Best Brown Gravy (GF,DF)

The Best Brown Gravy is made with beef broth, wine, soy sauce, and cornstarch resulting in a rich, flavorful sauce. No dinner is complete without homemade brown gravy on the table. Best of all? You don’t need any drippings or flour to make this rich, flavorful classic brown gravy. And, it’s dairy-free and gluten-free.

Beef Brown Gravy as the perfect side…

This delicious-tasting beef brown gravy is the perfect side (and a must!) to make any meat dinner or holiday complete.

Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and it would be a good idea to start planning your holiday meals now. What’s a dinner without some brown gravy on the table? Right!? And this is a fabulous recipe and one you should try! (it’s the best!)

When planning the holiday, some of us will keep the same traditions such as roasting a turkey or baking a spiral-glazed ham along with all the delicious sides we crave. And some of us will look for new recipes to try (like me!) and this flavorful beef brown gravy is one of them!

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The first time you make it? You’ll realize how simple, easy, and delicious tasting it is, and you’ll want to make it every time!

Why is this the Best Beef Brown Gravy?

Homemade Beef Brown GravyversusStore-Bought Gravy:

  • Homemade beef brown gravy is 100 times better than any store-bought brand! Simply because it is made with only 6 ingredients, and you probably have them on hand.
  • It is also 100% dairy-free and gluten-free! – No Flour and No Butter ...what’s-so-ever!
  • It is the best-tasting gravy!
  • Additionally, it is easy to prepare, and you can have a delicious gravy without spending too much time in the kitchen.
  • Plus, only needs to simmer for about 12 to 15 minutes. Perfect!
  • Whereas, most “storebought” brands are loaded with too many ingredients, including artificial, preservatives, and food coloring. (No thanks!)

We can all agree that a holiday dinner is not complete without a delicious gravy on the table. It is perfect for meats, turkey, and other poultry dishes, along with our favorite creamy mashed potatoes, or our “dairy-free” mashed cauliflower.

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How to Make the Best “Beef” Brown Gravy?

Ingredients needed for this recipe (with affiliate links):

1. Beef Broth: any brand of beef broth is perfect for this gravy. Swanson makes a flavorful beef broth, and Pacific for organic.

2. Red Wine: we prefer you choose any good quality (drinking) red wine you may have on hand. Or you can open a new bottle of your favorite red wine, use only 1/4 cup, then serve the bottle at dinner.

3. Cornstarch: any brand of cornstarch you may already have on hand will suffice. And, follow the directions below in our recipe card!

4. Soy Sauce: we prefer low-sodium soy sauce for this recipe. The beef broth already contains enough sodium.

5. Seasonings: this recipe only requires some garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper. Salt is optional, it’s best you taste it and then adjust for salt.

To Make It…

Follow the directions in our recipe card below. And, simmer on low heat, stirring occasionally until the mixture reduces and the gravy thickens. Easy-peasy! πŸ˜‰

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Can We Make Gravy With Beef Drippings?

If you are planning to make a roast beef or a beef tenderloin roast, you can certainly use the drippings from the pan. All you need to do is substitute the drippings for the same amount of beef broth and omit the black pepper. Then follow the rest of the recipe below (in our recipe card). NOTE: Usually, there’s plenty of black pepper in the drippings, so no need to add additional.

What Sides To Serve With Brown Gravy?

Here are some suggestions for side dishes that pair well with this delicious brown gravy:

  • Most Roasted and Grilled Meats – such as roast beef, a filet mignon roast, sliced London broil steak, grilled flank steak, skirt steaks, and even braised short ribs.
  • Roast Beef Sandwiches – are amazing when smothered with a rich, beef gravy over them, or to dunk!
  • Turkey Breast: Roasted boneless turkey breast – we always serve it with beef brown gravy rather than turkey gravy. That’s because the beef gravy is so much more flavorful.
  • Mashed Potatoes: you can’t have creamy mashed potatoes without a rich, flavorful gravy, right?
  • Mashed Cauliflower: Mashed Cauliflower is also best when served with some beef gravy on top.
  • Soft Dinner Rolls: all soft dinner rolls and even cornbreads for dipping and scooping up some of that gravy on your dinner plate. YUM!

Make Ahead, and Freezing Instructions:

1. Make Ahead: you can make beef brown gravy up to 3 days ahead and keep it in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Then transfer to a small pot and reheat on low heat.

2. To Freeze: make the gravy, allow it to cool completely before transferring it into a sealed container, then freeze. It will freeze well for up to 1 month. Thaw completely, transfer to a pot, and reheat on the stovetop, on low heat until thoroughly reheated.

Yield: 2.5 cups

BEST Beef Brown Gravy

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The Best Beef Brown Gravy is made with beef broth, wine, soy sauce, and cornstarch resulting in a rich, flavorful sauce. It's gluten-free, dairy-free, simple and easy to make!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 2.5 cups organic beef broth
  • 1/4 cup good quality red wine
  • 4 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper


  1. In a medium-sized sauce pot, pour in the beef broth and turn on the heat to medium.
  2. Next, measure 1/4 cup of red wine, and stir in the cornstarch, one tablespoon at a time, until the cornstarch is completely dissolved in the red wine. Then pour the wine into the pot and stir in the soy sauce.
  3. Measure and add in the garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper. Stir the brown gravy mixture and bring it to a low boil. Then, lower the heat and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally until the mixture reduces and has thickened about 12 to 15 minutes. Taste, and adjust for salt if needed.
  4. Turn off the heat transfer to a gravy bowl and serve.


If you decide to use beef drippings from your roast, just remember to use an equal amount of the beef broth, then follow the remaining directions.

Nutrition Information:


10 servings

Serving Size:

1/4 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 30Total Fat: .3gCarbohydrates: 3.9gFiber: .1gSugar: .5gProtein: 1.4g

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