Turkey Gravy with Drippings

Silky & savory Turkey Gravy with Drippings is the perfect sauce for your roasted turkey and mashed potatoes.

Turkey Gravy with Drippings is perfect to top your Slow Cooker Roast ChickenRoast Turkey, or sop up with a fresh batch of Potato Rolls.

Turkey gravy with drippings in a gravy boat.

The perfect Turkey gravy

You just can’t have Roasted Turkey without gravy!

Am I right? They simply go together. Now when you are in a pinch, it’s quick and easy to use a packet or gravy mix. But really, if you’ve gone through all of the trouble of roasting a mouth-watering turkey, then why not make the gravy from scratch? 

The best way to do this is to use all of those delicious pan drippings left in the roasting pan. These drippings are FULL of flavor and are perfect for whipping up a silky sauce, just like mom would make.

For a perfect Turkey Gravy with Drippings, you really need two things: drippings and a roux. A roux is a flour slurry used to thicken the sauce. Now if you don’t want a lumpy sauce, there are a few extra steps.

But either way, this gravy is dipping perfection! Now just whip up your favorite Mashed Potatoes. You will not be disappointed – Thanksgiving perfection.

Turkey drippings in a pot on the stove for making turkey gravy with drippings.

How to make turkey gravy

DRIPPINGS. For a smooth Turkey Gravy recipe, pour ¼ cup of the drippings from the roasting pan into a medium saucepan. For a gravy with more texture, leave the turkey drippings unstrained.

ROUX. Finish making the roux by adding ¼ cup flour to the saucepan. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly until smooth.

BOIL. Whisk the 2 cups of turkey broth into the saucepan. Bring the gravy to a boil stirring constantly. Boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Add the salt and pepper and adjust the seasonings to taste before serving.

Simmering turkey gravy with drippings in a pot on the stove.

Recipe Tips

This easy Turkey Gravy can really tie the whole meal together. I’ve got all the tips for how to make Turkey Gravy from Drippings.

  • Too lumpy. After you have mixed up the gravy and decide that it is too lumpy, simply strain it through a wire mesh sieve to remove the lumps.
  • Too thick. Mix in a little more broth to thin it out.
  • Too thin. Remove ¼ c of the gravy from the pot and mix in 1 tablespoon of flour. Once it is smooth, return it to the main gravy and stir. Repeat if desired.
  • Taste as you go. This will not only help with flavor but also the texture. Note – if you cooked a brined turkey you will not need as much added salt. Give it a taste and adjust accordingly. 
  • Whisk it well. For the most smooth gravy, babysit it and whisk it all along the way. 

Drippings. When the moisture builds up in the Turkey it is released and drips down into the pan. The liquid is packed with flavor and makes a perfect base for gravy. 

No drippings. Give it time. A turkey is pretty big and it takes time for it to heat up enough for moisture to build up. However, there are some factors that might reduce the amount of drippings.

  • Roasting the turkey without a bag, or tented in foil, may cause some of the moisture to evaporate before it can build up and drip down.
  • Same goes for a stuffed turkey. The stuffing will absorb some of the excess moisture. Either way, you should still get enough drippings to equal ¼ cup. 

How much to make. Not everyone will want gravy. In my experience, most children pass and about ½ of the adults will too. Once you have a rough calculation on who might want gravy, plan to serve ¼ c-½ c gravy per person.

Sliced turkey with gravy with drippings pouring from a gravy boat.

Make your own Turkey broth + SToring Tips

Make your own turkey broth using the giblets and neck.

  1. In a small saucepan, add 2 cups water, turkey giblets, and neck, as well as some chopped onion, carrots, and celery.
  2. Bring to a boil, cover with a lid and then simmer over medium-low heat for as long as possible before whipping up the gravy.
  3. Strain the mixture to create a clear smooth broth.

STORE leftover Turkey Gravy in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. 

To reheat a large amount simply pour it into a saucepan and heat slowly over low heat. If you just need a spoonful or two, simply place it on top of the Turkey or Potatoes and heat at the same time.

A plate of sliced turkey and mashed potatoes topped with turkey gravy from drippings.

For delicious Sides try:

Turkey Gravy with Drippings

5 from 5 votes
Silky & savory Turkey Gravy with Drippings is the perfect sauce for your roasted turkey and mashed potatoes.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 46 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup turkey drippings
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 cups turkey broth
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Instructions
 

  • For a smooth gravy, pour ¼ cup of the drippings from the roasting pan into a medium saucepan. (For a gravy with more texture, you can leave the turkey drippings unstrained.)
  • Finish making the roux by adding ¼ cup flour to the saucepan. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly until smooth.
  • Whisk the 2 cups of turkey broth into the saucepan. Bring the gravy to a boil stirring constantly. Boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Add the salt and pepper, and adjust the seasonings to taste before serving.

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  1. 5 stars
    Gravy is a must with turkey!! This is such a smooth & creamy gravy that adds extra flavor! We can’t go without it!

  2. 5 stars
    This Turkey gravy is so awesome. Goes so well on mashed potatoes. So easy to make too with just a handful of ingredients.

  3. 5 stars
    Making gravy from the drippings is truly incredible! There is so much flavor and it hits all the notes all the time.