Prime Rib Gravy (No Drippings Required!)

White bowl of prime rib gravy.

Prime Rib gravy is a breeze to make with or without Prime Rib drippings! For Christmas dinner and Thanksgiving dinner, we always serve our 5-star rated Prime Rib Recipes, rubbed with delicious prime rib rub, alongside homemade brown gravy, prime rib au jus and horseradish sauce for prime rib! You can’t go wrong with any prime rib sauce.

In addition to our various prime rib recipes, you can serve this homemade beef gravy with: Sous Vide Chuck Roast, Instant Pot Roast Beef, Smoked Beef Tenderloin, Garlic Mashed Potatoes or even Sous Vide Ribeye.

Need prime rib side dish ideas or prime rib leftover ideas? Check out our list of What To Serve with Prime Rib and Recipes For Leftover Prime Rib.

Beef Gravy

Important note – prime rib gravy and prime rib au jus are two very different prime rib sauces. Beef gravy recipes, such as pot roast gravy, includes a thickening agent, like flour, while au jus does not.

We provide both recipes here at Foodie and Wine, as they’re two separate things. There are quite a few “au jus recipes” out there calling for flour. It’s actually gravy. 

Cooked Prime Rib Recipe - with two slices of pink prime rib and roasted garlic next to it.

Prime Rib Roast Recipe

To make prime rib with gravy, first you must pick out the prime rib recipe you’re going to use. Here are our highly rated options:

Garlic Herb Crusted Prime Rib (pictured above)
Sous Vide Prime Rib
Smoked Prime Rib

Jar of beef stock, butter, flour and herbs.


To make roast beef gravy, here are the ingredients you need on hand: Beef drippings or unsalted butter, all-purpose flour, low sodium beef stock (we utilize Instant Pot Bone Broth), dijon mustard, fresh thyme, fresh rosemary and garlic cloves. 

Many of these ingredients are used to make Horseradish Mashed Potatoes.

Homemade Brown Gravy

How to Make Beef Gravy With Drippings

Add 1/4 cup of beef drippings, from the roasting pan you used to cook the prime rib, to a hot skillet and whisk in the flour. Once the roux is a golden brown color, whisk in the beef broth and mustard. Throw in the thyme, rosemary and garlic and simmer until thick.

If you have some prime rib drippings, but not enough to get 1/4 cup out of it, just make up the rest with unsalted butter.

The picture on the left shows what the gravy will look like after adding all the ingredients. The photo on the right shows AFTER the gravy thickens.

Side by side photo showing roux before and after thickening.

How To Make Gravy With Beef Broth

As mentioned, prime rib does not give off a ton of drippings. If you find yourself in that boat, have no fear. Just use 1/4 cup of unsalted butter instead. The butter, mixed with the beef broth, adds the critical fat required to bring the flavor!

Side by side photos showing melted butter and butter with flour.What to Serve With Prime Rib With Gravy

Potato Recipes – Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Sous Vide Mashed Potatoes or Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

Beef RecipesRoast Beef, Individual Beef Wellington

Turkey RecipesInstant Pot Turkey, Smoked Turkey or Smoked Turkey Wings

Add a scoop to your leftover Prime Rib Sandwich

Drizzle over your Sous Vide Pork Tenderloin 


  • For more “zing” add a tablespoon of sherry or red wine vinegar at the end. It’s not our cup of tea, but it might be yours!
  • A teaspoon of Worcestershire would add an extra flavor element if you going with a basic prime rib roast recipe. Our prime rib rub is extremely flavorful, so we go with a basic prime rib gravy recipe as we don’t want to overwhelm the delicious beef flavor.
  • Do not use full sodium beef broth unless you omitted salt from your prime rib rub. The resulting beef broth gravy will be way too salty. 
  • If you find your gravy is lump, just run it through a mesh stainer before adding it to the gravy boat.
  • We have a long list of substitute for Beef broth, however none of them have been tested therefore we don’t advise using a replacement.
  • Download our free Temperature Chart For Prime Rib Printable!
  • Have leftover prime rib? Check out our How To Reheat Prime Rib post.
  • Find Prime Rib For Sale.
Bowl of brown gravy and horseradish for Prime RIb.
White bowl of prime rib gravy.

Prime Rib Gravy

Prime Rib gravy is a breeze to make with or without Prime Rib drippings! This brown gravy recipe requires minimal ingredients. It's as easy to make as classic turkey gravy.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 29kcal
Author: Darcey Olson
Cost: $5


  • ¼ cup Prime Rib Drippings or Unsalted Butter ((*Note 1))
  • ¼ cup All-purpose Flour
  • 3 cups Low Sodium Beef Stock ((*Note 2))
  • 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 2 sprigs Fresh Rosemary
  • 2 sprigs Fresh Thyme
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, Smashed


  • While the prime rib is resting, pre-heat a large skillet over medium heat and add 1/4 cup of beef drippings from the roasting pan you used to make the prime rib. If you don't have beef drippings, use 1/4 cup of unsalted butter.
  • If using butter, let it melt before proceeding. Vigorously whisk the flour into the beef drippings and cook for 2-3 minutes until golden in color.
  • Slowly add the beef stock to the flour roux and vigorously whisk. Add the stock slowly as this is where the lumps can happen! Whisk in the mustard.
  • Add the thyme, rosemary and smashed garlic cloves and bring to a gentle boil, before lowering the heat to a simmer.
  • Cook and whisk constantly, until it begins to thicken, approx. 3-4 minutes.
  • Transfer to a gravy boat and serve with the prime rib roast.


Note 1 – Prime rib does not give off a ton of drippings. You can use 1/4 cup of unsalted butter instead.
Note 2 – Use low sodium beef broth for the gravy as the prime rib roast will have a TON of salt. You don’t want to overload the dish with even more salt.


Calories: 29kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 213mg | Potassium: 193mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 14IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg
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7 responses to “Prime Rib Gravy (No Drippings Required!)”

  1. Sherry Avatar

    Do you chop the rosemary and thyme or use full sprigs and remove when done?

    1. Darcey Olson Avatar
      Darcey Olson

      Good morning! Use the full sprigs and remove when done.

  2. Patrick M Avatar
    Patrick M

    5 stars
    Turned out great. Wife loves it! Thanks :)

  3. Scott Johnson Avatar
    Scott Johnson

    Is it beef broth or beef stock? Both are mentioned in your recipe/ description. Thx!

    1. Darcey Olson Avatar
      Darcey Olson

      Hi Scott! Either works- use whatever you have on hand. I use both with success. I’ll update the info so it’s more clear. Thanks for the heads up.

  4. Lissa Avatar

    Can this be made a day ahead?

    1. Darcey Olson Avatar
      Darcey Olson