Basic Pan Gravy

G Giles


My children were always calling to ask how I made my gravy without lumps. I made a recipe book for each of them and included my basic pan gravy. They have injoyed the recipes and now we can talk about the grandchildren when they call and not about lumpy gravy! : )


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5 Min
5 Min
Stove Top


  • 2 Tbsp
    meat drippings or cooking oil
  • 2 Tbsp
    all-purpose flour
  • 1 c
    liquid(water, chicken broth, milk or combo)
  • ·
    salt and pepper (or garlic powder) to taste

How to Make Basic Pan Gravy


  1. After the meat is removed from the pan and put in a warm place, pour off all but 2 tablespoons of the pan juices in a skillet.
  2. Sprinkle the flour over the heated drippings ( or oil), stir constantly so the flour and oil are mixed and the flour cooks about a minute. Gradually add the liquid, stirring constantly until the gravy begins to thicken. Add salt and pepper to taste (I often add a little garlic powder).
  3. Tips:
    Have your ingredients ready with everyting at your fingertips.
    Use a large serving spoon.
    Add liquid gradually and stir quickly (eliminates lumps).
    Keep heat on medium (too hot causes gravy to thicken too quickly).
    Gravy keeps cooking and thickening even after it's removed from the pan. Pour it up just before you think it is thick enough(Experience is the best teacher).
    If gravy is too thick, thin with a little warmed liquid and reheat.
    End results... you should have a nice gravy and no lumps! :)

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About Basic Pan Gravy

Course/Dish: Gravies
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: Southern
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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