Quick and Easy Gravy From Scratch

How to make the best, 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 are also shared below. Jump to the Quick and Easy Gravy Recipe

Gravy From Scratch

How To Make Gravy from Scratch

There are some recipes we all need to have in our back pocket. This gravy is one of them. Use this gravy recipe with homemade stock, store-bought stock, or use pan drippings. You need less than 10 minutes, and you can make it in advance. It keeps in the fridge up to 5 days. Let’s do this!

Easy Gravy Recipe

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

What You Need To Make Gravy

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

Butter and all-purpose flour combine to make 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 the base of gravy. As I mentioned above, you can use poultry, beef or even vegetable stock. You can also use pan drippings.

Salt and fresh ground black pepper are essential for making sure the gravy isn’t bland or under seasoned.

Optional Ingredients (Flavor Enhancers)

  • Fresh or dried herbs like sage, thyme or rosemary add so much 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, Worcestershire sauce or fish sauce might sound odd to add to gravy, but they all add a savory, umami element. We use mushroom powder quite a bit in our recipes, it is easy to make yourself and can even be purchased in specialty stores or online. Fish sauce and Worcestershire are seasonings we use quite a bit in our own kitchen. Just a dash makes dishes that seem as though they are lacking in flavor really sing.

The Steps For Making Perfect, Creamy Gravy

If you’ve never made gravy before, don’t worry! Gravy is simple to make. You’ll be an expert in no time! The process takes less than 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, so the gravy becomes silky and smooth. To do it, I melt butter over medium heat in a skillet then I whisk in the flour. I like to cook the butter and flour for a minute or two. You will actually see the paste darken slightly in color. We are looking for a blonde color.

Step 2: Whisk in stock, broth or liquid left in a roasting pan. I like to add the liquid warm since it seems to incorporate better into the butter and flour. As the liquid heats up and begins to simmer, the gravy thickens. After a minute of simmering, you have gravy!

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

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 optional, but it does make the gravy extra creamy and decadent.

How To Make Gravy With Pan Drippings

As I’ve already mentioned, you can use our recipe to make gravy with or without pan drippings. In 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 the pan drippings ultra-flavorful. I’d hate to lose all that flavor so I like to make a gravy from it, here’s how I do it:

First, I separate the fat and broth left in the bottom of the roasting pan. I typically use a spoon to scoop off the fat from what’s left in the bottom of the pan. Then I strain the remaining liquid. The fat I saved can be used in place of the butter called for in the recipe and the liquid I saved can be used as the broth. If you don’t want to use a spoon to separate the fat from the liquid, there are gravy fat separators you can buy (OXO makes one).

If you used a roasting pan or Dutch oven that is safe to place over the stovetop, you can make the gravy right in it. This is ideal since there will be lots of flavor stuck to the bottom of the pan/dish. If you used a baking dish like we did for our chicken, you will need to make the gravy in a skillet.

Pan drippings make for ultra flavorful gravy.
PHere’s the dish used when I roasted a chicken. The pan drippings at the bottom are ultra-flavorful so I use them to make gravy.

Making Gravy Without Butter

Butter can be substituted with other animal fats like chicken fat or lard. You can 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).

How to make ultra-flavorful gravy with or without pan drippings.

Making Gluten-Free Gravy (Without Flour)

For gluten-free gravy, we switch up the method a bit. It’s still extra easy to make, though. Here are the steps I follow for making 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.

Serving Suggestions

Quick and Easy Gravy From Scratch

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Homemade gravy is quick and easy. If you’ve roasted chicken, turkey or beef, use the drippings left in the roasting pan. They make the gravy extra flavorful and seasoned. You can make gravy without drippings and use stock or broth in it’s place. Store-bought stock is usually under seasoned. Take care when seasoning with salt and pepper towards the end of the recipe. Finally, for more flavor, whisk in mushroom powder. This is optional, but adds a deep savory flavor.

Makes about 3 cups

Watch Us Make the Recipe

You Will Need

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, see our recipe

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


  • Make Gravy
  • In a wide skillet with sides, melt butter over medium heat. When melted and sizzling, whisk in the flour. Whisk until the flour and butter turn into a smooth paste and look medium blonde in color; about 1 minute. It smells toasty, like browned butter.

    Pour in stock and whisk until smooth. Bring the gravy to a low simmer. As it simmers, it thickens and becomes glossy.

    Whisk in the herbs and mushroom powder then cook at a low simmer for a minute or two. Remove from the heat then stir in half and half or cream (optional).

    Taste for seasoning and adjust with salt and black pepper (we like a generous amount of pepper).

    • Tips for Using Pan Drippings
    • Substitute some or all the butter with fat left in the pan from roasting. If there are juices left in the pan, strain them then swap all or some of the stock for the pan juices. Pan drippings and juices will be well seasoned compared to the stock. When seasoning, taste the gravy first then adjust with more salt and/or pepper. If you used a stove-top safe pan such as a Dutch oven or stainless steel pan for roasting, there is no need for the skillet. Make the gravy directly in the roasting pan.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • Make ahead: Cool the gravy then store in an airtight dish. Refrigerate up to 5 days. When ready to serve, reheat the gravy over low heat. If you have pan drippings pour some of them into the gravy before serving.
  • Make onion gravy: To add even more flavor and sweetness, chop 1/2 an onion then cook in the butter until very soft and translucent (10 to 15 minutes). When the onion is ready, whisk in the flour and follow the recipe as stated above.
  • More flavor: Depending on the stock used, you may find you need to add more flavor. A dash of Worcestershire sauce, fish sauce and even soy sauce can help deepen the flavor of sauces.
  • For vegan/plant-based gravy, use vegan butter or follow our method for gluten-free gravy shared above in the article (made with cornstarch starch).
  • Nutrition facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA database to calculate approximate values.

If you make this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag it #inspiredtaste — We love to see your creations on Instagram and Facebook! Find us: @inspiredtaste

Nutrition Per Serving: Serving Size About 1/3 cup / Calories 76 / Protein 2 g / Carbohydrate 4 g / Dietary Fiber 0 g / Total Sugars 0 g / Total Fat 6 g / Saturated Fat 4 g / Cholesterol 15 mg / Sodium 285 mg
AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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28 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Edwinia November 19, 2020, 11:30 pm

    This is the first time my gravy looks close to how my mother makes it. Thank you so much it came out beautiful 😍.

  • Chef Mads July 31, 2020, 12:06 am

    I made your gravy with vegetable stock, but no half and half, and into coconut gravy with some coconut powder! Turned out phenomenal with the right amount of seasoning. I even added some diced mushroom to substitute the powder and it got some extra points in presentation. Love love loooove this gravy recipe for Loco Moco?

  • Hannah May 30, 2020, 2:14 am

    I used a combination of pan drippings and broth to make this. The flavor was good, but the consistency was very thin. Next time, I’ll cut down the amount of liquid.

  • Cindy August 11, 2019, 8:26 pm

    The best gravy I have ever made! And it’s super easy!! I didn’t have mushroom powder so I used garlic and onion powder and a little rosemary and my kids smoothered it on everything!!

  • Tell July 18, 2019, 6:16 pm

    Made it just right thank you I had my steps backwards before this. Went good over my meatballs with rice

  • Kim December 5, 2018, 4:57 pm

    I asked Google for a gravy recipe, this was the one she provided. It was quick and delicious. I didn’t have rnouhh stock on hand so used bullion cube instead and topped with the stock and it worked great. Will definitely keep this recipe at the ready for future gravy making. ?

  • Rick Komas November 22, 2018, 4:15 pm

    Thanks this recipe was super quick and easy and tasty

  • Judi Langston November 17, 2018, 7:33 am

    How much cream do you recommend adding?

    • Joanne April 19, 2019, 12:59 pm

      Hi Judi, I add a tablespoon or so.

  • Insparationer #1 November 16, 2018, 8:13 pm

    Glad you like gravy! Try a pinch of cinnamon twist in your gravy! Uncontrollable fulfillment for the taste of classic thinking!

  • Angie Ausec November 15, 2018, 6:58 am

    Made your onion gravy last night for dinner. It was excellent and easy. It really helped finished off my stuffed pork chops. Thank you for the great recipe. It’s a keeper.

  • Barbara Miller October 20, 2018, 9:05 pm


  • Ang September 21, 2018, 11:22 pm

    I forgot how good homemade gravy could be! Very yummy.

  • Norah August 26, 2018, 6:42 pm

    I made this, but used almond flour as a thickener instead of wheat flour. It worked perfectly, and was so delicious I may never go back to packaged gravy mix

  • Adriana June 25, 2018, 5:24 pm

    This is the first gravy I ever made and oh my… It’s delicious! I grounded dried woodear mushrooms and added the optional heavy cream. Love it! Thank you!

  • Thora Wagner June 25, 2018, 2:54 pm

    Thank you for much needed easy gravy recipe. Excellent taste made my roast beef more delicious.


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