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This make-ahead turkey gravy recipe is a must for a low-stress Thanksgiving and Christmas! This homemade, no-drippings gravy is easy, delicious, and made with 5 ingredients!

Looking for more make-ahead Thanksgiving favorites? I think you’ll love my easy Giblet Gravy recipe, Make Ahead Roast Turkey and Sweet Potato Casserole.

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Easy Turkey Gravy

This homemade turkey gravy is so easy to make. It does not require drippings and can be prepared well ahead of time to make your cooking and holiday even easier. It is delicious served with roast turkey, chicken, mashed potatoes, and dressing!

Why You’ll Love This Easy Turkey Gravy Recipe

  • No Drippings: You do not need turkey drippings to make this recipe.
  • Make-Ahead recipe: You can prepare this gravy ahead of your holiday meal.
  • Freezer-Friendly Gravy: You can make this easy gravy months in advance and store it in the freezer until needed.

Another reason this gravy is such a favorite lies in its simplicity. It’s as easy as it gets and only has a few basic ingredients. Since it’s so quick and easy, I find myself making it all through the year – no need to save it for just the holidays!

Sliced Roast Turkey, Mashed Potatoes topped with Make Ahead Turkey Gravy, and Roasted Brussels Sprouts on white dinner plate. // addapinch.com

How to Make Turkey Gravy

You can check the recipe card below to get the full set of ingredients and instructions for this make-ahead gravy. Here is a quick overview of how to make this easy gravy recipe.

Ingredients for the Gravy

This easy gravy only has a few simple ingredients:

  • Butter
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Flour
  • Turkey stock or broth

Instructions for Making the Gravy

  1. Make a roux. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add salt and pepper and slowly whisk in the flour. Cook until the flour and butter are fully incorporated, and it reaches the desired coloring you prefer. This can range from a light blonde to a more traditional nut color.
  2. Add stock. Once that stage is reached, constantly whisking, slowly pour in the turkey stock, and cook until the gravy is thickened.
  3. Serve. Now either serve immediately or follow Make-Ahead instructions.
Sliced Roast Turkey, Mashed Potatoes topped with Make Ahead Turkey Gravy, and Roasted Brussels Sprouts on white plate. // addapinch.com

Make Ahead Turkey Gravy

How to Store and Freeze Turkey Gravy

To store. Prepare your turkey gravy as instructed and then allow it to cool completely. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for two days.

When ready to serve, reheat in a medium saucepan until it reaches a rolling boil. If it is too thick, add a bit more stock until it reaches the consistency you prefer.

To freeze. Store the gravy in freezer-safe containers for up to 6 months. Then, thaw in the refrigerator overnight and reheat at a rolling boil before serving.

Gravy is best reheated once. I freeze in smaller portions, so I only reheat what I need.

Variations and Common Questions

Can You Make a Gluten-Free Turkey Gravy?

Yes. Use gluten-free flour, such as King Arthur Flour’s Measure for Measure Flour.

Can You Use Turkey Pan Drippings?

If you have turkey pan drippings, you can use them in addition to or in place of the turkey stock in this recipe.

I Can’t Find Turkey Stock. What Should I Use?

You can use chicken stock or broth, which is usually very easy to find. This would make chicken gravy, but it would still be delicious and similar.

You can also purchase turkey legs from the grocery store and make your own turkey stock. See my instructions to make it.

How to Make Turkey Stock

Place the turkey legs in a Dutch oven or stockpot. Add salt and pepper and cover with water. Cook on a low simmer, covered until the meat is tender and the stock is thick and colorful about 4 hours. Add more water if needed to keep the turkey covered with water while cooking. Remove the turkey legs from the stock and refrigerate them for future recipes.

Can You Use Chicken Stock or Broth?

Yes. You can substitute chicken stock or chicken broth in this recipe.

How Long Does Homemade Gravy Keep in the Refrigerator?

You can make homemade gravy and store it in the refrigerator up to two days in advance of serving.

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Doesn’t that make the holiday meal sound easier?! I like to make cooking stress-free on the holidays by making many recipes ahead of time. You may like my Make Ahead Thanksgiving Recipes and Meal Plan for even more make-ahead ideas! I hope you find that helpful, too.

Here’s my Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy recipe. I think you’ll love it!

4.84 from 6 votes

Make Ahead Turkey Gravy Recipe

Side Dish 17 mins

Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy Recipe - This easy turkey gravy recipe is essential to your holiday menu! Simple enough to make on the holiday, but perfect as a make ahead gravy recipe! // addapinch.com
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Servings 3 cups
Course Sauce, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Author Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch
Make Ahead Turkey Gravy Recipe – This easy turkey gravy recipe is essential to your holiday menu! Simple enough to make on the holiday, but perfect as a make ahead gravy recipe!

Ingredients  

  • 1/2 cup salted butter cubed
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups turkey stock or turkey broth, chicken broth or pan drippings from cooking turkey, if you have them.

Instructions 

  • Make a roux. Melt butter in a medium saucepan set over medium heat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and slowly whisk in flour. Cook until the flour is fully incorporated into the butter and gravy is your preferred color (from light blonde to a nut a brown color).
  • Add stock. Once that stage is reached, constantly whisking, slowly pour in the turkey stock and cook until the gravy is thickened.
  • Serve, store, or freeze. Remove from the heat and serve immediately or cool, pour into an airtight container and store or freeze. If serving from made-ahead turkey gravy, reheat in a medium saucepan until warmed throughout If the gravy is too thick, add more stock until it reaches the desired consistency.

Notes

How to Store and Freeze Turkey Gravy

To store. Prepare your turkey gravy as instructed and then allow it to cool completely. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for two days.
When ready to serve, reheat in a medium saucepan until it reaches a rolling boil. If it is too thick, add more stock until it reaches your preferred consistency.
To freeze. Store the gravy in freezer-safe containers for up to 6 months. Then, thaw in the refrigerator overnight and reheat at a rolling boil before serving.
Gravy is best reheated once. I freeze in smaller portions, so I only reheat what I need.

How to Make Turkey Stock

You can also purchase turkey legs from the grocery store and make your own turkey stock if desired. 
Place the turkey legs in a Dutch oven or stockpot. Add salt and pepper and cover with water. Cook on a low simmer, covered until the meat is tender and the stock is thick and colorful about 4 hours. Add more water if needed to keep the turkey covered with water while cooking. Remove the turkey legs from the stock and refrigerate them for future recipes.

Barbara K.
I just made for Wed. Amazing. Great taste and what a time saver. Thank you.

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  1. 5 stars
    This was great. No stress. I heated it up the day of and thinned it out with drippings and a little water. I added poultry seasoning, a dash of worcestershire and soy sauce.

  2. 5 stars
    I made this last night for our family Thanksgiving along with your cornbread dressing. We love a lot of flavor so I added extra traditional flavors like Italian seasonings, oregano and poultry seasons to it. I saved half my dressing and the rest of the gravy for our church pot luck this Sunday. Thank you so much for publishing these recipes. My mother tried to show me how to make dressing right before she passed on but she had never used a recipe so it was hard for me to follow. You’ve given me lots of confidence cooking my Thanksgiving dinner and I sure do appreciate it. As a matter of fact I have LOTS of your recipes earmarked in a folder on my desktop and pull them out fairly often.

    Happy Thanksgiving from a fan of yours in your hometown!

    1. Thank you for such sweet words, Kim. I hope you and your family have a very blessed Thanksgiving.

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