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How to Make Gravy with Cornstarch

Thick, rich, flavorful and ready to puddle onto your mashed potatoes, meat and everything else on your plate, cornstarch gravy is the answer, no matter the question. Today, we will delve into how to make gravy with cornstarch.
This extremely addicting forever favorite loves to drip all over potatoes, french fries, meats and everything else. I personally hope that I never get to old, uppity or fashion conscious to refuse good ol’ cornstarch gravy!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cornstarch gravy, cornstarch slurry
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 200kcal
Author: Wendi Spraker


  • 2 Cups of Broth or stock
  • 1 Tablespoon of cornstarch
  • 1 Tablespoon of cool water
  • Salt and Pepper to taste.


  • Bring the broth or stock to a simmer at medium heat on the stovetop. Once it begins to simmer, back the heat back down to low.
  • In a separate cup mix the cornstarch with the cool water. The cornstarch slurry will be stiff and hard to mix at first, keep working, it will loosen up.
  • Once the cornstarch slurry resembles milk, pour it by small amounts into the simmering broth and whisk while doing so. Heat for several minutes and the broth will thicken.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.



  • Make sure that your pan of drippings and liquid is HOT and make sure that your water is cold.
  • Keep the heat setting on medium so that your liquid maintains a slight simmer.
  • Add the cornstarch slurry only a little bit at the time (¼ cup or so).  
  • Whisk as you add the cornstarch slurry and whisk quickly.
  • Taste after the gravy is the thickness you like, often you will need to add more salt or pepper.


Calories: 200kcal