Turkey Drippings Gravy

You are here from my Cajun Butter Thanksgiving Turkey recipe, aren’t you?

Well, let’s make some gravy!!!!

Tips for making the perfect If Gravy

  • Double or triple this recipe if necessary. Depending on the size of your turkey, you can use butter to replace your turkey drippings. 
  • 1 part fat= 1 part flour
  • If your sauce is too thick, slowly whisk in more chicken stock
  • If you need to thicken your sauce, 

Save your Turkey Drippings

Turkey Drippings are all the delicious juices that come out of the turkey while it’s cooking. Because you’ll need to cook your turkey in a roasting vessel, all of the vegetables and. flavors from the turkey and spices create an AMAZING mouth-watering base for the Gravy!

Your turkey drippings will be part liquid/, part solid. After your turkey finishes, pour all the liquid in your roasting dish into a bowl or pitcher. Within a few minutes, you’ll see the fat separate (this is the part that we will be using as the base of our

If you love this recipe check out my Mashed Potato recipe or my Cajun Butter turkey Recipe, they both pair perfectly with this gravy!

Turkey Gravy

delicious gravy for your thanksgiving turkey and sides
5 from 5 votes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 8


  • 1/4 cup turkey drippings
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup chicken or turkey stock
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • Carefully remove turkey drippings from roasting pan. Pour your drippings into a clear bowl or pitcher. After a few minutes, you'll see your turkey drippings separate. The solids will sink to the bottom and the fat content will remain clear.
  • Remove 1/4 cup of the fat part of the turkey drippings and pour into a medium sauce pan
  • slowly whisk in flour until you have a smooth consistency
  • Slowly Pour in chicken or turkey stock, while whisking and allow the sauce to thicken. Let the sauce simmer on low heat for 15 minutes.
  • salt, and pepper to taste.
  • Serve with sides and turkey!


Because I used cajun for this recipe, the gravy had an orange hue, I used 1 tbsp of browning to make the gravy a more brown traditional color but this is OPTIONAL.
Browning is found in the sauce aisles, its “burnt sugar” and commonly used to make sauces more of a brown color!
Keyword Dinner Recipes, thanksgiving, turkey

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  1. Natalie V Owens November 21, 2022 at 10:57 pm

    Hi my daughter sent me a video of your Cajun turkey I read your recipe yes it sounds and looks good enough for me to try it your way this year even though I thought I made a great turkey yours sounds more flavorful , I’m trying your gravey and Mac n cheese also I’ll post how it come out after thanksgiving

    1. Toni Chapman November 22, 2022 at 7:58 am

      Hi Natalie, I’m sure you made a wonderful turkey last year. 🙂 This Cajun Butter turkey is a different twist on turkeys though so I’m super excited you’ll be trying it out for your daughter. It is a labor of love, so you are clearly a supermom 🙂

  2. Diamond November 23, 2022 at 8:09 am

    You have an amazing talent and am trying your turkey this year keep up the great work will come back and let you know how it went ?

  3. denise November 24, 2022 at 5:11 am

    Hi toni, can I use chicken broth instead of chicken stock?

  4. Christina Cantu November 24, 2022 at 4:23 pm

    Hey Toni! This is my first year cooking a Turkey and I’m trying out your Cajun Butter Turkey recipe. It’s in the oven right now! I’m also going to make your famous gravy recipe! Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. Kasey Dickens November 24, 2022 at 6:22 pm

    5 stars
    I made this gravy recipe along with the turkey. It was so freaking good. I opted to use the browning and I think it made a huge difference in color. Before it was way to orange to serve as gravy. But the flavor, omg. I’ll never do store bought again. One thing I did differently was I used twice the amount of turkey drippings since mine got way to thick but I think it was because my heat was to high. So make sure you really do keep it on low and follow the instructions. I can’t talk this recipe and it’s friend the Cajun turkey up anymore than I have, will definitely be sharing and remaking for future years.

  6. Lana November 24, 2022 at 7:14 pm

    5 stars
    I’ve seen this on tiktok and let me tell you it didn’t disappoint super yummy ? and so flavorful… I’ll be making my turkey like this every time from now on my husband and kids couldn’t stop complimenting how delicious it was … thank you so much ? following for more recipes

  7. Theresa November 25, 2022 at 11:55 am

    5 stars
    Hello Toni, omg that turkey looks and sounds absolutely amazing but I didn’t get this recipe in time for Thanksgiving, my daughter gave it to me and my turkey’s already made but I have a whole roasting chicken in the freezer and I’m wondering if I can do this exactly the same way with a whole roasting chicken?

    1. Toni Chapman November 29, 2022 at 9:31 pm

      Yes, this works perfect with a chicken!

  8. Lauren December 24, 2022 at 4:57 pm

    5 stars
    Hi, my daughter shared your sight with me and I’m so glad she did. I made the Turkey for our Christmas dinner. It was a lot of work and a long process, but when we tasted it… SOOO worth it! This was my second Turkey ever and it turned out beautiful! I also made your Mac and cheese which is delicious.

  9. Ms. Alice October 29, 2023 at 3:07 pm

    5 stars
    Hi Toni, with your Cajun turkey recipe, can I still use the turkey drippings for for the gravy?