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Homemade Vegan Gravy – Thanksgiving Turkey Flavored

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This authentically flavored Thanksgiving “turkey” homemade vegan gravy is reminiscent of all the flavors that will make your family celebrations special! This recipe uses ingredients including poultry seasoning, thyme, liquid aminos, and chicken-flavored bouillon.

a glass gravy boat containing vegan turkey gravy with a spoon dipping our a portions to show the many seaonings

Just because we aren’t eating turkey doesn’t mean that we don’t enjoy coming together for food celebrations and special times! This homemade vegan gravy is highly seasoned and the perfect accompaniment for poultry-like roasts, slices, or other dishes. (See below for some recipe suggestions).

This vegan turkey gravy is made with cornstarch instead of flour, so depending on the brands or other ingredients used, this homemade cornstarch-based gravy might be gluten free. (As always, it’s the user’s responsibility to check all ingredients to see if they meet with your health needs.)

Looking for some other delicious vegan side dishes or toppings for your holiday meal?

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turkey gravy in glass gravy boat with a spoonful being dipped out with pinterest text overlay

Ingredients needed to make homemade vegan gravy taste like Thanksgiving:

  • white or yellow onion
  • garlic
  • avocado oil (or similar light-tasting oil)
    • extra veggie broth if you are oil-free (see below)
  • vegetable broth
  • cornstarch
  • liquid aminos (can sub in soy sauce or tamari sauce – liquid aminos are best though)
  • Better Than Bouillon No Chicken Base (Use this for the most authentic flavor. If you are unable to find it then use vegetable flavored bouillon.)
  • poultry seasoning
  • dried thyme
  • apple cider vinegar
  • You’ll also need a blender.
the ingredients for vegan turkey gravy including chopped onions, garlic, oil, cornstarch, liquid aminos, bouillon, poultry seasoning, and dried thyme

How to make vegan “turkey” gravy:

Read through the following directions so that your homemade vegan “turkey” gravy will be as fabulous as mine. There is a printable recipe card at the bottom of the post with all of the exact measurements and directions.

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Preparing the ingredients (including the saute step):

Start by sauteing the chopped onions and garlic in a little avocado oil. You can use another light-tasting oil, but don’t use oil that is overly flavorful like coconut or olive oil. There are plenty of flavors already in this vegan gravy that you risk being overwhelmed with too much flavor if your oil isn’t mostly flavorless. (See the “Health it Up” section below if you eat oil-free.)

Saute until the onions are quite soft and even starting to brown slightly. The onions won’t be softening further during the later cooking process. This should take 5-7 minutes.

onions and garlic sauteing in pan

Add the cooked onions and gravy along with the other ingredients (EXCEPT for the apple cider vinegar) to a blender. Blend well for a few minutes till the onion chunks are no more and you have a nice smooth mixture.

Cooking the homemade vegan gravy:

Pour the blended gravy mixture into a medium-sized saucepan. Bring to a boil on high while stirring.

Turn down slightly and continue to stir and cook for another minute until thickened. (It will also continue to thicken as it sits.)

turkey gravy lightly simmering

The apple cider vinegar:

Stir in the apple cider vinegar. Give it a taste to see if you want to add in any salt or pepper. I can’t imagine you would because this is very highly seasoned already.

Why do we use apple cider vinegar? Well….I never knew about this before either, but it really helps to meld the flavors together. I read about it on Buzzfeed just today and WOW!

Health it up!

If you eat oil-free, you can have homemade vegan gravy without oil. Just line the saute pan with about 1/2 cup veggie broth and watch carefully to make sure the onions and garlic don’t burn.

Serving suggestions:

I love this gravy on a baked potato with a little vegan butter.

It’s also really good on my Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes!

vegan turkey gravy being poured over mashed potatoes

It would be tasty served over a poultry-type of cutlet, nugget, slice, or roast.

If you are looking for homemade vegan turkey “meat” you can try one of these recipes from a couple of my blogging friends:

And now for the recipe:

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a glass gravy boat containing vegan turkey gravy with a spoon dipping our a portions to show the many seaonings

Homemade Vegan Gravy – Thanksgiving Turkey Flavored

This authentically flavored Thanksgiving "turkey" homemade vegan gravy is reminiscent of all the flavors that will make your family celebrations special with ingredients including poultry seasoning, thyme, liquid aminos, and chicken-flavored bouillon.
from 16 reader reviews
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Course: Sauce, Topping
Cuisine: American
Keyword: vegan gravy
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 56kcal
Author: Cindy Rainey


  • blender
  • med/large saucepan
  • stovetop


  • ¾ cup onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons oil light tasting, such as avocado oil
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 3 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 Tablespoon liquid aminos see notes for substitution
  • 1 teaspoon Better Than Bouillon No Chicken Base see notes
  • 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon apple cider vinegar


  • Chop onion and garlic.
  • Heat oil in a med/large saucepan. Add chopped onion and garlic and saute for about 5 minutes or until softened.
  • Add to a blender the sauteed onion and garlic, along with the rest of the ingredients: vegetable broth, cornstarch, liquid aminos, Better Than Bouillon, poultry seasoning, and thyme. Blend on high until smooth and creamy.
  • Pour the blended ingredients back into the saucepan and heat on med/high until bubbly, stirring constantly. Cook and stir for another minute to allow the gravy to thicken.
  • Stir in the ¼ teaspoon apple cider vinegar. Surprisingly this small amount helps to round out the flavor.
  • Taste and add salt and pepper to taste. It's really pretty flavorful already and I never add any.


  1. You really need a flavorless oil for this recipe. There are already so many flavor complexities.  I suggest avocado oil
  2. You can make this recipe oil-free if desired. Just saute onions and garlic in a veggie broth lined pan. Watch the pan carefully so that it doesn’t burn.
  3. You can sub in soy sauce if you do not have liquid aminos. It will still have a salty savory flavor but Bragg’s Liquid Aminos lend a real umami taste. 
  4. Better Than Bouillon No Chicken Base is hard to find. I buy mine on Amazon. If you can’t find it then sub in some vegetable flavored bouillon.
  5. The serving size is a generous 1/3 cup. 


Calories: 56kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 474mg | Potassium: 22mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 188IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg

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11 thoughts on “Homemade Vegan Gravy – Thanksgiving Turkey Flavored”

  1. 5 stars
    I had no idea Better than Bouillon made vegan options! That’s fantastic! I discovered Better than Bouillon Roasted Turkey base, recently. I had never seen that before. I’m going to see if they make a vegan version of that, too. Thanks so much for sharing the info and your recipe.

  2. 5 stars
    Will definitely make again. Nice flavor but it didn’t thicken as much as I thought it would. I did use an immersion blending in the pot rather than my Blendtec. I don’t know if that made a difference in it’s thickening up.

    • I’m really glad you enjoyed this. Thank you so much for letting me know! As far as the thickness, using an immersion blender shouldn’t make a difference. I’m sorry that it wasn’t as thick as you expected. I oftentimes have the opposite problem with this recipe. You could try using a tiny bit more starch as see if that makes a difference to you. Let me know if you decide to do this and what the outcome is. Thanks again for letting me know that you enjoyed this recipe:) Cindy

      • Hi Cindy. Actually, I was going to update my post. Apparently the gravy just needed some time to set. When I used it today for supper, it was plenty thick! 😊
        I’m glad I tried this recipe as it gave me exposure to new-to-me products, such as vegan Better Than Bouillon and Liquid Amino‘s. Thanks again.


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