Classic Turkey Giblet Gravy

Classic turkey gravy recipe

The Spruce Eats / Victoria Heydt

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 30 mins
Servings: 20 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
278 Calories
13g Fat
5g Carbs
35g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 20
Amount per serving
Calories 278
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 16%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Cholesterol 121mg 40%
Sodium 276mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Protein 35g
Calcium 41mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This classic turkey gravy recipe is made right alongside a roasting turkey. The neck is used to make a simple turkey stock and the gravy recipe is finished with those delicious browned bits from the roasting pan.


  • 5 cups water (or chicken stock for a richer flavor)
  • 1 turkey neck, heart, and gizzard from inside the turkey (most giblets, but not the liver)
  • 1/2 onion (chopped)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 tablespoons reserved fat or melted butter from roasting pan
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sage (chopped, fresh)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for classic turkey gravy
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  2. To make an easy turkey stock, add the water, turkey neck, heart, gizzard, onion, and bay leaf to a saucepan. Bring to a simmer, reduce the heat to low, cover, and gently simmer for 2 hours.

    Add water
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  3. Turn off, strain, and reserve turkey stock.

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  4. When the turkey is done, carefully remove it from the roasting pan, and transfer to a serving platter to rest, loosely cover with foil. While the turkey is resting, remove the fat from the roasting pan.

    Remove turkey
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  5. Put 4 tablespoons of the fat in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the flour and cook, whisking, until golden, about 5 minutes.

    Add flour
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  6. Add the turkey stock, a cup at a time, while whisking. Bring this to a simmer, whisking often. Scrape any browned bits and juices from the bottom of the roasting pan into the gravy. If you used cut up onions, celery, etc., in the pan, those can be added also for extra flavor.

    Add turkey stock
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  7. Reduce the heat and simmer the gravy for about 10 to 15 minutes.

    Simmer gravy
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  8. Strain out the vegetables, if used, add the sage, and season to taste with salt and pepper.

    Strain out vegetables
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  9. Serve hot alongside the turkey.

    Serve hot
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