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
Yield: 2 cups
Nutrition Facts (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, it's tricky for those following a gluten-free diet during Thanksgiving and other occasions when gravy is a staple. 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, or 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 recipe gathered

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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 the flavorful pan drippings 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 saucepan or skillet. 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 the fat in the pan.

    Pan drippings added to the saucepan

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  7. Whisk dissolved rice flour mixture into the pan and cook over medium heat while continuing to whisk, about 5 minutes or 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.

    Gravy in a pitcher ready to serve

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Recipe Variations

  • Try using gluten-free cornstarch, in place of the sweet rice flour, both provide excellent results for thickening gravies and soups.
  • In addition to using the juices and drippings from the turkey pan, you can use either milk or white wine instead of the 1/2 cup water to enhance the flavor of this turkey gravy. 


  • 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 2 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.

How to Store and Freeze

  • Store any leftover gravy in an airtight container, and put in the refrigerator for up to two days.
  • Gravy can be frozen in freezer-safe airtight containers, and kept for up to four months in the freezer.
  • Simply reheat the gravy in the microwave, or in a small saucepan on low on the stovetop.

What can you do with leftover turkey gravy?

Leftover turkey gravy is not just for putting on that leftover turkey or a turkey stuffing casserole dish. Drizzle it over your breakfast potatoes, or meatballs, or egg noodles. There are endless ways to use it. Be creative!