Can You Put Gravy In An Air Fryer? (read this first)

Whilst it is possible to cook gravy in an air fryer, the process is so involved which is why gravy is best made on the hob. The problem you have when making gravy is it needs constant or almost constant attention.

While it’s easy to give the gravy constant attention on a hob or stove top, it’s a bit more involved when using an air fryer. Gravy needs stirring regularly to cook properly which is fine on the hob.

But in the air fryer, it involves opening the basket to stir the pot which interrupts the flow of hot air. This means the gravy would take so long to cook in the air fryer that the rest of the meal would be stone cold. 

Gravy needs to be stirred and reduced to get it to the correct thickness and consistency which can really only be done successfully on the stove top.

How To Make Perfect Meat Gravy

The gravy that accompanies your food can make or break the meal.


  • Meat juices
  • 1 tablespoon Plain Flour
  • 284ml (½ pint) Stock
  • 284ml (½ pint) Red Wine


  1. Cook your meat in the air fryer in the normal way in a pan to collect the juices from the meat as it cooks.
  2. Place the pan with the meat juices on the hob on a low heat
  3. Add the plain flour
  4. Mix in to make a roux
  5. Add the stock and keep stirring
  6. Once the pan comes to the boil, add the wine
  7. Keep stirring, you’re aiming to remove the alcohol while keeping the flavour of the wine
  8. Once it thickens pass it through a strainer
  9. Serve

Perfect Meat Gravy Cooking Tips

  • We made beef gravy so we used beef stock but you could use chicken stock if you were making chicken gravy
  • We used red wine, you could use white wine if you prefer
  • If you don’t want to use wine at all, you could use all stock (568ml/1 pint) instead of half and half
  • Once you add the stock, change to a whisk to stir the gravy
  • Don’t let the gravy boil too long, keep stirring

Why Can’t You Make Gravy Directly In An Air Fryer?

a person pouring gravy over meat

As you can see from the recipe above, making gravy is very hands on (in the sense that you’re adding ingredients and constantly stirring the pot).

We wouldn’t say that it’s impossible to do that in the air fryer, but it is extremely difficult because the liquid would take ages to boil with all the stopping and starting.

However, if you did want to attempt making gravy in the air fryer….

How To Make Gravy In An Air Fryer 

It can be done but it takes time and patience.


  • Meat Juices
  • 1 tablespoon Plain Flour
  • 568ml (1 pint) stock


  1. Pour the meat juices, flour and stock into a pan small enough to fit into the air fryer basket
  2. Stir until all of the flour has been absorbed into the stock
  3. Place the pan in the air fryer and heat at 200 C (400 F) for 1 minute
  4. Stir 
  5. Cook for a further minute 
  6. Stir
  7. Cook for a further minute
  8. Stir
  9. Continue until the gravy is thickened enough to serve

What do you call a man who smells like gravy?
Stu (stew)! 😂


Frequently Asked Questions

Can you cook gravy in an air fryer?

Whilst it is possible to cook gravy in an air fryer, it is far easier to cook gravy on the hob.

How do chefs thicken gravy?

To thicken gravy, chefs use flour and/or corn flour which is added in small amounts and mixed into the stock until it thickens.

Will plain flour thicken gravy?

Plain flour is excellent for thickening gravy. When added to the stock, the starches in the flour expand and thicken the liquid.

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