Best-Ever Turkey Gravy


This simple, silky-smooth gravy stays lump-free with a trick of loosening the roux with a splash of broth before whisking it into the pot.

Best-Ever Turkey Gravy
Photo: Victor Protasio
Total Time:
25 mins


  • 1/4 cup rendered turkey fat or unsalted butter

  • 7 tablespoons all-purpose flour (about 2 ounce)

  • 4 cups turkey broth, divided

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme or sage

  • 1 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Melt turkey fat in a small skillet over medium. Add flour; cook, whisking constantly, until mixture turns golden brown, 5 to 6 minutes. Gradually add 3/4 cup Rich Turkey Broth, whisking constantly, until smooth. Remove roux from heat; cover to keep warm. Bring remaining 3 1/4 cups Rich Turkey Broth to a boil in a large stockpot over high. Whisk roux into boiling stock until smooth. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer, whisking often, until mixture thickens and no floury taste remains, 5 to 6 minutes. Stir in thyme, salt, and pepper.


Gravy Variations:

Porcini Gravy: Simmer 1/2 ounce (1/2 cup) dried porcini mushrooms and 4 cups turkey broth in a stockpot over low 20 minutes. Strain stock; finely chop and reserve mushrooms. Use porcini-infused broth in place of turkey broth in Best-Ever Turkey Gravy; stir finely chopped mushrooms into gravy.

Chipotle Gravy: For a lightly spicy flavor, stir 1 minced seeded chipotle chile in adobo sauce into 2 cups Best-Ever Turkey Gravy.

Pimentón Gravy: For a smoky bite, stir 1 teaspoon smoked paprika into 2 cups Best-Ever Turkey Gravy.

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