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Vegan Mushroom Gravy

Vegan Mushroom Gravy – With only 5 ingredients, not including salt & pepper, this easy mushroom gravy recipe is rich and creamy. It’s dairy-free, can be gluten-free, and pretty much the best mushroom gravy ever!

top down view of a bowl of vegan mashed potatoes topped with easy vegan mushroom gravy.

For the love of mushrooms, this easy vegan mushroom gravy made from scratch is AMAZING, and a perfect match for these pillowy soft Mashed Potatoes you have hopefully whipped up and still have leftovers. :) Together it’s comfort food at its finest!

So without further ado, let’s get to it!

top down view of ingredients used to make vegan mushroom gravy.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Mushrooms: Use 1 lb. white or baby bellas. Purchasing them pre-sliced will save you some time!
  • Olive oil: or your favorite neutral flavored oil, you can use non-dairy butter or margarine.
  • Flour: Use any light flour or gluten-free blend.
  • Mushroom or vegetable broth: Be sure to purchase a quality brand with good flavor. I used mushroom broth here, which made the broth a deep brown. If using vegetable broth your results may be lighter.
  • Thyme: This can be optional but will add another layer of flavor.
  • Salt & freshly ground pepper: Will finish it off!

With so few ingredients, be sure to use the highest quality ingredients you can!

side by side photos of the process of sauteing mushrooms and adding flour to make vegan mushroom gravy.

How To Make Vegan Mushroom Gravy

Put the pan on the stove, add oil, and turn the heat to medium.

Add the mushrooms and saute for about 15 minutes, until most of the mushroom juices have evaporated (the photo above is what they’ll look like).

Add the flour and cook another few minutes until flour is absorbed.

side by side photos of the process of making vegan mushroom gravy.

As shown above, the flour is completely absorbed (it’s not super appetizing looking, but hang in there—we’re not done yet!). Add 1 cup broth and stir continuously until thickened and no flour lumps are visible, about 5 minutes.

top down view of a shallow pan with freshly made vegan mushroom gravy.

Slowly add the remaining liquids and continue to cook over medium-low at a gentle simmer, stirring frequently, until gravy thickens, about 15 – 20 minutes. Gravy will thicken upon standing.

And there you have it, the best vegan mushroom gravy made 100% from scratch with love.

Can I freeze mushroom gravy?

You sure can! Let the gravy cool and store it in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 months. Thaw in the refrigerator and reheat in a saucepan, whisking to recombine.

Serving Suggestions

Pair this earthy mushroom gravy with mashed potatoes, rice, lentil loaves, roasted red potatoes, and vegan biscuits. It’s the perfect gravy for all types of meals, from casual to festive holiday get-togethers. For variation, try this delicious Country Gravy!

top down view of a bowl of vegan mashed potatoes topped with easy vegan mushroom gravy.

If you try this vegan mushroom gravy recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment and rate it below. I love to hear what you think, or any changes you make.



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Creamy and rich in flavor, this easy vegan mushroom gravy is made with minimal ingredients and pairs perfectly with mashed potatoes, biscuits and lentil loaves. Recipe adapted from Chef John’s.

  • Author: Julie | The Simple Veganista
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 45 min
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 4 cups 1x
  • Category: Side
  • Cuisine: Vegan


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  • 1/4 cup olive oil or non-dairy butter
  • 1 (16oz) package sliced mushrooms (white or baby bellas)
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, or as needed
  • 1 quart (4 cups) mushroom or vegetable broth
  • mineral salt & fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves, or to taste (optional)


Heat oil over medium heat, add mushrooms and season with a pinch of salt. Simmer mushrooms, stirring occasionally, until liquid is almost evaporated, about 15 minutes.

Add flour, continue cooking and stirring for about 3 – 5 minutes, at least until the flour has been absorbed and no longer white. Add 1 cup of broth, stirring/whisking briskly until incorporated and liquid has thickened, there should be no flour lumps, about 5 minutes.

Slowly pour in the remaining broth and mix thoroughly. Season with black pepper and thyme. Simmer at a gentle boil over medium-low until thickened, about 20 minutes, stirring often. Gravy will thicken upon standing. Taste for flavor, adding more salt and pepper as needed.

Makes about 4 cups.

Store: Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 – 6 days. To freeze, let the gravy cool and store it in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 months. Let thaw in the refrigerator and reheat in a saucepan, whisking to recombine.


If you find the gravy isn’t thickening up, mix 1 tablespoon oil with 1 heaping tablespoon flour, mix well until completely blended, add to simmering broth, stirring until dissolved, and continue cooking until thickened.

I used mushroom gravy when making this recipe which gave it a rich brown color, if using vegetable broth your gravy may be lighter in color.

Make this gluten free by using gluten free flour.

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  1. Good recipe. Easy and tasty.

  2. This was excellent! So simple and delicious. I used a variety of mushrooms – white, baby bella, cremini, and shiitake for a little more flavor. I simmered for 25 minutes as it wasn’t thickened enough by 20. I’m saving this recipe to use again and again!

  3. So easy! Added some nutritional yeast. Serving over chick pea pasta with green beans from the garden.

  4. David taylor says:

    Very good. We had it over rice and mashed potatoes. Outstanding will make again.

  5. This was a fabulous addition to my Thanksgiving dinner! I used it on my mashed potatoes and vegetarian stuffing. I had leftovers which I found were amazing as a sauce on noodles, or addition to any pasta dish. What a fantastic, versatile recipe!!!!

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