This delicious keto gravy only requires 2 ingredients and just a few minutes to make. Serve it over mashed cauliflower or anywhere that you would use traditional gravy.
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No meal is complete without gravy in my opinion and luckily you won't have to skip it just because you are sticking to a low-carb, keto, or gluten-free diet.
To make this recipe you will only need two basic ingredients: Broth and xanthan gum.
- Broth or stock: You can use any broth that you like including storebought, bullion, or homemade. Of course, the more flavorful the broth, the better the gravy will be so homemade is always the best option. Read this post to learn how to make a delicious and flavorful broth.
- Xanthan Gum is used as a thickener. Don't be turned off by its chemical-sounding name. Xanthan gum is a natural, gluten-free, and low-carb thickening agent that is a byproduct of fermented corn. Read more about xanthan gum here!
- Optional: you may wish to add additional seasonings to your gravy such as salt, pepper, fresh herbs, garlic, onions, mushrooms, or spices. For a creamy gravy, you can stir in some heavy cream or cream cheese in the final step.
How to make low-carb gravy
To make keto gravy start out by bringing the broth to a boil, then reduce to heat and allow it to simmer until it has reduced by about half. This concentrates the broth and makes the flavor much stronger.
Tip: Don't add salt or additional seasonings until after the broth has reduced. This will prevent the gravy from becoming too salty.
Once the broth has reduced, remove it from the heat and whisk in ¼ teaspoon of xanthan gum. Allow it to sit for 2-3 minutes then add an additional ¼ teaspoon if the gravy is still too thin.
Tip: Be careful not to add too much xanthan gum as it can cause a slimy, gel-like texture. If you do find that you have added too much, you can fix it by simply adding additional broth until you reach the desired consistency.
Season the gravy with salt, pepper, and any additional seasonings that you like and enjoy!
I have never had a problem with lumpy keto gravy but if you do run into that issue, mix the xanthan gum with a small amount of cold water before adding it to the hot liquid. This creates a slurry that can be easily incorporated without clumping.
I don't recommend using either of those flours as a thickener. Both almond and coconut flours will result in gravy with a gritty texture.
Allow the gravy to cool to room temperature before storing it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It should last for 3-4 days. When reheating, you may need to whisk in a little water or broth to adjust the consistency
Tips for Great Keto Gravy
- For the best gravy, be sure to use a flavorful broth. Homemade is best but you can also add fresh ingredients to spruce up store-bought.
- Don't add salt until the final step. The gravy will reduce a lot while it cooks and can easily become too salty.
- Add the xanthan gum a little at a time being careful not to add too much. It can cause a slimy, gel-like texture. If you do find that you have added too much, you can fix it by simply adding additional broth until you reach the desired consistency.
- Sauce Pan
- 4 cups Low Sodium Broth
- ¼-½ teaspoon Xanthan Gum
- Salt and Pepper to taste, optional
- Bring the broth to a boil over medium-high heat. Allow it to simmer until it has reduced by half. Stir it occasionally to prevent it from scorching and reduce heat if needed.
- Remove from the heat and whisk in ¼ teaspoon of xanthan gum. Allow it to sit for 2-3 minutes then add an additional ¼ teaspoon if the gravy is still too thin. Be careful not to add too much xanthan gum as it can cause a slimy, gel-like texture. If you do find that you have added too much, you can fix it by simply adding additional broth until you reach the desired consistency.
- Season with salt and pepper if desired.
Be sure to read the entire post for tips, tricks, and help troubleshooting.
The nutrition information listed here is only an estimate and is simply provided as a courtesy. It nor any other information within this post should constitute medical or nutritional advice. Be sure to read all packaging and ingredient labels for potential allergens. Optional ingredients are not included unless otherwise specified.