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Foolproof Herbed Turkey Gravy Recipe

Want to make absolutely foolproof, lump-free, easy, delicious Herbed Turkey Gravy? It’s easy. Here’s how to do it.

A turkey breast coated with breading and drizzled with gravy is down on an off-white plate with greens nearby.

Don’t be alarmed, but as I write this Thanksgiving is a mere eight days away. Scary, right? It crept up on us so fast that I totally didn’t see it coming. Now, I am knee-deep in grocery lists, Thanksgiving recipes and menu planning for the big day. I’ll be sharing my 2011 menu here on Friday, along with a few last-minute planning tips.

But today I want to share with you a little trick that I came up with to make absolutely foolproof, lump-free, easy, delicious turkey gravy. It’s ridiculously simple and makes the whole gravy making process a cinch.

See, for me, making gravy is a tricky and frustrating thing. I’ve tried using my grandfather’s method of mixing a water/flour mixture and whisking that in. I’ve tried using cornstarch. I’ve tried mixing a little flour into hot broth before adding it. But my gravy has seldom been perfect, instead ranging from lumpy (hint: strain lumps out of lumpy gravy to save the day) to jelly-ish (too much cornstarch). Sometimes it’s been under-seasoned and flavorless while other times it’s been too salty or peppery.

With this recipe, none of that happens. Basically, I’ve taken my method for making the cheese sauce for my homemade macaroni and cheese and applied it to gravy — and it worked like a charm. The smooth, velvety gravy has a rich herbalness with rosemary, thyme and sage cooked into it. It’s a beautiful thing.

Four photos in a grid show the process of making turkey gravy from butter and flour to adding stock and herbs.

To make this absolutely fool proof gravy recipe, you start with a roux (that’s a fancy way of saying a butter/flour mixture). Melt the butter and then add the flour, whisking it together until it’s good and bubbly. This is your thickening agent. By adding it first, you ensure that the flour doesn’t form those dreaded lumps when you go to thicken it.

Then, you add turkey stock and whisk it up like crazy to combine the stock and roux. Next, you add herbs for flavor. Just stir them in and let the gravy bubble away for five minutes. Fish out the herbs, season with salt and pepper, and you are there.

Really, it couldn’t be easier to make this perfect Herbed Turkey Gravy.

Gravy is shown in a white coffee cup with a white spoon inside.

Oh, and here’s one more little hack for you: if you don’t have a gravy boat, try using a plain coffee cup like this white mug. It works just as well (and I swear it keeps the gravy warmer for longer too since there’s less surface area for heat to escape from).

How are your Thanksgiving plans coming?

Yield: 4 servings

Foolproof Herbed Turkey Gravy Recipe

Foolproof Herbed Turkey Gravy Recipe

This easy recipe for turkey gravy is totally scalable. Make as much as you need, adjusting the measurements as needed to achieve the desired gravy.


  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1 cup turkey stock
  • 3 sprigs herbs, 1 each of rosemary, thyme, sage
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Melt the butter in a skillet. Whisk in flour until fully combined. Let cook for 2 minutes, until bubbly and slightly golden.
  2. Whisk in the turkey stock until fully incorporated into the roux (flour mixture). Drop in the herbs whole and let the gravy bubble away for 5 minutes. Remove the herbs and whisk in salt and pepper, to taste. If desired, cook for an additional 2-3 minutes to thicken the gravy a little more.
  3. Serve immediately.
  4. Hint: Whisk in two tablespoons of turkey drippings to make the gravy taste more like your bird.

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Thursday 17th of November 2011

I use your grandfather's method without the water - just stir some flour and spices into the turkey drippings!

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