bits from the pan over a medium heat. When most of the liquid has evaporated spray the pan with some Low Calorie Cooking Spray
  6. Sauté the onions and mushrooms until they start to brown
  7. Add the Dijon mustard and the Brandy and cook for a minute or two
  8. Add the stock to the pan and reduce the liquid by half
  9. Stir in the Philadelphia over a low heat, making sure there are no lumps of cheese remaining
  10. Add the beef back into the pan, stir well and simmer for 5 - 10 minutes depending on how you prefer your beef. We like ours pink so it takes about 5 minutes
  11. If the sauce looks a little thick you can add some more water until it reaches the consistency you prefer
  12. Sprinkle with some chopped parsley and serve

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This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;

- Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
- Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.
- Defrost thoroughly before reheating (you can use the defrost setting on your microwave.)
- Make sure it is piping hot all the way through before serving.

If making this recipe Gluten Free please make sure to check the ingredients that you’re using

Especially things such as; 

- Stock cubes
- Soy sauce - substitute with Tamari.
- Worcestershire sauce - substitute with Henderson’s Relish.
- Etc.


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  1. Can’t wait to try this 😁
    Just a quick note step7 in both the pictorial step by step guide and the written method says to add the mustard along with Worcestershire sauce – the video adds the Brandy at this point.

    Love your recipes and your site. Many many thanks.

      1. You could try Quark, but you would need to add it when the pan is off the heat at the very end of cooking to prevent it from splitting 🙂

  2. Just made this for the whole family. It was delicious! Thanks so much. One problem tho-I just could not face any veg. Will I have harmed my diet not having speed with this?!

  3. My daughter has just made me aware of this site – what an absolute bonus! Just what I need – I’ll be making the beef stroganoff tonight!

  4. Cooked this tonight. Was amazing. I did it with left over roast beef. Worked a great. I also used laughing cow low fat as my local didn’t sell light Philadelphia. Good alternative.

  5. made it last night – tastes great but too “watery” – will have to reduce further for next time – but def make again

  6. HI!! Fabulous recipe! I’ve read a few comments about the Philadelphia…..Just wondering for people with “cheese aversion”… could you use plain non-fat yoghurt as a substitute???

  7. This is delicious! 😋 I used mustard powder and didn’t add Brandy. Had it with cauliflower rice tonight but I’m making actifry roast potatoes next time. Mmmmm!!!
    Thank you

  8. I normally hate stroganoff but it’s my hubbys favourite so going to make this for his Valentine dinner as it looks delicious.

  9. Hi

    I’m slightly confused, for the philadephia it say 2xHEAs.. i thought u could only have 1xHEA a day
    Can someone explain this?


  10. I think we’re doing something wrong. We love this recipe, but the meat always comes out tough, Is there any tricks to make sure it doesn’t go tough?! thanks xxx

  11. I haven’t made this yet, it’s on the menu for next week and looks yummy. I just wanted to say how fantastic those little knife sharpeners are! Best one I’ve used yet.

  12. I used half fat Crème Fraiche as I did not have any Philly it was lovely and creamy . Definitely a winner

  13. Just gotta say that this is an amazing dinner….so good in fact that I’m making it again today so I don’t run out of it in the freezer. Keep up all your hard work on getting the best and tastiest recipes out to us ladies you are stars, thank you.

  14. I made this tonight and oh my goodness it was delicious. My children are quite fussy so I was worried that they wouldn’t like it but they enjoyed every mouthful and have asked me to make this again so I’m happy with that! Thank you Pinch of Nom 🙂

  15. This isnt the first recipe I have used from your site and I have to say it won’t be the last, the taste was amazing, admittedly I added a little extra Dijon but apart from that 100% to your recipe.
    However I just want to add that as an experienced, qualified chef, your recipes shouldn’t work but they work superbly well and I am so glad as they have helped me loose weight whilst still enjoying my food…..thank you!

  16. We absolutely love this recipe. Trying hard to limit our red meat so we use chicken. Tastes beautiful. I also find reading the comments other members write very helpful when deciding what recipes to use. Thank you PoN. Looking forward to the book launch

  17. Hello,

    Made this for the first time tonight, and while it tasted very nice, my end sauce was alot lighter than the pictures on here….and seemed a little thin….where did I go wrong? All the weights/measurements were correct. Did I not let the stock reduce down enough? Or was it because I didn’t add mushrooms? My girlfriend doesn’t like them, so had leave them out.

    Any advice greatly received.


  18. Hello! Look forward to trying this recipe next week. My boyfriend is veggie however, we both love mushrooms. I was wondering many more additional grams you would add of mushrooms in substitute for the beef? Thanks.

  19. Hi ladies!

    I’ve only got lean diced casserole beef will this be ok or will be it too chewy for this dish?


    1. Hi Cathy,

      You could try it, though quark splits very easily when heated and won’t give such a creamy sauce.

  20. Hi
    I’ve made this before and it’s gorgeous! I’m making it for friends this weekend and I’d like to make it earlier in the day. How do I reheat it without the meat going tough? I’ve bought some good quality steak. Thanks.

  21. I know the whole point of a stroganoff is to have the mushrooms but I really can’t face onions and mushrooms but the sauce looks ands sounds amazing! I can’t imagine it would be a disaster if I used different veg?

  22. Just made this and followed the recipe 100%. Only thing I felt was the sauce was not thick enough so I added a little cornflour. Worked a treat. Will make again.

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