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Someone pouring giblet gravy over sliced turkey breast.

Turkey Giblet Gravy Recipe (no drippings)

  • Author: Erin Jensen
  • Prep Time: 3 hours
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups 1x
  • Category: Turkey
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


Turkey Giblet Gravy Recipe (no drippings) – an easy and delicious turkey giblet gravy recipe that is perfect for your Thanksgiving dinner!


  • 5 cups water
  • turkey giblets
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Place giblets in a large saucepan and add water (ensure giblets are fully covered). 
  2. Cover and bring to a low simmer. 
  3. Let cook 2-4 hours (add additional water as needed). 
  4. Remove giblets and set aside* so you are left with giblet broth. 
  5. In a deep skillet or medium saucepan melt butter on medium-high heat.
  6. 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.
  7. Then slowly add in 3 cups giblet broth, whisking constantly.  Continue slowly pouring in the giblet broth, whisking all the while, until it is all added. 
  8. Add salt; stir to combine. 
  9. 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.
  10. Taste and add additional salt or pepper, as desired.
  11. Serve this classic giblet gravy immediately with mashed potatoes and your favorite stuffing.
  12. 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.


  • Extra Flavor: you can definitely add in some onion, celery or herbs into the water with the turkey giblets to add additional flavor to the giblet broth.
  • Turkey Giblet Broth Amount: If you don’t have quite 3 cups of broth just make up for the difference with chicken broth, homemade turkey stock, or vegetable broth.
  • *Cooked Giblets: feel free to cut up the giblets and use them in some Giblet Stuffing OR you can mince them up and add them in to make a more lumpy gravy (although then the gravy won’t be super smooth). 
  • 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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