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Learn how to make brown gravy with a few common ingredients. This is delicious served on mashed potatoes and more. Skip the store bought packets and make this delicious gravy instead.

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Easy Brown Gravy Recipe

Around here, dinner isn’t complete without gravy.

Homemade gravy is even better. Don’t let the idea of making gravy from scratch intimidate you. It is actually very easy to do.

Plus, I promise it tastes so much better than anything store bought. You probably already have what you need to make brown gravy.

This is fast and effortless but the results are amazing comfort food.

How to serve Brown Gravy

Gravy really makes everything even better. Here are a few of my favorite ways to serve brown gravy.


ingredients for recipe: broth, seasoning,  cornstarch


  • Beef Broth
  • Garlic Powder
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Worcestershire Sauce – You don’t have to have this, but
  • Cold Water
  • Corn Starch – This will be used to thicken your gravy to the desired consistency.

I told you the ingredient list was simple! You can add onion powder to your gravy if you like it, but I don’t feel it is necessary.

Once you make this homemade brown gravy, you never buy gravy packets again. Homemade gravy is super easy.

gravy boat of gravy.

How to make brown gravy from scratch

First, bring the beef broth or beef stock to a boil. I like to use medium high heat.

Once it comes to a boil, add the garlic powder, salt, pepper and the Worcestershire Sauce.

Next, you need a small bowl. Mix together the cold water and corn starch. The corn starch needs to be fully dissolved.

Then, pour this mixture into the sauce pan with the broth. Keep whisking over medium heat and bring to a boil again.

Continue to simmer until the gravy has thickened.

Remove from heat, allow to cook

It is that simple. Enjoy!

I think you are really going to love the flavor and how delicious this gravy is.

plate of mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans and roast beside a gravy boat.

Serve warm and enjoy!

What if your gravy is too thick

Tip: If your gravy is too thick, add more beef broth until the gravy is the consistency that you prefer. You might also need to do this if you are reheating the gravy and serving later.

gravy boat holding gravy

What if your gravy is lumpy?

If you find the gravy lumpy, use a strainer to strain out the lumps. Then whisk together the gravy until the lumps are gone.

How to make gravy from beef drippings

It is simple. Just substitute the beef drippings or the pan drippings for the beef broth. Then follow the recipe as normal.

If you have made a roast, you definitely don’t want to let all that flavor go to waste in the drippings. You can turn it into beef gravy.

What to do if you don’t have enough beef drippings for what the recipe requires? You can add the broth with the beef drippings until you have the amount needed.

It is super easy.

Using a Roux vs. a Slurry for Gravy

A roux is used at the beginning of cooking and is a slower process. It involves a type of fat and flour.

A slurry does not need to cook but can be added at the end of the gravy process. After stirring, the blend of cornstarch and water will make the gravy thick.

Brown gravy typically uses a slurry to thicken since it does not call for flour. Whereas, white gravy uses a roux.

A Roux or a Slurry both have the ability to thicken gravy, but give you slightly different results.

What to Serve with Brown Gravy:

Homemade brown gravy is the best!

This easy recipe is a game changer. It will turn a plain dish into something amazing.

Once you try it, you will not believe how easy it is. You can also use chicken broth instead of beef broth if you want to try other variations.

It is super easy and really completes any meal. Impress your family with this homemade gravy in literally minutes!

Anyone can make this. It is that simple and easy.

Please come back and let us know how it turned out for you. I think your family will love it.

Can you make brown gravy ahead of time?

Brown gravy can be stored safely in the refrigerator for three to four days.

gravy being poured on mashed potatoes

How to Store Brown Gravy

Allow the gravy to cool completely. Then place the cooled gravy in a refrigerator safe container with a lid. It will keep in the fridge for 3-4 days.

How to Freeze Brown Gravy

Can you freeze gravy? Brown Gravy Freezes great. Place in a freezer safe container or a freezer bag. You can freeze it three to four months.

How to reheat gravy

When you are ready to reheat the gravy, heat on the stove top over medium heat until heated through. I like to use a whisk to whisk the gravy to make sure there is no lumps.

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How to make Brown Gravy

4.99 from 128 votes
Learn how to make brown gravy with a few ingredients. This is delicious served on mashed potatoes and more. Skip store bought and make this.
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1
Cuisine American
Course Side Dish
Calories 139
Author Eating on a Dime



  • Bring the beef broth to the boil over medium high heat. Then stir in the garlic powder, salt, pepper and the Worcestershire Sauce.
  • In a small bowl, combine the cold water and corn starch until the corn starch is fully dissolved. Whisk this mixture into the sauce pan and continue to whisk until the gravy has thickened.
  • Serve warm and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Calories 139kcal, Carbohydrates 26g, Protein 6g, Fat 1g, Saturated Fat 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 1g, Sodium 3075mg, Potassium 378mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 1g, Vitamin A 15IU, Vitamin C 2mg, Calcium 51mg, Iron 2mg

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  1. 5 stars
    This was Hands Down the “Best Tasting” & “Easiest” Brown Gravy I’ve Ever Made ???? It Was So Good ? ?????