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Easy Turkey Gravy – Fit Foodie Finds

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Add this simple turkey gravy to your Thanksgiving menu! It’s easily made with turkey drippings, broth and a little bit of cornstarch. Enjoy!

Turkey gravy being poured over sliced turkey.

Our Go-To Turkey Gravy

Every turkey needs a little gravy whether you’re roasting a whole bird, smoking a turkey or just making turkey legs. And this is our go-to turkey gravy — you’ll love how simple and flavorful it is.

Why you’ll love it!

Super flavorful

Easy to make

Pairs with any variety of turkey

Turkey drippings in a roasting pan.

Featured Ingredients

This flavorful turkey gravy comes together with just 3 ingredients — one of which you’ll already have on hand from whatever variety of turkey you’re cooking in your kitchen. You’ll need:

  • Turkey drippings / basting liquid: whether you’re roasting or smoking a turkey, you’ll want to save those flavor-filled drippings for the broth.
  • Broth: any variety of broth will work! We prefer turkey, but chicken or vegetable broth are also great options.
  • Cornstarch: a little goes a long way here! We use 2-3 tablespoons, but if you prefer a thicker gravy, feel free to use more.

Homemade Chicken Broth

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Homemade Chicken Broth

Make our homemade broth to use in this turkey gravy. It’s so flavorful!

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Turkey gravy in a measuring cup with a whisk.

How to Make Turkey Gravy

Bring broth & drippings to a boil

Place the basting liquid and broth into a saucepan and bring to a gentle boil.

Prepare cornstarch slurry

Remove 1 cup of the liquid and whisk 2 tablespoons of cornstarch into the liquid, and whisk until there are no lumps. 

Whisk together

Pour the mixture back into the saucepan and whisk over medium/low heat until the mixture thickens.

For a thicker gravy you can remove 1 cup more of the liquid and add 1 tablespoon of cornstarch to that cup. Whisk and pour back into the saucepan. 

Let stand, then serve

Remove from the heat, salt and pepper to taste, and allow it to thicken for 5-10 minutes before serving with turkey and other sides.

Turkey gravy on a spoon.

Turkey Variations

We have lots of great Thanksgiving turkey recipes on Fit Foodie Finds and this turkey gravy works with all of them.

Roasted Turkey: check out our classic Roasted Thanksgiving turkey recipe. You’ll love it!

Smoked Turkey: our smoked turkey is a reader favorite!

Spatchcock Turkey: spatchcocking a turkey is one of our favorite cooking methods because it cooks super fast.

Smoked Turkey Legs: while turkey legs are already made with juicy dark meat, a gravy does wonders for flavor!

Turkey gravy in a gravy boat.

Top Tips for Turkey Gravy

If you want gravy, but didn’t make a turkey you can use 4 cups of broth instead. We recommend sautéing a few tablespoons of white onion and 2 cloves of minced garlic before adding the broth to the saucepan. Bring the mixture to a gentle boil with a few sprigs of fresh thyme. 

Feel free to add any classic gravy seasoning or herbs to this recipe. Fresh sage, fresh thyme, fresh rosemary, or a mixture would work great. A lot of the flavor for this recipe comes from the basting liquid, so keep that in mind! 

For a thicker gravy you can remove 1 cup more of the liquid and add 1 tablespoon of cornstarch to that cup. Whisk and pour back into the saucepan. 

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Turkey gravy being poured over sliced turkey.

Storage

Store leftover turkey gravy in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-5 days.

Freezer Directions

Lucky for you, this turkey gravy freezes really well! 

  1. Let it cool completely.
  2. Then, transfer it into a gallon-size plastic bag or freezer-safe container.
  3. Remove as much air as possible and then seal.
  4. Freeze for up to 3 months.
Sliced turkey on a plate.



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