Vegan Onion Gravy is easy to make from scratch with only 6 ingredients in 30 minutes. Perfect for Thanksgiving and holiday dinners.
It simply isn't Thanksgiving without mashed potatoes and gravy. And if you're preparing a meatless version for the first time, great news! It doesn't get much easier than making Vegan Onion Gravy.
Inspired by my recipe for mushroom gravy, this version is also loaded with savory flavor while requiring minimal time and ingredients. Plus you can make it in advance and reheat it so your holiday dinner preparation is less stressful.
Why you'll love this recipe
- It's full of flavor yet only requires 6 ingredients (plus salt and pepper).
- You can make it in half an hour.
- It's the perfect complement to comfort food favorites like mashed potatoes and vegan roast.
Onions: While I typically use yellow, you can use also use white or red to make this vegan onion gravy.
Olive oil: Instead of vegan butter, this recipe is made Mediterranean-diet style with olive oil for cooking the onions.
For the complete list of ingredients with measurements plus recipe instructions, please see the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
- Whisk together the vegetable broth, tamari and cornstarch. Set aside while the onions cook.
- Saute the onions in olive oil over low heat until very tender.
- Stir in the thyme.
- Give the broth mixture a stir and slowly add it to the onions. Stir often until the gravy has thickened. Taste and add salt and pepper.
Vegan Onion Gravy can be prepared a couple of days in advance and reheated on the stove. If the gravy is too thick, thin it out with a little water or vegetable broth, then add additional seasonings, if needed.
Vegan onion gravy is easy to customize to suit your taste. Start with the basic recipe and go from there.
- Combine the onions with garlic and shallots.
- Add nutritional yeast or miso for additional umami flavor.
- Include other herbs with the thyme like sage and rosemary.
- Use fresh herbs in place of dried.
- Stir in a splash of balsamic vinegar.
- Prefer a smooth gravy? Use an immersion blender or carefully transfer it to a regular blender and blend it before serving.
Enjoy your favorite holiday main dishes served with generous drizzles of this onion gravy. It goes well with lentil meatloaf, tofu meatballs, and store-bought vegan sausages and roasts.
And of course it's best friends with all sorts of potato dishes from mashed potatoes to home fries to wedges.
Storing and freezing
Store leftover gravy in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days, or freeze it for up to 3 months.
An equal amount of potato starch or arrowroot powder can be used in place of cornstarch. You can also use tapioca flour, but you will need to double the amount.
Tamari is similar to soy sauce but is made with only soybeans and no wheat, making it gluten-free.
If you prefer a smoother gravy without chunks of onions, you can blend part or all of the gravy using an immersion blender. Or carefully transfer it to a regular blender and blend until smooth.
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Vegan Onion Gravy
- 2 cups vegetable broth
- 1 Tablespoon tamari
- 2 Tablespoons cornstarch, or arrowroot powder
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 2 cups yellow onions, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Add the tamari and cornstarch to the vegetable broth and stir to combine. Set aside.
- Heat the olive oil over low heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring often, until very tender, about 10 to 15 minutes.
- Stir in the thyme.
- Give the vegetable broth mixture a good stir and slowly add it to the onions. Stir often until the gravy has thickened to your desired consistency. Add salt and pepper, to taste, and serve.
Nutritional information is an estimation only.
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