In this post: Easy homemade gravy recipe that is perfect for pot roast, turkey, chicken, or even poutine! Make it gluten-free by using rice flour or another gluten-free flour, or vegan by using vegetable broth.


It took me years to learn to make gravy. Which is funny because once you know how it’s really not at all difficult! Gravy makes so many things taste better. Homemade gravy even more so. And it’s one of those easy recipes that can add a big taste to so many foods!

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How to Make Homemade Gravy for Meat and Veggies

homemade gravy in a white gravy boat

Gravy is a staple for our family’s Sunday Suppers. It’s also a staple at most holiday meals – like Thanksgiving and Christmas – where family and friends gather together. It’s the perfect addition to so many foods, it doesn’t take long to make and it can be made ahead and stored in an airtight container the fridge for up to five days and in the freezer for longer. 

This Traditional Gravy Making Method Works for All Meats and Even Veggies

Traditional gravy is made by starting with a roux. Roux is a 1:2 ratio of a fat (usually butter, but other fats like oils, or bacon grease work too) and flour. To make the roux, the fat is melted over low heat in a saucepan and then the flour is added to make a paste. Then small amounts of a liquid are whisked in. The liquid can be drippings from a roast, canned, homemade or carton broth, or even milk. The roux mixture thickens the liquid, which makes gravy. You can then add seasonings like salt and pepper if you desire. 

How do I make gravy using roast pan drippings?

Using roast drippings – turkey, chicken or beef drippings – is often the most flavorful way of making gravy and it’s fairly simple. 

Being careful not to burn yourself, strain any bits and pieces and fat off by pouring the drippings through a fine-mesh strainer into a measuring cup. 

How do I make gravy gluten-free?

To make gluten-free gravy from scratch, you can simply replace any required all-purpose flour with the same amount of rice flour (white or brown) when making the roux. You can also use tapioca (or corn) starch to replace the flour, but then you will only need about half as much because those starches thicken up much more than flour. 

How do I use milk in gravy?

If you’d like a creamier gravy, you can replace some or all of the liquid with milk. Any milk works too – even plant-based milk like soy, coconut, and almond. Just be sure to use unsweetened versions of those or your gravy may come out much sweeter than you will like. 

What kind of liquids can I use to make homemade gravy from scratch?

To make your gravy, you can use:

  • chicken broth
  • bone broth
  • beef broth
  • vegetable broth
  • pan drippings
  • milk – soy, almond, coconut, dairy, etc.

What other seasonings can I add to my homemade gravy?

I like to keep my gravy pretty simple and just season it with salt and pepper. But you could try these other seasonings as well:

  • poultry seasoning
  • sage
  • black pepper
  • rosemary
  • thyme

Homemade Gravy Recipe

With this simple recipe, you can make chicken gravy, beef gravy, or even veggie gravy!

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. butter, healthy butter substitute such as Becel Vegan or Earth Balance
  • 2-4 tbsp. rice flour
  • 1 C. Broth – beef, chicken, or vegetable
  • Salt & pepper, optional

Directions

  1. In a saucepan over medium-low heat melt 1 tablespoon butter or butter substitute.
  2. Once butter is melted, begin to stir in rice flour a little at a time. Continue adding flour until butter and flour become a paste (roux).
  3. Then pour in a little broth at a time, whisking as you go, allowing gravy to thicken before adding more broth.
  4. Add salt and black pepper (optional).
  5. Serve over potatoes or meat!

See, not hard at all.

Just choose the broth that coordinates with the dish you’re serving!

The trick to homemade gravy is the roux (butter and flour in this case): don’t walk away while the roux is heating, otherwise, it will burn.

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What to serve your homemade gravy with

I’ve used this recipe to make gravy for our slow cooker roast beef dinner, poutine (gluten-free and dairy-free!), Thanksgiving turkey, mashed potatoes, mashed cauliflower, and roast chicken.

Homemade Gravy Recipe

Homemade Gravy Recipe

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Easy homemade gravy that is perfect for turkey, roast, chicken or even poutine!

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. butter, healthy butter substitute such as Becel Vegan or Earth Balance
  • 2-4 tbsp. rice flour
  • 1 C. Broth, beef, chicken or vegetable
  • Salt & pepper, optional

Instructions

  1. In saucepan over medium heat melt butter or butter substitute.
  2. Once butter is melted, begin to stir in rice flour a little at a time. Continue adding flour until butter and flour become a paste (roux).
  3. Then whisk in broth, a little at a time allowing gravy to thicken before adding more broth.
  4. Add salt and pepper (optional).
  5. Serve over potatoes or meat!

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