June 18, 2021

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Super Simple Vegan Gravy

5 min read

Pour it on your mashed potatoes. Pour it on everything! This vegan gravy is super simple, super delicious, and requires only seven ingredients to make.

Mashed Potatoes and Vegan Gravy on a Plate with Napkin and Water Glass in the Background

I’ve made vegan gravy for this site before. In fact, I’ve made a lot of vegan gravy. I’m a big fan of the stuff. But I can get a little carried away.

I made vegan gravy with whiskey and mushrooms. It was awesome. But I know lots of you aren’t down with one or both of those ingredients. And I’ve got other versions of vegan gravy involving other stuff like caramelized onions or homemade vegan sausage. So if you’re into fancy stuff in your gravy, check out those recipes.

But I thought just maybe a few of you would want a super simple gravy recipe that tastes just like the stuff you grew up eating on your mashed potatoes, but also happens to be free of animal products.

Well folks, here it is. And it’s delicious.

This gravy is perfect for Thanksgiving. It’s probably as close to Turkey gravy as you can get without the actual Turkey. It’s also super easy.

Why this Recipe Works

Ladle Drawing Vegan Gravy from a Red Pot

Regular old Turkey gravy isn’t much more than a bunch of fat, flour and broth. So that’s what I used in here, but in vegan form.

To make it taste like turkey gravy I added a few seasonings. Soy sauce and vegan Worcestershire sauce make this gravy nice and savory. Onions turn up the flavor even more.

And my then there’s my secret ingredient: poultry seasoning.

Poultry seasoning is a blend of spices that you’d normally use to season poultry. What I discovered is that because we associate these flavors with poultry, they’re great for making things taste like poultry.

What You’ll Need

  • Vegan butter
  • Onion
  • Flour
  • Vegetable broth
  • Soy sauce
  • Vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • Poultry seasoning
  • Salt & pepper

How to Make Vegan Gravy

Start by melting your vegan butter in a pot over medium heat. Once it’s melted and starting to bubble, add diced onion. Cook the onion for a few minutes, giving it a stir from time to time, until it softens and becomes translucent.

Side By Side Images Showing Steps 1 and 2 for Making Vegan Gravy: Melt Butter in Pot, and Sweat Onions

Now start whisking in flour, just a bit at a time. You want to create a paste that coats the onion. Once all of the flour is added and the paste is fully blended, start whisking in vegetable broth, a bit at a time. Keep whisking to work out any lumps, then add soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and poultry seasoning.

Bring the gravy to a boil, lower the heat and let it simmer for 10 to 15 minutes to thicken up.

Collage Showing Steps 3-6 for Making Vegan Gravy: Whisk in Flour, Add Broth, Add Seasonings, and Simmer

We all have different preferences as far as gravy thickness is concerned, so adjust if needed.

If the gravy seems too thick, add some water. If it seems too thin, remove a little from the pot, then whisk it together with some flour in a small cup. Return the mixture to the pot and whisk everything back together.

Also be sure to taste-test and adjust any of the seasonings as you see fit!

Vegan Gravy Being Poured on a Mound of Mashed Potatoes

Vegan Gravy Tips & FAQ

  • Can this gravy be made gluten-free? I’m not sure, but I suspect an all-purpose gluten-free flour blend would work in place of wheat flour. Also be sure to use gluten-free tamari instead of soy sauce.
  • Shelf-life and storage: Vegan gravy will keep in a sealed container in the fridge for about 4 days, or in the freezer for about 3 months. It will become very think and somewhat gelatinous during storage, but will thin and smooth out during reheating. Be sure to whisk it constantly when reheating, and add a little water if needed.
  • Where can I get vegan Worcestershire sauce? Annie’s, Edward & Sons and Whole Foods brands are all vegan. Try looking at health food stores or online. Occasionally I’ll even get lucky and find a generic brand at a regular supermarket that happens to be vegan.
  • Does poultry seasoning contain poultry? I’ve never come across a brand that has poultry in it. I used McCormick’s poultry seasoning for this recipe, which is made of a blend of herbs and totally vegan.
  • Serving ideas! This gravy is delicious over mashed potatoes, stuffing, or as an alternative to the glaze that I used to top my chickpea meatloaf.

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Mashed Potatoes and Vegan Gravy on a Plate with Napkin and Water Glass in the Background

Super Simple Vegan Gravy

Pour it on your mashed potatoes. Pour it on everything! This vegan gravy is super simple, super delicious, and requires only seven ingredients to make.

Prep Time 5 minutes

Cook Time 25 minutes

Total Time 30 minutes

Servings 4

Calories 150 kcal

Author Alissa Saenz


  • 1/4 cup vegan butter
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, or more as needed
  • 3 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Place the vegan butter into a medium saucepan and set it over medium heat.

  2. When the butter has melted and begins to bubble, add the onion.

  3. Sweat the onion for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until soft and translucent.

  4. Begin whisking in the flour, a bit at a time, to form a thick paste coating the onions. 

  5. Slowly whisk in the broth, a bit at a time, then the soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and poultry seasoning.

  6. Whisk until smooth, raise the heat and bring the mixture to a simmer. Lower heat and allow to simmer for 10-15 minutes, until nicely thickened. 

  7. Add water if you’d like a thinner gravy. If you’d like a thicker gravy, ladle out some of the gravy into a small bowl or cup and whisk in a bit of flour to form a slurry, then whisk the slurry into the pot.

  8. Taste test and season with salt and pepper to taste. Adjust any other seasonings to your liking. Serve.

Recipe Notes

  • Feel free to strain out the onions if you’d like a perfectly smooth gravy.
  • Tamari or liquid aminos can be substituted for the soy sauce.
  • You can substitute cooking oil (such as canola) for the butter, though the flavor won’t be as rich. I haven’t tested an oil-free version of the recipe, but I think if you start by whisking the flour together with about a half cup of vegetable broth and then adding it to the pot with all of the other ingredients it would work.

Nutrition Facts

Super Simple Vegan Gravy

Amount Per Serving

Calories 150 Calories from Fat 104

% Daily Value*

Fat 11.5g18%

Saturated Fat 1.9g10%

Sodium 975mg41%

Potassium 74mg2%

Carbohydrates 10.3g3%

Fiber 0.9g4%

Sugar 2.1g2%

Protein 1.8g4%

Calcium 10mg1%

Iron 0.7mg4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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