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Someone pouring homemade turkey gravy over a sliced turkey breast.

How to Make Turkey Gravy

  • Author: Erin Jensen
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: Approx. 3 cups
  • Category: Gravy
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


How to Make Turkey Gravy -a simple, step-by-step recipe that teaches you how to make turkey gravy from your turkey drippings!


  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups turkey drippings
  • 1 cup chicken broth (or turkey stock)
  • kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. In a deep skillet or medium saucepan melt butter on medium-high heat.
  2. Once butter is melted, add in flour and whisk to combine. This will create a sort of paste (called a roux) and it should have an almost nutty smell.
  3. Then slowly add in the turkey drippings, whisking constantly.  Continue slowly pouring in the turkey drippings, whisking all the while, until it is all added.  Then do the same thing with the broth.
  4. Assess the consistency of the gravy – if you like it a little thinner add broth a little at a time, whisking to combine, until you have reached your desired consistency.  If you want it a bit thicker let it simmer (a soft boil) for a bit and it will continue to thicken.
  5. Taste and add salt, as desired.
  6. Serve immediately.
  7. If gravy ends up having to sit for a bit and you feel it dries up a bit, just add a splash of broth and whisk to revive.


  • Prepping Turkey Drippings: I would recommend using a fat separator to separate the fat from your drippings.  You can also just let them sit for a few minutes and the fat will float to the top and you can scoop most of it out with just a large spoon.
  • Drippings Amount: If you don’t have quite 2 cups of drippings just make up for the difference with broth.
  • Storage:  The gravy actually stores really well in the refrigerator! Store in airtight container for up to 3-4 days.
  • Freezing: Flour-based gravy such as this one freeze really well actually! Freeze for up to 3-4 months in a sealed container or even an ice cube tray!

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