No-Drippings Turkey Gravy


You and your family can have the enjoyment of amazing homemade turkey gravy in just 15 minutes for the holidays.  No drippings and no turkey roasting required!

You and your family can have the enjoyment of amazing homemade turkey gravy in just 15 minutes for the holidays.  No drippings and no turkey roasting required!

I fell in love with this from-scratch gravy.  It’s so good, and this coming from the world’s biggest gravy fan (“Would you like some mashed potatoes with that gravy?”  That’s me).  When something is as simple as this no-fail recipe you can go ahead and sign me up, especially when it comes to the holidays and “ain’t nobody got time” for messing up in the kitchen.  This is true especially for those hosting the holiday and having 8 million tasks going on at once in the kitchen and hungry people waiting to eat.  This gravy can take one of those tasks and turn it into a no-brainer and a time saver all at once.  You can enjoy more time with your family and friends and not worry so much about throwing a gravy together at the last minute and making sure it tastes right and is thick enough.  You don’t even have to wait for the meat to be done, you can make this ahead of time.  Are you sold on it yet?

This gravy is perfect for anytime you have leftovers or something that doesn’t create drippings and you need a quick and easy gravy!  This gravy doesn’t have to just be used for turkey dinners, it would be great for any roast you are making or if you’re serving mashed potatoes as a side dish and don’t want to use that pre-packaged salty stuff you buy at the store.  It was SO good that I wanted to eat it with a spoon.  Wait, let me correct that sentence – I DID eat it with a spoon, but only for taste-testing purposes, of course.

Perfect homemade turkey gravy in just 15 minutes for the holidays.  No drippings and no cooked turkey required!

No-Drippings Turkey Gravy
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Serves: 8-10 servings
You and your family can have the enjoyment of amazing homemade turkey gravy in just 15 minutes for the holidays. No drippings and no turkey roasting required!
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground pepper
  • 32 oz stock (chicken or turkey)
  1. In a saucepan over medium to medium-low heat, add the stick of butter until melted then add the onion powder and whisk that in.
  2. Add flour, a few tablespoons at a time, to the butter and whisk to form a roux or paste-like consistency.
  3. Add about ¼ cup of stock, then a bit more flour and continue whisking to keep the roux. Next you will add the remainder of the stock and bring to a slow boil, whisking frequently.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste. Continue to boil for another 10 minutes or so until the gravy has thickened.
*If the gravy becomes too thick, you may whisk in a bit of water or more stock to thin it out.
*If you make this ahead of time and let it sit or refrigerate, it will thicken a lot, as gravy does. Have extra broth (or drippings if you did happen to have some of that on hand) to thin the gravy back out when reheating.

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26 Responses to “No-Drippings Turkey Gravy”

  1. November 14, 2014 at 4:01 AM #

    I am for sure one of those people that would like just a tad bit of potatoes to go with my gravy too. It is a weakness of mine and really only have it around the holidays so figured that was ok. I agree that taking a little madness out of Thanksgiving day prep is a very good thing and this is a good time saver. Have a super weekend.

  2. November 14, 2014 at 9:21 AM #

    Love that you don’t need any turkey drippings for this gravy!

  3. November 14, 2014 at 9:32 AM #

    I wish I had known about your recipe when we hosted Thanksgiving a few years ago. My gravy was a watery mess and never came together (even when I made the roux). Yours looks fool-proof! Oh, and I am totally “that girl” who also likes mashed potatoes with the gravy. I’m a gravy hog.

  4. November 14, 2014 at 10:25 AM #

    I love an easy makeahead gravy!!

  5. November 14, 2014 at 10:51 AM #

    Thanks for sharing

  6. Ginny McMeans
    November 14, 2014 at 11:23 AM #

    Yes, and gravy has to go on the dressing too! Everybody has to have this recipe for extra gravy.

  7. November 14, 2014 at 12:54 PM #

    I think we should have a gravy eat-a-thon 🙂 I also am a huge, huge, huge gravy lover and here it goes “would you like Spätzle with your gravy”…

    Love that this gravy is so easy, it sounds fantastic, plus it makes enough for the four of us…

  8. November 14, 2014 at 2:04 PM #

    Lovely easy gravy recipe. Can’t wait for Thanksgiving!

  9. November 14, 2014 at 2:19 PM #

    I do love my gravy made from the drippings, but always appreciate having a “no drippings necessary” recipe on hand for those meals when I haven’t roasted a bird. Bookmarking this!

  10. November 14, 2014 at 2:20 PM #

    I love how easy this is! I’ll definitely be serving it at Thanksgiving.

  11. November 14, 2014 at 10:27 PM #

    Nice. I love how simple this is…and while I love gravy from drippings, everybody in my family is always happy with some extra! Pinned!

  12. November 14, 2014 at 11:21 PM #

    I love that I can easily adjust this to be vegan! YUM!

  13. November 15, 2014 at 4:48 PM #

    No Thanksgiving table would be complete without it! Looks great, Ashley!

  14. November 16, 2014 at 10:24 PM #

    I’m one of those weirdos who never puts gravy on her food. However, if I was faced with the gravy I just might change my mind. It looks amazing!

  15. November 16, 2014 at 10:56 PM #

    Gravy is a must at the holiday table – love that I don’t have to wait for the drippings to whip this up!

  16. November 17, 2014 at 4:23 PM #

    YES!!! I totally needed this recipe! Thank you!!

  17. November 17, 2014 at 7:32 PM #

    SOLD!! I do love me some good gravy and I love the ability to make ahead! Bookmarked!

  18. November 17, 2014 at 10:21 PM #

    I have zero luck with gravy. None. At all. Nada. So I’m going to totally try this one. It looks like the one my mom used to make.

  19. November 18, 2014 at 7:46 AM #

    I love gravy recipes that don’t require drippings….as much as they add a ridiculous amount of flavor, I’d much rather be able to make my gravy ahead of time.

  20. November 21, 2014 at 6:02 PM #

    Oh Ashley, why haven’t I heard about this recipe years ago.
    So easy to prepare, no holiday stress and it sounds very tasty too.

  21. Liz hubright
    January 5, 2015 at 5:14 PM #

    I have made this 3 times in the last few months! My family and I LOVE it!

    • January 5, 2015 at 7:05 PM #

      So glad you love it as much as we do!!

  22. Sharon
    November 29, 2016 at 2:28 PM #

    Could this be made with beef stock? for a roast beef meal.

    • November 29, 2016 at 2:28 PM #

      Absolutely! It definitely can be.


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