Learn how to make turkey gravy and skip the store bought gravy. This is super easy and amazing over turkey or mashed potatoes.

Turkey gravy being poured on sliced turkey on a white platter

How to make turkey gravy

Once you see just how simple it is to make turkey gravy, you will be hooked. It is so simple and really flavorful. I think it tastes much better than anything you can purchase and I have a feeling you will agree.

Homemade gravy is so amazing on mashed potatoes, stuffing and turkey. I always put extra gravy on my plate. Yum!

A white gravy boat full of turkey gravy next to slices of turkey

How do you make easy turkey gravy 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.

This easy to make turkey gravy being pulled over sliced turkey breast
Ingredients to make this easy turkey gravy recipe

Ingredients for the best turkey gravy

  • Drippings from a Cooked Turkey (or Chicken Broth) 
  • Unsalted Butter 
  • All Purpose Flours 
  • Salt and pepper 

How to make turkey gravy from drippings:

First, strain the pan drippings through a mesh strainer. This will remove any solids. Set this aside for later. 

Second, melt the butter in a medium sauce pan over medium high heat.  Once the butter is melted, whisk in the flour for about 1 minute and cook the roux.

A saucepan with the butter and flour whisked together

Next, it is time to gradually whisk in the pan drippings or broth.  You can use a combination 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. 

Then the drippings or broth being whisked into the roux

Finally, bring the mixture to a boil and then lower the heat and simmer. Make sure to whisk constantly until the mixture has thickened. It normally takes about 5 to10 minutes.  

Season with salt and pepper. It is amazing over turkey and any of your favorite sides

A white gravy boat full of turkey gravy next to slices of turkey on a white platter

Tips:

  • The gravy often gets thick as it sits. Just warm it up to help thin it out and you can also stir in more drippings or broth if needed.  
Close up of the turkey gravy in a white gravy boat

How to store gravy:

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

Gravy can also be frozen up to 3 months. You can use 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.

Close up of the turkey gravy in a white gravy boat with sliced turkey breast behind it

This turkey gravy recipe is delicious with:

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

This is the easiest turkey gravy recipe!

Homemade turkey gravy is actually really easy and is the best comfort food with mashed potatoes.

Once you try this easy turkey gravy recipe, there isn’t any going back to store bought gravy. The flavor is so delicious and tastes better than anything you can buy.

Give this a try and let us know how it turns out for you. I think you will love it!

It is such a pleasant surprise to see how easy it is to make gravy from scratch. If you have been putting this off, this recipe is a must try.

You can easily make gravy with very little effort or ingredients needed. This is a delicious and easy example of homemade not being hard or difficult. Plus, it just tastes better.

I can’t wait for you to try this easy recipe.

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How to Make Turkey Gravy

5 from 2 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 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Sauces
Calories 120
Author Eating on a Dime

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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