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How to Make Gravy From Turkey Drippings (Roast Turkey Gravy)

Learn how to make gravy from turkey drippings for the best holiday meal! 15 minutes is all you need to make this Roast Turkey Gravy from Scratch!
Course Sauce, Side Dish
Cuisine American, British, Canadian, Christmas, Holiday, Thanksgiving
Keyword Easy Homemade Roast Turkey Gravy
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 28kcal
Author Chrissie


  • drippings from roast turkey (this recipe works for the drippings from an approx. 7 pound turkey)
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons white or red wine
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken stock (or water)
  • salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 3 teaspoon butter (optional)


  • Heat the turkey drippings in the original roasting pan (that you used to roast the turkey) over medium low heat. Once the drippings heat up, sprinkle in the flour a little bit at a time and whisk constantly.
  • Once the flour is added and whisked in, toast the mixture over the heat for a few minutes to get rid of the flour taste.
  • Slowly add the wine a little bit at a time and continue whisking. Cook this over the heat until the liquid reduces.
  • Slowly add the chicken stock, about 1/4 cup at a time, letting the gravy cook for a minute or two between additions to thicken up.
  • Once you've added about 1 1/2 cups of stock, let the gravy cook for about 5 minutes, whisking constantly.
  • If the gravy is too thick, continue adding the rest of the stock a little bit at a time to thin out the gravy to your desired consistency. If you're happy with the thickness, season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Strain the gravy through a wire mesh strainer to remove any dark bits.
  • Add the butter to the hot gravy and stir just to combine.
  • Pour into a gravy boat and serve.



This recipe uses the drippings from an approx. 7 pound (3.2 kilograms) turkey. If your turkey is much larger, simply multiply the recipe to fit (multiply by 2 for a 14 pound turkey, etc.).
It is possible to substitute the wine with chicken stock for an alcohol-free version.
It is possible to make this gravy one day in advance of serving. Simply cool to room temperature, store in an airtight container in the fridge and reheat in a small pot on the stove, adding 1-2 tablespoons of additional water or chicken stock if necessary to reach the desired consistency.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 28kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 21mg | Potassium: 38mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 31IU | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 1mg