The Best Turkey Gravy

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The best turkey gravy is silky smooth, rich and so flavorful. It’s also one the easiest things you will can make for a holiday meal.


  • 1/4 cup turkey fat or butter
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 cups turkey dripping and/or broth (chicken broth or vegetable broth)


  1. This recipe is made together with Roast Turkey, and the turkey fat and drippings that render out while the turkey is roasting in the oven.
  2. Strain the turkey liquid and the vegetables through a fine mesh sieve, pressing on the vegetables to get out as much juice out of them as possible. Discard the vegetables. They did their job.
  3. Set the turkey drippings aside for about 5 minutes. The fat will rise to the top. If you have a gravy separator, this would be the time to use it.
  4. Carefully spoon the fat into a measuring cup. You should have at least 1/4 cup of the turkey fat. If your turkey is on the leaner side, or you’re cooking a wild turkey, add additional butter or oil, to have 1/4 cup.
  5. You should also have about 2 cups of turkey liquid, if not, add more broth, to equal 2 cups. 
  6. Heat up the turkey fat until it’s simmering in a medium saucepan. 
  7. Add the flour and whisk to combine until the flour is completely incorporated and the mixture is smooth. 
  8. Cook for about a minute, to cook off the raw flour taste, whisking the whole time. 
  9. Gradually pour in the turkey liquid (or chicken broth), whisking the whole time again.
  10. Bring it to a simmer and keep slowly adding more turkey liquid or chicken broth, whisking the whole time.
  11. Simmer the gravy until it thickens, about 5 minutes. Set aside.
  12. Serve with mashed potatoes and turkey.
  13. You can easily reheat the gravy, if you make it ahead of time. It will thicken significantly with time, so if you’re serving it the next day, you may wish to add more chicken broth to thin it out.


This will make a small amount of gravy. If you are serving a large group of people, I highly recommend doubling the recipe. (If you’re roasting a larger turkey, you should have plenty of dripping to make a double batch of gravy.)

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