If you have always wanted to learn how to make Beef Gravy but were worried about it not turning out perfectly, you have come to the right place!
Each of my Beef Gravy Recipes includes step-by-step instructions with images to guide you through the entire process. You will learn how to make your homemade beef gravy using beef drippings from a roast, beef stock, or beef bone broth. To be honest, any liquid will work as long as it is seasoned appropriately.
How to make beef gravy from pan juices
How to make gravy from beef stock
What is the difference between gravy and Au Jus?
Gravy is made using the juices from beef that has been roasted in an oven, or that has been prepared in an Instant Pot or Slow Cooker. It is then thickened using a roux made with flour or slurry made with cornstarch.
Au Jus is the same juices that are refined (strained to remove the bits) and cooked down to your desired consistency to produce a clear, slightly thickened liquid.
How do you thicken gravy?
The most common way to thicken gravy is by cooking wheat flour in a fat to create a 'roux'. The flour is cooked to remove the flour taste, break down the proteins, and to darken the gravy
You can also use cornstarch, which is a true starch and actually thickens better than wheat flour. Your gravy will also be more translucent and have a nice, glossy sheen. Create a slurry by mixing cornstarch with water, then add it to the hot liquid.
The third option is to create a slurry using potato starch, which is also a starch with good thickening powers. Your gravy will be more opaque than with the cornstarch, but less than with flour.
Whole30 - Paleo - Keto Gravy
Use 1/4 teaspoon of Glucomannan per 8 ounces of liquid. Simply sprinkle it over the liquid and whisk to combine. It will thicken as it cools, so don't add too much extra trying to speed up the process. Unless of course you are trying to make beef flavored wallpaper paste!
How do I get darker gravy?
You could always add Kitchen Bouquet for a deeper, richer color. There is an affiliate link below with an image so you can see what it looks like.
More delicious gravy recipes:
- Roast Beef with Gravy
- Turkey Gravy
- Southern Sausage Gravy
- Southern Style Chocolate Gravy
- Skillet Pork Chops with Herb Gravy
- Pork Chops with Pan Gravy
- Instant Pot Whole Greek Chicken with Pan Gravy
- Salisbury Steak with Onion and Mushroom Gravy
- Swedish Meatballs
- Canadian Poutine - French fries, cheese curds and brown gravy
- Guinness Beer-Braised Chicken Thighs with gravy
- Calphalon Saucepan - this is the saucepan used to make this recipe. I have been using it for the past 15 years and love the whole set.
- Wire Whisk - this is my go-to whisk.
- Gravy Boat - it comes with a saucer so you can avoid drips on your pretty table cloth.
- Liquid Measuring Cup - 2-cup glass measuring cup to make sure you have the correct amount of liquid.
- Glucomannan - from the Konjac Root, it is gluten-free, grain-free.
- Cornstarch - this is the brand I use to make shiny gravy.
- Potato Starch - I have not personally tried this brand, but it is on my list for the future.
- Kitchen Bouquet - this is a recommendation based on reader's suggestions.