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Easy Turkey Gravy From Drippings

This Easy Turkey Gravy From Drippings recipe is the best classic method for brown gravy from scratch. Save those extra juices from your pan and toss out the store-bought packets and jars. 

turkey gravy made from drippings in a gravy bowl

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turkey drizzled over turkey breast

What Are Turkey Drippings

Drippings are the leftover juices and fat that remain in the pan or pot after the meat has been fully cooked. The drippings are loaded with flavor from the seasoning of the meat and often used as a base for sauce or gravy.

turkey drippings in a crockpot
Example of turkey drippings that included broth and onions from a Crockpot

Key Ingredients

  • Turkey Pan Drippings
  • Unsalted Butter
  • Olive Oil
  • Flour
  • Salt and Pepper
turkey drippings, butter, and flour in separate bowls

Do You Need to Strain the Drippings?

This will depend on a couple of factors. When I make turkey in a Crockpot or slow cooker, the turkey is cooked in broth and usually onions as well. I don’t strain anything, everything that is leftover in the slow cooker can go into the gravy.

If you roasted or smoked your turkey with only a small amount of broth or water, it may not have been enough to create drippings that are mostly liquid. In this instance, you may need to stain them in order to make gravy that is smooth.

butter in a saucepan

Seasoning and Spices

I wait until the drippings, butter, and flour are combined to add any additional seasoning or spices. Because turkey drippings are used as a base for the recipe, they will have plenty of flavor. You may find you don’t need to add much to zest up the gravy.

I often find I need a little salt and pepper to taste.

melted butter and flour in a saucepan

How to Make Turkey Gravy From Drippings

Detailed measurements and full instructions can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  1. Heat a saucepan or skillet on medium heat. Add the butter and olive oil.
  2. When melted, add in the flour.
  3. Add in broth and turkey drippings from the pan.
  4. Taste repeatedly and add salt and pepper to taste as needed.
melted butter and flour roux in a saucepan

How to Thicken the Gravy

A butter and flour roux will create a nice and thick gravy. I like to add my broth and turkey drippings in slowly until I get the consistency of gravy I am looking for.

How to Thin Out Gravy When It’s Too Thick

Thick gravy can be smoothed out by adding additional broth or stock to the pot.

Color of Gravy: Yellow or Brown

The color of the gravy will vary based on what spices were used to season the turkey. How you cooked the turkey may alter the color of the gravy too. A deep brown turkey, such as a roasted one, will yield darker gravy than something that was cooked in a Crockpot or slow cooker for example.

turkey drippings gravy in a saucepan

How to Store it/How Long it Will Last

Store the gravy tightly covered and sealed for 3-4 days.

Freezer Tips

You can freeze leftover gravy covered and tightly sealed for up to 6 months.

Pair With these Turkey Recipes

Baked Turkey Legs
Air Fryer Turkey Breast
Slow Cooker Crockpot Bone-In Turkey Breast
Slow Cooker Crockpot Boneless Turkey Breast
Traeger Smoked Turkey

Air Fryer Turkey Wings
Air Fryer Turkey Legs
Smothered Turkey Wings
Baked Turkey Wings

Stuffed Turkey Legs
Smoked Turkey Wings

Check out my Yellow Gravy Without Drippings recipe if you need gravy without meat.

turkey gravy made from drippings in a gravy bowl
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Easy Turkey Gravy From Drippings

This Easy Turkey Gravy From Drippings recipe is the best classic method for brown gravy from scratch. Save those extra juices from your pan and toss out the store-bought packets and jars. 
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Course dip, gravy, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword brown gravy from turkey drippings, easy turkey gravy from drippings, how to make turkey gravy from drippings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1 cups
Calories 184kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Heat a saucepan or skillet on medium heat. Add the butter and olive oil.
  • When melted, add in the flour. Add it in stages and stir continuously to avoid clumping. This will create a roux, which will thicken the gravy.
  • Add in 1 cup of broth and the turkey drippings from the pan. Stir until the gravy begins to thicken. If the gravy is too thick, add additional broth. Stir (and continue to add broth) until the gravy reaches your desired consistency.
  • Taste repeatedly and add salt and pepper to taste as needed.

Notes

makes 1 1/2 cups
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 2tablespoons | Calories: 184kcal | Fat: 19g
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Recipe Rating




Tye

Monday 28th of November 2022

Made this gravy with the drippings from my jerk turkey and it was sooooo good, I put the rest of the drippings in the freezer cubes to make more gravy later

staysnatched

Wednesday 30th of November 2022

Such a great idea!

Shunda

Monday 14th of November 2022

Looks DELICIOUS!!! How can I make this gravy low carb?

staysnatched

Monday 14th of November 2022

Visit my low carb recipe on this site.

Emily

Wednesday 31st of August 2022

Made this with our ox tail broth instead of the Turkey drippings and it was the best gravy I’ve ever had!

staysnatched

Wednesday 31st of August 2022

I'm so glad you enjoyed it!