The Best Paleo Gravy (Gluten Free, Dairy Free)
This easy, paleo & gluten-free gravy is made with just 4 simple ingredients & ready in 10 minutes! Smother it over your Thanksgiving turkey, mashed potatoes, chicken & more!
Every host needs a good gravy dish, and an even better gravy recipe. Gravy is just one of those things that makes everything good. Turkey, chicken, mashed potatoes, veggies, you name it! It’s the ultimate holiday condiment. So when I say this is the BEST paleo gravy, I do not take that lightly!
What Makes This Gravy the Best
I love recipes where the ingredients and the steps are easy, but the food comes out tasting so flavorful and complex that you feel like a total pro every time. Enter, gluten free gravy. Gravy is the kind of food I thought I’d have to miss out on when I had to go gluten free, but I was wrong! This gravy recipe is a staple in my house, and I can’t wait for it to be one in yours too! Easy, gluten free, dairy free, and just four ingredients. Incredible flavor, the BEST!
thickening agent: I make this gravy gluten free by using tapioca flour instead of regular flour. It’s such a great thickening agent and I love how it works. If you’re looking for alternatives that are also gluten free, you can use arrowroot powder or gluten-free all purpose flour.
chicken broth or stock: Chicken stock is made from the bones of chicken, while broth is made from meat. Stock has a thicker consistency, while broth is a bit thinner, but has a stronger flavor. Both will work just fine for this gravy recipe! I love to use Kettle & Fire brand. Their broth is top notch quality and tastes amazing. Code MARY will get you 20% off their website!
butter: a fat is needed for this recipe and I prefer to use ghee or vegan butter (or even turkey drippings from the pan!) to have amazing dairy free gravy. Feel free to use your favorite! You can also use a combination of ghee (or vegan butter) AND drippings if you don’t have enough drippings.
How to Make Gluten-Free Gravy
With or Without Turkey Drippings?
The ultimate question! If you are not a fan of turkey drippings, or if you accidentally tossed them, don’t worry! You can use vegan butter or ghee for this gravy. Using these butter alternatives will keep your gravy dairy free and gluten-free!
While this gluten-free gravy is just a few steps, it’s super important to take note of the ingredients and times! Otherwise, you’ll end up with clumpy, lumpy gravy. Scroll down to see my trick for no clumps!
Mary’s Tips & Tricks
The key to smooth, clump-free gravy is to form a roux before adding in the chicken stock. Definitely use a whisk for this!
What is a roux? It’s a paste made from flour and fat. So, after you melt your fat (vegan butter, ghee, or turkey drippings), add in the tapioca flour and vigorously stir. It should form a thick, silky smooth sauce (the roux!). Only after this should you add your broth. The roux will quickly start to bubble and become lumpy, so it is imperative that you add the broth and stir well right away.
You can keep this in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. It will congeal and appear to look like jello in the fridge, but once you heat it, it will turn to liquid again!
How to make dairy free gravy thicker (or thinner!) To make a thicker gravy, add a slurry of 1 tbsp arrowroot starch + 2 tbsp water and whisk in. Or to make it thinner, add more broth!
Can I make this gluten free gravy grain free as well? This gravy is already grain free! If something is paleo it is also grain free. The only recipes on my site that aren’t grain free are the ones with rice & rice pasta!
Does gluten free gravy taste different? Not. At. All! It’s so delicious you will want to put it on everything! No one will even notice it’s gluten free gravy!
Is this gravy Whole30 compliant? While the ingredients in this dish (or product) are Whole30 compliant, please note that it may be considered “SWYPO”. I personally only pay attention to ingredients and say as long as they are compliant, it’s all good! You need to be honest with yourself about your cravings and habits and decide what makes the most sense for you!
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The Best Paleo Gravy
- 3 tbsp Ghee, vegan butter, or turkey drippings
- 1/4 cup tapioca flour
- 2 cups chicken broth or stock
- salt, to taste
- sauce pan
- Melt the ghee, vegan butter, or turkey drippings in a sauce pan over medium heat
- Add in the tapioca flour and whisk well until it forms a roux - it is really important to stir vigorously, otherwise it can get lumpy!
- Quickly pour in the chicken stock/broth and keep whisking over medium heat. It should thicken in about 2-3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
- Serve over your favorite mashed potato and turkey recipes!