Simple Gravy

BY : PUBLISHED : April 23rd, 2012 UPDATED: October 13th, 2021

If you are looking for a simple gravy that is sure to be a crowd-pleaser this Thanksgiving, then look no further!

This Vegan Gravy Is: 

  • Very quick to make.
  • Plant-based and Vegan-friendly (meatless!)
  • Great for special occasions such as Thanksgiving & Christmas.
  • Inexpensive to make.
  • So flavorful!

Gravy On Everything!

Can we all agree that gravy is an all-time favorite condiment to slather on everything? Although we automatically associate this magic sauce with holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas, it can also be used at any occasion (or no occasion at all).

It’s best paired with the classic mashed potatoes but would also go so well with some bean burgers, some roasted vegetables, mini pot pies, or these perfect fluffy breakfast biscuits. Normally traditional gravy is cooked with a meat-based stock, but we made this vegan version with veggie bouillon and it tastes amazing!

Can You Freeze Gravy?

Did you make too much gravy? No problem! You can freeze the leftover sauce in an airtight container and it will keep for about 3 months. Once you’re ready to use again, just thaw the container in your fridge overnight and reheat in a pan (remember to stir while reheating it). It might get thicker over time so feel free to thin it out with some more stock or just a bit of plant-based milk. Also, consider freezing this gravy into small portions in ice cube trays.

completed Vegan Simple Gravy in gravy pot and in bowl against white background

Dark Gravy or Light Gravy?

One thing to keep in mind is that the brand of vegetable bouillon you use in this recipe will have an impact on the final color of the sauce. If you use a lighter cube, then the final product will be lighter, and if you use a dark one, it will be darker. It seems very simple but it’s important to know this before you start.

Now go on and pour that tasty gravy all over your plate!

Your next Thanksgiving dinner (or any meal) will be extra tasty with this simple gravy. 

Ingredients and Substitutes:

  • Water: 1 cup
  • Vegetarian Bouillon: 1 cube
  • Vegetable Oil: 2 tablespoons
  • Yellow Onion: ⅛ cup, diced
  • All-Purpose Flour: 2 tablespoons
  • Salt & Pepper: to taste

How to Make Simple Gravy:

Keep scrolling to the recipe card for the complete list of ingredients and recipe instructions!

  • Start by either boiling or microwaving the water and bouillon cube until it’s a well-combined broth, then set it aside.
  • In a small pot over medium-heat, add the vegetable oil and onions and saute until the onions become translucent tender. Lower to a simmer, add the flour, and stir until your roux has a smooth consistency.
  • Add the broth, salt, and pepper, and stir over low heat until it thickens.

Recipe Notes & Tips

  • Whisking is the key to smooth out the flour.
  • Make sure you allow your onions time to cook for added flavor.
  • Looking to add something more to your simple gravy? Consider throwing in some diced mushrooms or minced celery for a chunkier gravy.
  • Season with smoked paprika if you are looking for a smoky flavor.

What Should I Serve with Homemade Vegetarian Gravy?

The great thing about this made from scratch gravy is that it is perfect for whatever you would normally put gravy on! (especially your yummy Thanksgiving recipes!)

  • Sweet Potatoes: You might automatically think of pouring gravy on regular mashed potatoes, but consider using this simple gravy on sweet potatoes as well for the perfect mix of sweet and savory!
  • Stuffing: Gravy is simply delicious on top of this popular side dish.
  • Biscuits: Try your hand at a plant-based version of biscuits and gravy.
  • Green Beans: A super simple holiday side dish, these beans are quick and zesty. These Crispy Flax Greens Bean Fries are a great option as well!

completed Vegan Simple Gravy in gravy pot and in bowl against white background

FAQs

Does the gravy reheat well?

It does! It may get congealed in the fridge, but once you heat it up it will loosen up again.

Can I make this simple gravy gluten-free?

Try using brown rice flour instead of all-purpose flour to yield a gluten-free option of this vegan gravy.

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Photos by Alfonso Revilla

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Simple Gravy

Toni Okamoto
This simple gravy recipe is incredibly quick and easy to make. I’ve used it for every Thanksgiving potluck for the past decade and it has always been a huge crowd-pleaser.
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 53 kcal
METHOD Stove
DIET Vegan

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 vegetarian bouillon cube
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • cup of diced yellow onion
  • 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Start by either boiling or microwaving the water and bullion cube until it's a well-combined broth, then set it aside.
  • In a small pot over medium-heat, add the vegetable oil and onions and saute until the onions become translucent tender. Lower to a simmer, add the flour and stir until your roux has a smooth consistency.
  • Add the broth, salt and pepper, and stir over low heat until it thickens.

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Notes

Yields 1 1/2 cups

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25cupCalories: 53kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 1gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 115mgPotassium: 8mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 1IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 2mgIron: 1mg
Keyword butter, easy, gravy, holiday, homemade, meat free, sauce, simple, thanksgiving, vegan, vegetarian
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About Toni Okamoto

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My goal in life is not to be rich or wealthy,
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