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How to Make Gravy without Drippings

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It is easy to learn how to make gravy without drippings. This easy homemade gravy needs no drippings, just a few simple ingredients. While it is easy enough for weeknight dinners, it is especially perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey and ham!


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  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups turkey, chicken, beef, or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)

Flavor variations

Turkey or Chicken Gravy – use turkey or chicken broth, add in 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning, 3/4 teaspoon onion powder, and 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Brown Gravy – use beef broth, 1/2 teaspoon each onion and garlic powder, and 1/2 teaspoon Better than Bouillion

White Country Gravy – substitute milk for the broth or stockand add freshly ground pepper if desired


  1. In a saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.
  2. Add flour to the butter and whisk continuously until there are no lumps, cooking for one minute.
  3. Slowly add broth while continuing to whisk. 
  4. Cook 5-7 minutes or until thickened, continuing to whisk the entire time.
  5. Remove pan from heat and season to taste with salt.


Store in an airtight container in the fridge up to 3 days.

Freeze in a freezer-safe container (affiliate link) up to 3 months. You can also freeze the gravy in an ice cube tray then transfer to a freezer bag for single-serve portions.

Reheat gravy over medium heat on the stovetop, adding a little extra broth or water as needed.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: sauce
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 143
  • Sugar: 0.9 g
  • Sodium: 754.9 mg
  • Fat: 11.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 7.8 g
  • Fiber: 0.4 g
  • Protein: 1.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 33 mg
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