Hot, buttery biscuits topped with a mouthwatering sausage gravy, Biscuits and Sausage Gravy is southern comfort food that won’t disappoint. This homemade Biscuits and Gravy recipe is quick and easy to make!

One of our favorite breakfasts is fluffy biscuits topped with rich, thick, and peppery gravy. It is hearty, filling, delicious – it tastes just like home.

It’s warm, comforting, and incredibly delicious. It’s one recipe I can make from scratch – without looking at a recipe – that comes out perfect every time. I like to make homemade Drop Biscuits to pair with my mouth-watering gravy, but if you’re in a hurry, you can use canned or frozen biscuits.

A blue bowl with two biscuits topped with sausage gravy and two poached eggs.
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🥘 Ingredient Notes

The ingredients in southern biscuits and gravy, laid out and labeled.
  • Breakfast Sausage – I like to use the Aldi brand breakfast sausage, but you can use any breakfast sausage you prefer. (Jimmy Dean is also a good option!)
  • Flour – The flour is used to thicken the milk to make the gravy – it mixes with the sausage grease and makes the most delicious sauce. 
  • Milk – You can use either 2% or whole milk. I use whole milk because I think it makes the gravy come out creamier. 
  • Seasonings – Seasoned Salt and black pepper are all you need to season this classic southern dish. Add more or less, depending on your preference.
  • Biscuits – You can’t have biscuits and gravy without the biscuits. Use my Drop Biscuits or Southern Sour Cream Biscuits – I sometimes even use frozen biscuits to make the meal even easier to prepare.
  • Optional – You can add poached eggs and green onions on top – this is how we serve it, and it is so good!
A cast iron skillet filled with sausage gravy, a cast iron skillet of biscuits, poached eggs, and a bowl of green onions..

🍽 Equipment Needed

  • Frying Pan or Cast-Iron Skillet
  • Baking Sheet (if you are making homemade biscuits)
  • Measuring Cups and Spoons

🥣 How to Make It

Made with only 6 ingredients, this homemade sausage gravy is quick and easy to make! We love to serve this gravy on top of my drop biscuits or sour cream biscuits – but it’s just as delicious on Flaky Layer Grands Biscuits or frozen biscuits. 

  • First, begin baking your biscuits. They will bake while you prepare the gravy.
A collage of images showing how to bake biscuits in a cast iron skillet.
  • Next, cook your sausage in a frying pan or skillet over medium heat until it’s no longer pink. Then, drain the grease (if there is a lot) and return the sausage back to the skillet. If there is not a lot of grease, you can just leave it – this will flavor the gravy.
A collage of images showing how to make sausage gravy, steps 1 - 5.
  • Sprinkle the sausage with your flour, making sure the sausage soaks it all up. Stir it around and cook for another minute or two. (Picture 6 – 7)
  • Next, pour in some of your milk, stirring it constantly. Stir until the flour is dissolved, then add the rest of the milk. Continue to cook and stir the gravy for about 10 minutes or until it thickens. (Picture 8)
  • Season your gravy with salt and pepper. (Picture 9) Continue cooking the gravy until it reaches your desired thickness. (Picture 10)
A collage of images showing how to make sausage gravy, steps 6 - 10.

It will be so good when it thickens!

A cast iron skillet filled with sausage gravy.

Pour your sausage gravy over a warm biscuit. Serve and Enjoy!

Two bowls of biscuits and gravy and a cast iron skillet filled with sausage gravy.

Recipe Yield

If you use the exact ingredients in this recipe, you should yield about 6 servings. 1 biscuit halved with about ¼ cup of gravy is equal to one serving.

🙋‍♀️ Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make biscuits and sausage gravy the night before?

Absolutely! Follow the directions above to make the sausage gravy. Then, allow the gravy to cool completely. Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. You can reheat it on the stove over medium heat or in the microwave – then drizzle it over warm biscuits.

Why won’t my sausage gravy thicken?

The flour is what makes the gravy thicken. You may not have sprinkled enough flour on your sausage. To rectify this, scoop out a small amount of gravy, add in a couple of tablespoons of flour, and mix until there are no lumps. Then, put the slurry back into your gravy, cook, and mix until it reaches the desired consistency.

Why does flour clump in gravy?

If you add flour directly to simmering liquid, you will get clumps. This is because the liquid causes the starch molecules to gelatinize which forms a waterproof coating. For best results, mix the flour with the sausage, then add milk.

Two bowls with two biscuits topped with sausage gravy and two poached eggs.

What to Serve with Sausage Gravy

As I stated above, I like to serve this homemade sausage gravy on top of my drop biscuits or sour cream biscuits, but any kind of biscuit works just fine. We also like to add poached eggs on top. My husband usually has two eggs, two biscuits, and an extra-large scoop of gravy. (I usually only have one of each.) You can also serve this gravy over:

  • Fried Breakfast Potatoes
  • Hash Browns
  • Grits
  • Toast

I even like to serve sausage gravy over fried chicken tenders and mashed potatoes!

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How to Store Sausage Gravy

Once cooled, store gravy in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. This gravy freezes really well if you want to make your gravy in advance or if you can’t finish it all.

Store leftover biscuits in an airtight container at room temperature.

A red bowl of biscuits and gravy topped with a poached egg and a biscuit on the side.

✏️ Helpful Tips

  • Add your flour a little at a time. Sprinkle a small amount, then mix it into the sausage. Continue doing this until all the flour has been added. This will ensure the flour is thoroughly incorporated. (I like to also add the milk a little at a time.)
  • Stir your gravy continuously. If you don’t stir continuously, the gravy can stick to the bottom or start to burn.
  • Keep in mind that the gravy thickens as it cools. If the gravy isn’t quite the consistency you want, it may get there by the time it cools a little. I like to make it a little less thick for this reason. 
  • If the gravy gets too thick too quickly, you can add another ½ cup of milk.
A blue bowl with two biscuits topped with sausage gravy and two poached eggs.

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Biscuits and Sausage Gravy

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Hot, buttery biscuits topped with a mouthwatering sausage gravy, Biscuits and Sausage Gravy is southern comfort food that won’t disappoint. This homemade Biscuits and Gravy recipe is quick and easy to make!
Author: Kari
Servings: 6
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 25 mins

Equipment

Ingredients  

  • 1 pound breakfast sausage hot or mild
  • cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups milk 2% or whole
  • 2 ½ teaspoons freshly ground black pepper more to taste
  • ½ teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 4 – 6 biscuits warmed, for serving

Optional

  • 1 – 2 poached eggs I usually have one egg, one biscuit, and a huge scoop of gravy. My husband usually has two eggs, two biscuits, and an extra-large scoop of gravy.

Instructions 

  • Cook the sausage in a skillet over medium heat until no longer pink. Drain grease and return sausage to the skillet.
    1 pound breakfast sausage
  • Sprinkle flour over the sausage and stir so that the sausage soaks it all up.
    ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
  • Stir the sausage around and cook it for another minute or so, then slowly pour in the milk, stirring constantly.
    3 cups milk
  • Continue to cook the gravy, stirring frequently, until it thickens. (This should take about 10 minutes.)
  • Add the seasoned salt and pepper and continue cooking until the gravy reaches your desired thickness.
    2 ½ teaspoons freshly ground black pepper, ½ teaspoon seasoned salt
  • Spoon the sausage gravy over warm biscuits and serve immediately!
    4 – 6 biscuits

Notes

If the gravy gets too thick too quickly, you can add another ½ cup of milk.
 
🔢 Recipe Yield
If you use the exact ingredients in this recipe, you should yield about 6 servings. 1 biscuit halved with about ¼ cup of gravy is equal to one serving. (I usually have one egg, one biscuit, and a scoop of gravy. My husband usually has two eggs, two biscuits, and an extra-large scoop of gravy.)
If you make my drop biscuit recipe, you can have breakfast on the table in less than an hour.
 
🥫 Storage/Shelf Life/Reheating

Refrigerate leftovers once cooled in an air-tight container. This gravy freezes really well if you want to make your gravy in advance or if you can’t finish it all!
 
📋 Tips
 
  • Add your flour a little at a time. Sprinkle a small amount then mix it into the sausage. Continue doing this until all the flour has been added. This will ensure the flour is thoroughly incorporated. (I like to also add the milk a little at a time.)
  • Stir your gravy continuously. If you don’t stir continuously, the gravy will stick to the bottom making a filmy consistency in your gravy.
  • Keep in mind that the gravy thickens as it cools. If the gravy isn’t quite the consistency you want, it may get there by the time it cools a little. I like to make it a little less thick for this reason.
  • If the gravy gets too thick too quickly, you can add another ½ cup of milk.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5cupCalories: 449kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 20gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 162mgSodium: 889mgPotassium: 407mgFiber: 1gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 403IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 166mgIron: 2mg

Nutrition information is approximate and is automatically calculated, so should only be used as a guide.

Course: Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: American, Cajun, Southern
Keyword: biscuits and gravy, sausage gravy, southern biscuits and gravy, southern sausage gravy
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Hi, I’m Kari!

I am a newlywed, food blogger, health coach, and mama to a hot mess of a border collie. I love to put a new spin on old family recipes and I try to make as many meals as possible with an Instant Pot.

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