The Easiest Vegan Gravy

This vegan gravy has a delicious savory flavor that tastes lovely over mashed potatoes or roasted vegetables. It’s so simple and makes dinners extra special. Make it gluten-free by using a gluten free flour.

How To Make Vegan Gravy

This recipe is quick & easy – really it only takes about 10-15 minutes tops. It’s made without nutritional yeast or other hard-to-find ingredients. You will need to have some vegetable bouillon or vegetable stock, but in a pinch you can use plain water.

There’s a summary of this recipe at the bottom of the post. Here are photos of the steps for those of you who learn by seeing, as I do!

Step 1 – Melt butter

Vegan butter being stirred with a whisk in a frying pan as it melts.

Step 2 – Whisk in flour

Flour being mixed into melted vegan butter in a pan.

Step 3 – Slowly add liquid & seasonings

Water being poured into a gravy mixture in a pan.

Step 4 – Bring to boil & cool

A gravy mixture coming to a boil in a skillet.

Step 5 – Add browning sauce (optional)

Finished vegan gravy thickening up in a pan.

Step 6 – Serve & enjoy

Close-up view of gravy poured over a bowl of mashed potatoes garnished with flakes of fresh parsley.

PRO TIPS

Don’t rush it – As the recipe states below, add the liquid gradually to the melted butter and flour. Otherwise, it’ll just be more frustrating to incorporate it.

Make it gluten-free – You can sub the all-purpose flour with your choice of gluten-free flour.

Add flavor – you can use any flavor of vegetable bouillon or vegetable stock in this. For the seasoning, I usually use an herbs de provence blend (which is comprised of savory, marjoram, rosemary, thyme, and oregano) but you can use different dried or fresh herbs such as:

  • parsley
  • onion powder
  • garlic powder
  • dried green onion
  • paprika powder
  • chili powder
  • etc

Strain it – Once the gravy is done, I like to filter out the herbs using a fine mesh sieve. This isn’t necessary, but I like the smoother finish that you get if you strain it real quick. It only takes a second!

Add browning sauce – I use a tiny amount of a browning sauce called kitchen bouquet to add a darker brown color to my gravy. If you don’t use it, it’ll still be delicious, but the color will be lighter. I first heard of browning sauce in an 1800s cookbook (sadly, I can’t remember which one!) where it was made by cooking brown sugar and water. Here’s a recipe to make it at home.

Pair this vegan gravy with:

Vegan gravy poured over a bowl of mashed potatoes, garnished with parsley.

Easy Vegan Gravy

A simple recipe for dairy-free, vegan gravy that's goes well with mashed potatoes or roasted veggies.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 6 servings
Calories 41 kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Melt vegan butter in a skillet and whisk in flour. Cook for 2-3 minutes (do not brown).
  • Dissolve the vegan bouillon in water, then gradually whisk it into the flour/butter mixture. Add herbs if using, then cook at medium-low heat until thickened (it's okay if it boils, just keep stirring so it doesn't burn).Taste it to see if more salt or pepper is needed.
  • Filter out the herbs using a fine mesh sieve (optional). Add a little browning sauce to make it a darker brown (if you want).

Video

Notes

  • The gravy may be frozen for later use. When using thawed gravy, the texture will be lumpy at first. Microwave or warm it on the stove until it’s hot, then add a bit more water and blend it to make it smooth again.
  • You can use 2 cups of vegetable broth instead of vegetable bouillon and water. 
Course: Vegan Dinner Recipes, Vegan Holiday Recipes
Cuisine: American

Nutrition

Calories: 41kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 41mg | Potassium: 6mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 185IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg
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8 thoughts on “The Easiest Vegan Gravy”

  1. 5 stars
    This is absolutely perfect for my family. Thanksgiving is about to get better and I can’t wait to surprise my family with this vegan gravy! Looks so delicious and very easy to make too.

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