How to Make Gravy without Pan Juices 

You don’t have to roast a hunk of meat to have gravy. I’m showing you how to make gravy without pan juices.

Like gravy but don't always have a roast chicken or beef? Here's how to make gravy without pan juices.

Gravy is something that a lot of cooks don’t like to make. If you can make a homemade cheese sauce you can make gravy. I will admit that for many years I only made milk gravy or sausage gravy. I left brown gravy to the jars or the just add water packets.

This is a super simple recipe. All you need is some butter or oil, flour, a broth or stock of your choosing, and a couple extra ingredients. You could use chicken, turkey or beef broth. Making gravy for a vegetarian? Try vegetable broth. Need it dairy free? Use oil instead of butter. I’ve also used a mix of chicken and beef broths when I wanted something more like the usual brown gravy but not as beefy tasting.

I have two recipes coming up that showcase the deliciousness of the homemade gravy. You can also top meatloaf, mashed potatoes, pork chops, hamburger patties, or meatballs with the gravy.

How to Make Gravy without Pan Juices

Melt butter in a saucepan

Whisk in flour, cook for 2 to 3 minutes

Slowly whisk in the broth. This will help prevent lumps

Add in the minced onion and cook for 5 minutes or until thickened

Season to taste with salt and pepper

Use as desired


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How to Make Gravy without Pan Juices 

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 2 cups
Author Micha@ Cookin' Mimi


  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 3 Tablespoons flour
  • 2 to 2 1/2 cups low sodium broth or stock
  • 1 Tablespoon dried minced onion
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Melt the butter in a saucepan over moderate heat
  2. Whisk in the flour and cook for 3 minutes or until slightly golden
  3. Slowly whisk in the broth
  4. Add in the onion and cook for 5 minutes or until thickened
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste


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  1. This is a great tip! I didn’t know gravy could be made without juice from some kind of meat.

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