Homemade White Gravy

Homemade White Gravy is great over biscuits, chicken, pork chops, or chicken fried steak. There’s no need to get a mix when you can make the best white gravy from scratch with a few simple ingredients.

homemade white gravy over biscuits.

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Why White Gravy Is So Good? 

Southern households really treasure a good white cream gravy recipe. Whether served over biscuits, pork chops, or chicken fried steak, the gravy’s creamy consistency and pepper flavor are too delicious to pass up.

Southern white gravy will keep you coming back for more, no matter where you live. 

Why This Recipe for Homemade White Gravy Is the One You Must Try 

With only five ingredients, whipping up white gravy from scratch is quick and inexpensive. There is absolutely nothing complicated about this recipe, so skip the mix, and make your own instead.

It tastes incredible the way it is, and it’s a perfect starting point for you to get creative and customize it to suit your preferences.  

What is White Gravy Made Of?

To make Southern white gravy, you’ll need these ingredients:

  • Butter
  • All-purpose Flour
  • Milk
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper

Use a pepper mill set on coarse for this recipe. The large flecks of crushed pepper really add to the flavor and texture of this gravy. 

white gravy ingredients on a tray.

How to Make White Gravy

Here are the simple steps for this easy white gravy recipe:

  1. Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add flour.
melted butter and flour in a skillet to make white gravy.
  1. Stir and cook until the roux is light brown.
roux for white gravy in a skillet.
  1. Slowly add milk, stirring while pouring it in the skillet. Cook until the gravy has thickened.
white gravy in a skillet.
  1. Stir in the seasonings and serve.
homemade white gravy and biscuits on a plate.

Top Tips for Making Homemade Gravy 

Although the recipe is easy, there are a few things you need to do to ensure the gravy is as good as possible:

  • Make sure to cook the rawness out of the flour without browning it. Kneading the butter and flour together before putting it in the pan can help, but you must pay attention to what’s happening in the pan and be ready to turn the heat down.
  • Start whisking in the milk as soon as you start smelling a pie crust aroma coming from the pan.
  • Pour the milk slowly into the pan and whisk vigorously to prevent lumps from forming. 

How To Use White Homemade Gravy

Serve this white gravy recipe as is, or use it as a base for other dishes such as pot pie, tuna noodle casserole, Croque Monsieur, and cheese sauce.

What To Serve With White Gravy With Pepper 

Homemade white gravy is a natural with classic deep-fried Southern flavors like Chicken Fried Steak and Southern Fried Pork Chops, but it is much more versatile than just that. Try this recipe for white gravy from scratch on:

How To Store Leftover Gravy 

Southern white gravy is best when fresh, but you can keep it in an airtight container for up to three days in the fridge. It is not good to freeze the gravy because it will ruin the consistency.

How to Reheat Gravy 

Reheating in a pan on the stove is the best method, but you can use a microwave if you are in a rush.

To reheat on the stove:

  1. Pour the white gravy into a small saucepan and add a little fresh milk to thin it out.
  2. Heat the white gravy slowly over low heat until just warm while stirring continuously. You don’t want to bring the gravy to a boil, or you risk scorching it. 

To reheat in the microwave:

  1. Pour the gravy into a microwave-safe bowl and stir in some milk to thin.
  2. Cover with a paper towel and microwave on HIGH for 30 seconds. Stir and return the covered bowl to the microwave. Continue to heat on HIGH at 20-second intervals until the gravy is warm. 
homemade white gravy and biscuits on a platter.

Gravy FAQ

What Is White Gravy? 

White gravy is a popular pan gravy made using butter, flour, and milk, then seasoned with a pinch of salt and a lot of freshly cracked pepper. 

What’s the Difference Between Country Gravy and White Gravy

The type of fat makes all the differences between country gravy and white gravy. Cooks start with a clean pan and fresh butter to make white cream gravy, but country gravy always starts with pan drippings in the same pan used to cook the meat. 

Is White Gravy a Southern Thing?

This white gravy recipe is very similar to a classic French bechamel sauce, but there are distinctive Southern tweaks. Copious amounts of cracked black pepper take the place of traditional nutmeg.

Then there is the consistency. White gravy has a lower milk to roux ratio than bechamel sauce, making the Southern staple much thicker. 

How To Fix Lumpy White Gravy

Lumpy gravy is no fun, but fixing the problem only requires passing the gravy through a fine-mesh strainer

  1. Place a fine-mesh strainer on top of a bowl.
  2. Pour the warm gravy through the strainer. Gently push the gravy through using a rubber spatula.
overhead view of white gravy over biscuits.

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Homemade White Gravy

Southern white gravy is great with biscuits, pork chops, and chicken fried steak.
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Course: Sauces
Cuisine: American
Keyword: White Gravy
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 196kcal


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 cup whole milk or heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  • Melt the butter in an iron skillet over medium heat.
  • When the butter has melted completely, add the flour.
  • Cook the flour and butter for approximately 1 minute, or until it becomes fragrant like pie dough.
  • Add milk or heavy cream, and whisk until the gravy thickens.
  • Season with salt and black pepper.


Calories: 196kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 438mg | Potassium: 156mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 529IU | Calcium: 126mg | Iron: 1mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Elsie S. Stewart

    5 stars
    I tried this recipe and it’s really good. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to try the recipe.

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