Vegetarian Onion Gravy

Vegetarians, rejoice! This vegetarian onion gravy is exactly what you’ve been missing on Thanksgiving. It’s so easy to whip up a batch of this stuff. Just keep those saucy carnivorous mitts away from the gravy boat – meat eaters may prefer it over their own non-veggie-friendly gravy.

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Total Time: 35 minutes

Vegetarians, rejoice! This 100% vegetarian gravy is exactly what you’ve been missing on Thanksgiving. It’s so easy to whip up a batch of this stuff. Just keep those saucy carnivorous mitts away from your gravy boat – meat eaters may prefer it over their own non-veggie-friendly gravy.

Vegetarian Onion Gravy recipe (with vegan option) - This 4-ingredient vegetarian onion gravy is exactly what you've been missing on Thanksgiving. And it's so easy to whip up a batch!

I can’t be the only vegetarian who’s suffered the lonely and tasteless holiday dinner fate of having to eat mashed potatoes with only a bit of salt and pepper and a sorry pat of butter. While everyone around you gleefully shoves down forkfuls of gravy-heavy potatoes… it’s horrible! Just horrible!

Okay, you know I’m exaggerating. But it does kind of suck a little. Gravy’s yummy, but I just can’t bring myself to eat it because of the whole meat thing.

That is… until now.

Vegetarian Onion Gravy recipe (with vegan option) - This 4-ingredient vegetarian onion gravy is exactly what you've been missing on Thanksgiving. And it's so easy to whip up a batch!
It all started on Thanksgiving when my guy’s awesome mom whipped me up a portion of my very own vegetarian white gravy for my potatoes. Yum!

And while we were stirring the meaty gravy meant for everyone else and talking about the whole affair, I came to the realization – why not do the roux thing and then add vegetable broth?

I know, total duh moment.

I decided to do it one better and make it a vegetarian onion gravy.

This stuff is truly really really good. And way easier than I ever thought it would be. So of course, I have to share. (Psst: My carnivorous guy approves of this also – apparently it’s great on, well…  meat.

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Easy Vegetarian Onion Gravy

Yield: 4-5 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Vegetarians, rejoice! This vegetarian onion gravy is exactly what you've been missing on Thanksgiving. It's so easy to whip up a batch of this stuff. Just keep those saucy carnivorous mitts away from the gravy boat - meat eaters may prefer it over their own non-veggie-friendly gravy.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon plus 4 tablespoons butter, divided (can sub Earth Balance [see Vegan Option])
  • 1/2 cup finely diced onion
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon Tamari or soy sauce (optional)
  • Salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, melt one tablespoon of butter.
  2. Add the onion and saute for 10 - 15 minutes until soft and light brown.
  3. Remove the onion from the pan and place in a small bowl. Set aside.
  4. Add the remaining four tablespoons of butter to the saucepan and melt over medium-low heat.
  5. Stir in the flour and cook, stirring frequently, for three minutes.
  6. Gradually stir in the vegetable broth and continue stirring, over medium-low heat, until thickened to a gravy consistency, about 3 - 4 minutes.
  7. Add back the cooked onions. Add Tamari or soy sauce if using. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve.

Vegan option:

Substitute Earth Balance for the butter. I also like to use half olive oil and half Earth Balance.

Recipe update:

11/17/2015: I've recently started adding a splash of Tamari to the mix, and I really like the additional flavor (and color) it adds! So I thought I'd revise the recipe to include that option.

Vegetarian Onion Gravy recipe with vegan option - This 4-ingredient vegetarian onion gravy is exactly what you've been missing on Thanksgiving. And it's so easy to whip up a batch!

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Karen Raye

Kare is a vegetarian home cook living among carnivores. She loves creating irresistible and flexible recipes that help multi-vore families like hers keep the peace - deliciously.

27 Responses to “Vegetarian Onion Gravy”

  1. That looks and sounds like it is so yummy!

  2. I’ll definitely have to try this one sometime!

  3. when is the onion added back in?

    • Shawna, thank you so much for asking, and I’m so sorry I left that step out! Fixed the recipe.

      Add it back in right after the gravy starts to thicken. I found it can burn if it’s left in during the roux step.

  4. I never really thought about it but I always have done my onion gravy vegetarian, even though we aren’t vegetarian. Onion gravy is really big here in the UK, we have it with our Sunday Roast dinners. And I always have veggie stock cubes on hand so I just used that. One thing I like to do is caramelize my onions first. Then I add it like you do, when the gravy is thickening.

  5. This looks extremely delicious!

  6. What would be a yummy vegan sub for the butter? Olive oil? 

  7. Can the gravy be frozen? My daughter is the vegetarian and she won’t use all of it so I thought I could maybe freeze it. 

    • I tried freezing a different gravy recipe last fall and it worked really, really (surprisingly) well. It was pretty similar to this one so I say give it a try! At first after thawing the other one I looked at it and was all “what have I DONE!” but then once warmed in a pan over low heat it was good as ever.

  8. I just tried this now.  It was amazing! I haven’t had gravy in years, but I swear this is even better than non-vegetarian gravy.  Thank you so much.

  9. My go-to gravy recipe! I love this, thanks for sharing 🙂

  10. I made this last year and it was a huge hit, even with non vegetarians. Will be repeating this thanksgiving. Thank you!

  11. What does one tablespoon plus 4 tablespoons mean?  Why not just 5 tablespoons?  I’m not much of a cook, which probably explains why I don’t understand that.  Thanks!

  12. This came out delicious! I added closer to 2 tablespoons of tamari and added a little bit of garlic powder too. I used Rosemary olive oil also.

    I could just eat this plain. Thanks for posting!

  13. This is fantastic! So easy to make and so delicious, thank you!

  14. OMG, hit me with a wet noodle for not trying this recipe over a year ago when I found it! I made this for the first time today for Christmas dinner. THANK YOU for providing the crucial missing part of a Holiday diner that I had not thought was missing. After 19 years together, my non-veg husband doesn’t actually eat a lot of meat anymore, and while he made a great turkey for himself and the kid, he would not have touched gravy made out of the drippings. I show up with a decanter full of this golden stuff, and he piled it on his turkey, vegetarian stuffing, and cheesy mashed potatoes. He has asked me to make it again, and we sure will.
    Thanks for providing the perfect “gravy” for an excellent dinner.

    Merry Christmas to you Kare, and your family.

  15. I just made this gravy and heated some vegetarian meatballs in the gravy and served over egg noodles . That was awesome. Thanks for your recipe.

  16. Just made this for vegan poutine. It needed salt but was otherwise delicious. Thanks for the recipe.

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