Easy Vegetarian Onion Gravy

This is one of the very first recipes I ever published in this space – nine years ago! Dang!

This vegetarian onion gravy (with vegan option) remains both a favorite here and with readers. It’s a shockingly easy, surprisingly delicious recipe that welcomes vegetarians (and vegans, with the vegan option) into the Thanksgiving fold. Want to know something else cool? You can make this gravy today and freeze it for the big day! Anything to make Thanksgiving easier.

So here, again, is one of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes: Easy Vegetarian Onion Gravy. The photos are old, but the recipe’s a classic, so that’s appropriate, right? 🙂 

Vegetarians, rejoice! This 100% vegetarian onion gravy recipe – with a vegan option – 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! #vegetariangravy #vegangravy

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! #vegetariangravy #vegangravy
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

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

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon plus 4 tablespoons butter, divided (can sub Earth Balance [see Vegan Option])
  • 1/2 cup finely diced onion
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose 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.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 4-5 servings, Serving Size: 1/10 of recipe (about 1/4 cup)

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 65 Calories
  • Total Fat: 6g
  • Saturated Fat: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 15mg
  • Sodium: 285mg
  • Carbohydrates: 3g
  • Sugar: 1g
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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! #vegetariangravy #vegangravy

Kare

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.