Hot, buttery biscuits piled high with the best sausage gravy – my favorite Homemade Sausage Gravy Recipe is southern comfort food that won’t disappoint.

One of our favorite breakfasts is Biscuits and Gravy. Fluffy biscuits topped with thick, pepper, and rich sausage gravy. It is a hearty breakfast recipe that is so filling and delicious – it tastes just like home. Sausage gravy poured over biscuits is a Southern staple, and it is one of my favorite things to make for a weekend brunch.

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. This homemade sausage gravy recipe will quickly become one of your favorites as well!

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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If you don’t have sausage, you can use bacon to make my Creamy Bacon Gravy Recipe! It is equally delicious!

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

Best Sausage Gravy Recipe

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Hot, buttery biscuits piled high with the best sausage gravy – my favorite Homemade Sausage Gravy Recipe is southern comfort food that won’t disappoint.
Author: Kari
Servings: 6
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 25 minutes

Ingredients  

  • 6-8 biscuits , warmed for serving
  • 1 pound pork 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

Optional

  • 1-2 poached eggs per serving

Instructions 

  • Bake your favorite biscuit recipe.
  • Cook the sausage in a skillet over medium heat until no longer pink. Drain grease and return sausage to the skillet.
    1 pound pork 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

Cook Eggs if Desired

  • If using poach or bake eggs.
    1-2 poached eggs

Serve

  • Spoon the sausage gravy over warm biscuits and serve immediately, topped with a poached egg and green onions.
    6-8 biscuits

Notes

If the gravy gets too thick too quickly, you can add another ½ cup of milk.

🔢 Recipe Yield

This exact recipe should yield 6-8 servings, with everyone eating 1-2 biscuits each. 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.

🥫 How to Store Leftover Sausage Gravy

Once cooled, store leftover gravy in an airtight container in the refrigerator (up to 5 days) or freezer (up to 3 months.)

📋 Sausage Gravy Tips

  • Sprinkle flour onto the sausage a little at a time to avoid clumps. Start with a small amount, then mix it into the sausage. Continue until all the flour has been added. I like to also add the milk a little at a time.
  • Stir gravy continuously so it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan or start to burn.
  • Gravy thickens as it cools. I like to make it a little less thick because it will get thicker as it sits.

Special Equipment Needeed

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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🥘 Best Sausage Gravy Ingredients

The ingredients in southern biscuits and gravy, laid out and labeled.

Let’s elaborate on the ingredients:

  • Breakfast Sausage – I like to use the Aldi brand breakfast sausage, but you can use any ground sausage that you enjoy. (Jimmy Dean pork sausage is also a good option!)
  • All-Purpose Flour – Flour is used to thicken the milk to make the gravy – it mixes with the sausage grease and makes the most delicious sauce. (Gluten-free flour will work fine, too!)
  • Milk – I would recommend using whole milk or 2% milk, but skim milk will work; it just won’t be as rich. I use whole milk because I think it makes the gravy come out creamier. 
  • Seasonings – Seasoned Salt and Coarse Black Pepper are all you need to season this classic southern dish. Add more or less, depending on your preference.

For Serving

  • 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. (Or you can use your favorite biscuit recipe.)
  • 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

Here’s what you will need to make this recipe:

  • Frying Pan or Large Skillet. I like to use a Cast-Iron Skillet.
  • Baking Sheet (If you are making homemade biscuits)
  • Measuring Cups and Spoons

🥣 How to Make Sausage Gravy with Biscuits

Made with only six ingredients, this simple 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 Flaky Layer Grands Biscuits or frozen flaky biscuits are a good choice if you are in a hurry!

  • First, begin baking your biscuits. They will bake while you prepare the gravy. I like to make biscuits when I’m making gravy, so drop biscuits or frozen biscuits are my go-to. (Remove the biscuits from the oven when they are golden brown.)
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 cooked sausage back to the skillet. Don’t wipe out 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 the flour, making sure the sausage soaks it up, then stir it around and cook for another minute or two. (Picture 6-7)
  • Next, pour in some of the milk, stirring it constantly. Stir until the flour is dissolved, then add the rest of the milk. Decrease the heat to medium-low heat, and continue to cook and stir the gravy for about 10 minutes or until it thickens. (Picture 8)
  • Season the white sausage 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.

The gravy will be so good when it thickens!

A cast iron skillet filled with sausage gravy.

When it’s ready, remove the gravy from heat so it doesn’t burn on the bottom.

Then, place one or two warm biscuits on a plate, split open if desired, then top with your homemade sausage gravy. If desired, top with a poached egg and green onions as well. Pierce the yolk and mix it with the gravy to make an epic sauce.

It’s the best comfort food – fancy enough for a special occasion like Christmas morning but easy enough to make for a regular weekend brunch.

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

Make Ahead Sausage Gravy

Can you 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 reheated leftover biscuits.

🍱 Recipe Yield

If you use the exact ingredients in this recipe, you should yield about six servings, with everyone eating about 1 or 2 biscuits each. (Obviously, you’ll get more servings if people eat less.) One biscuit opened up with about ¼ cup of gravy poured over the top 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.)

🙋‍♀️ Frequently Asked Questions

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 the simmering liquid, you will get clumps. This is because the liquid causes the starch molecules to gelatinize, which forms a waterproof coating on the flour so it can’t absorb the liquid. For best results, mix the flour with the sausage, then add the milk.

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

🫙 How to Store Leftover Sausage Gravy

Store leftover gravy and biscuits separately. Once cooled, store gravy in an airtight 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 air-tight container or plastic bag at room temperature. (Biscuits can also be frozen.)

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

✏️ Helpful Tips for the Best Biscuits and Gravy

  • Sprinkle flour onto the sausage a little at a time to avoid clumps. Start with 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 and doesn’t get lumpy. (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 of the pan 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.

🍓 What to Serve with Sausage Gravy

Obviously, gravy is best served over biscuits, but we also like to add poached eggs or baked eggs on top with some fresh green onions. 

You can also serve this gravy over fried breakfast potatoes, hash browns, grits, or toast. Serve some fresh fruit on the side. It’s one of our breakfast favorites.

I even like to add red pepper flakes to make spicy sausage gravy and serve it over fried chicken tenders, and garlic mashed potatoes or waffles to make a savory main course.

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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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