Go Back
+ servings
red eye gravy in a jar with a spoon ready for country ham in a skillet

Classic Red Eye Gravy

Can coffee really be good on ham? Oh yes it can! Make this southern classic just the way grandma did.
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 63kcal
Author Rachel Ballard


  • 2 tablespoons country ham drippings
  • 1/2 cup black coffee
  • 1/4 cup water


  • Warm the ham drippings in a 9" cast iron or stainless steel skillet if they aren't already hot.
  • Add the coffee and water and use a metal whisk to loosen any bits of ham.
  • Bring to a boil over medium high heat and cook until the mixture reduces by half--about 5 minutes or so.
  • Serve warm in shallow bowls with biscuits, grits and the fried country ham.


*2 tablespoons bacon grease was used to calculate nutritional information because ham drippings wasn't in my database. Nutrition information will be approximate. 


Calories: 63kcal | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 12mg | Potassium: 15mg