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Learn How to Make Turkey Gravy and skip the store bought gravy. This is super easy and amazing over turkey or mashed potatoes.

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Once you see just how simple it is to make homemade turkey gravy, you will be hooked. This easy turkey gravy is so simple and really flavorful. If you are in charge of Thanksgiving dinner this year, make this turkey gravy.

Homemade gravy is so amazing on mashed potatoes, stuffing and roast turkey. I always put extra gravy on my plate. You will find that it taste better than anything that you can buy at the store.

Learn How to Roast a Turkey with easy steps.

How Do you Make from Scratch?

Don’t let homemade gravy intimidate you. It is actually very simple. You just need some drippings from a cooked turkey. If you don’t have any, you can use chicken broth.

Everything is combined with butter, flour and seasonings to create the best gravy. It is really that easy to make the best turkey gravy recipe.

Ingredients:

Ingredients to make this easy turkey gravy recipe - turkey drippings, butter, flour, salt and pepper
  • Drippings from a Cooked Turkey (or Chicken Broth) 
  • Unsalted Butter 
  • All Purpose Flour 
  • Salt and pepper 

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Variations Ideas:

  • Seasoning – Feel free to add in fresh herbs such as thyme, parsley, sage, or rosemary to the turkey drippings. This will add delicious flavor to the gravy.
  • Broth – If you prefer to add in broth to the drippings. Add in turkey broth or chicken stock.
  • Cornstarch Slurry – You can also make a cornstarch slurry to thicken the gravy mixture.

Step by Step Instructions:

  • Step 1 – Strain the pan drippings through a mesh strainer that is in the roasting pan. This will remove any solids. Set this aside for later. 
Making the gravy roux in a sauce pan with butter and flour

Step 2 – Second, melt the ¼ cup butter in a medium saucepan over medium high heat.  Once the butter is melted, whisk in the flour for about 1 minute and cook the roux.

Adding the turkey drippings and broth into the saucepan with the flour roux

Step 3 – Gradually whisk in the pan drippings or broth to thicken the gravy.  You can use a equal parts of both if you do not have a full 2 cups of drippings needed for the gravy. Just add in the broth until you have the full 2 cups. 

  • Step 4 – Bring the mixture to a boil and then lower the heat to medium low heat and simmer. Make sure to whisk constantly until the mixture has thickened. It normally takes about 5 to10 minutes.  
  • Step 5 – Season with salt and pepper. It is amazing over turkey and any of your favorite sides

Expert Tips:

  • Gravy Consistency – The gravy often gets thick as it sits. Just warm it up to help thin it out. You can also stir in more drippings or broth if needed.  
  • Measuring Cup – We recommend using a measuring cup to add in the right amount of broth or drippings. This ensures that you are adding in the right amount of liquid.
A white gravy boat full of turkey gravy next to slices of turkey on a white platter

Serving Suggestions:

Once you have made your turkey gravy, pour into a gravy boat to easily pour over creamy mashed potatoes.

A white gravy boat full of turkey gravy next to slices of turkey breast with gravy poured over the turkey

Frequently Asked Questions:

How to Store Leftovers:

You can store the gravy using an airtight container in the fridge up to 3 days.

Can you Freeze?

Yes, you can Freeze Gravy. Gravy can also be frozen up to 3 months if stored properly in freezer bags or containers. I also have used ice cube trays and once frozen, transferred to a freezer bag. That is really handy when you only need a little bit.
Sometimes I make extra just to have some to freeze to use later.

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How to Make Turkey Gravy

5 from 17 votes
Learn how to make turkey gravy and skip the store bought gravy. This is super easy and amazing over turkey or mashed potatoes.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Sauces
Calories 120

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Drippings from a Cooked Turkey or Chicken Broth
  • 1/4 cup Unsalted Butter
  • 1/4 cup All Purpose Flours
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper

Instructions

  • Strain the pan drippings through a mesh strainer to remove any solids and set aside.
  • Melt the butter is a medium sauce pan over medium high heat.  This whisk in the flour for approximately 1 minutes.
  • Gradually whisk in the pan drippings or broth.  Note: If you do not have a full 2 cups of drippings, you can add in broth until you have the full 2 cups.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil.  Then reduce the heat and simmer (whisking constantly) until the mixture has thickened (approximately 5-10 minutes).
  • Then season with the salt and pepper and serve warm.
  • Pour over your turkey and your favorite sides and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

The gravy may thicken some as it sits.  Warming the gravy back up will help to thin it out and you can also stir in more drippings or broth if needed.  

Nutrition Facts

Calories 120kcal, Carbohydrates 8g, Protein 2g, Fat 9g, Saturated Fat 6g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 20mg, Sodium 555mg, Potassium 10mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 1g, Vitamin A 237IU, Calcium 4mg, Iron 1mg

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