Brown Gravy

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When it comes to enhancing the flavor of our favorite dishes, nothing quite matches the warm and savory appeal of Brown Gravy. This delicous sauce has the power to transform a plain meal into a culinary delight.

Whether drizzled over mashed potatoes, poured onto a juicy steak, or smothered on a roast, brown gravy adds an extra dimension of richness and depth.

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Brown Gravy

This recipe is straightforward and doesn’t require any advanced culinary skills. With just a few simple ingredients and easy-to-follow steps, anyone can whip up a batch of delicious brown gravy in no time. The accessibility of the recipe makes it appealing to both seasoned cooks and beginners in the kitchen.

Brown gravy has a comforting and nostalgic appeal for many people. It often reminds them of home-cooked meals, holiday feasts, and cherished family gatherings. The familiar taste and aroma evoke a sense of warmth and coziness, making it a beloved sauce for comfort food enthusiasts.

The combination of salted butter, beef broth, garlic powder, and onion powder creates a robust and savory flavor profile. The butter adds a creamy richness, while the spices infuse the gravy with depth and aroma.

sauce pan of brown gravy


  • Butter
  • Flour
  • Beef broth
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Cornstarch

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Recipe Instructions

  1. In a medium-sized pot, melt the butter over medium heat until completely melted. Once the butter has melted, add the flour to the pot. Whisk continuously until the flour is fully combined with the butter, creating a smooth mixture.
  2. Slowly pour the beef broth into the pot while whisking continuously. Make sure to whisk well to ensure the flour mixture is fully dissolved in the liquid.
  3. Add the garlic powder, onion powder, Worcestershire sauce, and cornstarch to the pot. Whisk continuously to incorporate all the ingredients.
  4. Keep whisking and cooking the mixture over medium heat until the gravy thickens to your desired consistency. This should take a few minutes.
  5. Taste the gravy and add salt and pepper as desired, adjusting the seasoning to your taste preferences.
  6. Once the gravy has thickened and is seasoned to your liking, remove the pot from the heat.
  7. Serve the brown gravy over mashed potatoes or any other dish of your choice.
  8. Enjoy your delicious homemade brown gravy!
brown gravy ingredients

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use unsalted butter instead of salted butter?

Yes, you can use unsalted butter if that’s what you have on hand. Just be sure to adjust the amount of salt you add to the gravy to suit your taste.

Can I use chicken broth instead of beef broth?

While the recipe calls for beef broth, you can certainly use chicken broth as a substitute if you prefer or if that’s what you have available. Keep in mind that the flavor profile may vary slightly.

How long does it take for the gravy to thicken?

The thickening process usually takes a few minutes once you’ve added the cornstarch. Keep whisking and cooking over medium heat until the gravy reaches your desired consistency.

Can I freeze the brown gravy?

Yes, you can freeze the brown gravy. Allow it to cool completely, then transfer it to a freezer-safe container or zip-top bag. It can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw it in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.

mashed potatoes and brown gravy in a white bowl

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5 from 2 votes

Brown Gravy

Whether drizzled over mashed potatoes, poured onto a juicy steak, or smothered on a roast, brown gravy adds an extra dimension of richness and depth.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Servings: 8 1/4 cup servings


  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 ½ teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons onion powder
  • ½ tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
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  • In a medium sized pot, melt the butter. Once the butter is completely melted, add the flour and whisk until combined.
  • Add the beef broth and whisk until the flour mixture is fully dissolved in the liquid.
  • Whisk in the garlic powder, onion powder, Worcestershire sauce, and cornstarch. Mix continuously until the gravy has thickened. Add salt and pepper as desired.
  • Transfer the gravy to a serving dish or mason jar.
  • Serve over mashed potatoes and enjoy!


  • I like to wait until the gravy has thickened to add salt and pepper so I avoid over or under seasoning it.
  • While this gravy is best served fresh, you can store it in the fridge for up to 4 days.
  • It can be reheated in the microwave. Simply heat it on 20 second intervals, stirring after each interval, until the gravy is smooth and creamy.
  • Make sure that you whisk in the cornstarch completely and make sure that the rue is fully incorporated into the beef broth in order to avoid a chunky gravy.
  • If you do not have salted butter, you can use unsalted butter and add ¼ teaspoon of salt to the beef broth.
  • You can also use water and beef bouillon cubes in this recipe. Simpy follow the directions included with your bouillon cubes to make two cups of liquid.


Serving: 1of 8 one-quarter cup servings, Calories: 55kcal, Carbohydrates: 6g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 8mg, Sodium: 260mg, Potassium: 56mg, Fiber: 0.2g, Sugar: 0.2g, Vitamin A: 88IU, Vitamin C: 0.2mg, Calcium: 8mg, Iron: 0.4mg
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Easy brown gravy with beef broth is a timeless staple that brings comfort and flavor to a wide range of dishes. Whether poured over creamy mashed potatoes, drizzled on succulent roasted meats, or used as a dipping sauce for fries, its rich and savory taste never fails to please.

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