How To Make Homemade Gravy From Scratch With Drippings

What do you do with those pan drippings that are left after you roast turkey, chicken, or beef? Don’t let them go to waste! Turn them into a homemade gravy that everyone can pour over their plates.

I’ll show you how to make the best homemade gravy from scratch with drippings. It’s an incredibly easy recipe, and you can’t go wrong.

The Perfect Gravy

Gravy in on top of mashed potatoes.

Making homemade versions of pantry staples like that gravy packet you’ve got in there is so much better.

It’s not only more wholesome and healthier but also way more delicious. Grab your gravy boat, and let me show you just how easy it is to create flavorful gravy for any dish.

Mashed potatoes with gravy and cranberries and turkey on a christmas plate.

The Best Way to Use Homemade Gravy

For this recipe, you only need five simple ingredients. With my recipe below, you’ll see that this method is so versatile you can use it to make any kind of gravy.

Once you’ve got your creamy gravy, you can serve it with pork chops, fried chicken, roast chicken, turkey, beef roast, pot roast, and mashed potatoes. 


  • Pan drippings (liquid)
  • Butter
  • Flour
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Chicken broth, if needed
Gravy in on top of mashed potatoes.

Step-By-Step Instructions

If you are using turkey drippings from your cooked turkey, gather the liquid from the roasting pan and pour through a mesh strainer, so you can catch all of the solids and get rid of those.

Allow the liquid to sit to the side for a few minutes so the fat will rise to the top. Some fat won’t hurt in this recipe, as it has tons of extra flavor.

Pour the liquid into a measuring cup to add to your gravy.

I bought a fat separator to make things easier. The fat rises to the top, and when I pour out the liquid, the fat stays in the container. I will link it in the recipe card.

Butter melting in a saucepan.

Start by adding your butter to a saucepan.

Flour and butter in a saucepan.

Next, add the flour to the melted butter. Whisk the butter and flour. It will be very thick.

Pouring drippings into a saucepan with butter and flour.

Pour the drippings into the saucepan and whisk while pouring. Keep whisking until all of the lumps are gone.

If you like lumpy gravy, don’t whisk quite as much.

Salt and pepper in the pan with the cooking gravy.

Add the salt and pepper and continue to whisk often. Add any other seasonings that you would like for extra flavor.

Bring the gravy to a boil on medium or medium-high heat and cook until thick, stirring often.

Boiling gravy in a saucepan.

Once the gravy boils, it should thicken as it cooks.

If you want thick gravy, add a tablespoon of flour to the pan and whisk until the lumps are gone. If the gravy is too thick, add some more liquid to the pan. I usually start off adding one tablespoon at a time.

Gravy in a gravy boat next to a plate of mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and turkey.

Once the gravy thickens, it’s ready to go. Pour the turkey gravy into a gravy boat, and you’re ready for dinner.

The easy recipe turns out to be a very smooth gravy that you can use on just about anything you’d like. It’s a great addition to many meals.

Love cranberry sauce with your holiday meals? Give this homemade canned cranberry sauce recipe, seen in the picture below, a try.

Holiday dinner on a christmas plate with gravy, cranberry sauce, and turkey.

A Delicious Gravy Recipe Everyone Can Make

Recently, I posted my Crock Pot whole turkey recipe, and I made this delicious gravy recipe from those turkey drippings.

You can use any kind of meat drippings to make it or any kind of broth if you have not made a roasted meal (as in the case of fried chicken, for example) in place of the drippings. 

If you need to have gluten-free gravy, simply use gluten-free flour. 

In the event that you have leftover gravy, you can warm it up with your other leftovers.

Or you can pour it over French fries for something that rivals cheese fries. You know what? Add cheese to that, and you’ll have poutine, a truly comforting side dish.

You can also use leftover gravy to make open-faced sandwiches.

I think turkey piled high on your slices of bread with mashed potatoes and gravy dripping down the top like a volcano with lava, is incredibly delicious.

How To Make Homemade Gravy From Scratch With Drippings

This easy gravy recipe is perfect for everyone, even beginner cooks. It’s so easy to master making homemade gravy. Make it once, and you’ll find excuses to make things that pair with gravy!

Gravy in on top of mashed potatoes.

How To Make Homemade Gravy From Scratch With Drippings

Yield: 2 cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Making gravy is an easy task that only requires five pantry ingredients. The traditional gravy recipe can be made from meat drippings and poured over turkey, beef, mashed potatoes, or anything you can think of. Gravy is wonderful comfort food that is perfect for any occasion, including holidays.


  • 2 cups of drippings (from turkey or other meat)
  • 1/4 cup of butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
  • Chicken broth, if needed


  1. Save the drippings from cooking a turkey and pour through a mesh strainer to catch the larger pieces. Let it sit to the side for a few minutes so the fat will rise to the top.
  2. Melt the butter in a saucepan on medium heat.
  3. Once the butter melts, add the flour and combine with a whisk. It will be lumpy.
  4. Pour the saved liquid into the pan and whisk until the lumps are gone.
  5. Allow the gravy to boil until it thickens.
  6. Remove and serve.


If the gravy is too thin, add one tablespoon of flour and mix to combine. If it's too thick, add one to two tablespoons of liquid until you reach the desired consistency.

If you run out of liquid drippings, you can add a little bit of chicken broth.

If you have leftovers, keep it in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 67Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 293mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g

Nutrition is approximate.

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