No Fail Gluten Free Gravy Recipe (easy & dairy free) (2024)

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This ridiculously easy gluten free gravy recipe is packed with flavor and has a smooth, creamy texture that will leave everyone wondering what your secret is.

Save this gluten free gravy recipe because it’s the only one you’ll ever need! It’s silky smooth, flavorful, and a ridiculously easy recipe to make!

You’ll just need 3 ingredients and 5 minutes and you won’t need any gluten-free flour! This gluten-free gravy recipe really is the best.

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This is the best gravy! So good that you can serve to your guests who are not on a gluten-free diet andno one will ever guess that it’s gluten free!

The good news is, this flavorful gravy is ready in less than 5 minutes. Having a time-saver like that when you’re putting all the finishing touches on your big holiday dinner makes life so much easier.

The secret ingredient in this creamy, delicious gravy? Vivian’s Live Again Chicken Soup mix.


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Looking for more Thanksgiving recipes? You’re going to love my perfectly flaky gluten free pie crust recipe! It’s also a super easy, no-fail recipe.

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Ingredient amounts and full instructions are listed in the recipe card below.

All you need to make the best gluten-free gravy for your holiday meals is a few simple ingredients and 5 minutes of your time.

  • Gluten Free Creamy Chicken Soup Mix I used and recommend Vivian’s Live Again
  • Gluten free chicken broth or chicken stock
  • Unsalted butter you can use a vegan butter substitute to make it dairy free. I love Melt brand.
  • Pepper to taste

To make an extra flavorful gluten-free gravy, you can also add a few tablespoons of pan drippings.

I love that all of Vivian’s products are produced in a dedicated gluten free facility that is also free from eggs, nuts, milk, and peanuts.

Keep in mind that this particular mix (and most other cream soup mixes) does contain soy. I have a soy-free recommendation below.


  1. Pour chicken broth or stock into a small saucepan.
  2. Whisk in Vivian’s Live Again soup mix.
  3. Heat over medium heat, whisking frequently for a few minutes until it reaches a gravy-like consistency.
  4. Reduce heat to low and add the butter or dairy-free butter, stirring until you reach the right consistency.
  5. Remove from heat and serve immediately. Refrigerate any leftovers.

This homemade gluten-free gravy is so good, I promise you won’t miss traditional gravy at all. The whole family (and any guests) will love it even if they eat gluten regularly.


Store leftover gravy in an airtight container or jar in the fridge for up to 5 days.


If you prefer a thicker gravy, make a slurry by whisking together 1 tablespoon of cornstarch or arrowroot starch with 1 tablespoon of water.

Gradually whisk it into the finished gravy and heat over medium until it reaches your desired thickness.


There are lots of ways to use leftover homemade gravy! One of my favorite ways is to add it to chicken noodle soup.

You can also add it to casseroles or warm it up to serve over leftover mashed potatoes.

Sometimes the gravy will get a gel-like consistency in the fridge and will retain that as you warm it up. To bring it back to a great texture, whisk in a little extra broth, water, or milk, and warm over medium-low heat while whisking.


This is the question I get asked the most, because Vivian’s and most other gluten-free soup mixes contain soy.

The only gluten free cream soup mix I’ve found is from Full Flavor Foods and I haven’t tested it with this recipe, but it might work!

Please let me know if you try it so I can pass along the info to my other soy-free readers.


Sprinkle finished gravy with a little fresh thyme or parsley for a beautiful presentation.

If your gravy gets lumpy, try using an immersion blender to smooth it out.

For extra flavor, add a few tablespoons of pan juices from your meat.


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Can I make gluten-free turkey gravy using this recipe?

Add 2-4 tablespoons of turkey drippings to the finished gravy to serve alongside your Thanksgiving turkey. You can also swap turkey broth for the chicken broth.

Can I double or triple this recipe?

Yes you can! Just use a large or medium saucepan and allow for a few more minutes to heat up a larger batch.

Where can I buy Vivian’s Live Again Cream Soup Mix?

Vivian’s mixes can be found at a grocery store such as Harmons or Good Earth in Utah. You can also buy online!

Can I use this recipe to make a dairy free gravy?

Yes! This recipe is dairy free as long as you use a dairy-free or vegan butter.

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Yield: 2 cups

Prep Time: 1 minute

Cook Time: 4 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

You're going to LOVE this easy, 3 ingredient gluten free gravy recipe that's also dairy free! It's packed with flavor and features an unblievably smooth, creamy texture that will have everyone wondering what your secret is.



    1. Pour chicken broth into a small saucepan.
    2. Whisk in Vivian's Live Again soup mix.
    3. Heat over medium, whisking frequently for a few minutes until it reaches a gravy-like consistency.
    4. Reduce heat to low and add the butter, whisking until smooth.
    5. Remove from heat and serve immediately. Refrigerate any leftovers.


Vivian's cream chicken soup mix is gluten-free and dairy-free but does contain soy. If you need a soy-free alternative, you can try using Full Flavor Foods. I haven't tested this recipe using Ful Flavor Foods yet, so let me know how it tastes!

My favorite dairy free butter substitute is Melt.

Nutrition Information:

Yield: 8Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 43Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 325mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 3g

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What is the best gluten free flour to use for gravy? ›

Sweet rice flour is my go-to flour for making gluten-free gravy. It contains a slightly higher starch content than other gluten-free flours, making it silky and smooth. Even more, because this flour is gluten-free, it doesn't clump as easily as wheat flour.

What can you substitute for milk in gravy? ›

Alternative ingredients: Instead of milk, you can use other liquids like chicken or beef broth, heavy cream, or even water to make the gravy. Roux base: A roux base, made from melted butter and flour, is the foundation for the gravy. This base will thicken the liquid and create the desired consistency.

How do you thicken gravy for celiac disease? ›

Transfer about 1 cup gravy base to a medium bowl and whisk in arrowroot (you'll need 2 tablespoons arrowroot for every cup of gravy base). Just before serving, return arrowroot mixture to gravy base and whisk until thickened and smooth.

Is it better to make gravy with flour or cornstarch? ›

What's the difference between using cornstarch or flour to make your gravy? Cornstarch does have more thickening power than wheat flour (because it's pure starch, while flour has some protein in it). So usually you need a little less cornstarch than flour for the equivalent thickening power.

What is the best gluten free flour to use for thickening? ›

Tapioca flour: ideal as thickener or for healthy baking

It also thickens very quickly without changing the flavour of the dish. When baking with tapioca flour, you can substitute it at a 2:1 ratio for corn starch or combine it with other gluten free flours to make your own all-purpose blend.

What is the best substitute for flour in gravy? ›

Cornstarch and potato starch are the best options for gravy. Avoid arrowroot and tapioca starches because they can get "stringy" and look artificial in gravy. Cornstarch gravy is more translucent than flour based sauces. Potato starch gravy is more opaque than cornstarch, but less opaque than flour.

Can I use water for gravy instead of milk? ›

Simple Gravy Recipe Without Milk

This old fashioned gravy recipe made from pan drippings and a slurry of water and corn starch has been passed down in my family for generations. It's a foolproof gravy recipe and so easy to make following these simple instructions.

How do you thicken gravy without flour or starch? ›

It is possible to thicken gravy without flour or cornstarch, and it's as simple as keeping it on the heat. When gravy is left to simmer or reduce, it naturally thickens, so be patient with your gravy. One downside to reducing gravy, though, is that it can become too salty.

What milk is dairy free? ›

Plant-based milks
  • Soy milk. Soy milk is made from soybeans and is probably one of the most popular plant-based milk alternatives, as it's very versatile and can be used in pretty much all recipes and drinks in place of cow's milk. ...
  • Oat milk. ...
  • Potato milk. ...
  • Hemp milk. ...
  • Pea milk. ...
  • Almond milk. ...
  • Hazelnut milk. ...
  • Cashew milk.
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What is the best gluten-free thickener for gravy? ›

Arrowroot starch works in these sorts of dishes, too. Some sauces are thickened by starting with a “roux” (a butter + flour mixture), traditionally made with wheat flour. White rice or sweet rice flour is a perfectly good substitute.

Does Worcestershire sauce gluten-free? ›

The original Worcestershire sauce included barley malt vinegar, making it unsafe for someone with celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity. However, there are many different versions of Worcestershire sauce, including gluten-free versions.

What are gluten-free options to thicken gravy? ›

White Rice Flour: An all-purpose flour for breading and thickening. Sweet Rice Flour (Mochiko): Thickens gravy and sauces, and is used to make noodles. Tapioca Flour (Tapioca Starch): Use it to thicken sauces, as you would starch.

What happens if you put too much cornstarch in gravy? ›

How do you fix gravy if you accidentally added too much cornstarch? The best thing you could do to loosen the gravy is to add more liquid - broth or water. Then, check the seasonings. You would need to add salt if you added water to it.

Is cornstarch gluten-free? ›

Cornstarch is a fine, white powder processed from the endosperm of corn. The endosperm is the nutrient-rich tissue inside the grain. Corn is a gluten-free grain, and no other ingredients are typically required to make cornstarch. As a result, pure cornstarch — which contains 100% cornstarch — is naturally gluten-free.

Is gluten-free flour or cornstarch better for gravy? ›

You just never know the different gluten-free flours in all different gluten-free all-purpose flours will do to your gravy. Some have more starch while others are heavier on the gluten-free hearty flours like buckwheat, brown rice and sorghum. For that reason, I love using cornstarch. It is always consistent.

Does gluten-free flour make good gravy? ›

This scrumptious gravy is quick, simple and delicious on everything from roast turkey to mashed potatoes! Our Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour makes wonderful gravy your family will love.

What is the best gluten-free flour to make a roux? ›

Sweet rice flour, ground from glutinous rice, makes a velvety gluten-free roux and nicely replaces wheat flour measure for measure. Classically roux uses clarified butter as its fat.

Can gravy be thickened with gluten-free flour? ›

Yes, gluten free flours can be used to thicken, as the key part is the starch in the flour, not the protein, which is the gluten. Corn flour (not wheaten cornflour) is a common gluten free thickening agent.

What gluten-free flour is the best substitute for all purpose flour? ›

Cassava Flour

It's also very absorbent and pairs well with brown or white rice flour to add structure without too much grittiness. It's grain-free and can be used as a 1:1 for all purpose flour in some recipes.


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