Homemade Brown Gravy (No Drippings or Cornstarch Needed)

This homemade brown gravy is one of the easiest holiday recipes you’ll whip up. It takes only 5 minutes and tastes so much better than prepackaged mixes or store-bought versions. The savory simplicity pairs perfectly with mashed potatoes or poured over slices of turkey.

bamboo ladle getting gravy out of a pot
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This homemade brown gravy is part of my from-scratch holiday recipe series. I’m taking my favorite holiday dishes, simplifying the processes, and creating them from scratch for healthier versions of the classics. Be sure to check out my holiday punch, pomegranate chicken, and sourdough dinner rolls.

Homemade Brown Gravy Recipe Inspiration

Brown gravy is one of my favorite types of gravy. Growing up my mom would serve it over mashed potatoes, on Saulsberry steak, and of course during holidays. From this childhood fondness, I wanted to create a from-scratch brown gravy using simple ingredients. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I had to include it in my from-scratch holiday recipe series!

Why We Love This Recipe

  • Easy to make in 5 minutes
  • Tastes better than store bought or prepackaged
  • Made of wholesome ingredients and zero additives
  • It’s delicious on so many sides and dishes
bowl of gravy on the counter top
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Tips for Making Brown Gravy

  • Be patient, don’t rush the simmering process to thicken this gravy.
  • Use good quality beef broth or stock, I love using organic.
  • Don’t use cornstarch to thicken it, just be patient and let it simmer.

Homemade Brown Gravy Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup unbleached, all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups beef broth (organic is my favorite)
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
whisking ingredients on the stovetop
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How to Make Brown Gravy From Scratch

  1. Melt butter in a small pot on medium heat.
  2. Add flour and cook roux for 1-2 minutes over medium heat stirring continually.
  3. Add beef broth, salt, and pepper and whisk until combined.
  4. Let simmer over medium heat for 3-8 minutes until desired consistency occurs, stir occasionally. (3 minutes for runny gravy, 5-8 minutes for thick gravy)

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Making Homemade Brown Gravy Ahead

Make homemade brown gravy ahead of time by following this recipe, allowing it to cool, and placing in the freezer for up to 4 months. This is a great recipe to make ahead to reduce your to-dos around the holidays.

Storing Leftovers

Store cooled down brown gravy in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 3 days or in the freezer for 4 months.

bamboo ladle pouring gravy into pot
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Ways to Serve Homemade Brown Gravy

  • Pour over homemade mashed potatoes
  • Serve with turkey or ham
  • Use for Salesbury steak

Recipe FAQ

  • What is brown gravy? Brown gravy is made with broth or meat drippings rather than milk giving it a dark color and savory flavor profile.
  • How do I reheat brown gravy? Place gravy on the stovetop over medium heat, add a little beef broth if it’s too thick.
  • How do I prevent lumps? Ensure your roux is well combined before adding any liquid. Always combine cornstarch and water in a small bowl before adding to the gravy mixture. Never add cornstarch by itself.

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Easy Homemade Brown Gravy From Scratch

Molly LaFontaine
This homemade brown gravy is one of the easiest holiday recipes you'll try. It pairs perfectly with mashed potatoes or poured over slices of turkey.
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Side Dish, Staples from Scratch
Cuisine American
Servings 2 cups (approx.)

Ingredients
  

  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups beef broth (organic is my favorite)
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Melt butter in a small pot on medium heat.
  • Add flour and cook roux for 1-2 minutes over medium heat stirring continually.
  • Add beef broth, salt, and pepper and whisk until combined.
  • Let simmer over medium heat for 3-8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until desired consistency. (3 minutes for runny gravy, 5-8 minutes for thick gravy)
Keyword brown gravy, easy brown gravy, homemade brown gravy, plum branch home brown gravy

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