The beauty of this keto gravy recipe is that you can make it ahead of time (like 3 days before) - and it's so delicious! There is no last-minute frantic gravy-making before dinner. 😉 I know you will LOVE that. Only 3 grams net carbs per 1/3 cup serving. Ready to make it?
🎥 Recipe Video
Why You'll ❤️ It
"The perfect make-ahead low carb and keto gravy that's so good no one will know it's healthier!"
What goes with gravy? Mashed potatoes (or mashed cauliflower) of course - and this delicious keto stuffing served with your protein of choice.
Loaded With Flavor
This is a low carb and keto-adaptation of my favorite gravy recipe from Barefoot Contessa. I have been making this recipe for years and years and at every holiday. I took the flour out and replaced it with xanthan gum.
This turkey gravy recipe is made in advance on your stovetop and can easily be reheated on the stove over low or even in your crockpot - which is my preferred method. It works like a charm.
You will LOVE not having to stand over your stove frantically thickening gravy before your meal...you know what I'm talking about? 😉
Keto gravy will work for just about everyone. Because of the butter, it is not low fat and contains dairy - but it is low carb, keto, gluten-free, and sugar-free. Only 3 grams net carbs per 1/3 cup serving.
🥘 What You'll Need
Here are the ingredients you will need to make this keto gravy recipe:
- Chicken Broth - bold dash with a space in between. Start instruction in lowercase not bolded like this example.
- Yellow Onion
- Xanthan Gum - a low carb, keto, and gluten free thickener.
- Kosher Salt
- Ground Black Pepper
- Heavy Cream
- Optional pan drippings - turkey drippings or chicken.
For exact ingredient quantities, please see the recipe card below!
🔪 How To Make It
Here are the step-by-step instructions for making keto gravy:
In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium-low heat.
Add onions and cook, stirring frequently, until the onions are very soft and lightly browned, about 15 minutes.
Be careful not to burn, turn the heat down if needed.
Add Remaining Ingredients
Whisk the xanthan gum into the butter and onions. Whisk in the salt, pepper, and chicken broth.
Bring to a simmer, stirring frequently, until the gravy is thickened.
Stir in cream before serving.
🥗 How To Serve It
Here are a few ways to serve this low carb and keto gravy:
Adjust seasoning to taste.
Serve over mashed or riced cauliflower (or regular mashed potatoes).
Serve ribeye steak and gravy, or pork chops and gravy - with green bean casserole with bacon and cheese.
Here are a few ways you can customize your keto gravy recipe:
Use flour for the thickener if you are not following a gluten free low carb and keto diet.
Use a variety of onions together - sweet, yellow, and red.
Add a tablespoon of white wine, brandy, or cognac.
Use a little fresh herbs such as thyme or parsley.
💭 Top Tips
- Make the recipe up to 3 days ahead of time and reheat on the stovetop over low heat (or in a crockpot) until warm.
- If it's too thick, add more broth.
- If it's too thin, simmer until it reduces.
- Adjust the amount of salt and pepper to your taste.
To store leftovers, let the gravy cool completely, then transfer to an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. See reheating and freezing instructions below.
Reheat on a stovetop or slow cooker on low heat until warmed through, stirring occasionally. Adjust thickness with additional broth or heavy cream as needed.
You can freeze this recipe, yes. Transfer the cooled gravy to a freezer safe container and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator. Reheat over low heat either on a stovetop (stir frequently) or in a crockpot. Add broth or cream to adjust the consistency if needed.
✔️ More Keto Sauce Recipes
If you are looking for more delicious keto sauce recipes, be sure to check these out:
- Copycat Big Mac Sauce Recipe (Keto Big Mac Sauce)
- Keto Buffalo Sauce
- Homemade Sweet BBQ Sauce Recipe
- Carolina Gold BBQ Sauce Recipe
- Sugar Free Sweet Chili Sauce Recipe
Make Ahead Low Carb & Keto Gravy
- 1 stick butter
- 1½ cups yellow onion (chopped)
- ½ teaspoon xanthan gum
- 2 cups chicken stock or broth
- 1 tablespoon white wine
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt (start with ½ tsp, then add more to taste when done)
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper (adjust to taste)
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 tablespoon heavy cream
- optional: 1 tablespoon of pan drippings (can be added before serving)
- In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Add onions and cook, stirring frequently, until the onions are very soft and lightly browned, about 15 minutes. Be careful not to burn, turn the heat down if needed.
- Whisk the xanthan gum into the butter and onions. Whisk in the chicken broth, wine, salt, pepper, thyme (and any pan drippings).
- Bring to a simmer, stirring frequently, until the gravy is thickened.
- Stir in cream before serving.
- Don't miss all of our helpful hints, substitution ideas, cooking tips, and other delicious recipes that can be found in our post. Check it out!
- VARIATIONS: The original Barefoot Contessa recipe added 1 tablespoon cognac or brandy substitute for the white wine. If you want to make "regular" not keto gravy then instead of xanthan gum, add 1/4 cup of flour to the butter and softened onions and stir for 2 to 3 minutes before adding the broth.
- TO MAKE AHEAD: Make the gravy recipe, let it cool completely then transfer to an air-tight container. Refrigerate up to 3 days. Reheat slowly in a crock pot on low heat or a saucepan until it is warm. Add broth or cream if needed.
- TOP TIPS: Be careful not to burn your onions, watch them carefully, stir frequently, adjust the heat if needed. Make sure they are very soft and lightly golden. This is a caramelization process that gives this gravy delicious flavor.
- SERVING SUGGESTIONS: Serve over cauliflower mashed potatoes or these make ahead crock pot mashed potatoes.
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