Vegan and Gluten-Free Gravy Recipe on Food52 (2024)

Serves a Crowd

by: Gena Hamshaw



10 Ratings

  • Makes 1 1/2 cups

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Author Notes

This recipe is adapted from Jo Stepaniak's simple and forgiving "golden gravy" in Vegan Vittles. Feel free to adjust the herbs you use to suit your taste. Caramelized onions or sautéed mushrooms also make a fantastic addition. —Gena Hamshaw

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What You'll Need

  • 1/4 cupchickpea or brown rice flour
  • 3 tablespoonsnutritional yeast flakes
  • 1 1/2 cupslow-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoonsreduced-sodium tamari or soy sauce (you may need to modify based on how salty your broth is)
  • 1 tablespoonolive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoondried thyme, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoongarlic powder
  • black pepper, to taste
  1. Heat the brown rice flour or chickpea flour, along with the nutritional yeast flakes, in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir them frequently, until fragrant.
  2. Remove from heat and whisk in the vegetable broth, tamari, olive oil, thyme, and garlic powder.
  3. Return to heat and cook, whisking constantly, until the gravy is thick and bubbly. Season to taste with black pepper. Serve.


  • Condiment/Spread
  • American
  • Chickpea
  • Thyme
  • Serves a Crowd
  • Fall
  • Christmas
  • Thanksgiving
  • Winter
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten-Free

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11 Reviews

Mark B. December 8, 2020

Most soy sauce is made wheat and is not gluten free.

Corrie L. December 13, 2020

Gluten free soy sauce is available and tamari is gluten free.

SusanIRogers June 2, 2020

This is the best gravy that I have ever made or tasted. I used Bob's Red Mill One on One flour and Herbes de Provence instead of Thyme only. My husband couldn't stop raving. I will never make gravy a different way again!

Drew H. April 23, 2020

Add a spoon of Marmite! You won't regret it.

Mae April 2, 2017

Vegan gravy is so much easier and less gross to make than traditional gravy! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. It's great as is, but I like to use less nutritional yeast (it tastes almost like a cheese topping to me with three TBS) and I use fresh thyme when I have it. I like noticing the flavor differences of different flours you can use as well.

Taylor S. November 27, 2015

This was the easiest and one of the most flavorful gravies i've made. After years and years of making a roasted garlic gravy from Epicurious for Thanksgiving, I decided to switch it up this year and prepare this one. And I wasn't disappointed! I used a combination of regular AP flour and spelt flour instead of GF flour, 1 tbsp. of tamari since my broth wasn't low-sodium, and fresh chopped thyme. Amazing! It all came together in 5 minutes and tastes great the next day too.

amy (. November 18, 2014

Nice! I used a very mushroomy homemade stock and threw in some onion powder and sage as well. With no salt in my stock, 1 1/2 Tablespoons of tamari was just right. I made one batch with all garbanzo flour, and another with a 50/50 mix of garbanzo and white rice flours. The former was good, but the flavor reminded me of farinata. The 50/50 mix was perfect, though.

Vivian February 16, 2014

It wont let me share this with my daughter on Facebook. :-(

serendipity2425 November 24, 2013

I have vegetarians in my household but no one with gluten issues. Can I make this using wheat flour I stock in my pantry? If so, do I still need nutritional yeast? While I cook constantly, I find myself buying ingredients rarely used or used often in small amounts, and ultimately throwing out half or more.

I am not a big fan of waste of any sort but especially where food is concerned. THANKS!!

Lauren July 28, 2014

Nutritional yeast is for flavor, not to be confused with yeast for baking, so using regular flour would not replace the nutritional yeast. If you don't cook with nutritional yeast often give it to the vegetarians or vegans you know. It is a great seasoning many people who don't consume dairy use to add a sort of cheesy creamy flavor. I think any flour would work, you are just making a roux and that is usually with ap flour so I don't see why it wouldn't work. Not my recipe though, so I can't say for sure.

Christina November 15, 2013

Totally making this tonight with sweet potatoes, lentils, and cauliflower "steak". Thanks Gena :)

Vegan and Gluten-Free Gravy Recipe on Food52 (2024)


Can you get gluten-free gravy? ›

You may have already discovered your favourite one - mine is the knorr classic gluten free gravy (I picked it up at Tesco Extra). I like the neutral flavour and texture of this one, and when added to meat stock and vegetable water it makes a very tasty gravy.

What are gluten-free options to thicken gravy? ›

White Rice Flour: An all-purpose flour for breading and thickening. Sweet Rice Flour (Mochiko): Thickens gravy and sauces, and is used to make noodles. Tapioca Flour (Tapioca Starch): Use it to thicken sauces, as you would starch.

Can you make gravy without flour or cornstarch? ›

Arrowroot. This powder comes from rhizomes of the Marantaceae family of tubers. It's a great natural substitute for those needing a gluten-free gravy thickener. As with using cornstarch or flour to thicken gravy, make a slurry with your arrowroot powder by mixing 2 to 3 tablespoons with an equal amount of water.

What is a good substitute for flour in gravy? ›

Cornstarch and potato starch are the best options for gravy. Avoid arrowroot and tapioca starches because they can get "stringy" and look artificial in gravy. Cornstarch gravy is more translucent than flour based sauces. Potato starch gravy is more opaque than cornstarch, but less opaque than flour.

Which gravy mix is gluten free? ›

MAGGI Gluten Free Supreme Gravy Mix is the perfect way to add a rich, beef - flavoured finish to meat and vegetable dishes. Easy to make, simply cook on stovetop and serve. It's gluten free, and 99% fat free.

Which gravy is gluten free? ›

Bisto Gluten Free Gravy Granules. Same great taste as the nation's favourite.

What is the best gluten-free flour to use for gravy? ›

Sweet rice flour is my go-to flour for making gluten-free gravy. It contains a slightly higher starch content than other gluten-free flours, making it silky and smooth. Even more, because this flour is gluten-free, it doesn't clump as easily as wheat flour.

What is the best gluten-free flour to use for thickening? ›

Tapioca flour: ideal as thickener or for healthy baking

It also thickens very quickly without changing the flavour of the dish. When baking with tapioca flour, you can substitute it at a 2:1 ratio for corn starch or combine it with other gluten free flours to make your own all-purpose blend.

What is gluten-free gravy made of? ›

Gluten-free plain flour or cornflour: This is simply to thicken the sauce so either works fine. Gluten-free stock: I make mine from 500ml of boiling water and 1x gluten-free stock cube. Any flavour works, be it beef, chicken, ham, turkey or veggie/vegan stock cubes.

Is cornstarch OK for gluten-free? ›

Cornstarch is a fine, white powder processed from the endosperm of corn. The endosperm is the nutrient-rich tissue inside the grain. Corn is a gluten-free grain, and no other ingredients are typically required to make cornstarch. As a result, pure cornstarch — which contains 100% cornstarch — is naturally gluten-free.

Does gluten free flour make good gravy? ›

This scrumptious gravy is quick, simple and delicious on everything from roast turkey to mashed potatoes! Our Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour makes wonderful gravy your family will love.

What can I use instead of cornstarch to make gravy? ›

Here are five of the best cornstarch substitutes for all your thickening needs.
  1. All-Purpose Flour. Yep, that's right — all-purpose flour is a very stable thickener. ...
  2. Arrowroot Powder. ...
  3. Potato Starch. ...
  4. Rice Flour. ...
  5. Tapioca Starch.
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What can you add to gravy to make it taste better? ›

If you are reaching for a jar or carton of turkey gravy at the store, here are seven easy ways to give it a boost.
  1. Add in some white wine. ...
  2. Thicken it with a cornstarch slurry. ...
  3. Stir in pan drippings. ...
  4. Simmer with fresh herbs. ...
  5. Add an umami-rich condiment. ...
  6. Sauté some vegetables. ...
  7. Add roasted garlic.

What is a substitute for butter in gravy? ›

In flour-thickened sauces such as gravy and bechamel, oil also makes a fine substitute. Swap the butter for oil using a 1:1 ratio.

Can I use pancake mix instead of flour? ›

Using Pancake Mix as Flour: Pancake mix can be used as a substitute for flour in recipes that call for flour, baking soda, and baking powder [3]. It is not suitable for recipes that require yeast. Cakes, cookies, frying batters, and pastries are more ideal for using pancake mix instead of flour.

Is McCormick Simply Better gravy gluten free? ›

Gluten free. Delicious flavor. No MSG added (Expert that which naturally occurs in yeast extract).

Is McCormick country gravy gluten free? ›

Is it Gluten Free? No. This product is not gluten free as it lists 1 ingredient that contains gluten and 2 ingredients that could contain gluten depending on the source.

Does gluten free brown gravy taste different? ›

It tastes like regular classic gravy. You will love this Brown Gravy too! It does not taste or look gluten-free.

Is the gravy at New York fries gluten free? ›

New York fries uses a dedicated fryer and their gravy is gluten free.

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