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Easy Southern Brown Gravy Recipe

Have you ever noticed that what gravy is to mashed potatoes is as hot fudge is to a plain scoop of ice cream?

Easy Southern brown gravy really adds that extra special something to foods to make them more comforting than ever.

Delicious Turkey Gravy

Brown gravy on mashed potatoes and turkey. There are some green beans on the side.

Homemade gravy, especially this delicious gravy, has the coziest flavor of all. In fact, store-bought stuff simply doesn’t compare.

What’s even better is that making the best brown gravy recipe is so easy that you’ll find excuses to make it for everything.

This easy recipe for turkey gravy can be whipped up in minutes to help you turn pan drippings into a glorious gravy that will have everyone scooping up every last drop!

Turkey gravy in a white gravy boat next to turkey.

The Perfect Gravy for Every Occasion

Confession…I always used store-bought gravy because I figured it was easy to make it. Boy, was I wrong!

This was years ago, and a friend encouraged me to ditch the habit of buying ready-made gravy. I could not believe the difference, nor could I believe it was THIS easy to make it from scratch.

Now, I’m sharing the perfect brown gravy recipe that you can use on all your favorite comfort food dishes.

Pour it over French fries or even cheese fries for a decadent late-night snack or game-day appetizer. Serve it with your crispy fried chicken or fried pork chops.

Brown gravy drizzled over mashed potatoes and turkey. There are some green beans on the plate.

Ingredients For Brown Gravy

If you recall my slow cooker turkey breast recipe I recently posted, I made this brown gravy from the pan drippings in the slow cooker.

I used a secret ingredient – Worcestershire sauce.

Here’s what you will need:

  • Butter
  • All-purpose flour
  • Salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • Turkey drippings
  • Chicken broth, if needed
  • Worcestershire sauce

Full printable recipe with measurements and instructions listed at the bottom of the post in the recipe card.

How to Make the Best Brown Gravy Recipe

Sieve for straining turkey drippings. One picture is the drippings in the top and the other is the liquid from the drippings.

Pour the drippings from the turkey roaster or slow cooker into the top of a fat separator.

I bought an inexpensive one on Amazon, and it works great. I will link it below.

The juices will run out through the bottom, and the top will catch almost anything that isn’t liquid.

Melted butter and flour skillet.

Begin by melting butter on medium heat in a pan.

Once melted, sprinkle flour over the butter and whisk. It will be very lumpy, and that’s good.

You can use all-purpose flour or a blend of cornstarch and flour to thicken your gravy.

Pouring turkey drippings into a skillet with butter and flour.

Gradually add your meat juices or beef stock, continuing to stir with the whisk.

Use some canned chicken broth if you don’t have two cups of turkey broth or want to make extra gravy. It still has a lot of flavor.

As you pour the liquid into the pan, continue whisking, and the lumps will begin to disappear.

I poured the liquid straight from the fat separator.

Pouring Worcestershire sauce into a pan with gravy.

Add the Worcestershire sauce to the pan and continue whisking. This will give it a deeper flavor.

Turkey gravy in a skillet cooking.

Continue cooking for a few minutes until the gravy reaches your desired thickness.

Then, pour it into a gravy boat and serve.

Brown gravy drizzled over mashed potatoes and turkey. There are some green beans on the plate.

Tips and Variations for Gravy

  • To add additional flavors, sprinkle in onion powder, garlic powder, and black pepper.
  • You can add a dash of soy sauce for a deeper color and a different flavor for a different twist.
  • For those who prefer white gravy or cream gravy, adding heavy cream can result in a creamy gravy that pairs beautifully with dishes like collard greens or homemade sausage gravy.
  • For those who crave a beefy punch, adding beef bouillon cubes or using drippings from a beef roast makes for a delicious brown gravy.
Gravy on a turkey breast.

Remember to taste and adjust the seasoning as you go. If your gravy becomes too thick, adding cold water or more stock in small amounts can help get to your desired consistency.

How To Store Gravy

Store leftovers in an airtight container and keep refrigerated. It will coagulate when refrigerated. When you reheat it, it will become more liquidy. You can always add a touch of broth to thin it out.

More Holiday Recipes

Turkey gravy in a gravy boat. The white boat is on a cutting board next to a turkey breast and a plate of holiday foods.

This is my favorite gravy recipe, and I know it’s going to be a favorite for you, too.

My step-by-step photos will help walk you through how to make homemade gravy.

After making it the first time, you will never return to store-bought options. In fact, you’ll start finding every excuse you can to make gravy to pour on your food!

Turkey gravy in a white gravy boat next to turkey.

Easy Southern Brown Gravy Recipe

Yield: 2 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Simple Southern Brown Gravy Recipe: Creamy, savory and authentic. Made with broth, flour, and butter. Perfect over mashed potatoes and turkey.


  • 4 Tablespoons of butter
  • 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour
  • Pinch of salt and ground black pepper
  • 2 cups of turkey broth
  • 1 Tablespoon of Worcestershire Sauce
  • Canned chicken broth, if needed


  1. Strain liquid through the top of a fat separator. (I used liquid from a turkey I cooked in the Crock Pot).
  2. Add the butter to a medium saucepan and melt on medium heat.
  3. Next, add the flour and whisk the two ingredients together. It will be lumpy.
  4. Pour in the liquid from the fat separator and whisk until the lumps are gone.
  5. Boil the gravy on medium to medium-high heat, stirring often.
  6. Continue stirring until the gravy thickens, and serve.


If the gravy gets too thick, add a little more liquid. If it is not thick enough, add a small amount of flour and stir to thicken. Cook a little longer.

If you need more liquid, you can use chicken broth.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 3 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 296Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 67mgSodium: 1153mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 0gSugar: 3gProtein: 15g

Nutrition is approximate.

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