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Southern Comfort Vegetarian Biscuits and Gravy

on September 14, 2020
last updated June 12, 2024
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With flaky biscuits and homemade vegetarian gravy, this recipe has become a Marley's Menu community favorite! Readers love the fact that this recipe requires no fake meat alternatives. Plus, this recipe will teach you my tips for the best biscuits without any special equipment!
milk jug, basket of biscuits, and a plate full of vegetarian biscuits and gravy

These Vegetarian Biscuits and Gravy can only be described as warm, flaky, buttery clouds of greatness topped with creamy, well-seasoned sauce done easily at home in your own oven.

When it comes to comfort food, meatless biscuits and gravy is the quintessential vegetarian brunch. And you won’t believe just how easy it is to make at home!

With a focus on sustainability in the kitchen, I am always looking for vegetarian breakfast options that are cozy and delicious, and this recipe brings all the flavor with less environmental impact.

This recipe for biscuits and homemade vegetarian gravy is delicious and satisfying. It’s the perfect vegetarian breakfast or brunch. Plus, find out my tips for making the best buttery, flaky biscuits at home

Vegetarian Biscuits and Gravy Tips and Tricks

Frozen First, Melt-In-Your-Mouth Later

The key to the buttery flavor in these is actually grating your butter with a cheese grater and leaving those flakes of butter whole in your dough.

That way, they melt into your biscuits in the oven creating that buttery taste in every bite.

But grating a stick of melting butter can be frustrating. Freezing your butter will allow you to grate it, and keep those pieces of butter solid while you integrate it into your dough. Here’s what else you’ll need:

Add the Butter Last

Use a hand-mixer to form a dough with all your ingredients except for the butter.

The dough should be a little sticky. You may need to wet your hands to avoid the dough from sticking to them.

biscuit dough

Load On The Layers

The age-old question— how can you make flaky biscuits? That flaky texture that you love in a biscuit comes from layering the dough! It’s best to roll it out on a floured surface until it’s about 1/2 inch thick. Layer on half of the butter, fold it over and roll it out again.

Add the rest of the butter, and fold again, so you are left with a 1-inch dough that’s roughly square in shape.

Now you’re ready to shape your biscuits!

Jars Aren’t Just For Jams

You don’t need fancy cookie cutters or biscuit molds for these babies! Use what you’ve got! I use Mason Jars to cut out my little biscuits.

using a mason jar to cut circular shapes in biscuit dough

Whisk-y Business

Your whisk is your best friend in making this gravy! Use it first to form your roux, to avoid any clumps of flour. And you’ll use it again while adding in your milk to avoid curdling.

Tested Substitutions

Make them vegan with vegan butter and non-dairy milk. The dough is already egg-free, so it’s super easy to veganize!

Green Tip: Look for organic and palm oil-free butter if you can. Buying organic means you are supporting farms that do not use damaging pesticides and fertilizers, and palm oil production is a huge driver behind deforestation.

If you’re a meat-eater and want sausage in your gravy, just brown it in your pot before step 1 in the gravy-making process. You can also opt to throw in some vegetarian sausage, or even make your own vegan breakfast sausage.

vegetarian gracy dripping off of biscuits with scallions on top

How to Properly Store and Reheat Leftover Meatless Biscuits and Gravy

These biscuits will stay fresh covered at room temperature for 1-2 days and in the refrigerator for about 1 week.

You can also opt to freeze them for up to 2 months. Just make sure they are stored properly in a freezer-safe bag

Green tip: Did you know that of the billions of pounds of food waste that occurs annually, it is estimated that 50% of it happens in our homes? It’s always best to store leftovers properly so you can enjoy them later!

It’s best to reheat biscuits in the oven at 325°F for about 5 minutes if in the refrigerator or 10 minutes is frozen. You can also use the microwave for 30 seconds or the toaster oven.

Just know that the microwave may take away from your flaky texture.

The gravy will last in the refrigerator covered for about 1 week, and can easily be reheated in the microwave on high for 30 seconds, or over medium heat on the stove until heated through.

If you’ve gobbled up all your biscuits, but still have extra gravy, here are some ideas for using up extra gravy!

pouring vegetarian gravy over biscuits on a plate with scallions

Why You Should Make these Vegetarian Biscuits and Gravy

  • They’re flaky. Those buttery layers are out of this world.
  • They’re comforting. Southern comfort food at its finest.
  • They’re easy! No kneading or waiting for a rise necessary!

For another spin on a Southern classic, check out these Creamy Fish and Grits. And for more breakfast ideas, check out these Bananas Foster Pancakes, and Vegan Breakfast Sausage.

milk jug, basket of biscuits, and a plate full of vegetarian biscuits and gravy

Southern Comfort Vegetarian Biscuits and Gravy

5 from 11 votes
Marley Goldin
With flaky biscuits and homemade vegetarian gravy, this recipe is so satisfying and the perfect breakfast. Plus, find out my tips for the best biscuits
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12 biscuits



  • 1 stick unsalted butter, frozen then grated
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon light or dark brown sugar, tightly packed
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup milk (dairy or unsweetened non-dairy)

Vegetarian Gravy

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 pinch of cayenne pepper for a little spice (optional)
  • 1 sprig fresh scallion for garnish (optional)



  • Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  • Freeze a stick of butter for at least 30 minutes before getting started. I usually throw a stick in the freezer the night before. Grate butter with a cheese grater and set aside.
  • Add flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and milk to a large mixing bowl. Use a hand mixer on high to blend together until it starts to form a dough.
  • Use clean hands to form the mixture into a ball. Flour a clean surface to roll out your dough. You can use your hands to flatten it or a rolling pin. Flatten it into roughly a rectangular shape about 1/2 inch thick.
  • Add 1/2 of the grated butter evenly on top of your flattened dough, and fold it in half to form a square. Flatten it out one more time, add the rest of your butter and fold again. You should be left with roughly a square, about an inch thick.
  • Use a cookie cutter, glass cup, or mason jar to cut your dough into biscuits.
  • Line your biscuits up on a lined baking sheet.
  • Bake for 13- 15 minutes until they start to brown on top.

Vegetarian Gravy

  • Add butter and flour to a large pot over medium heat and whisk until smooth to form a roux.
  • Add milk and all your spices and whisk again over heat until fully integrated.
  • Allow to thicken until desired consistency is achieved. Serve hot over biscuits. Garnish with fresh scallions for a little crunch.

Pro Tips

  • You want your grated butter flakes to remain intact in your dough, so be careful not to overmix.
  • You don’t need molds to shape your biscuits—I use a mason jar!
  • Use a whisk for your gravy to avoid clumps of flour.


Course Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine American
Diet Vegetarian
Keyword Biscuits and Gravy, Vegetarian Biscuits and Gravy
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8 thoughts on “Southern Comfort Vegetarian Biscuits and Gravy”

  1. 5 stars
    I only made the gravy and used pilsbury biscuits you put in the freezer in the blue bag and it was awesome with a glass of milk

  2. 5 stars
    Marley I recently had vegetarian gravy and biscuits and enjoyed it very much. Today I decided to see how it might be made, I like your recipe the best. You don’t use the fake meats, you just make delicious gravy. Thank you for the recipe, the result is delicious and it’s just what I was looking for. Thanks again, Marley!

    1. Thank YOU for taking the time to leave your feedback. I totally agree- sometimes less is more. So glad you enjoyed!

    2. 5 stars
      Hello! Thank you so much for this recipe. I am a broke vegetarian who cannot afford fake meat, so this recipe was worth digging for! It was delicious, thank you!

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