What’s Cooking: Simple Onion Gravy

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Simple Onion Gravy

   Recipe By: Chef Lisa A. Heidelberg

Cook Time: 5 mins

Serves: Approx. 1 cup of gravy


  • 3-4 T of butter, oil or preferably drippings left over from your pan fried meat of choice (pork chop, chicken, beef, etc.)
  • 3-4 T of all purpose flour or gluten free flour
  • ½ medium onion chopped
  • 1 teaspoon of house seasoning (kosher salt, cracked black pepper, granulated garlic & onion) or to taste
  • pinch of crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1-1/2 cups of water or boxed broth of choice
  • Splash of heavy cream, half & half, or milk (optional)


  • Heat drippings or oil in heavy bottom pan
  • Add onion and sauté until translucent. About 1-2 minutes.
  • Stir in flour and let sauté for at least a minute or longer if you want a darker gravy. The darker you get your flour mixture before adding the liquid, the darker your gravy.
  • Slowly add your liquid and make sure to keep whisking so you don’t get lumps.
  • Season to taste and add pinch of red pepper flakes if using
  • Bring to a boil, then turn down heat and let simmer until to your desired consistency.
  • If too think, add a little more water. Adjust seasoning if needed
  • For an extra touch of creaminess add a splash or two of heavy cream, milk or half and half

Chef’s Note: Gravy will thicken as it cools. You can always bring it back by warming slowly and adding a little more water or broth to get your desired consistency.

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