Easy Gluten-Free Turkey Gravy

Quick gluten free turkey gravy

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  • Total: 12 mins
  • Prep: 7 mins
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Servings: 8 servings

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 water (milk and white wine also work)
  • 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!

    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.