How to make gravy

How to make gravy

How to make the most effective, most flavorful homemade gravy with or without pan drippings. Use our easy recipe for chicken, turkey, beef and even vegetables! Vegan/plant-based gravy substitutes also are shared below. Jump to the fast and simple Gravy Recipe or watch our quick recipe video showing how we make.

How To Make Gravy from Scratch

There are some recipes we all have to have in our back pocket. This gravy is one amongst them. Use this gravy recipe with homemade stock, store-bought stock, or use pan drippings. you wish but 10 minutes, and you'll be able to make it prior to. It keeps within the fridge up to five days. Let’s do this!


Our easy method works for all the meats — chicken, turkey, beef, pork, and lamb will all have the benefit of our gravy recipe. I’ve even made a vegetarian gravy using our ultra-satisfying vegetable broth as a base. Speaking of vegetarian recipes, you may enjoy our amazing mushroom stuffing recipe, which is of course vegan.

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What You Need To Make Gravy

Here’s the fundamental ingredients for our easy homemade gravy, I’ve also shared some optional ingredients for creating it extra tasty.

  • Butter and all-purpose flour combine to form a paste (also called a roux), which helps to thicken broth into a velvety gravy. For gravy without butter or for gluten-free gravy, see my tips below.
  • Warm stock or broth is that the base of gravy. As i discussed above, you'll be able to use poultry, beef or maybe vegetable stock. you'll also use pan drippings.
  • Salt and fresh ground black pepper are essential for creating sure the gravy isn’t bland or under seasoned.
  • Optional Ingredients (Flavor Enhancers)
  • Fresh or dried herbs like sage, thyme or rosemary add such a lot extra flavor to gravy. I especially love adding sage when making turkey gravy.
  • Half and half or cream added just before serving makes the gravy extra creamy and luscious.
  • Mushroom powder, Worcester sauce or fish sauce might sound odd to feature to gravy, but all of them add a savory, umami element. We use mushroom powder quite bit in our recipes, it's easy to form yourself and may even be purchased in specialty stores or online. Fish sauce and Worcestershire are seasonings we use quite bit in our own kitchen. Just a touch makes dishes that appear as if they're lacking in flavor really sing.

The Steps For Making Perfect, Creamy Gravy

If you’ve never made gravy before, don’t worry! Gravy is easy to form. You’ll be an expert in no time! the method takes but 10 minutes so let’s do this!

Step 1: Make a smooth paste from melted butter and flour. This paste (also called a roux) thickens the stock, that the gravy becomes silky and smooth. To do it, I melt butter over medium heat in an exceedingly skillet then I whisk within the flour. i favor to cook the butter and flour for a moment or two. you'll actually see the paste darken slightly in color. We are trying to find a blonde color.


Step 2: Whisk available, broth or liquid left in an exceedingly roasting pan. i prefer to feature the liquid warm since it seems to include better into the butter and flour. because the liquid heats up and begins to simmer, the gravy thickens. After a moment of simmering, you've got gravy!

Adding warm stock/broth to a paste made of melted butter and flour makes creamy, thickened gravy.

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Step 3: Season with salt and pepper and optional ingredients. Before serving the gravy, taste it. If it doesn’t sing, adjust the seasoning by adding some salt, herbs, or umami flavor enhancers like mushroom powder, fish sauce, or Worcestershire sauce.


Step 4: Add a splash of half-and-half or cream. this is often optional, but it does make the gravy extra creamy and decadent.

How To Make Gravy With Pan Drippings

As I’ve already mentioned, you'll use our recipe to create gravy with or without pan drippings. within the photo below, we show the dish used when following our whole roasted chicken recipe. The chicken roasts on a bed of onions, which makes the chicken and also the pan drippings ultra-flavorful. I’d hate to lose all that flavor so i prefer to create a gravy from it, here’s how I do it:

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First, I separate the fat and broth left within the bottom of the roasting pan. I typically use a spoon to scoop off the fat from what’s left within the bottom of the pan. Then I strain the remaining liquid. The fat I saved are often employed in place of the butter mixed up within the recipe and therefore the liquid I saved are often used because the broth. If you don’t want to use a spoon to separate the fat from the liquid, there are gravy fat separators you'll be able to buy (OXO makes one).


If you used a roasting pan or Dutch oven that's safe to put over the stovetop, you'll be able to make the gravy right in it. this can be ideal since there'll be plenty of flavor stuck to the underside of the pan/dish. If you used a baking dish like we did for our chicken, you'll must make the gravy during a skillet.


Making Gravy Without Butter

Butter is substituted with other animal fats like chicken fat or lard. you'll be able to also use fat separated from pan drippings. For vegan gravy, use vegan butter or follow our method for gluten-free gravy shared below (made with cornstarch starch).orange mushy dish in bowMaking Gluten-Free Gravy (Without Flour)

For gluten-free gravy, we switch up the strategy a small amount. It’s still extra easy to form, though. Here are the steps I follow for creating the gravy gluten-free:

  1. Warm the broth in a skillet until a low simmer.
  2. Mix 2 tablespoons of cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of water.
  3. While whisking the simmering broth, slowly add the cornstarch mixture.
  4. Continue to whisk until the gravy is thickened, lower the heat, and then season with salt, pepper, and optional flavor enhancers like herbs.

How To Make Extra Creamy Gravy With Milk

You can use milk to make creamier gravies. Simply substitute half or more of the broth called for in our recipe with milk.

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Serving Suggestions

  • I love pouring this silky smooth gravy over our favourite Roasted Vegetables, these Homemade Mashed Potatoes, these Creamy Mashed Sweet Potatoes, or over this low-carb 20-Minute Mashed Cauliflower.
  • Serve alongside our Pan Roasted Chicken Breasts with Thyme, this Whole Roasted Chicken, and our Roasted tenderloin with Apples.
  • Turkey is usually served with gravy in our home, i really like making gravy using the pan drippings leftover from our Roasted Turkey Breast.


Quick and Easy Gravy From Scratch

  • PREP 5mins
  • COOK 5mins
  • TOTAL 10mins

Homemade gravy is quick and simple. If you’ve roasted chicken, turkey or beef, use the drippings left within the roasting pan. they create the gravy extra flavorful and seasoned. you'll be able to make gravy without drippings and use stock or broth in it’s place. Store-bought stock is typically under seasoned. make sure when seasoning with salt and pepper towards the tip of the recipe. Finally, for more flavor, whisk in mushroom powder. this is often optional, but adds a deep savory flavor.


1/4 cup unsalted butter

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

3 cups warm stock (poultry, beef or vegetable stock) or use pan drippings, see note below

1/2 teaspoon mushroom powder, optional

1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh herbs or 1/2 teaspoon dried herbs (try sage, thyme or rosemary)

2 to 3 tablespoons half and half or cream, optional

Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

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