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Easy Vegan Brown Gravy

Rich and flavorful vegan brown gravy made in less than 10 minutes!

A bowl of mashed potatoes topped with vegan brown gravy and fresh thyme.

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Gravy is definitely one of those versatile, classic recipes you’ve gotta keep in your back pocket! It can be enjoyed with so many dishes – mashed potatoes, crispy tofu, roasted potatoes, biscuits, and more.

Put this vegan brown gravy on the table at your next family meal or Thanksgiving dinner and watch it disappear. 😋

(P.S. If you’re attending a gathering and need to bring a dish, this gravy is perfect because no one can tell it’s vegan!)


4 basic ingredients + seasonings.

Ingredients for gravy.
  • Oil or vegan butter: Any neutral-tasting oil like canola oil will work.
  • Flour: All-purpose flour is used to thicken the gravy.
  • Vegetable broth: Grab a carton of store-bought broth, or use vegetable bouillon and water to be more cost-effective.
  • Soy sauce: Soy sauce adds both salty and umami elements for a savory flavor.
  • Seasonings: Onion powder, garlic powder, and pepper.

See recipe card for quantities.

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Homemade gravy is one of the easiest recipes you’ll ever make. It’s quick to whip up right before dinner is served! All you need is a whisk and a medium to large saucepan.

Roux in a pot.

Heat oil in a pot on medium-low heat. Whisk in flour and seasonings and cook for 2 minutes.

Brown gravy simmering in a pot.

Whisk in vegetable broth and soy sauce. Let simmer for 5 minutes, or until thickened.


  • Gluten-free – Use a gluten-free 1-to-1 flour, like Bob’s Red Mill.
  • Low-sodium – Opt for a low-sodium soy sauce or reduce the quantity.


  • Seasonings: You can add sage, thyme, rosemary, or marjoram for additional flavor. Add cayenne pepper for some heat.
  • Mushrooms/Onions: If you like mushrooms or onions in your gravy, dice some up and sauté them in the oil before adding flour.
  • Wine: Replace 1 cup of the vegetable broth with 1 cup of the wine of your choosing. Both red wine (like Cabernet sauvignon) or white wine (like Chardonnay) work well.
Brown vegan gravy on top of mashed potatoes in a bowl.


Store any leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Simply heat it back up in the microwave or on the stove.

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A pot of vegan brown gravy.

Vegan Brown Gravy

Karissa Besaw
Rich, flavorful vegan brown gravy made with simple ingredients.
4.67 from 9 votes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Condiment
Cuisine Vegan
Servings 6
Calories 86 kcal



  • Heat oil in a medium sized sauce pan on med-low heat.
  • Whisk in flour and seasonings (garlic, onion, pepper) and let cook for 2 minutes.
  • Whisk in the vegetable broth and soy sauce. Bring a simmer for 5 minutes, or until thickened.


Serving: 0.5cupCalories: 86kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 1gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.03gSodium: 638mgPotassium: 21mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 251IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 3mgIron: 0.3mg
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