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Red Eye Gravy with Country Ham

Classically Southern red eye gravy combines country ham drippings with bold, black coffee and creamy butter for a rich gravy that perfectly compliments biscuits and grits.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword easy to make, no added sugar, southern cooking
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 129kcal


  • Large skillet
  • Plate
  • Silicone spatula
  • Whisk


  • 6 ounces country ham
  • 1 tablespoon butter divided
  • ½ cup brewed black coffee strong
  • ¼ cup chicken broth


  • In large skillet, warm ½ tablespoon butter over medium-high heat. Add country ham and cook until browned, approximately 3 minutes per side.
    Country ham in cast iron skillet
  • Transfer browned ham to plate and set aside. Pour coffee into skillet and use spatula to scrape up any browned bits on bottom of skillet.
    Black coffee for red eye gravy in cast iron skillet
  • Pour in chicken broth. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 4 to 5 minutes, or until gravy is thickened. Add in remaining ½ tablespoon butter and whisk until melted.
    Red eye gravy in cast iron skillet
  • Serve gravy warm over or on the side of browned ham on biscuits, similar to an au jus.
    Ham and biscuits with red eye gravy on white plate


  • Use an unflavored, freshly brewed black coffee for the best flavor and results.
  • Make it Lactose Free: Use ghee instead of dairy.
  • Make it Dairy Free: Use a dairy-free butter.
Recipe yields approximately 4 servings. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes.
Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect information for 1 serving using ingredients listed. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands and types of ingredients used.
To determine the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe (not including the weight of the container the food is in) by 4. Result will be the weight of one serving.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 129kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 584mg | Potassium: 149mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 88IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg | Net Carbs: 1g