Turkey Gravy Recipe

Hands down, the best turkey gravy. Try this and you'll never toss those turkey drippings again; liquid gold! | natashaskitchen.com

This turkey gravy is incredibly flavorful and the best I have ever tried (no exaggeration). The folks at your holiday table will remember it. I must have refilled my plate with mashed potatoes three times just to have more of the gravy. It’s also really easy to achieve if you’re making a Turkey!

Click here for the turkey recipe/tutorial. After roasting a turkey for several hours, you’ll be left with drippings that encompass all of the wonderful flavors and seasonings you’ve added to your bird.  You just can’t replicate this homemade gravy with a store-bought powdered or canned mixture. Those pale in comparison. Once you try this, you’ll never toss those turkey drippings again; liquid gold, my friends. Liquid gold.

Ingredients for the Best Thanksgiving Turkey Gravy:

3 Tbsp flour
3 Tbsp fat drippings from roasted turkey
2 cups turkey drippings, skimmed of fat (add water or broth if needed to make 2 cups)
1/4 to 1/2 cup milk
Salt and pepper to taste

Turkey Gravy Recipe

How to make Turkey Gravy:

1. Once your Thanksgiving turkey has been transferred from the roasting pan and is resting, make your turkey gravy. Strain all drippings from the turkey pan through a fine mesh sieve into a large measuring cup. Discard anything you catch in the sieve. Let drippings in the measuring cup rest for a minute, the fat will float to the top and broth will sink to the bottom.

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2. Skim off 3 Tbsp of fat and transfer into a medium sauce pan (skim off and discard excess fat left in the measuring cup, making sure to keep the broth underneath). Set sauce pan over medium heat. Once oil is starting to sizzle, whisk in 3 Tbsp flour and stir until well combined. Continue whisking until mixture is starting to turn a light golden brown.

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3. Gradually pour remaining broth from drippings into your saucepan, whisking constantly. You should have about 2 cups of drippings left in the measuring cup after fat is removed. Add more water or broth if needed to make 2 cups (I had to add 1/3 cup water). Bring to a light boil, whisking constantly.

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4. Add 1/4 to 1/2 cup milk, or add it to taste and continue to simmer 5 min. Season with salt and pepper to taste if needed (mine was plenty flavorful without it). Remove from heat, cover with lid and keep warm until ready to serve, then transfer gravy to a gravy boat. It will thicken slightly as it cools. Pour over sliced turkey and mashed potatoes. It’s truly wonderful.

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Turkey Gravy Recipe

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Hands down, the best turkey gravy. Try this and you'll never toss those turkey drippings again!
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Skill Level: Easy
Cost To Make: $1
Serving: 2¼ cups gravy; serves 8-10

Ingredients

  • 3 Tbsp flour
  • 3 Tbsp fat drippings from roasted turkey
  • 2 cups turkey drippings, skimmed of fat (add water or broth if needed to make 2 cups)
  • ¼ to ½ cup milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Once your Thanksgiving turkey has been transferred from the roasting pan and is resting, make your turkey gravy. Strain all drippings from the turkey pan through a fine mesh sieve into a large measuring cup. Discard anything you catch in the sieve. Let drippings in the measuring cup rest for a minute, the fat will float to the top and broth will sink to the bottom.
  2. Skim off 3 Tbsp of fat and transfer into a medium sauce pan (skim off and discard excess fat left in the measuring cup, making sure to keep the broth underneath). Set sauce pan over medium heat. Once oil is starting to sizzle, whisk in 3 Tbsp flour and stir until well combined. Continue whisking until mixture is starting to turn a light golden brown.
  3. Gradually pour remaining broth from drippings into your saucepan, whisking constantly. You should have about 2 cups of drippings left in the measuring cup after fat is removed. Add more water or broth if needed to make 2 cups (I had to add ⅓ cup water). Bring to a light boil, whisking constantly.
  4. Add ¼ to ½ cup milk, or add it to taste and continue to simmer 5 min. Season with salt and pepper to taste if needed (mine was plenty flavorful without it). Remove from heat, cover with lid and keep warm until ready to serve, then transfer gravy to a gravy boat. It will thicken slightly as it cools. Pour over sliced turkey and mashed potatoes. It's truly wonderful.

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Hands down, the best turkey gravy. Try this and you'll never toss those turkey drippings again; liquid gold! | natashaskitchen.com

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-Natasha 

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  • Nastia
    November 23, 2017

    Never made gravy or turkey before. Used both of your recipes and they turned out beautiful. My father in law who is American said that he has been eating gravy all his life but never had a better tasting one. He did end up having more potatoes just to have more gravy. 😁 thank you for the awesome recipe!!!! Вкуснятина!!! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 24, 2017

      You’re welcome Nastia! I’m happy to hear the recipe is so well liked! Thanks for sharing your excellent review with other readers! Reply

  • Tamara
    November 23, 2017

    How much oil did you use? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 23, 2017

      Tamara I used 3 Tbsp of oil which is fat drippings, skimmed off from the turkey. Reply

  • Darya
    November 23, 2017

    Hello Natasha, I was planning on making a mushroom gravy for turkey and the mashed potatoes until i saw this recipe, and now I’m thinking of doing this, but can I still add mushrooms? have you tried that before? (I’ve never made gravy before) Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 23, 2017

      Hi Darya, I think that would still work to sauté the mushrooms on the side and then add them to the gravy. Reply

  • Melissa Millikan
    November 15, 2017

    This gravy is AMAZING!!!! It’s the best turkey gravy I have ever had. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 16, 2017

      I’m glad to hear how much you love the recipe Melissa! Thanks for sharing your fantastic review! Reply

  • Shaina
    November 13, 2017

    I would love to make this gravy for Thanksgiving but have many family members that are gluten free. Could I use cornstarch instead of flour and if so, how much would you recommend?

    Thanks! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 13, 2017

      Normally you would use half of the amount of cornstarch instead of flour. I have not tested it in this recipe so let me know how it goes. Reply

  • Dawn
    November 11, 2017

    I’m planning to make this gravy for Thanksgiving this year. It sounds wonderful. My question is, can you double the recipe if you’re feeding a larger crowd? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 11, 2017

      Hi Dawn you can increase it only as much as you have pan drippings. You could add more broth to increase the overall amount but it will dilute the flavor a bit. It would still taste great but not as rich in flavor if you double it. Reply

      • Dawn
        November 11, 2017

        That makes sense. Thanks! Reply

  • ellen
    October 9, 2017

    It was delicious. Best turkey I have ever made, including the gravy. Thank you for the recipe. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 9, 2017

      What a compliment! I’m glad you love the recipe! Thanks for sharing your excellent review Ellen! Reply

  • Callie
    January 12, 2017

    I wanted to try this recipe but I was wondering if you can make it ahead of time? Like a couple days before? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 12, 2017

      Hi Callie, I like it best fresh but yes you could make it ahead of time, but when you reheat, be sure to reheat over low heat so it doesn’t separate and you may need to add a little more liquid if it gets too thick. Enjoy! 🙂 Reply

  • Marla
    November 25, 2016

    My husband and I tried your recipe this year instead of our traditional one and it turned out wonderful! I was nervous about trying something new but was really glad we did it had a lot more flavor and was very moist. Thanks for a great recipe!! I’m trying to give this a 5 star rating but its not letting me. Reply

    • Marla
      November 25, 2016

      Sorry my comment was suppose to be about the roasted turkey and not the gravy. One note I found in making the gravy DO not add any additional salt there is enough in the drippings! Thanks again Natasha! Reply

      • Natasha
        natashaskitchen
        November 26, 2016

        Thanks Marla!! I hope you had an awesome Thanksgiving 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 26, 2016

      Thank you so much for the wonderful review!! I’m so happy you liked it! 🙂 What device are you using (iPhone, desktop, etc) – I’d like to try and figure out why it wouldn’t let you rate the recipe. Thanks again for the awesome review! 🙂 Reply

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