This Whole30 Gravy is incredibly flavorful, savory and hearty! It is SUPER easy and quick. This gravy instantly elevates chicken, turkey, sausage and roasted vegetables. It is great for Thanksgiving and Easter, but also easy enough for any weeknight!

Homemade Whole30 Gravy in a white cup.

I used to be intimidated by homemade gravy, but now I get excited to make it! This comforting grain free gravy is perfect for all your needs: holiday entertaining, Thanksgiving dinner, weeknight meals, and more!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

This Whole30 Gravy is truly the best recipe! Here is why you will love it:

  • This gravy is thick and flavorful.
  • It is made with only 3 main ingredients, plus salt and pepper.
  • This gravy can be made with or without pan drippings.
  • It is made without cashews, without coconut aminos and without horseradish! No funky ingredients or complex cooking methods.
  • Try these Gluten Free Biscuits with this gravy!
  • Tapioca flour (or arrowroot starch) thickens the gravy. Therefore, it is Whole30 approved, Paleo, Grain Free, Gluten Free, Sugar Free, Low Carb and Keto friendly.
  • I make this gravy for my Whole30 Whole Chicken!
Roasted chicken with vegetables

What is Gravy?

Gravy is a sauce made from the juices of meats. It is typically thickened with corn starch or wheat flour. Gravy is traditionally served with roasts, mashed potatoes, rice, noodles, and meatloaf.

Tapioca flour thickens this Whole30 gravy. Tapioca flour (also called arrowroot starch), is a Paleo thickener that helps thicken sauces. It is very similar to corn starch.

Check out this gluten free gravy for another recipe!

Thick Paleo gravy in a gravy boat

Recipe Steps

Step 1

First, in a large skillet over medium heat, add ghee.  Once ghee has melted (do not let it burn), whisk in 2 tablespoons tapioca flour. 

Step 2

Once this has thickened, add in chicken broth.

Step 3

If you have pan drippings from a roasted chicken or turkey, add up to 3 tablespoons of this mixture.

Step 4

Continue whisking over medium heat.  Add in remaining tapioca flour one tablespoon at a time and whisk until gravy has thickened. 

Step 5

Then, add in a pinch of salt and pepper. Add in more tapioca flour for a thicker gravy or remove gravy from heat.

Step 6

Serve Whole30 gravy immediately.

Expert Tips

  • Melt butter completely, but do not let it turn brown or burnt.
  • Continuously whisk in tapioca flour until a Roux is achieved. The texture will be similar to a thick paste.
  • After broth and tapioca flour have been added, stir until thickened.
  • Add one tablespoon tapioca flour at a time until desired level of thickness is reached.
  • Serve immediately! This gravy is best when hot.
  • Pan drippings from a turkey or chicken will elevate the flavor of this gravy. This is totally optional, but recommended.
Whole roasted chicken

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do you make gravy from scratch without flour?

This gravy is made without wheat flour. Instead, tapioca flour is used to thicken it.

How do you make gravy from scratch without drippings?

Pan drippings are recommended, but not required for this gravy.

Is tapioca starch Whole30 compliant?

Yes, tapioca starch is Whole30 compliant. For more information about Whole30, check out my Ultimate Guide to Whole30.

How do I thicken sauce on Paleo?

Tapioca flour is similar to corn starch and is perfect for thickening sauces on Paleo.

What can I use instead of gravy?

Gravy is great for turkey, chicken and sausage. In its place, use your favorite condiments.

Can I use arrowroot to make gravy?

Yes! Arrowroot starch is the same thing as tapioca flour. In this recipe, it is used to make the gravy.

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Homemade Whole30 Gravy in a white cup.

Get the Recipe: Whole30 Gravy (Quick & Easy)

This Whole30 Gravy is incredibly hearty, savory and flavorful! It is made with only 3 main ingredients but packs a huge flavor punch. This quick and easy gravy is perfect for chicken, turkey, sausage or roasted vegetables! It's just as delicious for Thanksgiving or Easter as it is for weeknight dinners.
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  • First, add butter to a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Once melted (do not let it burn or brown), whisk in 2 tablespoons of tapioca flour.
  • Once flour is whisked in, add in chicken broth.
  • Whisk continuously to prevent burning. If using pan drippings, add to skillet.
  • Continue whisking over medium heat. Add tapioca flour one tablespoon at a time until gravy reaches desired thickness.
  • Then, add a pinch of sea salt and pepper. Whisk to combine.
  • Finally, remove from heat and serve immediately.


  • If using pan drippings, add up to 3 tablespoons into the gravy.  Continue whisking until thick.
  • Grass fed butter or ghee can be used.
  • More tapioca flour will yield a thicker gravy.
  • This recipe makes about 1.5 to 2 cups of gravy.
  • Store leftover gravy in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • To reheat, microwave or add to a skillet over low heat and continuously whisk until warmed.
Calories: 106kcal, Carbohydrates: 7g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Sodium: 514mg, Potassium: 97mg, Vitamin A: 378IU, Vitamin C: 8mg, Calcium: 10mg, Iron: 1mg

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