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How To Make Turkey Gravy From Pan Drippings

Don’t put that roasting pan in the sink yet! Learn how to make the best and easiest Turkey Gravy from Pan Drippings. Making classic turkey gravy is a cinch, perfect for your table on Thanksgiving!

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Turkey Gravy From Pan Drippings in a small glass creamer being poured onto a huge bowl of mashed potatoes, the gravy forming a large pool in the center.

Making Gravy From Turkey Drippings

Can’t have a turkey without gravy right?!?

My version is so quick and simple you won’t even think about the store bought stuff again.

Now I am aware that my recipe differs a little from some others on the Internet. You might see some make a roux out of butter and flour, then strain all of the fat from the turkey drippings before adding it to the butter. To me this seems like so much work AND it doesn’t taste as good. Let’s keep all that turkey goodness turkey!

Simply grab the drippings from the turkey roasting pan while the turkey is resting. Combine with flour on the stovetop to make a roux and add broth. It is literally that simple. But I will break it down for you more…

Turkey gravy from drippings in a glass creamer on a thanksgiving table next to a roast turkey and cranberries.

Supplies

You will need simple kitchen tools for this recipe:

  • small/medium saucepan
  • whisk
  • measuring cup & spoons
A cup of turkey drippings in a glass measuring cup.

Ingredients

  • turkey drippings
  • all-purpose flour
  • broth (turkey or chicken)
  • salt
The three ingredients needed to make gravy, turkey drippings, broth, and flour.

Instructions for Pan Dripping Gravy

In a small saucepan over medium heat bring the dippings to a simmer.

One tablespoon at a time whisk the flour into the drippings until it thickens and bubbles. Continue to whisk 30-60 seconds for it to thicken slightly.

Saucepan with bubbling brown roux from turkey drippings with a whisk.

Slowly whisk in the broth about ½ cup at a time, whisking smooth each time. Stop once you have added 1 ½ cups to check consistency, if it seems good do NOT add the remaining broth. If it still seems a little thick add the remaining broth.

When you are happy with your consistency taste, if it needs salt add some until you are happy with the flavor. Remove from heat and serve immediately. 

Close up of a glass gravy boat with golden turkey gravy inside next to a thanksgiving turkey.

Tips, Tricks, & Questions

  • You may strain the turkey drippings through a mesh strainer if you don’t want the large flecks in your gravy, personally I like them and think they add flavor. Do what makes you happy.
  • If you are looking for a richer broth substitute in some or all of the broth for milk if you want a cream gravy.

Is this gravy Dairy-Free?

Yup! Another great reason to just use the turkey drippings as the roux base, no dairy for those who can’t have it!

Can this be re-heated?

Absolutely. When it is cooled down for storage you will notice that it thickens. No fear as soon as it warms back up it will come to a liquid state just as before again!

Absolutely. When it is cooled down for storage you will notice that it thickens. No fear as soon as it warms back up it will come to a liquid state just as before again!

A large pool of turkey gravy made from drippings in a large bowl of mashed potatoes sitting on a thanksgiving table.
Flatlay of a huge bowl of mashed potatoes smothered in turkey gravy next to a platter of thanksgiving turkey.

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Turkey Gravy From Pan Drippings in a small glass creamer being poured onto a huge bowl of mashed potatoes, the gravy forming a large pool in the center.

Turkey Gravy From Pan Drippings

Yield: ~3 cups
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Easy turkey gravy made from roast turkey drippings. This recipe comes together fast with only 3 ingredients and is a must for your Thanksgiving or holiday table!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup turkey drippings
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups broth (turkey or chicken)
  • salt

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat bring the dippings to a simmer. One tablespoon at a time whisk in the flour until it thickens and bubbles. Continue to whisk 30-60 seconds.
  2. Slowly whisk in broth about ½ cup at a time, whisking smooth each time. Stop once you have added 1 ½ cups to check consistency, if it seems good do not add the remaining broth. If it still seems a little thick add the remaining broth. When you are happy with your consistency taste, if it needs salt add some until you are happy with the flavor. Remove from heat and serve immediately.

Notes

You may strain the turkey drippings through a mesh strainer if you don't want the flecks in your gravy, personally I like them and think they add flavor.

Sub some or all of the broth for milk if you want a cream gravy.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1/4 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 45Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 69mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 4g

Nutritional data is automated, final nutritional information will depend on ingredients used and any changes made.

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Lauren, The Schmidty Wife

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