This easy gluten free turkey gravy can be made with chicken, turkey or beef stock, or turkey drippings. It's the perfect sauce to serve with roast turkey, or any other turkey entree.
This amazing gluten free gravy is made from the pan drippings that are left in the roasting pan after cooking a whole turkey. No gravy mix is required!
Why you'll love it
- Really easy to make
- Customize the sauce to suit your preferences
- Pairs perfectly with any turkey entree
- 5-minute turkey gravy recipe
- Gluten free, dairy free, soy free and nut free
- Suitable for most diets
- Vegan "turkey gravy" alternative available
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Turkey drippings: This is the main liquid ingredient. The turkey drippings is the grease or fat that drips off turkey when it roasts. You can also use turkey stock, chicken stock, beef broth or water to increase the amount of liquid used if you don't have enough (or any) drippings available.
Sweet rice flour: This is an excellent natural thickening agent, and completely gluten free. You can also use cornstarch instead, but make sure that it's certified gluten free. Alternatively, gluten free flour will also do the trick.
Water: Used to turn the sweet rice flour into a paste.
Seasoning: I use salt and pepper, but you can adjust the seasoning to taste.
You can find full instructions + ingredient measurements in the recipe card at the bottom of this page
One: Pour the turkey drippings into a small pot, and bring it to a boil over medium heat. Reduce to a simmer.
Two: Combine sweet rice flour and cold water in a bowl to form a paste. Add the paste to the turkey drippings, and whisk.
The turkey gravy will quickly thicken. Allow it to gently simmer, and add seasoning to taste. Serve the gravy immediately while it's warm.
- Keep whisking the gravy after you add the thickening agent to prevent any lumps from forming.
- If you use stock or broth instead of drippings, you might want to add extra seasoning or the gravy could be bland.
- Adjust the amount of salt to taste. You might not need to add as much if your drippings or broth contains salt already.
Gluten free turkey gravy is perfect to serve with any turkey entree. Turkey is commonly served with a variety of side dishes for Christmas, Thanksgiving, or other special occasions.
This is also a great sauce to serve with roast chicken or any other poultry.
Serve turkey gravy with turkey steaks or roasted whole turkey. Pour it over mashed potatoes for an easy side dish. Or, you can pair it with your favorite side dishes, like slow cooker green beans, almond milk mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, or garlic parmesan brussels sprouts.
Creamy turkey gravy: Add some heavy cream, half and half or creme fraiche to the gravy before you serve it. Cream gravy is thick, flavorful and delicious. This also makes the sauce more filling.
Add more volume: If you want to make more gravy, but don't have enough turkey drippings, you can add water and a bouillon cube, or beef broth or chicken stock. You can also add a stock pot. Keep in mind that this will dillute the flavor, and you might have to compensate by adding more seasoning.
Vegan version: Make vegetarian turkey gravy by replacing the turkey drippings with vegetable broth, drippings from roasted vegetables, or chicken flavored vegetarian bouillon.
Other thickening agents: You can replace the sweet rice flour with gluten free cornstarch, gluten free all-purpose flour, a small spoon of instant mashed potato powder, or even mashed potatoes. These are all easier to find than sweet rice flour.
To make this easy dish, you will need a small pot or sauce pan. Make sure that you use a pot that's large enough to comfortably fit the amount of liquid used. Additionally, you will need a small bowl and a whisk.
Since the recipe requires turkey drippings, it's best to serve it with roasted turkey. This means that you will need a whole turkey or turkey breast, and a roasting dish as well.
Store any leftover turkey gravy in a sealed container in a refrigerator for up to 3 days. You can reheat it on the stove or in a microwave, and serve it warm with fututre meals.
Alternatively, use the leftover gravy in other dishes like casseroles.
You can also freeze this sauce for up to 3 months. Thaw the frozen sauce in a refrigerator overnight, and reheat it as described above. This means that the gravy can be made ahead, which can save you a lot of time when cooking dinner on Thanksgiving or Christmas.
Frequently asked questions
Yes. Drippings add a lot of flavor to turkey gravy, but it's possible to make it without. Instead, you can use concentrated chicken broth or turkey stock, grease from roasting vegetables, or any other flavorful liquid of your choice.
Absolutely. You can make gravy with or without milk or cream. If you choose to make a cream gravy, you can use dairy free cream if you prefer.
Flour is used to thicken gravy, as it gives the sauce a good, creamy consistency. Without adding flour, gravy would be extremely watery. You can use any type of flour, like all-purpose flour, cornstarch or sweet rice flour.
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Gluten Free Turkey Gravy
- Add the turkey drippings to a small pot. Bring it to a boil over medium heat on the stove, and reduce it to a simmer.
- Combine sweet rice flour and cold water in a small bowl to form a paste.
- Add the flour paste to the warm turkey drippings, and whisk. The sauce will thicken quickly.
- When the gravy has thickened to your liking, remove it from the heat, and add salt and pepper to taste if required.
- You can use cornstarch or all-purpose flour instead of sweet rice flour if you prefer.
- If you don't have enough turkey drippings, you can add turkey stock, chicken broth or beef stock to make up the amount required.
- If you want to make cream gravy, you can add half and half, heavy cream, milk or creme fraiche towards the end of the cooking time. Add this to taste.
- Make sure to use certified gluten free ingredients. This is often indiciated on the nutritional label on the packaging.
Food safety tips
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Use oils with high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds
- Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove