Perfect Homemade Turkey Gravy

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Thanksgiving just isn’t the same without the most perfect turkey gravy to pair with your turkey and creamy mashed potatoes, am I right?!

This year I made the most incredible turkey with pure maple syrup and an herb butter and I’m telling you the drippings made all the difference. It was like a perfect salted gravy with a hint of savory herbs and maple. TOO GOOD!

I cannot wait to make my turkey gravy recipe this year and I hope you’ll do the same, it’s super simple — all you need is turkey or chicken drippings. So let’s get to it…

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homemade turkey gravy in a pot with a wooden spoon

Ingredients in homemade turkey gravy

You’ll need just four simple ingredients to make this easy turkey gravy recipe. It comes together quickly and will be a favorite on your Thanksgiving table! Here’s what you need to make it:

  • Butter: you’ll add some butter to a skillet to help create a roux with the flour as the base for the turkey gravy.
  • All purpose flour: a bit of all purpose flour will help thicken the gravy to the right consistency. Feel free to use whole wheat or all purpose gluten free flour if you’d like.
  • Turkey drippings: the key to a good turkey gravy is to use drippings from the turkey you cook. You can also use turkey stock and/or additional chicken broth if necessary.
  • Salt & pepper: to perfectly season the turkey gravy.
  • Extras: feel free to add in some herbs like rosemary + thyme.

stirring homemade turkey gravy in a skillet

How to make turkey gravy

Start with my amazing herb butter maple roasted turkey and go from there! This is how to make turkey gravy with drippings:

  1. First make sure you have enough turkey drippings + stock to equal about 4 cups. If you don’t have enough turkey drippings, you can always make up the difference by adding chicken broth to equal 4 cups total.
  2. Add butter to a large skillet and place over medium high heat. Once butter is melted, whisk in a little bit of flour and then slowly add in the drippings/stock, a little bit at a time, alternating with the flour and vigorously whisking away any lumps. I add in around 3-3 ½ cups to start, then see if I need to add more to make the gravy the perfect consistency.
  3. Bring the gravy to a simmer (not a boil) and allow it to thicken up for a few minutes, stirring occasionally. Add more stock to thin if necessary. Taste and add freshly ground salt and pepper if needed. Sometimes I like to add an extra teaspoon or two of chopped herbs such as rosemary or thyme to add more flavor, it just depends what kind of gravy you like! Serves 4-6. Double if you want to serve more.

homemade turkey gravy in a serving dish

How to make turkey gravy without drippings

If you have a pre-cooked turkey (or are skipping turkey altogether) feel free to just use turkey or chicken stock to make the gravy. However, I do really recommend using real drippings or even a little bacon grease as the flavor is a GAME changer. Easy!

How to store homemade turkey gravy

Store this simple homemade turkey gravy in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Simply reheat the gravy on the stovetop or in the microwave before serving.

pouring homemade turkey gravy onto a plate of mashed potatoes

Can you freeze turkey gravy?

Yes! To freeze this homemade turkey gravy just let it cool completely before transferring it to a freezer-safe container, bag or even ice tray. When you’re ready to use it, thaw the gravy in the refrigerator before reheating it in the microwave or on the stovetop.

What to serve with homemade turkey gravy

Check out all of my Thanksgiving recipes here, plus a few suggestions for what to serve with (and pour this gravy onto):

The Best Creamy Garlic Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

Parmesan Bacon Sourdough Mushroom Stuffing

The Best Homemade Healthy Green Bean Casserole

Dad’s Creamy & Cheesy Au Gratin Potatoes

Lightened Up Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Oat Streusel

Cheddar Broccoli Cauliflower Gratin

Cranberry Pecan Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash

And remember, learn exactly how to host Thanksgiving here!

I hope you love this easy homemade turkey gravy recipe! If you make it be sure to leave a comment & a rating so I know how you liked it. Enjoy, xo!

Homemade Turkey Gravy

Prep Time 5 minutes

Cook Time 15 minutes

Total Time 20 minutes

Delicious homemade turkey gravy made with just four simple ingredients! This wonderful, simple turkey gravy recipe is easy to make and full of flavor. Perfect for adding to your favorite mains and side dishes on Thanksgiving!

  • 2
    tablespoons
    butter
  • ¼
    cup
    all purpose flour (or use whole wheat or all purpose gluten free flour)
  • 3-4
    cups
    turkey drippings/stock (plus additional chicken broth if necessary)
  • Freshly ground salt and pepper, to taste
  • Extra herbs (rosemary + thyme), if desired

  1. First make sure you have enough turkey drippings + stock to equal about 4 cups. If you don’t have enough turkey drippings, you can always make up the difference by adding chicken broth to equal 4 cups total.

  2. Add butter to a large skillet and place over medium high heat. Once butter is melted, whisk in a little bit of flour and then slowly add in the drippings/stock, a little bit at a time, alternating with the flour and vigorously whisking away any lumps. I add in around 3-3 ½ cups to start, then see if I need to add more to make the gravy the perfect consistency.

  3. Bring the gravy to a simmer (not a boil) and allow it to thicken up for a minute or two, stirring occasionally. Add more stock to thin if necessary. Taste and add freshly ground salt and pepper, if needed. Sometimes I like to add an extra teaspoon or two of chopped herbs such as rosemary or thyme to add more flavor, it just depends what kind of gravy you like! Serves 4-6. Double if you want to serve more.

To store: store this turkey gravy in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Simply reheat the gravy on the stovetop or in the microwave before serving.

To freeze: let the turkey gravy cool completely before transferring it to a freezer-safe container, bag or even ice tray. When you’re ready to use it, thaw the gravy in the refrigerator before reheating it in the microwave or on the stovetop.

Recipe by: Monique Volz // Ambitious Kitchen | Photography by: Eat Love Eats

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