How To Make Gravy Without Meat? Multiple options!

How to make gravy without Meat
gravy without Meat

How to make gravy without Meat? Gravy is nothing but a sauce. It is often used with a hot snack or meal. You can make gravy in different ways. It doesn’t always have to be with meat. Certainly not! With stock, herbs, and butter you can make the most delicious gravy. So in this blog, we are going to look for how to make gravy without meat and we do that in different ways.

How To Make Gravy Without Meat?

Making gravy without meat. Fry onion and fry the tomato puree. Add broth, stir well. Put a bay leaf in the gravy. Melt butter in a pan and add the flour. Stir well and cook for 2 minutes. Add everything together and you have gravy without meat. 

Gravy is usually made from (vegetable) butter. The main ingredient! You can use different ingredients that give the butter more flavor. This can be a jar or bag of natural gravy, but also a stock cube with water. Tomato paste, onions, carrots, leeks or mustard are also often used to make a tasty gravy.

White or red wine or sherry can also be used instead of water. You can add herbs at your own discretion. Rosemary, thyme and chives can taste great in the gravy, but be careful with thyme and rosemary. This can quickly dominate.


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An example of making gravy without meat:

  • 1 onion chopped
  • Vegetable butter for frying onions
  • Half a tablespoon of tomato paste
  • 1 level tablespoon of chives
  • ½ vegetable stock cube
  • 1 bay leaf

To make the roux you will need:

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour

How to make the gravy:

  1. Fry an onion in a good splash of liquid or 2 tablespoons of solid vegetable butter
  2. Fry the onion until it starts to brown a little
  3. Add the tomato puree and cook for a minute. Now it goes sour taste of the tomato paste and it is a delicious addition to the gravy.
  4. Add 200 ml of water, the bay leaf and half a stock cube. And let it simmer gently.
  5. The stock cube will now dissolve in the pan. Add the chives and stir through.
  6. Now you have a watery gravy. Let’s make the roux.
  7. Add the 2 tablespoons of butter in another pan and let it melt over a low heat.
  8. Add all the flour at once and stir until the flour is absorbed by the butter. Keep stirring until the roux starts to color slightly.
  9. Now add the roux to the gravy and stir well. Now the gravy is a bit thicker.

Easy Gravy Without Meat 

You can easily make gravy in a number of ways. The first is from a bag or jar of natural gravy. There are different types of gravy that do not contain meat and that taste delicious. For example, Maggie of Vetara has a vegetarian gravy.


  • gravy powder
  • Water
  • Possibly mustard or a dash of soy sauce

How to make the gravy: 

  1. Take 1 full tablespoon of gravy powder and add 200 ml of hot water and you have a delicious gravy. If you find the gravy too thick, add water. If you find the gravy too thin, add some gravy powder.
  2. Add mustard for a spicy taste. If you like that. Stir this well into the gravy. A dash of soy sauce can also be used instead of mustard, for an oriental touch.

How easy can it be to make gravy! And really, it tastes good.

Making gravy without meat and flour 

You can read above how to make gravy without meat. But even without flour it might be a challenge if you want to make it yourself.

But how do you make this yourself?

  • Butter
  • Tomato puree, 1 tablespoon
  • 200 ml liquid: Water and/or a dash of wine
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Broth cube ½
  • mashed potatoes powder
  • Onion
  1. Fry the chopped onion until it starts to brown.
  2. Add the tablespoon of tomato puree and fry for 2 minutes.
  3. Add water (wine) and crumble the stock cube on top. Let it boil until the stock cube is well dissolved.
  4. Add the bay leaf to the gravy and let it simmer for 2 minutes.
  5. Add a little bit of mashed potato powder (bag) and stir well. See if it binds the gravy enough, otherwise, add another teaspoon. Look and taste well, it doesn’t have to be puree of course!
  6. Taste to see if it tastes good, if not add some crumbled stock.

Make gravy thicker

Gravy can be thickened in different ways.  

gravy powder

When you make gravy from gravy powder, you can thicken your gravy by adding more gravy powder. Make sure you stir the gravy powder well before adding some more powder. It can suddenly thicken and you have to add water because it gets too thick. So add little bits and stir well.


If you have made your own gravy, you can thicken the gravy by adding cornflour. Check the package for the correct ratio and stir it through the gravy.

Mashed potatoes 

It is also possible to add a little bit of mashed potatoes from a bag (powder) to your too thin gravy. That’s how you thicken it. Make sure you add little by little. Stir well before adding another teaspoon of powder. After all, it doesn’t have to be a puree.

make roux 

If you make your own gravy with a roux, you can add more roux to thicken the gravy (make a roux by melting 1 tablespoon of vegetable butter and adding 1 tablespoon of flour. Stir well and slow down for 2 minutes baking).  

Making Gravy With Butter 

You usually make gravy with butter. We with vegetable butter. There are many ways and ingredients you can use. Here’s another example of making gravy with butter:

  • ½ vegetable stock cube
  • 200 ml water (or 100 ml red wine and 100 ml water)
  • 1 onion chopped
  • ½ red bell pepper diced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Vegetable butter liquid or solid to fry the onion
  • For the roux: 2 tablespoons flour and 2 tablespoons butter

How to make gravy with butter:

  1. Fry an onion in a good dash or 2 tablespoons vegetable butter and let it brown a bit.
  2. Bake the peppers.
  3. Add the water and half the stock cube with the bay leaf.
  4. Boil the water and dissolve the stock cube. Let this simmer gently.
  5. Put the 2 tablespoons of butter in a pan. Let this melt on a low heat source.
  6. Add the flour and stir together until combined.
  7. Turn the heat slightly higher and cook the flour for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  8. After 2 minutes, add the flour to the gravy and stir well. See if you think the gravy is too thick. Then add some broth.
  9. You now have a delicious gravy.
  10. Remove the bay leaf from the gravy, you cannot eat it.

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