How To Make Turkey Gravy from Scratch

Gravy has always been so intimidating for me. I never knew how to make it until recently. Well, gravy is so easy to make! If you are looking for a simple and delicious gravy recipe, you have to use this recipe. So easy, fast, and goes with your entire Thanksgiving dinner.

The turkey is the star of Thanksgiving dinner,  but what is a turkey without gravy? My husband seriously drenches his entire plate in gravy.

With some leftover pan drippings, turkey gravy is actually quite simple to make.

It has always intimidated me, because I feel like it’s just a known secret that every grandma and mom knows, but I had no idea how to make it.

Last year, I watched my mom very carefully as she made the gravy and was shocked at how simple it was to make. It only requires a few simple ingredients, and before you know it, gravy is ready in minutes.

If you are anything like me, and have been intimidated by gravy, stress no more. We have a simple gravy recipe, for you to try, and you are going to love it.

pre-prepared turkey

Now let’s talk turkey. Cooking a turkey has always been super intimidating to me. I remember my mom waking up on Thanksgiving around 5 am to get the turkey in the oven, after it had been thawing for exactly 31 1/2 hours (give or take a couple minutes).

Then there is the issue of the giblets and having to pull out all those insides, I just can’t do it.

Oven Ready Whole Turkey

This year, I discovered that you can purchase an oven-ready turkey! I found this one in the meat department at my grocery store: Whole Bird Oven-Ready Turkey. Can I just tell you what a life-saver it is?

You pull it from the freezer (NO THAWING required), place it in a roasting pan, cut a few slits in the cooking bag it comes in, then let it roast away for about 4-5 hours.

It has already been rubbed with herbs and seasoning and all giblets have been removed prior to freezing. It literally took me 5 minutes to get it in the oven.

When it was finished cooking (it has a popper that popped up when it was done), I removed it from the oven, placed it on a serving dish, and used the leftover pan drippings to make this perfect gravy.

Thanksgiving just got SO much easier and tasted like I had been prepping for a week to make this perfect turkey.

Now you can use your delicious gravy on all your favorite side dishes.

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Serves: 5

How To Make Turkey Gravy with Drippings

Using pan drippings from your turkey, you can make this quick and easy turkey gravy to pour on top!

5 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

15 minTotal Time

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  • 1 (11 to13-pound) JENNIE-O Oven-Ready Whole Turkey
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 4 cups pan drippings from roasted turkey


  1. From frozen, cook turkey as specified on the package (mine took about 4 hours).
  2. Remove turkey from pan and pour drippings through a strainer into a large bowl.
  3. Let sit for about 3-5 minutes and remove any fat that moves to the top of the drippings.
  4. To make this gravy, you are going to need about 4 cups of drippings. If you do not have four cups at this point, add enough chicken broth to make 4 cups.
  5. In a large saucepan, melt butter and add in black pepper over medium heat.
  6. Lower heat to medium-low and whisk in 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons flour, stirring constantly for 3 minutes.
  7. Slowly add in pan drippings, about 1 cup at a time, whisking constantly to keep the flour from clumping.
  8. Continue to whisk after adding all the liquid until the gravy starts to bubble and thicken (about 2-3 minutes).
  9. Use gravy immediately, or keep warm on stove top and stir well before serving.


egg free
soy free
seafood free
treenut free
sesame free
mustard free



1584 cal


65 g


226 g


24 g
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