Easy Gluten-Free Turkey Gravy

Quick gluten free turkey gravy

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Prep: 7 mins
Cook: 5 mins
Total: 12 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
69 Calories
6g Fat
2g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 69
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 155mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 3mg 0%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 12mg 0%
*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.)

Since wheat-based flour is typically used as a thickener for gravies, Thanksgiving and other occasions when gravy is a staple are tricky for those following a gluten-free diet. The good news is that gluten-free turkey gravy is easy to make and just as delicious as wheat-based gravy. 

This recipe is a staple for gluten-free Thanksgiving menus, but it's just as enjoyable in July served with grilled turkey. In just minutes with simple ingredients, you can have a gravy anyone at the dinner table can enjoy. 


  • 2 cups turkey drippings and reserved juices from the roasting pan

  • 2 tablespoons sweet rice flour or gluten-free cornstarch

  • 1/2 cup water, milk or white wine

  • Kosher salt, to taste

  • Ground black pepper, to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for gluten free turkey gravy
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  2. When the roasted turkey is done cooking pour pan juices into a 2-cup measuring cup or bowl.

    Turkey fat
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  3. Use a spatula to scrape flavorful pan dripping into the cup or bowl.

    Pour drippings into bowl
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  4. When fat rises to the top of the cup, skim off 1/4 cup of fat and pour in a medium skillet or saucepan. Discard any remaining fat.

    Skim off fat
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  5. Mix the rice flour with water. Stir until smooth and dissolved.

    Mix rice flour with water
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  6. Add remaining pan juices to fat in the skillet.

    Put drippings in pot
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  7. Whisk dissolved rice flour mixture into the pan and cook over medium heat while continuing to whisk for about 5 minutes, until thickened.

    Whisk rice flour
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  8. Add salt and pepper to taste.

    Add salt and pepper
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  9. Serve and enjoy!

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  • Gradually sprinkle in more sweet rice flour if needed to get the amount of thickness you are looking for.
  • If you are using cornstarch for thickening, add more by first whisking two tablespoons of cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of cold water. This is called making a "slurry" and will prevent the cornstarch from clumping when added to the hot gravy. Gradually whisk into the gravy to desired thickness.

Recipe Variations

  • Try using sweet rice flour, sometimes called "sushi" rice flour, for thickening gravies and soups for excellent results. As an alternative, you can use gluten-free cornstarch instead.
  • In addition to using the juices and drippings from the turkey pan, you can use either milk or white wine to enhance the flavor of this turkey gravy.