Justina’s Vegan Onion Gravy

April 28, 2020

This recipe was submitted by Justina Howe, Halton Harm Reduction Worker at The AIDS Network as a part of our A Taste at Home campaign.


This plant-based onion gravy is quick, easy and my favourite recipe


  • 1/4 cup vegan butter (such as Earth Balance)
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour (use a gluten-free flour if preferred)
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth (regular or low-sodium)
  • soy sauce or tamarai to taste (optional)



  1. In a medium sauce pan melt the vegan butter over medium heat. Sauté the onion in the butter until the onion is caramelized. If you’re in a rush, you can do this quickly, but the slower you go, the more rich the flavour will become.
  2. Mix in flour and cook for 1 minute. Now whisk in the broth and cook until the gravy thickens. Add soy sauce or tamari to taste if needed, this will also make the colour a richer brown.


While we may not be able to come together for an evening of great food and supporting our cause, great food can still bring us together, and so we are sharing with you the favourite recipes of our team, volunteers and community partners! Over the next few weeks we will be adding to this virtual cookbook to help inspire you in your own kitchen, and we hope our A Taste at Home campaign bring you the comfort these recipes bring our contributors. While we may be physically distant, we can still come together in a spirit of sharing and giving.

If you are enjoying our recipes and you are able at this time, please consider making a donation to The AIDS Network. Fundraising is a crucial component in our ability to provide programs and services to our most vulnerable clients. Food security programs are especially necessary in this difficult time, and are wholly supported by fundraising dollars. You can make a donation through our Canada Helps page. To find out more about the campaign and to see other recipes, visit www.aidsnetwork.ca/a-taste-at-home