Your favorite meat and potatoes dinner isn’t complete without this easy and delicious Beef Gravy recipe. The deep color and rich flavor makes this gravy the perfect topping to so many meals!
The Best Beef Gravy Recipe
Growing up, the star of every Sunday dinner was our mom’s creamy, rich beef gravy. She was famous for her warm, comforting Sunday meals, especially mashed potatoes and gravy. Extended family members were always clamoring to get an invite to her table. One of our uncles (who will remain anonymous) came over for dinner once, filled his whole plate with mashed potatoes and then covered the entire thing with Mom’s gravy. Hey, no judgement here, Uncle Anonymous. We’re just jealous we didn’t think of doing it first!
Homemade Beef Gravy with Beef Broth
Drippings from your main course meat is ideal for the best gravy. Use that glorious broth left over from cooking your meat for your gravy. If there isn’t enough fat and liquid left in the pan, here’s a simple trick: add beef broth and a little butter. Gravy needs a bit of that good, delicious fat for a better consistency. If you don’t have drippings at all, no worries, just follow the recipe below for an easy beef broth gravy!
Can I Use Beef Stock Instead of Beef Broth?
Yes! Stock that has been simmered down from bones, seasonings, and veggies (usually the trifecta of carrots, celery and onions) adds a much deeper flavor to gravy. But if making all that at home sounds daunting, there are several can or carton options at your regular grocery store.
Beef Gravy with Flour
We like the cornstarch method when making gravy because it is a little more forgiving and easier to do when you have beef drippings. If you don’t have cornstarch on hand or prefer a roux gravy you can still use this easy recipe! Simply melt butter, add flour and stir until flour is cooked– then whisk in the beef broth and remaining ingredients.
Is Beef Gravy Gluten Free?
Most beef gravies are NOT gluten free. Beef broth or bouillon generally contain a fair amount of gluten. But, if you use a gluten free broth (check the labels!) and prepare this recipe with corn starch, you will have a delicious gluten free gravy.
More Delicious Gravy Recipes
Once you have the method down, the possibilities of delicious gravies are endless. Give some of these a try:
- Mom’s Famous Turkey Gravy (a MUST for Thanksgiving!)
- Biscuits and Sausage Gravy
- Homemade Country Gravy
How to Make Beef Gravy
- In a medium-sized sauce pan, combine butter, beef broth, onion powder, and garlic powder. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
- Reduce heat and bring to a simmer.
- In a small bowl or liquid measuring cup, combine cornstarch and water, stirring until well combined.
- While whisking the broth CONSTANTLY, slowly add cornstarch mixture to the saucepan. I like to pour in about a tablespoon at a time to gauge consistency. You may not need all of the cornstarch mixture, add only until desired consistency is reached.
- Add beef bouillon (or Kosher salt-- I just like the depth of flavor the beef bouillon adds as compared to straight up salt) and pepper to taste.
- Allow to simmer 2-3 minutes. Serve over potatoes, rice, poutine, or your favorite beef dishes.