Chef John's Mushroom Gravy Recipe -
Chef John's Mushroom Gravy Recipe
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Chef John's Mushroom Gravy

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"Mushroom sauce can be done with any type of stock, but I used beef stock here since I'm going to be serving with meatloaf."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    50 mins

    1 hr


  1. Heat butter over medium heat in a saucepan until it foams. Stir in mushrooms. Season with salt. Simmer until liquid evaporates, about 20 minutes.
  2. Stir in the flour, cooking and stirring for about 5 minutes. Add about 1 cup of beef stock, stirring briskly until incorporated, then pour in the remaining stock and mix thoroughly. Season with black pepper and thyme. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until thickened, about 30 minutes, stirring often.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 11, 2012

I love mushrooms and I loved this gravy. Warning though....I used salted butter - salted the mushrooms, as instructed and did not use low sodium beef broth. By the time the gravy had reduced it was a little salty for us. My fault entirely but just a heads up to others who will be making this. Delicious - Thanks Chef John.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 02, 2013

This was my first Chef John recipe and I must say that it was average at best. Extremely salty, bland, and required a lot of tweaking.

Jun 24, 2012

Not a bad start, but much better if you add some drippings from the meat you serve this with - in my case it was Chef John's Classic Meatloaf. I also added a glug of red wine (Cabernet Sauvignon) and some minced shallots. I did use the optional fresh thyme and it was a nice addition. I'd recommend NO salt - there is quite enough in the beef stock.

Dec 26, 2011

Excellent! I think this gravy could be made even better with the addition of some wine...

Mar 04, 2012

This was the first time that I made gravy (without my mom looking over my shoulder guiding me). Thank you Chef John for your expertise. I followed this recipe closely and my gravy is delicious! Although my parents passed away and did not leave behind any recipes, I feel encouraged to get in the kitchen and make some great food. I don't want to eat fast food anymore. Thanks!!!!!!

Mar 21, 2014

Vegetarians listen up! I made this with vegetable broth. No matter, it was super. My vegetarian wife and I (the meat eater) loved it on mashed potatoes! If you want thicker gravy, use less broth.

Dec 13, 2011

Delicious and relatively easy. Yielded more than we needed for meal and leftovers, so we froze the remainder for another time. Yum! Perfect with meatloaf.

Aug 25, 2012

I made this tonight with a meatloaf and mashed potatoes, simply delicious. This will be my go-to mushroom gravy from now on.


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  • Calories
  • 133 kcal
  • 7%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 8.9 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 20 mg
  • 7%
  • Fat
  • 8.7 g
  • 13%
  • Fiber
  • 1.3 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 5.7 g
  • 11%
  • Sodium
  • 128 mg
  • 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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