Ham Gravy Recipe

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This 3-ingredient Ham Gravy is a must for any Holiday dinner. Serving your Easter ham with this easy homemade gravy is unbeatable and uses ham drippings. It’s truly the best gravy for ham!

Homemade ham gravy from drippings

Homemade Gravy for Ham

Ham gravy is a sauce with rich flavor made with flavorful juices of roasted ham, butter and flour. It’s a popular choice for special occasions but because it is so simple, there is no reason not to have it whenever you have a ham dinner.

I love to make this ham gravy when I serve Orange Glazed Ham Recipe or Brown Sugar Pineapple Ham. They are the perfect pairing and make for the most amazing dinner for Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas or any Holiday. Serve with a side of Creamy Mashed Potatoes, Fried Green Beans and Honey Glazed Carrots. Make a batch Homemade Crescent Rolls with Cinnamon Honey Butter and everyone will be in a food coma when you are done.

homemade ham gravy on a spoon

What You’ll Need

  • Butter and All-Purpose Flour: Butter and flour are used in most gravy recipes. The roux thickens the gravy.
  • Ham Drippings If you don’t have 2 cups of ham drippings, use as much ham drippings as you have because this is where the flavor comes from. To make the rest of the 2 cups, add ham base, chicken broth, or ham stock.

How to Make Ham Gravy

Make the base: Melt the butter in a large sauce pan. Add the flour and cook for 2 minutes.

Add the drippings: Whisk the ham dripping into the flour mixture.

Simmer: Increase to medium heat and simmer until gravy has thickened.

Serve: Serve over spiral ham or on sides like mashed potatoes.

homemade ham gravy on a spoon

Tips and Tricks

  • Adjust the Gravy Thickness: For a thicker consistency, allow your gravy to simmer longer. If you prefer it thinner, add more liquid. Should the gravy become excessively thick, thin it out by incorporating a bit more stock or water.
  • Adding Variations: For an extra flavor punch, consider adding herbs or spices such as thyme, rosemary, or black pepper to your gravy.
  • Prevent Sticking: Be sure to stir your gravy occasionally while it simmers to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the saucepan.
ham and gravy on a plate

Leftover Ham Gravy

  • Storing Leftover Gravy: You can keep any leftover gravy in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Reheat it gently on the stovetop or in the microwave before serving.
  • You can freeze leftover gravy in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw it overnight in the refrigerator before reheating and serving. Remember to stir well before serving as the consistency may have changed after freezing.
  • Using Leftover Gravy: Don’t let your leftover gravy go to waste! Use it as a delightful topping for sandwiches, biscuits, or roasted meats.

FAQs for Ham Gravy Recipe

  • How to make ham gravy creamier? To make the gravy creamier, add a splash of heavy cream or whole milk while it is simmering.
  • My gravy is lumpy, what should I do? If you have lumpy gravy, simply strain it through a sieve or whisk vigorously until smooth. To prevent lumps next time, be sure to whisk the flour into the butter well before adding any liquid.
  • How long does it take for the gravy to thicken? It usually takes 5-10 minutes for the gravy to thicken, depending on how thick you want it to be.
  • What other ingredients can I add to my ham gravy? There are many ingredients you can add to enhance the flavor of your ham gravy. However, we love this recipe “as is”. Some options include minced garlic, Worcestershire sauce, crumbled bacon and Dijon mustard. You can also experiment with different herbs like thyme, rosemary, or black pepper to give your gravy a unique taste.

gravy in a gravy boat

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Ham Gravy Recipe feature
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Ham Gravy

This 3-ingredient Ham Gravy is a must for any Holiday dinner. Serving your Easter ham with this easy homemade gravy is unbeatable and uses ham drippings. It's truly the best gravy for ham!
Servings: 2 cups
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 15 minutes


  • 3 Tablespoons Butter
  • 3 Tablespoons All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 Cups Ham Drippings If you don’t have 2 cups of ham drippings, use as much ham drippings as you have and add chicken stock or ham stock


  • Melt the butter over medium low heat in a large saucepan.
  • Stir in the flour and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
  • Whisk in the ham dripping am mix until the flour is completely incorporated
  • Increase the heat to medium and bring the gravy to a simmer.
  • Simmer the gravy for 5-10 minutes until thickened, stirring occasionally.
  • Serve the gravy with ham or your favorite sides such as mashed potatoes. Enjoy!

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Serving: 6g | Calories: 192kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 135mg | Potassium: 17mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 0.04g | Vitamin A: 525IU | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg


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10 comments on “Ham Gravy Recipe”

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    Janis latourelle

    Ham gravy is wonderful! I cut some fat, few pieces of meat and water if I don’t have alot of drippings. Slow simmer on the stove and add anything additional drippings from the meat.
    My family says it’s their favorite and you can use any remainder for soups, baked ham and potatoes ! Wonderful!
    You will be pleased!

  2. I Use all the juices from the Ham and My pineapple juice from the pineapple sprinkle a little more brown sugar in the gravy while you are making it I call it Sweet pineapple gravy!

  3. My mom would glaze her ham whit brown sugar and cloves which made the ham grave a little sweet and she used cornstarch and a bit of water to thicken the Gravy, it thickens faster then flower.