BEST Onion Gravy

No recipe collection is complete with out a truly phenomenal onion gravy.  And this one is exactly that.  This homemade onion gravy recipe features caramelized onions in a luxuriously rich, brown gravy that is sure to “wow” your dinner guests as much as it has wowed thousands of our readers!

Enjoy this classic onion gravy with our traditional Bangers and Mash, Toad in the Hole, and Yorkshire Pudding!

onion gravy recipe from scratch homemade best British English

If there’s a better smell from the kitchen than the aroma of onions caramelizing in butter I don’t know what it is.  (Well, okay, that would be caramelized onions AND bacon sauteing together.)  And when you turn those caramelized onions into a rich brown onion gravy the show can just stop there as far as I’m concerned.  Because this homemade onion gravy recipe is a showstopper.

I never need an excuse to heap on the gravy in generous quantities.  There’s been a running joke in my family since I was a child:  “Kimberly would like some mashed potatoes with her gravy.”  It’s true.  I’m a gravy fanatic.  But when you have a truly amazing homemade gravy sitting in front of you, well it’s just pretty darn hard to resist.  Plus I grew up in Germany with a German mother and Oma who both excelled at gravy-making.  So I can’t help it.  Gravy’s in my blood.  Perhaps quite literally!

Today I’m sharing a recipe with you for homemade onion gravy made from scratch.  Because that’s the only way really good gravy is made.  You may already have a recipe for mushroom gravy, brown gravy, turkey gravy, chicken gravy and white gravy, but no gravy repertoire is complete without a great onion gravy.

How to Serve Onion Gravy

Here are just a few ways you can use this delicious onion gravy:

  • Mashed potatoes
  • Hamburger or cube steak
  • Roast chicken, pan-fried chicken, or chicken fried steak
  • Pot roast, beef roast, pork roast or lamb roast
  • Meatloaf
  • Salisbury steak
  • Pork chops
  • Schnitzel
  • Poutine
  • Meatballs

And of course two of the most famous dishes featuring onion gravy is Bangers and Mash and Toad in the Hole!

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Can I Make Onion Gravy Ahead of Time?

Yes!  This homemade onion gravy will keep for up to 3 days in the fridge in an airtight container and can be reheated in the microwave or on the stovetop . It will also freeze for up to 3 months.  Cornstarch has a tendency to break down when thawed so you may simply need to re-thicken it when you reheat it on the stovetop, the same way you did the first time.

Onion Gravy Recipe

Let’s get started!

Note: This onion gravy is excellent as is but if you’re already making a roast, frying up pork chops or chicken, if you make this gravy in same pan as those meat drippings, it will boost the flavor up to an excellent+.

Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium high heat. Add the sliced onions and sugar and cook for about 30 minutes until caramelized (deep golden).

cooking onions

Add the red wine and herbs, bring to a rapid boil for 2 minutes, reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.  Add the mustard, salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce.

adding wine and seasonings

Add the stock, bring to a boil, reduce the heat to a low simmer and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes.

Remove sprigs of herbs. Add the vinegar, whisk in the cornstarch and simmer another minute or two until thickened, whisking continuously. Add the cold butter and whisk until dissolved.

Add salt and pepper to taste and more mustard if desired.

adding broth and thickener

Serve the gravy as desired (see our list of recommendations above).


onion gravy recipe from scratch homemade best British English

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Originally published on The Daring Gourmet September 28, 2019

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