White Country Gravy From Scratch

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Homemade white country gravy is a popular breakfast in the South, and is one of my favorite comfort food recipes. There’s a secret step to this white pepper gravy that makes all the difference!

White Country Gravy

Recipes that take me back to my Grandma’s kitchen have been my favorite ones to post lately. You all seem to be loving them as much as I do, so I’m really excited to share this easy white gravy recipe with all of you.

This simple recipe makes a super flavorful gravy without drippings. I love that because it means that I always have the ingredients I need to make this classic Southern meal.

How To Make Country Gravy

The magic in this gravy is in the preparation. Start by melting the butter, and then whisking the flour, salt, pepper, and garlic powder into the butter. Once it’s fully mixed, take the skillet off the stove for 10 minutes.

This rest time is where all the magic happens. It allows the flour to absorb the flavors, which means that you don’t end up with a gravy that tastes like flour. After that rest, bring the skillet back to the stove, whisk in the milk, and allow it to cook until it has thickened, stirring occasionally.

The labeled ingredients to make country gravy.

Gravy Ingredients

This vegetarian homestyle gravy is made with unsalted butter, all-purpose flour, fine sea salt, freshly cracked black pepper, garlic powder, and milk.

A process collage showing how to make the roux for white country gravy.

Flour To Milk Ratio

The milk to flour ratio for white gravy depends on how thick you like your gravy to be. This recipe is for a thick gravy, and uses 2 cups of milk and 1/4 cup of flour. That’s an 8:1 ratio of milk to flour.

How To Make White Gravy With Bacon Grease

If you were cooking bacon or sausage, and have leftover grease in the pan, you can definitely use that instead of the butter. If you only have a little bit of grease in the pan, use enough butter to get to 1/4 cup of fat total. Then just follow the rest of the instructions as they’re written.

White gravy in a bowl with the light glistening off the top.

What Is White Gravy In America?

White gravy is essentially the Southern version of béchamel sauce. The main differences are that this Southern comfort breakfast food is much thicker than béchamel sauce, it always has freshly cracked black pepper, and it omits the shallots and nutmeg.

What’s The Difference Between Country Gravy And Sausage Gravy?

Country gravy and sausage gravy are very similar, with the main difference being that country gravy is made without meat and sausage gravy is made with sausage. Our sausage gravy recipe is super popular, so be sure to check it out!

A close up image of white pepper gravy in a bowl.

What Is The Difference Between Brown And White Gravy?

The main difference is the liquid that’s used in the gravy. Brown gravy is normally made with meat fat and broth, while white gravy is made with milk.

What Goes With Country Gravy?

White pepper gravy is so versatile and pairs really well with so many things. Some of the most popular foods to enjoy it with are: biscuits, chicken fried steak, fried chicken, chicken and waffles, roasted potatoes, mashed potatoes, turkey, chicken tenders, toast, eggs, egg bakes, omelettes, breakfast pizzas, breakfast skillets, and breakfast casseroles.

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Yield: 6 servings

White Country Gravy From Scratch

The best white country gravy recipe being poured over fried chicken.

Homemade white country gravy is a popular breakfast in the South, and is one of my favorite comfort food recipes. There's a secret step to this white pepper gravy that makes all the difference!

Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly cracked black pepper (less if it's not a coarse grind or if you don't like spice - see note*)
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt (plus more to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 cups milk


  1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the butter. Once the butter has melted, whisk continuously while you add in the flour, pepper, salt, and garlic powder. Once it has reached a smooth and uniform consistency, remove the skillet from the heat and let it rest for 10 minutes.
  2. Return the skillet to the stove, and heat over medium heat. Slowly pour in the milk while whisking continuously. Let the gravy cook until it has thickened, stirring occasionally (about 5 minutes).
  3. Taste and adjust seasonings.             


*When I freshly grind my pepper, it's a very coarse grind. If yours isn't coarse, or if you're sensitive to spice, start with much less pepper (1/2 teaspoon is a good place to start), and work your way up from there.

If you want a thinner consistency, add up to 1/2 cup cold water and whisk it in until it’s fully incorporated.

Nutrition Information:

Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 139Total Fat: 10.4gCarbohydrates: 8.3gNet Carbohydrates: 8gFiber: 0.3gSugar: 4.1gProtein: 3.3g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.


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The next time you’re craving a delicious Southern breakfast, make a batch of this white country gravy to pair with your biscuits or fried chicken.

The best white country gravy recipe being poured over fried chicken.

2 thoughts on “White Country Gravy From Scratch”

    • Hi Michelle, Thanks so much for the feedback! When I freshly grind pepper in my pepper mill, it’s very coarse, so 1 1/2 teaspoons is perfect for me. Based off your feedback, I realized that some people might have a finer grind than I’m using and updated the recipe accordingly. Thanks again for leaving feedback – it’s so helpful and I really appreciate it! -Alexa


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