Brown Gravy Recipe

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Add rich, savory flavor to your favorite dishes with brown gravy from scratch. No need to prepare your meat first–this easy recipe shows you how to make brown gravy without drippings, in only 10 minutes. Pour the sauce in a gravy boat, and let your guests serve themselves when they arrive for a sit-down dinner.

Brown gravy in a gravy warmer on wooden background.

Brown Gravy Ingredients

Brown gravy ingredients prepped on wooden background.
  • butter and flour to make a roux
  • beef broth
  • dry sherry (optional)
  • Salt, pepper and fresh herbs (if desired)
Brown gravy in a gravy warmer on wooden background.

Serving Suggestions

Brown gravy adds a hearty, rustic flavor with a subtle beef aftertaste to homemade dishes. Drizzle gravy over pot roast, steak, meatloaf, mashed potatoes, vegetables and roasted chicken or turkey for added color, flavor and deliciousness. While you can enjoy gravy any time of the year, brown gravy’s warm, comforting aroma makes it best for autumn roasts and holiday meals.

Gravy dripping over plate of meatloaf and broccoli.

Can you Freeze Gravy?

Yes, you can freeze gravy for up to four to six months in the freezer. Store it in airtight containers or freezer bags, or freeze portions in ice cube trays so you don’t have to thaw the whole container every time.

You can also store your leftover brown gravy in the fridge. It can last up to 4 days in the fridge in an airtight container, so eat quickly or send it to the freezer.

Brown gravy in frying pan on wooden background, gravy warmer in the background.

How to Use Up Leftover Brown Gravy

If you store the gravy in the fridge, find creative ways to use the whole container up before it goes bad. It can be one of the most versatile ingredients in your kitchen:

Gravy dripping over plate of meatloaf and broccoli, gravy warmer in the background.
  • Simmer meat and vegetables in a pan with gravy.
  • Add gravy to soup to thicken up the broth and enhance the flavor.
  • Gravy on toast makes a quick, savory breakfast or snack.
  • For a cajun-style meal, pour gravy on cooked rice.
  • Make poutine!

Which recipes do you pair with brown gravy? Let us know how you serve your gravy in the comments and if you liked this simple recipe, please share it!

Brown gravy in a gravy warmer on wooden background.

Brown Gravy Recipe

Joss D
Add rich, savory flavor to your favorite dishes with brown gravy from scratch in only 10 minutes.
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Prep Time 3 mins
Cook Time 7 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Sauce
Cuisine British
Servings 6 1/3 cup servings
Calories 94 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1-2 tablespoons dry sherry - optional
  • Salt and pepper - to taste
  • Fresh herbs - minced – optional

Instructions
 

  • Melt butter in a non-stick skillet or saucepan over medium heat.
    ¼ cup butter
    Butter melting in frying pan.
  • Stir in the flour.
    ¼ cup all-purpose flour
    Flour and butter mixture in frying pan.
  • Cook until the mixture is golden in color (about 5 to 7 minutes), stirring constantly. (You want it to bubble gently. If it is bubbling too vigorously, turn the heat down to medium-low.)
    Roux in frying pan.
  • Slowly whisk in the broth, about ¼ cup at a time, until smooth. Bring to a simmer.
    2 cups beef broth
    Broth and roux in frying pan.
  • Lower the heat to medium-low and simmer until thickened, about 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    Brown gravy in frying pan.
  • Stir in dry sherry, if using.
    1-2 tablespoons dry sherry
    Brown gravy in frying pan.
  • Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Add some fresh herbs, if desired.
    Brown gravy in frying pan with a wooden spoon and salt sprinkling on top.
  • Serve.
    Brown gravy in frying pan on wooden background, gravy warmer in the background.

Nutrition

Calories: 94kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 2gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 365mgPotassium: 53mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 236IUCalcium: 8mgIron: 1mg

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