Easy Turkey Gravy

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Easy Turkey Gravy is a rich, thick and creamy gravy that will be a family favorite this holiday season! You can’t go wrong with a homemade gravy on your dinner table.

Are you ready for your holiday dinner?! If you love sides like our family try this side dish during your holiday meal Cranberry Pecan Sweet Potato Wild Rice Pilaf, 3 Ingredient Candied Sweet Potatoes or Slow Cooker Sausage Herb Stuffing to add to your meal.

Turkey gravy with turkey next to it

Turkey Gravy

You can’t go wrong when making a homemade gravy for your holidays!

This is an easy to make turkey gravy that will add to any Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.

We love the flavors this turkey gravy brings.

It is thick, rich and smooth in every way. I have a hard time not drizzling it all over my plate.

It blends so well with turkey, potatoes and all other side dishes you have on your dinner table.

This turkey gravy comes together quickly and easily. It has already become a tried and true favorite in our family.

What you need to make turkey gravy

Just a few simple ingredients that will help make your turkey dinner above the rest.

It is so simple to whisk together in one pan.

As your turkey gravy is being made, the aroma in the house will continue to smell like a big thanksgiving dinner!

This recipe is packed with so much flavor with little ingredients.

Trust me, you are going to want to make this time and time again.

  • Pan drippings from turkey: has all the flavoring you need to make your turkey gravy perfection!
  • Chicken broth: makes is rich, creamy and silky smooth.
  • Flour: this will thicken your gravy.
  • Salt and pepper: to taste!

dribbling in the bottom of the pan.

How you make turkey gravy

Making your turkey gravy couldn’t be easier.

Just a few simple ingredients and a couple steps to follow will only be adding the gravy on top!

Your family will be thanking you for this delicious tasting gravy during the holidays.

Drippings are the last little bits of what is left after cooking your turkey. Even the fat that has melted and small pieces or bits of meats that have stuck to the pan.

Those bits and drippings have the most flavor! They are your secret ingredients for this turkey gravy.

This gravy is only going to enhance your thanksgiving dinner!

  • Making a roux: In a saucepan or roasting pan bring allow the drippings to deglaze over medium high heat. Whisk in 1 cup chicken broth and skim large pieces of fat.
  • Making the turkey gravy: Whisk in flour and continue to simmer until lumps have dissolved and gravy has thickened. Add an additional ½ cup- 1 cup chicken broth to get desired thickness. Salt and Pepper to taste.

How to Thicken Gravy

Some like a smooth and creamy, silky look and texture of gravy and some love the thick, hearty and a little chunky gravy.

Either way, the flavoring is the same and just as delicious both ways.

I prefer to use flour over cornstarch to thicken gravy but both will do the trick!

This recipe is great for experimenting and even doubling or tripling the recipe.

So, don’t be alarmed if you see your gravy doubling in size when adding more flour or cornstarch. You can never have enough gravy!

You may need a bit more or less drippings in your pan to thicken it up.

Create your slurry with either flour or cornstarch and add your broth to make a thicker turkey gravy.

It is that simple!

How to Make Gravy without Turkey Drippings

If you are making this gravy without a turkey or do not have enough drippings, no worries.

It can still be made! You do not need to have turkey dripping to make this delicious gravy!

You can use turkey stock or broth for flavoring and your choice of flour or cornstarch for the thickening agent.

Continue to follow the instruction for making gravy just leaving out the drippings.

Your gravy will taste just as good!

Making the turkey gravy in a sauce pan pouring broth into the sauce pan.

Tips when making turkey gravy

This turkey gravy is straight forward and easy to make!

You will love all the flavoring it has to offer this holiday season.

Make sure your turkey drippings are still warm and hot before adding them to the gravy.

If they have already cooled, simply warm them up as best that you can.

Turkey gravy is simple and easy to make leaving everyone full and happy after a complete Thanksgiving meal!

  • To make a roux is equal parts fat to flour. Roux is a combination of fat from the pan drippings and flour.
  • Cook the roux until it smells nutty. You want to cook the flour until it has a cereal smell and looks dry.
  • Substitute cornstarch for your flour if you prefer a different thickening agent. Mix equal parts cornstarch and water or broth.
  • Thicken or thin out your gravy by adding more or less flour or cornstarch to your gravy.
  • For a smoother gravy strain the pan drippings before adding them to the gravy. This will leave out the thicker chunks of drippings.
  • Making your turkey gravy right when your turkey is out of the oven while it is resting has the best results.
  • Whisking your gravy is a key instruction so you get a smooth textured gravy. If it is lumpy pour it through a sieve before serving.
  • Serve your turkey gravy warm. If is begins to cool slightly, simply warm up in the microwave for 15 to 20 seconds at a time until it is warm through.

Adding the flour to the saucepan.

Complete Thanksgiving meal

What holiday meal is complete without a good gravy. I am in love with gravy!

It is my weakness during the holidays. I see gravy and I know that it will be drizzled all over my plate.

My Slow Cooker Turkey Breast is simple to make and pairs well with this turkey gravy.

For sides I love to make Roasted Honey Cinnamon Butter Sweet PotatoesWorld’s Best Green Bean Casserole, Roasted Autumn Vegetable Stuffing, Honey Orange Glazed Carrots and Orange and Lime Cranberry Sauce with Perfect Soft and Buttery Rolls.

To end the meal I love to indulge in my Grandma’s Famous Pumpkin Pie. It is so good, there is never a piece left.

Stirring the turkey gravy in a sauce pan with a whisk.

Storing turkey gravy

There are so many things to do before the holidays and cooking dinner is the top priority.

I totally understand trying to get things cooked ahead of time and ready for the big meal.

Turkey gravy is one of those recipes that can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator; however, sometimes it is best just to enjoy it fresh, hot and ready to serve while your turkey is slowly cooling down or being cut up.

There are always pros and cons for making ahead and either way that is best for you will work with this easy turkey gravy recipe.

  • To Make Ahead: simply follow the recipe instructions and make your turkey gravy. Once it is completely cooled, place in an airtight container or ziplock baggie. This will store in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 days.
  • Warming up: when ready to reheat, pour it back into a saucepan and add a 1 to 2 tablespoons of chicken broth or water to thin it or keep it thick depending on your preference. Heat it on low heat gently, stirring it occasionally until it is warmed through. This will take about 10 to 15 minutes.

Pouring turkey gravy over the turkey

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Easy Turkey Gravy

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Easy Turkey Gravy is a rich, thick and creamy gravy that will be a family favorite this holiday season! You can't go wrong with a homemade gravy on your dinner table.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 12 people


  • Pan Drippings from 12-14 pound turkey
  • 1 1/2-2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • In a saucepan or roasting pan bring allow the drippings to deglaze over medium high heat. Whisk in 1 cup chicken broth and skim large pieces of fat.
  • Whisk in flour and continue to simmer until lumps have dissolved and gravy has thickened. Add an additional ½ cup- 1 cup chicken broth to get desired thickness. Salt and Pepper to taste.


Serves: 12

Calories11kcal (1%)Carbohydrates2g (1%)Protein1g (2%)Fat1g (2%)Saturated Fat1g (5%)Sodium108mg (5%)Potassium24mg (1%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar1g (1%)Vitamin C2mg (2%)Calcium2mgIron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Dinner, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword gravy, holidays, thanksgiving, turkey, Turkey gravy
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. We are going away for thanksgiving this year. Can I make this ahead of time and freeze either just the drippings or even a completed gravy?

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