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3 Amazing Gravy Recipes with Bouillon

3 Amazing Gravy Recipes with Bouillon

Convenience is the magical ingredient that gravy recipes have been missing. Bouillon is the fairy dust to make all of your gravy recipes special. It offers the perfect shortcut for getting a perfect pan of gravy every single time. 

Making gravy with bouillon takes some of the guesswork out of any recipe. You'll get a perfectly smooth sauce that can accompany meat, potatoes, and anything else that tastes delicious slathered in gravy.

Even gravy novices will find that bouillon makes an often overwhelming recipe so much easier to accomplish. Ready to give it a try?

Check out our best gravy recipes below. You'll be pleasantly surprised at how simple they are. You might even become the star gravy maker in your family. 



Why Use Bouillon Cubes?

The best reason to reach for bouillon cubes when you're making gravy is that you won't need the drippings from a turkey, chicken, or cut of beef. They're great if you simply want mashed potatoes or your meat is already cooked.

Gravy with bouillon offers all of the flavors you get from using animal fat and is easy to whip up in a hurry. That makes them great for entertaining, as well as putting together a quick family meal on a busy night. 



How to Make Gravy with Bouillon

Making gravy with bouillon is easy and is a fantastic introduction for home cooks who have never made a batch before. The cubes do most of the work for you. 

You'll start by placing three or four bouillon cubes in a glass measuring cup filled with hot water. Dissolve the cubes completely. In some cases, you may need to microwave the mixture for adequate dissolving. 

Next, you'll make a simple roux using either flour or cornstarch. Heat a couple of tablespoons of butter or oil in a saucepan, then add an equal amount of your thickener.

Cook the mixture slowly until it begins to brown. Then add the bouillon liquid, a little bit at a time, stirring constantly. As you stir, the gravy will thicken until it reaches the desired consistency. 



stir fry vegetables with bouillon cubes

Other Uses for Bouillon Cubes

Gravy with bouillon isn't the only tasty thing you can create with the cubes. If you love the meaty flavor bouillon cubes give to your gravy, then you'll also love the taste they give to other meals. 

Soup is one of the best meals for using bouillon to add flavor. Pop a cube into chicken noodle soup, beef stew, or a pot of chili. You can also add a couple of cubes to green chili, potato soup, or minestrone for an extra layer of flavor. 

A bouillon cube will quickly become the star of the show in many types of grains. Simply add a cube to the boiling water as you cook rice, quinoa, millet, or any other grain.

Use bouillon cubes when you saute meats or vegetables. Toss a cube or two into the sauce when you're preparing stir fry. Use one to add flavor to meat marinades before cooking them on the grill. 

Homemade sauces go to the next level with a bouillon cube. Try one in barbecue sauce, pasta and pizza sauce, or any dipping sauce you serve alongside chicken or steak. 

Meatball aficionados will rave about the addition or bouillon to the mixture. Just a teaspoon per pound of beef or pork is all it takes to create a new layer of flavor. 

Serve up a robust pot of mashed potatoes by tossing in a cube or two of bouillon. Combined with a rich gravy, you've got a side dish that steps mealtime up a notch. 



How to Choose a Bouillon Flavor

Because bouillon cubes come in several flavors, you might be wondering which one you should choose. The dish you're preparing plays the biggest role in your decision. 

An obvious choice for gravy would be to choose the flavor that matches the meat you're preparing. That means chicken bouillon for chicken dishes and beef for recipes that center around beef.

However, there are so many more tasty options available. Mushroom bouillon is a delightfully tasty option for vegetable soup, rice, or sauteed greens. 

Garlic bouillon works wonders in miso soup, chili, or other hearty stews. It's also a fantastic choice for adding new flavors to your gravy. Spoon it over roasted chicken or turkey.

When you're using vegetable bouillon, keep in mind that it works best with other vegetables, such as vegetables in a stir fry, vegetable soup, or pasta sauce. 

You're the chef, so don't be afraid to rely on your instincts and taste preferences. Experiment in your kitchen with bouillon flavors in your favorite dishes, and it won't be long before you find the ones you like best. 



Tips for Using Bouillon Cubes

Now that you know what you can cook with bouillon cubes, you can give them a test run in your kitchen. Expert chefs have some great tips for getting the most out of them.

One of the most important tips they suggest is to make sure your bouillon cubes dissolve completely. For gravy, this helps you get that smooth, creamy consistency you want. 

Dissolved bouillon cubes are also better at distributing the flavor throughout the dish. Not to mention avoiding the risk of biting into a chunk of the cube that hasn't dissolved.

Bouillon cubes contain salt, so if you plan to use them in your recipes, consider reducing the amount of added salt from other sources. This protects the flavor of your dish but is also healthier. 



Our Favorite Gravy Recipes

Now that you feel confident enough to try using bouillon, you can test out any of these easy gravy recipes from our archives. 

Honey Mustard Brown Gravy

Honey Mustard Brown Gravy

This delightful mustard flavored gravy is simple to make, and in addition to ham, it also tastes wonderful on chicken or sliced beef. 


2 BOU Brown Gravy cubes

1 cup water

1 tbsp honey

1 tbsp brown sugar

2 tbsp dijon mustard


  1. Add all ingredients to a small saucepot on medium heat.
  2. Whisk constantly until simmering and fully incorporated.
  3. Serve with ham, and enjoy!


Crispy Chicken Thighs

Crispy Chicken Thighs with Mushroom Gravy Sauce

Mushroom gravy might be a departure from what you're used to, but you're going to be pleasantly surprised. Spoon leftovers over biscuits for breakfast in the morning. 


4 chicken thighs, bone-in, and skin-on

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 tbsp grapeseed oil

1 shallot, thinly sliced

8 oz cremini mushrooms (or a mix), thinly sliced

½ cup dry white wine

1 BOU Mushroom Gravy Cube mixed with ½ cup water

2 tbsp butter, cubed and cold

1 small bunch of chives, thinly sliced


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Generously season both sides of the chicken with salt and pepper.
  2. Place a large stainless steel skillet over medium-high heat and add a thin layer of grapeseed oil. Once the oil is hot and shimmering, add the chicken to the pan, skin-side down. Let sear, undisturbed, for about 6 minutes or until the skin is a deep golden brown.
  3. Flip the chicken thighs and cook the underside until browned, about 5 minutes more. Transfer to a rack-lined sheet tray and place in the oven; roast until the thighs are fully cooked through (they should register 165 degrees F with a meat thermometer).
  4. Meanwhile, pour off all but 2 tbsp of rendered fat from the pan. Add the shallots, along with a pinch of salt. Saute the shallots while occasionally stirring until they are soft and translucent.
  5. Add the Cremini mushrooms to the pan and sauté them, tossing them often until they start to soften and let off a good amount of liquid. Continue to sauté until the liquid evaporates and the mushrooms begin to caramelize at the edges, about 6 minutes.
  6. Add the white wine and scrape up any brown bits that have accumulated on the bottom of the pan (this is called deglazing ). Continue to cook until the wine has nearly evaporated completely. Add the BOU Mushroom flavored gravy to the pan and stir to combine.
  7. Swirl in the cold butter; the sauce should be thickened and silky. Taste for seasoning and add salt as necessary. Nestle the chicken thighs into the pan, top with chives, and serve.


Citrus Honey Sauce

BOUzy Citrus Honey Sauce

This versatile citrus gravy is full of flavor and makes your next turkey the star of the show. Don't stop there. Use it on chicken or duck too. 


1 cup water

2 oranges, juiced

1/2 tbsp bourbon

1 tbsp honey

3 BOU Turkey Gravy Cubes


  1. Add water to a small pot.
  2. Squeeze orange juice into the pot.
  3. Add bourbon, honey, and BOU Turkey Gravy Cubes to the pot.
  4. Heat over medium heat, constantly whisking until boiling.
  5. Once boiling, remove from heat, and set aside or transfer into a gravy boat until ready to serve.

Ready to take your gravy recipes to the next level? In addition to trying our favorites here, test out your own ideas for meals you won't soon forget. Check out our entire list of recipes for more ideas.  

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