The Best Turkey Gravy Recipe

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Rich savory turkey gravy is easy to make and perfect served over mashed potatoes!


Gravy Base
  • 4 cups turkey broth or stock
  • 2-3 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs parsley, sage, thyme, rosemary
For Thickening
  • 1/3 cup corn starch
  • 1/3 cup cold water or cold broth
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup cold water or cold broth


To Prepare Gravy With Flour
  • Combine 6 tablespoons flour to every 2 cups broth or water and shake in a jar with a lid (I prefer broth!).
  •  Add to gravy base while whisking until thickened. Let boil 1 minute. 
  • Stir in fresh herbs and season with salt and pepper to taste before serving. 
To Prepare Gravy With Cornstarch
  • Combine cornstarch and water in a small bowl and set aside. Bring prepared broth to a boil over medium high heat. Add any turkey drippings if available (I cook the gravy right in the turkey roasting pan on my stovetop).
  • While whisking, slowly pour the cornstarch slurry into boiling gravy a little bit at a time. Continue adding until gravy reaches desired consistency.
  • Stir in fresh herbs and season with salt and pepper to taste before serving. 

Recipe Notes

Slurry: You may need to create more slurry (cornstarch or flour mixture) based on the amount of drippings/broth and desired consistency.
To Make a Roux: To create a roux based gravy, skim fat from drippings. Combine 1/2 c fat with 1/2 cup flour for each 3-4 cups liquid (broth or juices). Cook fat and flour over medium heat for 1 minute. Add broth a little bit at a time whisking after each addition.
Herbs: Most grocery stores sell as "poultry" herb pack which is great in this recipe. If your store doesn't carry it, you can use any fresh herbs you like.  I use a combination of parsley, rosemary, thyme and sage.
Nutrition: Nutrition may vary greatly based on amount of fat, drippings etc in your gravy.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 36, Carbohydrates: 3g, Fat: 2g, Sodium: 2mg, Potassium: 12mg, Vitamin A: 210IU, Vitamin C: 0.2mg, Calcium: 2mg, Iron: 0.1mg