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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.

Vegan Mushroom Gravy Ingredients

  • 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 is 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 Mushroom Gravy

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

Add the mushrooms, saute for about about 15 minutes, until most of the mushroom juices have been evaporated (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, flour is completely absorbed (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 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.

What to do with mushroom gravy?

Pair this mushroom gravy with mashed potatoes, rice, lentil loaves, roasted red potatoes and vegan biscuits. It’s a 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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VEGAN MUSHROOM GRAVY

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.

  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 45 min
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 4 cups 1x
  • Category: Side
  • Cuisine: Vegan

Ingredients

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  • 1/4 cup olive oil or non-dairy butter
  • 1 (16 ounce) 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)

Instructions

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 not white anymore. 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 in the refrigerator for up to 5 – 6 days. To freeze, let the gravy cool and store 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.

NOTES:

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, 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.

36 Comments

  1. Added a little red wine and rosemary. Fantastic. My go to gravy for sure. Thanks for posting the recipe.

  2. This was delish! Had it over mushroom ravioli. Really good!

  3. A great easy recipe. I reduced the cooking times (except the mushroom stage) as was hungry. It still turned out great! Thanks

  4. I was looking for simple and delicious and found it with this recipe. I used dried thyme, and mushroom stock because that’s what I had on hand. Ladled it over mashed potatoes and not-chicken filets with vegan parmesan zucchini fries. My family went bonkers over it! Thanks for a wonderful family dinner.

  5. I am not vegan but my daughter is. I added fresh oregano and half a cup of red wine. We both agreed that It was delicious and will try it again. My daughter has asked me to make it when she visits again( a good sign). Next time we will experiment a little more.

    1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      I love the additions to the mushroom gravy! Glad you both enjoyed the recipe. Thanks for sharing, Bob! Cheers :)

  6. So… Disclaimer: I’m not vegan, but I am diary free. So not your desired audience, but here’s my take on it:

    This recipe was exceptional. I added Oloroso when I was cooking the mushrooms to add a little bit of bitterness. That’s the only adjustment I made and it ended up epic.

    Thanks again, this recipe has been added to my favourite list.

  7. Amazing flavor with so few ingredients! I cooked the mushrooms in a little water and let the water evaporate before adding the oil so that the mushrooms wouldn’t absorb so much oil. I used vegetable broth and added a splash of soy sauce instead of salt at the end. I’ll be using this easy, delicious recipe often.

  8. This was awesome & so easy! We put it over baked potatoes with roasted red peppers & broccoli. This will be my new go to for gravy! Thank you!

  9. This was a savior
    I ruined my first set of gravy and then found this.. thank you came out fantastic 😍

  10. Ann Pitcaithley says:

    Excellent recipe. I am a vegan and I love this gravy along with other vegan gravys such as walnut gravy. I added a clove of garlicA

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