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Easy Mushroom Gravy

Easy vegan mushroom gravy

If you like mushrooms, you’ll enjoy this simple vegan gravy, which is great over seitan, tofu, brown rice or other cooked grains, veggie burgers, and best of all, mashed or smashed potatoes. In other words, this makes comfort dishes even more comforting. This recipe makes about 2 cups. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.

Easy vegan mushroom gravy

Easy Mushroom Gravy

If you like mushrooms, you’ll enjoy this simple vegan gravy, which is great over seitan, tofu, brown rice or other cooked grains, veggie burgers, and best of all, mashed or smashed potatoes.
4.75 from 4 votes
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Course: Sauces / gravies
Cuisine: Vegan / Healthy / Holiday
Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 8
Author: Veg Kitchen


  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 8 ounces mushrooms any small variety, or a mixture (try combining shiitakes with baby bella, aka cremini), cleaned, stemmed, and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot or cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast optional but highly recommended


  • Combine the broth and soy sauce in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. Add the mushrooms and simmer gently for 10 minutes, or until done to your liking.
  • Combine the arrowroot cornstarch with just enough water to dissolve in a cup or small container.
  • When the broth reaches a steady simmer, slowly whisk in the arrowroot or cornstarch, stirring constantly until the liquid is thickened.
  • Remove from the heat and whisk in the basil and optional nutritional yeast. Use at once.


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    Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes | HealthyMamaInfo
    December 26, 2011 at 4:20 pm

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    October 5, 2012 at 7:52 am

    I made this and added “poultry” seasoning blend of ground thyme,sage and rosemary instead of basil. Wonderful for everyone at the Thanksgiving table!EXCELLENT!

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    November 16, 2012 at 12:06 am

    I would be making this for a grandson. Could I leave out the nutritional yeast?

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    November 16, 2012 at 7:48 am

    Gail, you can definitely leave out the nutritional yeast. It will still be very tasty!

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    December 1, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    I made this for Thanksgiving this year despite all of my meat-eater family’s groans of protest. But everyone was blown away after trying it! It was absolutely delicious! I added poultry seasoning as someone earlier suggested and also some fresh thyme, sage, and rosemary. I also added more stock later as it began to thicken. But even as leftovers it was perfect. Thank you!

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      December 1, 2013 at 4:17 pm

      Roma, it’s always so lovely to win over skeptical omnivores, isn’t it? Love your fresh herbal suggestions. Had you added parsley, we could have sung the chorus of Scarborough Faire! Glad you enjoyed it.

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    November 27, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    O. M. G. I just finished this and I can’t set the ladle down! So good. Rich, flavorful and TASTY. I’m so excited to bring this to Thanksgiving. I made this vegan and gluten free and you would never know. The only thing I did differently was using tapioca flour as the thickener, a bay leaf and a little wine to add some depth. Oh and I definitely recommend the nutritional yeast. THANK YOU FOR THIS RECIPE!

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    April 8, 2015 at 9:11 am

    I made it last night and it was very yummy.

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    Sabina charles
    October 26, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    I doubled the recipe. How to stop left overs?

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      October 30, 2015 at 9:08 pm

      Sabina, you can freeze half of it.

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    October 30, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    I made this and came home to sign proclaiming me the world’s best mushroom gravy maker!! Don’worry I gave the proper credit!!

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      October 30, 2015 at 9:08 pm

      How lovely! thanks!

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    November 8, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    Great recipe, it’s the best mushroom gravy I’ve had but is there an alternative to soy sauce? I need 2 cups of gravy just for me because I’m an athlete and eat a lot of carbs but it turned out to be 7g of salt! 🙁

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      November 12, 2015 at 7:54 am

      Nate,sorry for the delayed response. You can add a couple of teaspoons of a salt-free seasoning blend like Spike, Frontier, or Mrs. Dash to the gravy as you cook it to boost the flavor; perhaps a bit of wine in place of the soy sauce. Then add as little salt as you can get away with to bring up the flavor to your liking. I hope that helps!

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    February 6, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    5 stars
    Best gravy ever! And so simple too! I hate complicated recipes, they annoy me like hell. But this one was so simple and delicious! My non vegan boyfriend ate it all up 😀 Thanks a lot!

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    February 17, 2016 at 8:57 am

    5 Stars!!!! This was the best vegan recipe I’ve ever made. It was also super easy! My fiancé wants it everyday and so do I. What a great way to spruce up potatoes and veggies. I share this recipe with everyone. Delicious! Best gravy I’ve ever made!! So rich and creamy that I can’t believe there’s not added fat!!! Thank you so much!

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    September 17, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    4 stars
    Winner, winner chicken dinner! This gravy was simple and I could win America’s Worst Chef! It was also sooooo tasty. Like so many others said, even my meat eating hubby loved it. Thank you for a wonderful vegan recipe. Would have given 5*s but the screen wouldn’t let me select it!

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    February 19, 2017 at 11:56 pm

    5 stars
    This is so good. I put it over veggie penne pasta. Delish.

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    July 17, 2018 at 7:06 am

    5 stars
    This is the best gravy I’ve had. I would have chosen this over other gravies even before I became vegan- it’s so delicious. My 10 year old loves it, my partner loves it. I make it often and needed to rate it.

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