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How to Make Vegetarian Gravy Restaurant Quality

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Vegetarian gravy can be easily whipped up in just fifteen minutes. We’ll show you how to make flavorful restaurant-quality gravy without the fuss.

There’s nothing like a tasty family holiday dinner with all the trimmings, covered in delicious steaming hot gravy. But have you ever been to a family meal and had to skip the gravy due to there not being a vegetarian option? Eating dry mashed potatoes is much less appetizing, but don’t worry vegetarians don’t need to miss out on the perfect dinner — we’ll show you how to make yummy restaurant-quality vegetarian gravy.

This gravy is so tasty, even non-vegetarians will want a piece of it! Our recipe uses fresh onions and garlic to keep it nice and smooth. It only takes about fifteen minutes to make and the leftovers can be refrigerated for up to two days or frozen. Reheat in the microwave or on the stove and ensure it’s piping hot throughout.

Look for ingredients that are locally sourced and organic wherever possible – especially when it comes to vegetables and herbs. This will help ensure your holiday meals with be extra delicious and good for you (and the environment). Let’s get started!

Delicious Vegetarian Gravy Recipe

Simmer the gravy on the stove.
Simmer the gravy on the stove. (Foto: CC0 Public Domain / Unsplash / victoria.)

Yield: 10 servings (2½ cups)


  • ⅓ cup chopped onion
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 4 tsp instant yeast
  • 4 tbsp light soy sauce
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups homemade vegetable broth
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon dried sage


  1. Finely chop the onion and garlic. Add to a medium pot with the oil and warm on medium heat. Cook for about five minutes, until the onion is soft and transparent.
  2. Mix in the instant yeast, soy sauce, and flour to make a smooth paste. Slowly whisk in the vegetable broth. Stir in the salt, pepper, and sage. Bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce the heat and simmer for about ten minutes, until it thickens.
  4. Serve hot.

Using Your Gravy

Try a vegetarian version of bangers and mash once you learn how to make vegetarian gravy.
Try a vegetarian version of bangers and mash once you learn how to make vegetarian gravy. (Foto: CC0 Public Domain / Unsplash / Dmitry Dreyer)

Vegetarian gravy adds warmth and flavor to many dishes, check out these ideas.

  1. Biscuits and Gravy: try substituting the creamy gravy from this recipe for vegetarian gravy.
  2. Vegan Roast: a vegan nut roast is the perfect choice for vegans and vegetarians during the holidays, and would not be completed without a good drizzling of gravy all over it.
  3. Vegan Turkey: try drizzling vegetarian gravy all over vegan turkey and enjoy this holiday favorite.
  4. Vegan Stuffing: stuffing is often the highlight of a holiday meal, but you don’t need to wait for the holidays to enjoy stuffing and gravy.
  5. Glamorgan Sausage: serve these sausages with mashed potato and cover them in vegetarian gravy to make your own take on bangers and mash.

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