Stress-Free Gravy For Ham

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mashed potatoes with gravy

Homemade Gravy For Ham Dinner

When making ham, you need to not forget to make the gravy. This is a super quick and delicious gravy for ham dinner. It is doesn’t have a lot of ingredients, but you do need ham juices to make gravy with delicious rich flavor.

You can make this gravy recipe from any baked ham you make. Pineapple brown sugar hams will give a a sweet pineapple flavor. Orange glaze will give an orange flavor. Whatever your go to baked ham is, you will make a gravy that will compliment the ham flavor.

ham drippings and flour in a pan

What Ingredients Are In This Recipe?

This recipe contains:

  • ham drippings
  • flour
  • hot water
  • pepper
stirring flour and ham drippings to make roux

How Much Ham Drippings Are Used?

We had about 1/2 cup of ham drippings to make this recipe. Adding a few cups of hot water will thin the gravy, and still give you great flavor. It is important to cook the flour mixture for a few minutes to cook the flour taste out of the flour.

Do You Need Salt In The Gravy?

You will want to taste as you make the gravy. Ham can be salty, so you don’t want to add salt if it’s not needs. Definitely add a little black pepper to give a little zip to the gravy.

perfect roux browned in pan

Do You All All The Ham Drippings Into The Pan?

The drippings are added slowly. You want to be able to have the flour wet while you mix together and then slowly whisk in the rest after you have to whisk constantly to prevent lumps.

My Ham Gravy Has Lumps

A little lumps are good, but you don’t want to have flour lumpy gravy. Take a whisk and stir a LOT to get the lumps out. You may need to add a little more water. The gravy make look worse, before it thins out and gets better, but continue whisking constantly to save the gravy. Once done, you will have a creamy ham gravy that will not disappoint.

straining drippings into pan

Can Gravy Go On Mashed Potatoes?

If you are a gravy lover, the question may need to be, what doesn’t gravy go on. The delicious ham gravy could go on all the foods on your plate. From your potatoes, onto the ham and your favorite side dishes.

thinning gravy with water in pan

What Kind Of Ham Makes The Best Gravy?

You can make ham gravy from spiral ham or boneless ham. Whichever is your family preference, either will be fine. The spiral hams (in my experience) have a tendency to produce more juices, so less water may be needed. The boneless ham, depending on the size, may not produce enough drippings and require more water or pineapple juice. Taste your gravy before serving to make sure your gravy is good.

sweet gravy thickens over medium heat
plate with ham gravy on mashed potatoes
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Easy Homemade Ham Gravy For Dinner

Turn up the holiday vibes with our tasty Ham Gravy! It's the perfect partner for that mouthwatering holiday ham. Super easy to make, it'll add a burst of flavor to your feast without the fuss. Elevate your holiday dinner with this deliciousness – because who can resist a good gravy, right?"
Course: Sauces and Gravy
Cuisine: American
Author: Regina Sober


  • 3 Tablespoons flour
  • ham drippings
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 teaspoon pepper


  • Place a pot on the stove and add the flour.
  • Add about 4 tablespoons ham drippings and turn on medium heat.
  • Whisk the flour and drippings together until smooth (2-3 minutes).
  • Add the rest of the ham drippings and mix together, whisking smooth.
  • Add the hot water and pepper to your gravy.
  • Gravy may clump a bit, whisk again until it is creamy and smooth.
  • Gravy will start to thicken and bubble.
  • Remove from heat and serve in a gravy boat or something easy to pour from.
  • Serve of your mashed potatoes and ham.


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