Easy, Healthy Homemade Gravy Recipe - Dr. Axe

Easy, Healthy Homemade Gravy Recipe

Gravy recipe - Dr. Axe

Raise your hand if you’ve made a dish for the sole purpose of smothering it in gravy. I’d guess most of us are guilty. After all, what goes better atop a grass-fed steak or mashed faux-tatoes?

If you’ve been buying gravy from a jar or using a long, complicated recipe, have I got a treat for you. This homemade gravy recipe uses just a handful of ingredients and comes together in minutes on the stove.

Ready to make a delicious gravy? Read on.

Gravy recipe step 1 - Dr. Axe

Key Ingredients

This easy gravy recipe has just a few ingredients and can be whipped up in a breeze. Here are the main ingredients in my homemade gravy:

  • Grass-Fed Butter: The benefits of butter, particularly grass-fed butter, far outweigh common cooking oils like canola. Loaded with healthy fats, high-quality butter has anti-inflammatory, heart-healthy, energy-boosting, appetite-suppressing effects. It also is a good source of healthy HDL cholesterol and vital acids.
  • Herbes de Provence: Looking to pack in all the antioxidant benefits of a variety of herbs? Look no further than herbes de Provence. This spice mixture combines all the nutritious benefits of thyme, oregano, basil, marjoram, fennel and rosemary into one super herb powerhouse. It can also include other herbs and spices, including tarragon, mint, lavender, etc.
  • Onion: Love them or hate them, there’s no denying the powerful health benefits of onions. High in vitamin C and full of minerals, onions help boost immunity, combat chronic disease, protect the heart, maintain bone strength and so much more.
  • Paleo Flour: To keep this recipe gluten-free, I use a Paleo flour blend. This makes the it easier to digest thanks to the blend of almond, arrowroot, coconut and tapioca flours.
  • Broth/Stock: You can’t make gravy without some sort of stock. It’s up to you whether you want to make it vegetarian with vegetable broth or opt for beef or chicken stock to add even more flavor and nutrition. It’s totally up to your preferences!

How to Make Homemade Gravy

Begin by melting butter in a saucepan, and then add your chopped nutritious onions. Stir the mixture up until the onions begin softening, and then season with salt and pepper.


Gravy recipe step 2 - Dr. Axe

Next, add flour to the saucepan, and stir briskly for one minute. Then, add in your preferred stock and herbes de Provence.

If you don’t have a bottle of the herbs handy, you can also make your own herbs de Provence.

Bring all the ingredients to a simmer, and keep cooking until the gravy thickens, stirring occasionally.

Gravy recipe - Dr. Axe

How easy was that? If you’re crafty in the kitchen, this is a great base recipe to use.

If you just want a simple gravy that’s vegetarian-friendly and delicious, this is it, too — simply use vegetable stock as your base of choice.

Gravy also freezes well, so you can make several batches of this and keep some on hand in the freezer for busy nights.

Similar Recipes

Here are a few more recipes that either pair well with gravy or offer another homemade gravy option:

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Gravy recipe - Dr. Axe

Easy, Healthy Homemade Gravy Recipe

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  • Author: Dr. Josh Axe
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


There are many ways to make gravy. This one is as simple as it gets. Make this easy homemade gravy recipe to add deliciousness in minutes.


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Paleo flour blend
  • 2 cups stock, any flavor
  • 1/2 teaspoon herbes de Provence
  • sea salt and pepper


  1. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add onions and cook until soft. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Add flour and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add stock and herbes de Provence, bring to a simmer, and cook until gravy is thickened, 4–5 minutes.


  • You can make this recipe vegetarian by using vegetable stock, and it can be vegan if you replace the butter with a vegan substitute.
  • For brown gravy, opt for beef stock.
  • For white gravy, start with chicken stock.
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Category: Sauces & Dressings
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1/3 cup
  • Calories: 166
  • Sugar: 1.4g
  • Sodium: 374mg
  • Fat: 16.2g
  • Saturated Fat: 10.4g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 5.8g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 4.6g
  • Fiber: 2.1g
  • Protein: 1.3g
  • Cholesterol: 41mg

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