Homemade Turkey Gravy

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Are you looking for a foolproof recipe for homemade turkey gravy to make your Thanksgiving feast special? Look no further! This easy tutorial will have you making perfect gravy every time. Whether you're using turkey or chicken stock, this recipe is sure to become a family favorite. So get ready to impress your guests with your fabulous gravy skills! Happy Thanksgiving!

I think it's safe to say that no matter what your favorite part of Thanksgiving is, a really incredible luscious homemade turkey gravy is an imperative part of the meal!  

A grey bowl with turkey gravy garnished with freshly ground black pepper with a spoon in it, along with a bowl of mashed potatoes, and some kosher salt and black pepper on the side, all placed on a brown cloth on a wooden table.


Why I Love This Recipe

It's the icing on the Thanksgiving "cake". The thing that brings it all together. That extra oomph of flavor that you can never get enough of. It's one of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving and I have a fool proof recipe that's going to be your new bff. You'll be the star of the show with this recipe.

Growing up my sister and I used to fight about who got to sit next to the gravy boat at Thanksgiving. I mean, is that normal? Someone tell me yes! But we just can't get enough! It's that extra salty kick that makes everything better. Potatoes. Stuffing. Turkey. Carrots. I mean, the possibilities are endless!

Ingredients & Substitutions

A mise-en-place of all the ingredients required to make turkey gravy.
For Turkey Gravy with Drippings:
  • Turkey Drippings from the bird
  • Chicken or Turkey Stock
  • Butter
  • Flour
For Turkey Gravy without Drippings:
  • Butter
  • Shallot finely chopped
  • Garlic minced
  • Flour
  • Fresh Sage
  • Fresh Thyme
  • Fresh Rosemary
  • Chicken or Turkey Stock

*For a full list of ingredients and instructions please see recipe card below.

How to Make Turkey Gravy

Flavor begins with the drippings from the bird - the brine and this herb roasted turkey I've roasted the last few years is the best way to start. The drippings from turkey are extra delicious because of herbs like thyme, sage, parsley and more went onto the turkey. Just think of how incredible a few tablespoons of gravy would be over some mashed potatoes or cornbread stuffing! It's going to be the best Thanksgiving meal yet with this gravy!

A pan with turkey drippings and butter.

Step 1: It starts with the drippings from the bird. Pour off the drippings into a measuring up and add chicken or turkey stock to get 4 cups of liquid total and set aside.

A pan with turkey drippings turned into a roux with butter and flour and a whisk in the pan.

Step 2: Make a roux. Once you've got the liquid measured out and set aside, make a roux with flour and butter in a large skillet.

A pan with a roux made with turkey drippings, and stock being poured in while a hand whisking as the stock is poured in.

Step 3: Once the roux is golden brown, carefully pour in the drippings / stock mixture.

A pan with turkey gravy with a whisk in it.

Step 4: Whisk everything together while the liquid continues to boil and thicken until desired consistency. Taste and adjust salt and pepper as needed! 

How to Store Turkey Gravy

You can store turkey gravy in the fridge in an airtight container for 3-4 days. To reheat, place on the stove in a saucepan and heat on medium low until its warmed through and gets a boil. Add some stock if its thickened too much.

How to Freeze Turkey Gravy

You can freeze turkey gravy in the freezer for 3 months. Store in small batches to allow thawing only as much as you need. Thaw in the fridge overnight. Follow the same re-heating instructions as with refrigeration.

Tips & Tricks

I guarantee nothing beats the flavor of making this with drippings! If you need a little extra help, here's a video I did a few years ago to walk you through gravy making step by step!

A close-up shot of a grey bowl with turkey gravy garnished with freshly ground black pepper with a spoon in it, with a bowl of mashed potatoes on the side.


How to make Turkey Gravy without drippings?

Not to fear! If you didn't make your turkey gravy from drippings or if you bought your turkey pre-cooked, just follow the same steps and forget about the drippings but add in some sautéed shallots and garlic before making the roux if you want to give it an extra boost of flavor. Recipe is printed below! 

When can I make the turkey gravy?

If you are using the drippings, then I recommend having everything read and whipping it up as soon as you have the turkey drippings.
If you are not using the drippings, you can make the gravy a day in advance or the morning of Thanksgiving and store in the fridge.

PS – are you thinking of putting this on your Thanksgiving menu? Check out the full What’s Gaby Cooking menu here along with the master prep schedule to keep things organized and on track!

And if you need more Thanksgiving Ideas check out this roundup of 80+ Thanksgiving Recipes and Ideas.

If you tried this recipe, please leave a 🌟 star rating and let me know how it goes in the 📝 comments below. Thanks for visiting today

Homemade Turkey Gravy

Author: Gaby Dalkin
5 from 25 votes
I think it's safe to say that no matter what your favorite part of Thanksgiving is, a really incredible luscious homemade gravy is an imperative part of the meal!  
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 People


Turkey Gravy with Drippings

  • Turkey drippings from the bird
  • 3 cups chicken or turkey stock
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup flour

Turkey Gravy without Drippings

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon fresh sage (or ½ teaspoon dried sage)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme (or ½ teaspoon dried thyme)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary (or ½ teaspoon dried rosemary)
  • 2-3 cups chicken or turkey stock


Turkey Gravy with Drippings

  • Pour the turkey drippings into a large measuring cup and let it rest until the fat comes to the top. Spoon off most of the fat and discard. Add enough stock to the measuring cup to equal 4 cups of stock/drippings combined.
  • Place the roasting pan you used for the turkey on the stove over medium high heat. Add the butter to the roasting pan and scrape up any brown bits that are stuck to the bottom of the pan.
  • Add the flour to the pan and whisk everything together until you form a roux. Continue to whisk until the roux is a dark brown color and fragrant. Add the stock/dripping mixture to the roux and whisk to combine.
  • Turn the heat to high and bring the liquid to a boil while still stirring. Once the liquid reaches a boil, reduce the heat to medium and stir occasionally until the gravy is as thick as you'd like it.
  • Once the gravy is thick, serve it immediately or keep it over very low heat until you are ready to serve. If the gravy develops a thin film on the top, just give it a quick whisk. Adjust salt and pepper if needed, but be sure to taste first as the drippings can be salty and you might not need any excess salt.

Turkey Gravy without Drippings

  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Add the shallot and cook until soft, 5 minutes, then stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute more. Stir in herbs and cook for 1 minute. Add the flour and cook until golden brown. Then gradually whisk in 2-3 cups of stock. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat slightly and simmer until thickened, about 5 minutes. If the gravy is too thick, add more broth to smooth.


I guarantee nothing beats the flavor of making this with drippings!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 215kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 373mg | Potassium: 245mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 372IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg
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Photo by Matt Armendariz / Food Styling by Adam Pearson / Prop Styling by Stephanie Hanes // Recipe by What’s Gaby Cooking


  1. GRAVY is the center of our dinner at Thanksgiving. Our family on both sides are crazy fabulous cooks. My mother made the best gravy ever between all the cooks. She taught me. The same steps you take with a thickening agent, stock, added to drippings. ADDITIONAL STEPS: (This method works also the next day when you want more gravy ) add some bones, turkey dark and light parts (scraps) into the pan and some stock like you do. FRESH ground pepper of course. One thing I do is take the legs off the turkey skin and all and they go in my gravy pan the whole time, releasing more flavor. My gravy is finished when my husband has boned the turkey - so everything is cooked except the finishing touch of gravy - for 20 minutes or so the gravy is simmering waiting for my legs and some stuffing and more skin if possible - it sits in the gravy while it thickens and simmers collecting all that extra flavor. Yes, I put stuffing like 1/2 cup or more, mash it down into the liquid gravy, and just keep stirring. At. the very end just when it is ready to serve - I ADD ANOTHER 2 TB of butter to give it a silky smooth shiny texture. YUM. MIND YOU THE OTHER LADIES ARE TENDING THE LAST MINUTES VEGETABLES AND DISHES reading them for serving. I hope this makes sense - and I hope you have a beautiful holiday with that sweet baby and loving hubby. Adore you and wish you get 1/2 as much back as you give to the cooking community.

  2. 5 stars
    Every year my dad complains about gravy. So last year I made Gaby's gravy and for ONCE IN MY LIFE he didnt complain! I had to make a second batch for leftovers 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    Made this without drippings and it was incredible. I added a bit of corn starch for thickness. The herbs really pull it together. Loved it!!

  4. 5 stars
    We made steak for Thanksgiving instead of turkey, but still wanted gravy for mashed potatoes and stuffing, so we did the no drippings version. It was incredible and so easy to make. It added the right balance of flavors to these dishes, and we’ll definitely use this recipe again and again. A Gaby recipe never disappoints!

  5. 5 stars
    SO GOOD. I made the gravy without the drippings because I am just not a fan of turkey dripping gravy. WOW this recipe is amazing. Even the turkey dripping gravy "snobs" in my family preferred Gaby's recpie.

  6. I have to use one of those throwaway aluminum pans to cook my turkey! Is there a way to do this without using the same pan over the stove? I don't believe those can go on the stove!

  7. I’ll be making this using stock only since we’re frying the turkey. For the spices: I see both fresh spice and dried spice measurements. These amounts are either fresh/or dried, correct? I don’t want to over spice!

  8. Hello!

    I plan on making without the drippings. I’m going to follow the recipe from hour all clad partnership live the Other night. Can I make this gravy on Wednesday?!

  9. 5 stars
    This was the best gravy I have ever had. Definitely going to make this again and again and again. Thank you for sharing this amazing recipe.

  10. Made this last year and it was amazing but we have a large family so I needed more. Can you double this or will it dilute the amazing flavor too much?

  11. Gabby I'm with you when it comes to the Turkey gravy. My grandmother taught me how to make gravy at 10yrs old, and my mother also, That is the best way to make any gravy I think I only make homemade gravy even with making any roast too.And I make a great cream spinach, it's been in my family for over 80yrs. And We only make it for hoiidays..Hope your Houldays are blessed ones, Thanks again for seeing this recipe it just brought great memories to me..Marie

4.96 from 25 votes (10 ratings without comment)

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