Vegetarian Gravy step by step Recipe

Vegetarian Gravy Recipe

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30 mins
Vadim Rachok
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Prepare a vegetarian sauce to enhance the flavor, moisture, and richness of your dishes and add a delightful touch to your meals. It’s a great addition to your holiday table. It will elevate your dinner with a new and delicious flavor that will impress your family and guests. Plus, this vegetarian sauce recipe is easy to make in just 30 minutes, making it a versatile option for any meal.

A delightful vegetarian gravy recipe that promises to be the star of any meal! The careful selection of ingredients, from the savory nutritional yeast to the aromatic sage, showcases a thoughtful approach to flavor balance. The simplicity of the process ensures that home cooks, whether beginners or seasoned, can master this versatile sauce to elevate their dishes.

Vegetarian Gravy Recipe

Vegetarian Gravy Ingredients

  • Vegetable oil: It provides a rich flavor to gravy when used as a base for sautéing onions and garlic.
  • Chopped onion and garlic: They enhance the overall flavor of the gravy by adding aromatic and savory notes.
  • All-purpose flour: It acts as a thickening agent to help achieve desired gravy consistency.
  • Nutritional yeast: Yeast adds a savory, umami flavor to sauces.
  • Light soy: Use light soy to enhance flavor and add saltiness to the gravy.
  • Vegetable broth: It provides a rich and savory flavor and forms the main liquid base of the sauce.
  • Dried sage: Sage contributes to the overall flavor profile with earthy and herbal notes.
  • Salt and black pepper: Seasonings used to balance and adjust the flavors of the gravy.

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How to Make Vegetarian Gravy?

  1. To make the vegetarian gravy, heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. 
  2. Then stir in the onion and garlic. Sauté the onion until it is soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.
  3. Next, whisk in the flour, nutritional yeast, and soy sauce to form a smooth paste. Gradually whisk in broth. Season to taste with sage, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, stirring constantly, for 8 to 10 minutes or until the gravy thickens.

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Recipe tips:

  • This recipe calls for dried sage, but you can certainly substitute fresh sage.
  • If your gravy isn’t the desired thickness, consider using cornstarch. Mix a few teaspoons of cornstarch with cold water until it forms a thick paste. Gradually whisk this mixture into your gravy until it reaches the consistency you prefer.
  • To make the gravy thicker, add a little less of the vegetable broth.

Can the vegetarian gravy be frozen?

You can freeze the vegetarian gravy. To freeze it, let the gravy cool completely, then transfer it to an airtight container.  Leave some space at the top of the container to allow for expansion during freezing. You can freeze gravy for up to 3 months.

This vegetarian gravy recipe can be considered a healthy option for creating sauces and dressings. It is ideal for those who monitor the composition of their diet and prefer alternatives to meat products. With vegetable oil used as a base, this sauce has a low content of saturated fats, promoting heart health and reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Instead of meat broth, vegetable broth is used here, making the sauce lighter and lower in calories, as well as enriching it with vitamins and minerals. The absence of animal products in this sauce makes it suitable for vegans and individuals with lactose intolerance. Thanks to the inclusion of nutritional yeast and dried sage, this sauce is rich in B vitamins and antioxidants, contributing to overall health. It can be used as a healthy alternative to heavier and more calorie-laden sauces, helping to maintain a healthy lifestyle and diet.

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Vegetarian Gravy Recipe
5/5 (1)
Author:Vadim Rachok
Category:Sauces, Gravies
Tasty vegetarian sauce that will add a rich and deep flavor to your dishes!
Vegetarian Gravy step by step Recipe
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
2 1/2 cups
The ingredients you need:
½ cup vegetable oil
⅓ cup chopped onion
5 cloves garlic, minced
½ cup all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons nutritional yeast
4 tablespoons light soy sauce or to taste
2 cups vegetable broth
½ teaspoon dried sage
½ teaspoon salt or to taste
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
Let’s start !

1. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat; stir in the onion and garlic. Cook, stirring constantly, until the onion is soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.


2. Stir in the flour, nutritional yeast, and soy sauce until you have a smooth paste. Gradually whisk in the broth. Season to taste with sage, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring constantly, for 8 to 10 minutes, or until thickened.

Nutrition Information
Servings Per Recipe: 10
Calories: 134
% Daily Value *
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g14%
Saturated Fat 1g7%
Sodium 382mg17%
Total Carbohydrate 7g3%
Dietary Fiber 1g2%
Total Sugars 3g 
Protein 2g 
Vitamin C 1mg5%
Calcium 7mg1%
Iron 1mg3%
Potassium 59mg1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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For an extra layer of richness, consider adding a splash of red wine or a tablespoon of miso paste to your vegetarian gravy. These ingredients bring complexity and depth, making your sauce a standout element in any culinary creation. Experiment and tailor the recipe to your taste preferences!

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