November 11, 2020
From Plant-Based Recipes

A miso gravy recipe is a useful tool to have in your hands during the holidays. This simple vegan gravy is easy to make quickly for the holiday meal.

vegan simple miso gravy recipe - spooning gravy from a bowl
This vegan recipe for simple miso gravy is quick to make on the big day. We provide alternatives to make this recipe SOS-free or gluten free.

I love the flavor profile of miso, and it lends itself wonderfully to a simple gravy recipe. You can make this gravy in advance of the meal to free up a spot on the stovetop too. Alternatively, the gravy refrigerates easily or you can choose to freeze and thaw instead.

Another option to make life easier if preparing a large meal is to combine the dry ingredients in advance, substituting mustard powder for prepared mustard to eliminate one more step. Then all you need to do is toast the already combined dry ingredients and add broth.

I have also written this recipe for an oil-free vegan pepper gravy, which is terrific when you need a bolder more peppery gravy option.

Simple miso gravy vegan recipe

Simple Miso Gravy

This quick and simple vegan miso gravy is a staple at the holiday table. It is an all-round gravy that works well with a variety of recipes. It doesn’t overpower the main dish, it’s just your perfect sidekick.

5 from 1 vote

Servings: 11 Servings

Calories: 37kcal

Author: Jen deHaan


  • 3 cups Substitute your favorite broth
  • 2 Tbsp mustard Substitute mustard powder, or another type of your favorite mustard
  • 2 Tbsp See notes

Dry ingredients

  • 1/3 cup
  • 1/3 cup flour Of choice, I’m using whole wheat. See notes
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper


  • Combine the dry ingredients (flour, nutritional yeast, and spices) and mix well.

  • Add the mixture to a completely dry pan on the stove over medium-high heat, and toast the flour until its a deep brown color. Reduce heat to medium.

  • Whisk the mustard and miso into the vegetable broth, and then slowly add these wet ingredients to the toasted flour mixture in the sauce pan while continually stirring.

  • Watch carefully and stir as needed so the gravy doesn’t stick to the pan. Remove from heat after it has thickened to your desired consistency.


Recipe makes almost 3 cups of gravy. Exact amount will depend on amount of reduction (how long you simmer the gravy).
Flour: I’m using whole wheat for this recipe. For gluten free, try chickpea flour (aka besan or garbanzo flour). I have tested both and have had positive results.
Miso paste: This is an important flavor note, however you can substitute for a simple gravy. Use tamari, soy sauce, or omit.
Also note that some miso pastes can be a little “chunky”. If you find that you’ll have too many large lumps after you whisk, try blending the broth mix in a blender.
For SOS-free and gluten free: See the main recipe article for notes.

Nutrition Facts

Simple Miso Gravy

Amount Per Serving (4 Tbsp)

Calories 37
Calories from Fat 9

% Daily Value*

Fat 1g2%

Monounsaturated Fat 1g

Cholesterol 1mg0%

Sodium 188mg8%

Potassium 88mg3%

Carbohydrates 7g2%

Fiber 1g4%

Sugar 1g1%

Protein 2g4%

Vitamin A 41IU1%

Vitamin C 2mg2%

Calcium 10mg1%

Iron 1mg6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Toasting the dry ingredients

An important step for bringing out the flavor of the spices, and changing the color of the gravy, is to toast the dry ingredients. It’s easy to do!

Add all of the dry ingredients to a clean and dry pan on the stove:

spices in a pan for making the miso gravy
Add all of the dry ingredients to a dry sauce pan on the stovetop.

Heat over medium-high, stirring constantly so the spices and flour do not burn. You want to toast the ingredients until they are aromatic and a deeper color:

toasting the dry ingredients for the miso gravy recipe
Then you toast the dry ingredients, stirring constantly so they do not burn. You want to have a very fragrant mixture that’s well toasted to enhance flavor and color.

When they are, this is when you add the wet ingredients and whisk until thickened.

Other substitutes and changes

Miso paste: This is an important flavor note, however you can substitute the paste or omit it entirely for a simple gravy. Use tamari, soy sauce, or omit.

Note that miso is a fermented product that contains many health benefits. If desired, you can whisk in miso paste after cooking after the temperature falls below 115F to retain some of the benefits from fermentation.

Nutritional yeast: It will work without it because the miso offers umami flavor, the purpose is to just punch it up a bit more without adding more sodium. But substitutes would be a little bit more miso, or a dash of tamari. You can also try using umami spice powder (link is to a recipe, this is also available in some grocery stores), or simply some ground up dry mushrooms or mushroom powder on its own.

Here are some more ways you can adjust this recipe for specific ways of eating.

Gluten free miso gravy recipe

To make this miso gravy gluten free, follow these steps:

  • Use chickpea flour or another gluten free flour choice.
  • Select a gluten-free miso. Miso is often made using grain products, but can also made from non-grain. There are plenty of gluten-free miso paste options.

SOS-free gravy recipe

You will be making a simple gravy instead. Follow these steps to make this miso gravy recipe SOS-free (salt, oil, sugar free):

  • Substitute a no-sodium vegetable broth
  • Make sure your mustard is sodium free, or substitute yellow mustard powder
  • Omit the miso paste. You might want to substitute the sos-free version of this umami spice blend for additional (substitute) flavor.

Further-reduced sodium version

This gravy is not high-sodium (and a serving is still a generous 1/4 cup), but you can take these steps to further reduce the sodium level.

  • Substitute a no-sodium vegetable broth
  • Use half the miso, or use a reduced-sodium miso paste. These are not easily found in stores, locally, but can more easily be found online.
  • Check the sodium in the mustard you use, and substitute mustard powder if warranted.
Vegan recipe for simple miso gravy
This easy gravy is a miso gravy that is vegan and oil free. Add a healthy amount of flavor to your next vegan meal!

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