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5 from 5 votes

Easy vegan turkey gravy

This pantry-friendly gravy is great for holidays like Thanksgiving or Christmas. But it's simple enough, you can easily make it for a weekday dinner. It's delicious over a pile of mashed potatoes, or serve with vegan chick'n strips for dunking.
Prep Time3 mins
Cook Time7 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Vegan
Keyword: christmas recipe, holidays, thanksgiving recipe
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 45kcal
Author: Cadry Nelson



  • In a bowl, combine water with Better Than Bouillon no chicken base. Stir to incorporate. (It's okay if it doesn't dissolve completely.) Then set aside.
  • Bring a skillet to a medium heat with non-dairy butter. Once the butter has melted, add flour to the skillet.
  • Use a spatula to fully combine the melted butter with the flour and cook for a minute or so.
  • Add the water bouillon mixture to the skillet. Whisk until smooth, and bring it to a boil.
  • Add a generous pinch of dried thyme, herbs de Provence, ground pepper, nutritional yeast flakes, and tamari.
  • Reduce the heat to a low simmer, and keep whisking the gravy constantly while it thickens and condenses.
    This isn't an overly thick gravy. If you let it condense too much, it will be too salty. So keep an eye on it getting to your preferred viscosity.
  • Once it has thickened, taste for salt.
    If it's too salty, add non-dairy milk and stir to combine. Cook for thirty seconds to a minute more.
    If it's not salty enough, add salt to taste.
  • Remove from heat and set aside. It will continue to thicken as it cools.


Substitution ideas
If you'd prefer, you can use vegetable broth or stock instead of water + bouillon.
Herbs de Provence or thyme can be replaced with a pinch of dried rosemary, marjoram, poultry seasoning, or rubbed sage. (Don't go too heavy on the sage. It can overwhelm.)
If you don't have nutritional yeast, it can be omitted.
For a soy free gravy, omit the tamari. Note that the gravy won't be as brown in color.
How to store and freeze leftovers
Store leftovers in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Reheat in a pot on the stove or in the microwave.
To freeze, put cold gravy into a freezer-safe container or bag. It will keep in the freezer for 4 to 6 months.
When you're ready to use it, thaw in the refrigerator or use the defrost setting on the microwave. (If defrosting in the microwave, be sure to use a microwave-safe container.)
Stir frequently for even reheating. If it's too thick, add a splash of water, broth, or non-dairy milk.


Calories: 45kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 42mg | Potassium: 11mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 22IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg