This Country White Gravy recipe is a Southern classic for a reason. It’s perfect for pouring over biscuits, chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, and fried pork chops.

This recipe costs $0.64 to make eight servings. It costs $0.08 per serving. 

Serve this gravy over these homemade Old Fashioned Buttermilk Biscuits

Country white gravy poured over split buttermilk biscuits.

White Country Gravy

This gravy is made with five simple ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen. This easy white gravy recipe does not need bacon grease or pan drippings.

Instead, you can ditch the gravy mix packets and enjoy this homemade creamy gravy. This gravy is perfect for Sunday mornings with the family or a simple weeknight dinner.

This is one of my favorite recipes. My kids beg me to make this easy homemade white gravy regularly.

Pin this recipe so you can easily access it the next time you want to make it, which I promise, will be soon! You can serve the gravy over buttermilk biscuits, chicken-fried steak, mashed potatoes, chicken tenders, pork chops, or fried chicken.

An overhead picture of the finished Southern White gravy in a cast iron skillet.

INGREDIENTS AND ESTIMATED COST

Per Serving Cost: $0.08

Recipe Cost: $2.21

  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter – $0.30
  • 2 cups milk – $0.24
  • 3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour – $0.06
  • 1 teaspoon salt – $0.01
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper – $0.03

NOTE: The recipe prices are calculated by using grocery store websites. The actual cost of the recipe will vary depending on what ingredients you already have.

All of the ingredients needed to make this recipe.

HOW TO MAKE WHITE GRAVY

  1. First, in a medium skillet melt butter over medium heat. 
  2. Next, use a small whisk to whisk in the flour.
  3. Cook the flour and butter mixture for 1-2 minutes. 
  4. Slowly whisk the milk into the flour mixture and then bring the mixture to a low boil.
  5. For the best results, Reduce the heat and let it simmer for five minutes. 
  6. Finally, add salt and pepper to taste. 
  7.  Then allow the mixture to simmer for about 10-15 minutes until the gravy thickens and reaches the desired consistency.
  8. Serve over biscuits and enjoy!

A picture collage showing how to make white gravy.

***For complete recipe instructions, see the recipe card below. 

RECIPE VARIATIONS

  • I love how versitile this recipe is. Instead of butter you can use bacon or sausage drippings.
  • For a hearty breakfast, I like to add a pound of cooked and crumbled breakfast sausage to the gravy.
  • You could also add (2) 8 oz jars of dried beef to the gravy for an easy chipped beef recipe. Serve it over toast.
  • For a bit of spice, add a pinch of cayenne pepper.

STORAGE TIPS

SERVE: Serve over biscuits. You can leave the gravy out for about two hours before it needs to be stored.

STORE: Place leftovers in an airtight container and store them in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

FREEZE: Place the gravy in a freezer-safe container or storage bag. Freeze for 2-3 months.

THAW: Thaw the county white gravy overnight in the refrigerator.

REHEAT: Thin the gravy out with a very small amount of milk and warm it in the microwave for 30-60 seconds, whisk and reheat if not warm enough.

The finished White Gravy poured over biscuits.

COOK’S TOOLS

  • Skillet
  • Whisk
  • Measuring spoons
  • Liquid measuring cup

RECIPE FAQs

What’s the difference between country gravy and white gravy?

One big difference between both types of gravy is the liquid used to make it. White gravy is made with milk, while brown gravy is made with meat drippings and broth.

Is white gravy a southern thing?

White gravy is very popular in the south. But the good news is we do not have to travel to the south to enjoy it. You can make it in the comfort of your own home. Bring the flavors of a southern kitchen straight to you because, let’s be honest, southern dishes are some of the best! Happy cooking!

The finished Southern White Gravy in a white gravy boat.

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Split biscuits on a plate with white country gravy poured over them.
5 from 4 votes

Country White Gravy

Recipe Cost $ $0.64
Serving Cost $ $0.08
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
8 people
This Country White Gravy recipe is a Southern classic for a reason. It's perfect for pouring over biscuits, chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, and fried pork chops.

Equipment

  • skillet
  • whisk
  • Measuring spoons
  • liquid measuring cup

Ingredients
 
 

Instructions

MELT BUTTER:

  • Melt butter in a medium skillet or saucepan over medium heat.

WHISK IN FLOUR AND MILK:

  • Whisk in flour and cook for 1-2 minutes, watching closely.
  • Slowly whisk in the milk, constantly whisking so no lumps form.

SIMMER:

  • Bring to a low boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste and continue simmering until the gravy thickens 10-15 minutes.

SERVE:

  • Serve immediately over biscuits.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Notes

For a bit of spice, add a pinch of cayenne pepper.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25cup | Calories: 78kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 319mg | Potassium: 89mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 192IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 1mg

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4 Comments

  1. The gravy is delicious and super handy when I’m not cooking any meat to make brown gravy.

  2. Now this is the gravy that I could make over and over again. Quick to make, and it looks so delicious!

  3. Renee | The Good Hearted Woman says:

    This was a standard growing up in my house, often for dinner over rice or biscuits. It sure is a great way to stretch a budget: brings back a lot of memories.

  4. I’m getting hungry just looking at this! NOTHING is better than country gravy. Nothing!