Vegetarian Mushroom Gravy

Vegetarian mushroom gravy

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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 20 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
101 Calories
5g Fat
11g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 101
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 719mg 31%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Protein 3g
Calcium 44mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This easy recipe for a basic vegetarian and vegan mushroom gravy is surprisingly full of flavor. Mushrooms provide plenty of umami-like richness, substituting for the animal fat which provides flavor in meat-based gravy recipes. Umami, or "pleasant savory taste," translated from Japanese, is one of the five basic tastes that includes sweetness, sourness, bitterness, and saltiness. It can best be described as meaty or brothy. Dried shiitake mushrooms, in particular, are especially full of umami.

The addition of poultry seasoning in this vegetarian and vegan recipe adds a familiar and delectable aroma. There isn't any actual poultry in poultry seasoning—it's completely vegan.

Your mushroom gravy will be a lovely addition ​​poured over whipped potatoes as a side dish. For a special occasion, this vegetarian gravy goes quite well with a Thanksgiving tofurky. Or pour it over a homemade lentil loaf. Got leftovers? Here's what to do with your vegetarian Thanksgiving leftovers, including gravy. 


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for mushroom gravy
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  2. In a large skillet, melt the vegan margarine and add onion and mushrooms. Sauté for just a minute or two over high heat.

    Mushrooms and onion sautéed in vegan margarine
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  3. Reduce heat to medium-low, then add the vegetable broth and soy sauce.

    Mushroom gravy broth in pan
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  4. Slowly add flour, stirring well to combine and prevent lumps from forming. Keep on stirring, just like you would when preparing a regular gravy.

    Flour added to mushroom broth mix
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  5. Bring to a simmer or a low boil for just a minute to help it thicken up, then reduce the heat again to low. Stir frequently.

    Mushroom gravy simmering in a pot
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  6. Add poultry seasoning, salt, and pepper, stirring consistently. Allow to cook for another few minutes, stirring regularly, until the gravy thickens.

    Mushroom gravy with seasonings
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  7. Remove it from the heat.

    Vegetarian mushroom gravy
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  8. Your mushroom gravy will slightly thicken as it cools. You can always add a little water, soy milk, or vegetable broth to thin it out, or a bit more flour or a touch of cornstarch to thicken it up again if needed.

  9. Serve and enjoy!


  • Don't have poultry seasoning? You can also use a 1/2 teaspoon each of sage, thyme, and marjoram.