Easy Vegan Mushroom Gravy is rich and savory. Enjoy this oil-free sauce with all your favorite comfort foods. This quick homemade gravy is perfect for Thanksgiving.

Bowl of gravy in front of a bowl of mashed potatoes and a plate of Thanksgiving dinner

Table of Contents

  1. Good Gravy!
    1. Why mushrooms?
      1. What is vegan gravy made of?
        1. How to make Easy Vegan Mushroom Gravy
          1. Recipes to complete your meal
            1. Easy Vegan Mushroom Gravy Recipe

              Good Gravy!

              I must admit, growing up I was never a fan of gravy.

              But once I learned how to make vegan gravy with mushrooms, I changed my tune.

              Now this savory sauce is one of my family’s favorite vegan Thanksgiving recipes, so I make it every year.

              It’s fantastic with Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes, Lentil Meatloaf Muffins, and Roasted Cauliflower Steaks.

              Brown cremini mushrooms on a wood cutting board

              Why mushrooms?

              Besides being delicious, mushrooms are incredibly nutritious.

              I started incorporating them more frequently into my regular diet when I learned about Dr Fuhrman’s “G-BOMBS”.

              If something so tasty can help prevent cancer, I’m all in!

              And they are a natural source of vitamin D, which I learned from the article 5 Easy Ways to Get More Vitamin D.

              Plus this vegan mushroom gravy is wonderful on holiday loaves and vegetables.

              And mushrooms are a fantastic ingredient to incorporate into a plant-based Mediterranean diet.

              In addition to this gravy, some of my favorite ways to enjoy mushrooms are in Spinach Mushroom Pasta, Chimichurri Tacos, and Sheet Pan Vegan Fajitas.

              Close up of bowl of mushroom gravy with dinner plate in the background

              What is vegan gravy made of?

              I’ve seen lots of different recipes for vegan gravy, including some that contain vegan butter, soy sauce, and all-purpose flour.

              But you only need a few basic ingredients to make this easy vegan mushroom gravy:

              • Mushrooms: I like using cremini mushrooms, but you can use white button mushrooms if you prefer.
              • Fresh garlic
              • Dried Thyme
              • Salt and pepper
              • Tapioca flour: Or alternatively you can use cornstarch or arrowroot powder.
              • Water

              Since mushrooms have a high water content, you don’t need oil when sauteing them.

              However, feel free to use a little olive oil if you prefer.

              Process shots showing how to make easy vegan mushroom gravy



              How to make Easy Vegan Mushroom Gravy

              When I say this recipe is easy, it really is!

              1. First saute the mushrooms with garlic and seasonings.
              2. Then stir in a slur made from tapioca flour and water.
              3. Let the gravy thicken, and it’s ready!

              This is not a classic gravy where you make a roux.

              Rather it’s a short-cut gravy you can make very quickly.

              And you can even make it ahead of time and reheat it the next day.

              This is such a time saver when it comes to cooking for the holidays.

              Moreover, if you really want to plan ahead, you can freeze the gravy.

              Simply let the gravy cool to room temperature, place it in a glass container leaving a little space at the top, then add the lid and place it in the freezer.

              Don’t forget to let the frozen gravy thaw in the refrigerator before reheating it in a saucepan.

              Dinner plate with mashed potatoes topped with gravy, lentil meatloaf, and roasted Brussels sprouts with bowl of gravy in the background

              Recipes to complete your meal

              If you’re looking for more easy recipes for your holiday table, check out these favorite side dishes:

              Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes
              Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes are luxuriously creamy without any milk or butter. This easy vegan Mediterranean inspired recipe is the ultimate side dish.
              See the recipe
              Overhead of bowl of mashed potatoes garnished with fresh chives
              Cranberry Apple Relish (Refined Sugar-Free)
              Cranberry Apple Relish is a family favorite that's easy to make with 4 ingredients and a food processor. This refined sugar-free sauce is a holiday staple.
              See the recipe
              Bowl of fresh cranberry relish


              Orange Scented Quinoa Side Dish
              Quinoa Side Dish is seasoned with orange, cinnamon, and fresh herbs, and studded with carrots, raisins, and walnuts. This Mediterranean quinoa recipe is easy to make on the stove or in an Instant Pot pressure cooker.
              See the recipe
              Overhead of serving bowl of quinoa garnished with a wedge of orange and sprig of mint
              Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Grapes
              If you're looking for a unique and colorful seasonal side dish, you're going to love this sweet and savory Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Grapes. This vegan recipe is perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas or anytime you want a healthy easy side.
              See the recipe
              Bowl of Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Grapes
              Sauteed Green Beans with Mushrooms
              Sauteed Fresh Green Beans with Mushrooms is a delicious and healthy side dish. This easy vegan and gluten-free recipe is perfect for both weeknights and holidays.
              See the recipe
              Serving bowl of Sauteed Green Beans with Mushrooms



              Easy Vegan Mushroom Gravy Recipe

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              Easy Vegan Mushroom Gravy (Gluten-Free & Oil-Free)

              Easy Vegan Mushroom Gravy (Gluten-Free & Oil-Free)

              Easy Vegan Mushroom Gravy is rich and savory. Enjoy this oil-free sauce with all your favorite comfort foods. This homemade gravy recipe is perfect for Thanksgiving.
              5 from 5 votes
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              Course: Condiment
              Cuisine: American
              Keyword: Vegan Mushroom Gravy
              Prep Time: 10 minutes
              Cook Time: 10 minutes
              Total Time: 20 minutes
              Servings: 6
              Calories: 19kcal
              Author: Amy Katz

              Equipment

              • Gravy & Sauce Boat Warmer with Detachable Cord

              Ingredients

              • 8 ounces cremini mushrooms, (or white button mushrooms) sliced
              • 2 cloves garlic, minced
              • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
              • salt, to taste
              • pepper, to taste
              • 2 Tablespoons tapioca flour, (or 1 Tablespoon cornstarch or arrowroot powder)
              • 1 cup water

              Instructions

              • In a small pot, saute the mushrooms for several minutes, stirring frequently, until they are reduced in volume and all the excess water is evaporated. If your mushrooms stick, add a splash of water to the pan.
              • Meanwhile, add the tapioca flour to the cup of water and stir well. Set aside.
              • Add the garlic to the mushrooms and saute for 30 seconds.
              • Add the thyme and salt and pepper, to taste.
              • Give the tapioca flour/water mixture a stir and slowly add it to the mushrooms. Stir until the gravy has thickened. If you prefer a thinner gravy, add a little more water and stir.

              Notes

              This gravy can be made in advance and reheated. It will last for up to 3 days refrigerated.
              To freeze the gravy, let it cool to room temperature, place it in a glass container leaving a little space at the top, then add the lid and place it in the freezer. Don’t forget to let the frozen gravy thaw in the refrigerator before reheating it in a saucepan.
               
               
               

              Nutrition

              Calories: 19kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 169mg | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 0.4mg

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