May 25


5 Minute Simple Brown Gravy

By Laura Nunemaker

May 25, 2022

Did you think that when you decided to stop eating animal products that you'd never have gravy again? I'm here to tell you that gravy is alive and well in a plant based diet. And with this 5 Minute Simple Brown Gravy, it doesn't even have to be relegated to special holidays.

In fact, this vegan gravy is both easy and healthy enough to be part of your regular meal planning. It's vegan, duh, but also oil-free and gluten-free. The sodium is a little up there but you can bring it down by substituting your favorite low-sodium soy sauce option.

simple brown gravy on top of thanksgiving casserole in a bowl.

5 Minute Simple Brown Gravy on top of a serving of Thanksgiving Casserole

Oh, but I haven't mentioned how easy this gravy is yet. This gravy comes together so fast you'll want to make it last after everything else you're making is ready. And guess what? All the ingredients are pantry items. So you're all set for impulse gravy!

Okay, enough yammering on about it. Let's get to that simple recipe.

simple brown gravy on top of a thanksgiving casserole.

5 Minute Simple Brown Gravy

Yield: 1 1/2 cups
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This simple brown gravy is oil-free and gluten-free and comes together so fast and tastes so good you'll never use a packet again.


  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons Bragg Liquid Aminos, or tamari, or soy sauce
  • 1 ½ cups of water
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons tahini


  1. In a small saucepan, whisk cornstarch and Bragg Liquid Aminos together until smooth. Gradually whisk in the water, garlic powder, and ground black pepper. 
  2. Heat over medium-high heat whisking constantly until the mixture boils and begins to thicken.
  3. Remove from heat and whisk in the tahini. Serve immediately or keep warm until serving. 
  4. If you have leftovers, store them in the refrigerator and heat up in the microwave. It’s delicious on potatoes!


If you want an extra flavor boost, use vegan chicken-flavored broth instead of the water. If you need to lower the sodium, choose a low-sodium version of the liquid aminos, tamari, or soy sauce.

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Are you a gravy fan? What's your favorite way to use it? Do you save gravy for special occasions and holidays or is it part of the regular rotation in your meals?

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About the author

Meat-free since 1996. Cow petter. Former vegan bakery owner. Full-time traveler for 5 years, usually in an RV, but not always. Half of VeganRV. Instant Pot lover. Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate, Completed January 2022, eCornell and T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies

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