Amazing Vegan Gravy is the vegetarian gravy recipe you've been waiting for! Made with nutritional yeast and marmite for a ton of flavour, this vegan brown gravy is perfect with mashed potatoes, vegetarian poutine, or as part of your Thanksgiving table. This healthy gravy recipe is made from scratch and it's super simple!
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Are you guys ready to take a trip to gravy town? Because that is where we are going today. Allllllll aboard!!!
Why make vegan gravy?
Well, first of all, because it’s delicious! This easy vegan gravy recipe is the perfect thing to smother your mashed potatoes with.
Looking for a Vegan Brown Gravy to serve with your Vegan Lentil Loaf? This is the one!
Would you like to dunk your Crispy Potato Wedges in amazing vegan gravy? Of course you would.
And you guys, do I even need to point out that fries + vegetarian gravy + cheese curds = VEGETARIAN POUTINE?!!!
You know what to do with that information. I’ll just sit here and wait for the high fives to come rolling in. Honestly this is the best vegan gravy recipe, and I'm so excited to share it with you today.
Why this recipe works
I made a LOT of vegetarian gravy recipes in order to crack the code for the perfect vegan gravy, and here it is.
There’s a whole world of gravies out there to meet your gravy-craving needs, but today we’re making vegan brown gravy. No onions, no mushrooms, just one heck of a delicious yet simple recipe.
This recipe is:
- Super simple
- Made with easy to find ingredients
- Can be made ahead
- Is freezer friendly
- Totally delicious!
It’s easy, and I’ll walk you through it step by step. You guys are going to love this!
What do I need to make this recipe?
Time to gather up your gravy-making ingredients! Here’s what you need:
- Olive oil –-> Skip the good stuff and go with your basic cooking oil today.
- Flour –-> I’m using all purpose flour but we’ll discuss options below
- Nutritional yeast –-> This is the magic vegan pixie dust that’ll give your gravy that je ne sais quoi.
- Vegetable broth –-> Homemade or store bought are both fine.
- Marmite –-> This is the secret ingredient that adds a punch of flavour and gives the vegan gravy a nice brown colour.
- Thyme –-> Just in time!
- Black pepper –-> To round things out.
All you really need to make this vegan gravy recipe is a saucepan and a whisk to stir the gravy together.
In this recipe I'm using my favourite All Clad Saucier which comes with a matching whisk!
How do I make this recipe?
Friends, this recipe is quick and easy.
Step 1: (above) You're going to grab your favourite saucepan, and heat the olive oil to a nice shimmer over medium-high heat.
Step 2: (above) Add the flour, and cook, whisking constantly, for 1-2 minutes, until the flour is starting to get a nice toasty smell to it.
Step 3: (above) Now add the nutritional yeast and continue to whisk for a couple of minutes more.
The mixture will be quite thick at this point (see below) but will smooth out once you start adding broth.
Step 4: (above) Add ½ cup of the vegetable broth, and whisk it into the flour mixture until there are no lumps or clumps.
Step 5: (above) Add the remaining broth, and whisk until smooth.
Step 6: (above) Reduce the heat and simmer the gravy, whisking more or less constantly, until it begins to thicken.
Step 7: (above) Now add the Marmite - just a teaspoon at this point - whisk to combine, and then taste and season your gravy. Add salt and pepper, and perhaps a bit more Marmite. It should be savory and delicious at this point.
Step 8: Transfer to a gravy boat or whatever you're serving from, and serve this gravy hot!
Pro tips / recipe notes:
Can this recipe be made gluten-free? I have't personally tried this recipe with a gluten-free flour, but I'm confident that it would work out with an all-purpose gluten-free flour blend in place of the regular flour.
Can this gravy be made in advance?
Yes! You can make it, keep it in the fridge for up to 5 days, and re-heat it when you're ready to serve. It will thicken as it cools and will thin out again when you reheat it.
I've used both the microwave and the stovetop to reheat this gravy, and both work just fine.
Can I freeze this gravy? Yes! Pour it off into a container and throw it in the freezer. Thaw and re-heat when you're ready to use. Leftovers also re-heat brilliantly.
What if I don't have Marmite? You can replace the marmite with an equivalent amount of dark soy sauce. But Marmite is delicious and you should have it in your life!
What if I don't have nutritional yeast? The nutritional yeast is super important for this recipe, so there isn't a substitute. Go out and get yourself some, it's bonkers good on popcorn!
What is nutritional yeast?
Also commonly referred to as food yeast, Engevita yeast, Red Star yeast, nooch, or vegetarian pixie dust, nutritional yeast is a dehydrated, inactive form of yeast - it won't make bread rise. The yeast is grown on enriched molasses, and is an excellent source of B vitamins and protein.
It is important to note that not all nutritional yeast contains vitamin B12. Only nooch that has been fortified contains this all important vitamin, so if you're relying on nutritional yeast for your B12 intake, be sure to check the label.
Nutritional yeast has a distinct cheese-like flavour. It can be enjoyed sprinkled on popcorn or salads, added to gravies, salad dressing, soups, casseroles, dips, and sauces. Nutritional yeast can be found at many health food stores, and can be found packaged under various brand names, and is also often found in dry bulk food sections of grocery stores.
Small amounts of nutritional yeast can be stored at room temperature in a closed container. Larger amounts should be stored in the refrigerator or freezer in a sealed package.
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Amazing Vegan Gravy
- Heat the olive oil in a sauce pan over medium-high heat.
- When the oil begins to shimmer, whisk in the flour. Whisk constantly for about 1-2 minutes until the flour begins to smell a bit nutty.
- Add the nutritional yeast and continue to whisk for one more minute.
- Add ½ cup of the broth and whisk into the flour mixture so that it is smooth and there are no lumps.
- Add the remaining broth.
- Simmer the gravy, whisking constantly, until it begins to thicken and is bubbling. This could take about 5 minutes.
- Reduce the heat to low, and whisk in the dried thyme, some freshly cracked black pepper, and 1 teaspoon of Marmite.
- Taste your gravy and decide whether you want to add a bit more Marmite, and adjust the seasonings as necessary.
- Transfer to a gravy boat, and serve hot!
- Nutrition values are an estimate only.
- Can this gravy be made gluten-free? I have't personally tried this recipe with a gluten-free flour, but I'm confident that it would work out with an all-purpose gluten-free flour blend in place of the regular flour.
- Can this gravy be made in advance? Yes! You can make it, keep it in the fridge for up to 5 days, and re-heat it when you're ready to serve. It will thicken as it cools and will thin out again when you reheat it.
- How do you reheat this gravy? I've used both the microwave and the stovetop to reheat this gravy.
- Can I freeze this gravy? Yes! Pour it off into a container and throw it in the freezer. Thaw and re-heat when you're ready to use.
- What if I don't have Marmite? As stated above, you can replace the marmite with an equivalent amount of dark soy sauce. But Marmite is delicious and you should have it in your life!
- What if I don't have nutritional yeast? The nooch is super important for this recipe, so there isn't a substitute. Go out and get yourself some, it's bonkers good on popcorn!
This recipe was originally published November 10, 2014. It was retested, re-photographed, and most recently updated on October 9, 2019. Last edited and updated with video on October 7, 2021.