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Homemade Beef Gravy

Our beef gravy recipe is made with flour and broth. It's so easy (and delicious!).

Homemade Beef Gravy
about 2-1/2 cups
5 Min

You're only five ingredients away from an easy and tasty homemade beef gravy. Once you've tried this recipe, you'll never go back to store bought. It's too tasty and simple to make it yourself! One of the things that makes this beef gravy recipe so convenient is that you don't need to have meat drippings or juices in order to make it. That's right--you can make homemade beef gravy without drippings!

We'll show you how to make gravy from beef broth and just a few other ingredients, so you can have an easy topping for potatoes, rice, and more. We love that we can make up a pot of fluffy mashed potatoes on any weeknight, and then we can top it with this homemade gravy recipe for a classic home-cooked meal. And we know you'll love it, too.

What You'll Need

  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

What to Do

  1. In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add flour and whisk until smooth. Slowly whisk in the broth, salt, and pepper; continue stirring until mixture comes to a boil and thickens.


Looking for a way to use this homemade gravy recipe? We've got you covered! Try adding it to one of these Mr. Food favorites:

Award Winning Mashed Potatoes: We know we already gave you one option for a delicious mashed potatoes recipe (see above), but here's one more for good measure. These potatoes don't need the gravy, but they are definitely two things that are better together!

Perfect Poutine: Have you ever tried poutine? It's a Canadian specialty, and once you've tried it you'll want to make it again and again. The dish takes piping hot, crispy French fries and smothers them with cheese curds and gravy. Are you drooling yet? Grab a napkin and then get cooking! This easy gravy recipe makes a great addition to poutine.

30-Minute Beef Stroganoff: It's easy to make beef stroganoff in a hurry if you have a quick, go-to gravy recipe. So, take this one and then head over to whip up a batch of the best (and easiest) beef stroganoff you've ever had. Everyone's going to want seconds!

Recipe Q&A

Why make beef gravy without drippings?
The biggest benefit to using broth instead of beef drippings for gravy is that you don't have to cook a piece of beef. Beef broth is easy to purchase in the store and keep on hand so that you can have tasty homemade gravy in no time... beef roast optional! And we've found that the results are still completely delicious.

Is beef gravy gluten free?
No, most beef gravy recipes (including this one) are not gluten free because they use flour as a thickener. To make gluten free gravy, look for recipes that use gluten free corn starch as a thickener along with other gluten free ingredients. 

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