Mushroom Gravy

  • Prep Time : 5m
  • Cook Time : 15m
  • Ready In : 20m

Total Cost (minus sundries): $4

This is one of the first things I came up with when I switched to a plant-based diet back in 1995.  There was a restaurant in Seattle called The Globe that had biscuits and gravy that were world-renowned.  So we were determined to recreate them in our apartment.  While we never got close, this gravy was a fantastic ‘second prize’.

Gravy is never easy to photograph.  It looks like mud on some tofu.  But not only does it taste amazing, it fills up the whole household with a warming, autumn aroma.  It will raise the sleepiest of sleepers.


  • 1 Cup Mushrooms finely chopped (about 6 mushrooms)
  • 1/2 Cup Onion, finely chopped (about 1/2 an onion)
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil (any oil will do)
  • 1 1/4 Cup Water
  • 2 Tablespoons of Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Oregano
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 4 Tablespoons Flour
  • Pepper to taste


Step 1

Heat the oil in a sauce pan, then add the onion, mushroom and garlic. Sautee until onions are translucent.

Step 2

Add the water, soy sauce, oregano, pepper, and bay leaves and bring to a simmer over medium heat.

Step 3

Reduce to low heat and add the flour. Use a whisk to thoroughly to mix it in. Gently mix until it boils and forms a gravy. You may want to add more water depending on how thick you like your gravy.

Jake switched to a plant based diet in 1996 and quickly realized he had no idea how to cook. All these years later and he's still trying to figure it out...

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Comments (7)

  1. posted by Judy Ness on November 17, 2012

    This looks really good. I’m going to try it for all the family over the holidays!

    • posted by Jake on November 17, 2012

      Great – Let us know how everyone likes it!

  2. posted by Jeanne on November 21, 2012

    I have always been intimidated by traditional turkey gravy and this was not at all intimidating and very good! It will be made many more times during the year!

    • posted by Jake on November 21, 2012

      Excellent! So glad you liked it, and it was easy to make. Thanks for the feedback.

  3. posted by mark on November 22, 2012

    Made this today for my veggie loaf. Thanksgiving fun! So tasty.

  4. posted by Erica on March 19, 2013

    What did you top with this gravy (in pic)?

  5. posted by Morgan on December 4, 2014

    This was fantastic. I used fresh oregano and subbed salt for soy sauce and it was amazing. It’s a bit chunky if you like smooth gravy, but the taste is great.


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