Easy Turkey Gravy

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4.86 from 92 votes
This easy turkey gravy recipe is a classic.  It works whether or not you have pan drippings from a roasted turkey.  
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Turkey Gravy Recipe

This easy turkey gravy recipe is a classic flavorful gravy.  It works whether or not you have pan drippings from a roasted turkey. It is truly better than anything that you can buy in the store and it really is so easy.

Turkey gravy in a white gravy boat with an orange napkin on the side.

This easy turkey gravy is a homemade gravy recipe that works because you start with a roux and then build in flavor from actual turkey drippings or turkey stock.  In fact, I use this same recipe for making chicken gravy too.  It’s that versatile, packed with flavor and velvety smooth!

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The great thing about this homemade turkey gravy is you don’t need to have drippings from a turkey to get a great tasting gravy.  You easily substitute an equal amount of turkey or chicken stock in place of the pan drippings.

  • 15 Minute Recipe: It takes only a few minutes to have the perfect gravy.
  • Easy Ingredients: Only 5 easy ingredients and you do not even need pan drippings!
  • Family Friendly: This is a real crowd pleaser.
  • Makes Great Leftovers: You need to make extra for leftovers!!

What You Need to Make Easy Turkey Gravy

Ingredients

Equipment

How to Make Homemade Turkey Gravy- Step by Step

Whisking turkey gravy in a stainless steel pan.
  • Melt: First, melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat and next, whisk in flour until a paste or slurry forms, continue for one minute.
  • Whisk: Second, slowly whisk in turkey stock and/or turkey pan drippings with the fat strained out and then stir in House Seasoning Blend and Poultry Seasoning Blend.
  • Simmer: Finally, simmer the mixture over medium heat until gravy thickens to desired consistency.

Common Questions About Homemade Easy Turkey Gravy

WHAT IS A ROUX?

A roux is a base. Yous tart by mixing a fat and flour together, find out more here. In this recipe butter is used, to enhance the flavor allow the butter to brown to give it a nice nutty flavor.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE OTHER MEATS?

Of course, this recipe makes a great chicken gravy or even pork gravy, this porchetta seasoning works great for this.

PROBLEMS WITH YOUR GRAVY?

> Floury taste?
Maintain a rapid simmer for several minutes, to cook out the flour taste and then add more stock, the fat separator should eliminate this problem.
>Greasy?
This, again, can be eliminated with a fat separator, or straining the grease from the top as much as possible before making the gravy if you do not have one.
> Too Salty?
Using unsalted butter and low sodium stock should be used to avoid this problem, however, if it is still too salty, try adding more liquid such as water or milk or alternatively, acid such as lemon juice or vinegar can help.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE FROZEN?

Absolutely, this is great to freeze in an airtight container and pull out when you need it.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE MADE AHEAD OF TIME?

Indeed, you can make this recipe ahead of time. Use a good turkey stock, either homemade or from the grocery store and follow the directions, you can add the pan drippings when you heat up the gravy to loosen it and enhance the flavor.

Turkey Gravy being poured over mashed potatoes on a green plate.

Expert Tips for Making Gravy for Thanksgiving Dinner

  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: This is a great recipe for a crowd or for leftovers, there is nothing sadder than not having enough gravy for leftovers, like hot open faced sandwiches, extra stuffing and mashed potatoes.
  • Giblets: Cook and finely mince the turkey giblets (including the turkey neck) and add them to the gravy.
  • Wine: Feel free to substitute some of the stock with a dry white wine.
  • Variation tip: Finish with a little fresh herbs, like parsley, on top to bring brightness or chopped hard boiled eggs (It is a tradition in some homes).

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Turkey Gravy Recipe

Turkey Gravy Recipe

4.9 from 92 votes
This easy turkey gravy recipe is a classic.  It works whether or not you have pan drippings from a roasted turkey.  
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Servings: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Melt butter in a sauce pan over medium heat.
  • When butter is melted, whisk in flour until a paste forms.
  • Whisk the flour paste for about 1 minute.
  • Slowly whisk in turkey stock and/or turkey pan drippings with the fat strained out.
  • Stir in House Seasoning Blend and Poultry Seasoning Blend.
  • Simmer over medium heat until gravy thickens to desired consistency.

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Expert Tips

  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: This is a great recipe for a crowd or for leftovers, there is nothing sadder than not having enough gravy for leftovers, like hot open faced sandwiches.
  • Giblets: Cook and finely mince the turkey giblets and add them to the gravy.
  • Wine: Feel free to substitute some of the stock with a dry white wine.
  • Variation tip: Finish with a little fresh herbs on top to bring brightness or chopped hard boiled eggs (It is a tradition in some homes).

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 47kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 194mg | Vitamin A: 115IU | Iron: 0.2mg

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22 thoughts on “Easy Turkey Gravy”

    • It is a blend of spices that I use for seasoning. If you click on the link it will give you the recipe. However, you can use any blend that you and your family enjoys.

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  1. Before I tried this recipe I never thought there could be a ‘fool proof’ gravy. But, I’m a believer now!! This recipe makes great tasting Turkey gravy without lumps & it’s so easy, I think my 10 year old granddaughter could make it & it would be perfect too! This recipe is my new ‘go to’ recipe for gravy!! Thank you for making my life easier during the Holidays & Sunday dinners!

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  2. Thanks for the recipe. The gravy went great with my turkey meatballs and brown rice. I would have taken a picture but I was so hungry and the food looked great. My daughters all loved the consistency and taste of the gravy. Now I know that the trick is sauteed butter. I also added some sauteed onions and garlic, worcestire sauce, onion powder and garlic powder. We like a lot of flavor in my house.

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  3. 5 stars
    First time making gravy and I was nervous! My husbands family raved about it! They said I have to make it every year. This recipe was easy and very delicious!

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  4. 5 stars
    I am so glad I found your gravy recipe Christina in time for my family’s Thanksgiving meal today. homemade gravy. I have to confess that I’ve never made any homemade gravy as it always seemed intimidating. I made it exactly as mentioned, even making your seasoning blend and poultry blend to add to the gravy. Wow, I was knocked over with how easy and delicious it turned out. My family loved it. I was able to use turkey drippings and scraped bits and the roux is exactly how I make mine for thickening sauces. A winner! Will be making this again.

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