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Red Eye Gravy Recipe
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4.58 from 7 votes

Red Eye Gravy Recipe

This red eye gravy recipe is a favorite in the southern U.S., with strong black coffee simmered in the juices of cured country ham. Great with ham, biscuits and grits!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: coffee, gravy, southern
Servings: 4
Calories: 56kcal



  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Country Ham Slices 12 ounces or more as desired


  • 1/2 cup black coffee
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon butter or more as desired - you can also use bacon grease.
  • 1 teaspoon honey optional, for a touch of sweetness - you can also use sugar, brown sugar or molasses.
  • Salt and cracked black pepper to taste


  • Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large pan and add the country ham slices. Heat a few minutes to warm them through, flipping once. Remove and add to a serving platter.
  • To the hot pan, add the black coffee, water and extra butter. Bring to a boil and scrape the bottom of the pan to remove any flavorful bits.
  • Reduce the heat and simmer 8-10 minutes, to thicken and reduce the red eye gravy by half or more. Stir in honey and cracked black pepper to taste.
  • Serve over the ham. I like to serve country ham with red eye gravy with creamy grits and/or buttermilk biscuits.



Serves 4.
Country ham is quite salty, so keep that in mind when seasoning your red eye gravy.


Calories: 56kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 51mg | Potassium: 15mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 175IU