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Lump Free Homemade Gravy Recipe

Growing up my mom always had the best homemade gravy recipe. It was always rich in flavor and super smooth. Completely lump free gravy! And did I mention it was full of flavor! Oh my goodness!

Lump Free Homemade Gravy Recipe

So when I went to a restaurant and ordered a meal with gravy, I was rather disappointed. It was bland in flavor. It was lumpy. And I was let down. Since then I’ve picked up some great gravy tips from my mom and sisters! So now I can make that same amazing lump free homemade gravy recipe that is full of flavor! And all made without a mix, but still super easy.

Lump Free Homemade Gravy Recipe


Gravy Tips; Homemade gravy recipe from scratch

For our homemade gravy recipe it is made out of a few very simple ingredients

  • 2 cups roast beef drippings. (These are always gathered after we cook up a roast. Then simply add enough water to make 2 cups.) 
  • If you don’t have roast beef drippings then make beef broth from beef bouillon cubes and water.
  • 2 Tablespoons Cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Onion powder and Garlic pepper to taste (optional)

Now most gravies are made with these ingredients, but the gravy tips that make all the difference is how it is cooked up! You don’t just throw it all in a pot. You begin by putting the beef broth into the measuring cup and tossing in a handful of ice cubes.

Lump Free Homemade Gravy Recipe

When fat cools it hardens and rises to the top. So this is the easiest trick to trim down on some of the fat in the gravy without removing flavor.

Next using a small cup of sort you will carefully skim the thickened grease from the top of the beef broth. I usually then just toss it into an empty veggie can (because we always have canned corn, I just use that can).

Lump Free Homemade Gravy Recipe

In a measuring cup or a sauce pan add the 2 Tablespoons cornstarch to the 1/4 cup cold water. Then whisk well until there are no lumps remaining. Cornstarch has a lumping property. Especially once it is added to warm or hot liquids. So the trick is mixing it in with cold water first so that it can be smoothed out. I usually do this step in the sauce pan because that means less dishes I have to wash afterwards.

Lump Free Homemade Gravy Recipe

Then slowly add the beef broth to the cornstarch mixture in the sauce pan. Turn the heat up to medium high. You can then add in the spices according to your taste preference.

Lump Free Homemade Gravy Recipe

If you got your beef broth from a freshly cooked roast (which is the best way as it has the most flavor in it) then you will use different amounts of seasonings. With the spices I add to our roast beef, I don’t have to add much pepper at all nor onion because the roast was cooked with these and the spices are already in the broth. I just add a little pepper and garlic pepper to taste.

If you made your beef broth fresh not from a roast then you will want to add in more onion powder, Garlic pepper and salt and pepper to make up the difference.

Bring the gravy to a boil. Still whisking constantly. It can burn rather easily so keep stirring quickly. Boil for one minute or until it reaches the thickness you desire. You should note that it will thicken slightly as it cools, so don’t cook it too long. You don’t want to cook it into a gelatin.

Lump Free Homemade Gravy Recipe

Pour the gravy into a Gravy Boat and you are ready to go! See how easy our homemade gravy recipe is? There is no need for a gravy mix again! Just remember; mix the cornstarch in cold water first! That is the most crucial feature of a delicious lump free gravy. For full flavor don’t skimp on the spices.

Lump Free Homemade Gravy Recipe Lump Free Homemade Gravy Recipe

Now you know how to make the perfect lump free homemade gravy every single time! Say goodbye to lumps and bland flavor! You can use this same method for Turkey gravy! Just think how amazing this will be to use with your Thanksgiving Turkey! Especially if you use a Turkey Brine to cook your turkey! The flavor is amazing!

Lump Free Homemade Gravy Recipe

We usually use the gravy to drizzle on our Roast, potatoes and other vegetables. Then the next day, my mom would always make the best beef stew by combining the left over roast cute into cubes, the left over vegetables diced and the left over gravy! Only she would add a little more cornstarch and water mixture so she could thicken the gravy a little more to be perfect stew consistency! It’s a great way to use up your left overs! Like I said, my mom was a genius when it came to be effective in the kitchen!


Lump Free Homemade Gravy Recipe

Lump Free Homemade Gravy Recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 2 cups roast beef drippings.
  • handful of ice cubes
  • 2 Tablespoons Cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Onion powder and Garlic pepper to taste (optional)


  1. Toss ice cubes into beef drippings
  2. Combine Cornstarch and cold water in sauce pan and whisk until smooth
  3. lightly skim solidified fat from the top of the beef drippings
  4. Combine beef drippings with cornstarch mixture in sauce pan.
  5. Add seasonings
  6. Turn to medium high and heat until a boil, stirring constantly
  7. Cook at a boil for 1 minute or until consistency of your choice
  8. Remove from heat and serve.


Lump Free Homemade Gravy Recipe

Do you have any favorite Gravy tips for a homemade gravy recipe?

How did our homemade gravy recipe work out for you?


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I've know the cornstarch trick for a long time. I prefer not to share it so others don't know how to make their gravy smooth! ;)


Monday 9th of November 2015

Gravy is one of those things I have not been able to master, yet. It never seems to come out quite right. Perhaps it's because I've only tried to make it a handful of times, or I just haven't found the right recipe yet. Thanks for sharing your homemade gravy recipe - I may give this one a try this holiday season!

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