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Brown Gravy Recipe

This easy Brown Gravy Recipe can be made in 10 minutes with NO drippings needed! Learn 3 secret ingredients to add the best depth of flavor, plus a chef-inspired finishing technique for a smooth, silky finish!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Author: Allfoodrecipes


  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 cube beef bouillon or 1 tsp better than bouillon
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2-3 drops Kitchen Bouquet browning and seasoning sauce optional
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 Tablespoon cold unsalted butter


  • Add the chicken broth, beef broth, beef bouillon, onion and garlic powder, and Worcestershire sauce to a medium saucepan. Stir to combine.
  • If a darker color is desired, add 2-3 drops of Kitchen Bouquet browning and seasoning sauce.
  • Combine the cold water and corn starch in a small Tupperware with a lid. Shake to combine.
  • Bring gravy to a boil. Whisk in cornstarch mixture. Decrease to medium low. Continue to whisk to ensure that it blends in smoothly.
  • Let it gently simmer until its of desired thickness. The longer it simmers, the more concentrated the flavor will become.
  • Remove from heat. Swirl in one tablespoon COLD butter just before serving. This adds a silky, velvety finish.


This recipe yields 1 + 1/4 cups.
  • 1 teaspoon of low sodium soy sauce can be substituted for Worcestershire sauce.
    Low Sodium Chicken or Beef Broth may also be used, you can always season with more salt if desired.
  • If you have drippings, simply add them in along with the beef and chicken broth, which will give you even more gravy. You can also measure out your dripping and top it off with enough broth to make 2 cups total. Beef bouillon may not be needed if drippings are being used—taste first and add if necessary.
  • Optional Ingredient Additions
    Sautéed onions, Shallots, and/or mushrooms. Sauté at the beginning, then add broth, etc.
  • Fresh Rosemary, Sage, and/or Thyme. Add at the end of cooking.
    A splash of Dry Red Wine. Add with the broth.
    A pinch of Dijon Mustard.
    Ground Pepper.
  • Nutrition
    Calories: 69kcal, Carbohydrates: 9g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 8mg, Sodium: 702mg, Potassium: 97mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 87IU, Vitamin C: 4mg, Calcium: 7mg, Iron: 1mg
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