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Homemade Onion Gravy.
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5 from 3 votes

Homemade Onion Gravy

Homemade onion gravy recipe is the perfect way to elevate your favorite comfort food dishes. It's made with simple ingredients, like onions, butter, flour, and chicken broth, but it's flavorful and satisfying. The onions are cooked until they're sweet and tender, and the gravy is thickened with a roux to give it a rich and creamy texture.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 70kcal


  • 1 ½ pounds onions (about 4 cups), coarsely chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ¾ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 Tablespoons (0.625 ounces) all-purpose flour (See Tip 1)
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) low-sodium chicken broth (See Tips 2 and 3)
  • 4 teaspoons Bisto Original gravy powder (See Tip 1)
  • 2 Tablespoons (1 ounce) Cognac (See Note 4)
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons (1 ounce) heavy cream


  • Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add onions, salt, pepper, and thyme. Stir to combine. Cover the skillet with a paper towel and then with the lid. Cook for 10 minutes. Remove the lid and the paper towel and stir the onions. Place a fresh paper towel on the skillet and the lid and cook for an additional 10 minutes.
  • Remove the paper towel and the lid. Increase the heat to medium. Add the flour; stir to combine. Cook for two minutes. Add the chicken broth mixed with Bisto, Cognac, and Worcestershire sauce. Cook, stirring constantly, until thickened and bubbly.
  • Stir in the cream; heat for several minutes to ensure that the gravy is hot.
  • Serve over your favorite comfort food dishes.
  • Yield: About 4 cups.



  1. If you cannot find Bisto Original gravy powder, add a total of ¼ cup of flour to the cooked onions. Increase the amount of salt to 1 ¼ teaspoons 
  2. Can use regular chicken broth, but you may have to reduce the amount of salt to 1 teaspoon. If using Bisto, reduce the amount of salt to ½ teaspoon.
  3. May substitute beef broth or vegetable broth for the chicken broth.
  4. May substitute brandy, dry Madeira, or dry Marsala for the Cognac. If desired, you can also omit the alcohol, but the taste will be slightly impacted.


Calories: 70kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 215mg | Potassium: 128mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 98IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 0.4mg