Gravy – A Foolproof Recipe

A classic gravy recipe that is foolproof. It requires only 3 ingredients. Use this technique to make turkey gravy, chicken gravy or beef gravy. 

What is your favorite holiday dish? For me, hands down, it’s mashed potatoes and gravy. Especially these Creamy Mashed Potatoes and this super simple, easy to make gravy.

Whenever you roast chicken, beef or, to keep with the season, turkey, you probably notice the little brown flavor bits and lovely pan juices that accumulate in the bottom of the pan.

It might seem a little crazy but did you know that some people actually throw this stuff away? Shocking, I know.  Perhaps they do not know that those little brown bits and lovely juices are the perfect base for some of the best gravy ever.  And it is actually a lot easier to make then some people think.

A classic gravy recipes that requires only three ingredients. Use this technique to make turkey gravy, chicken gravy or beef gravy. 

How to make gravy with pan drippings:

Pan drippings. The little brown bits that are leftover in the bottom of the pan after you’re done frying chicken, roasting turkey etc. It is where all of the flavor is. Those little brown bits are what you need to make the best gravy.

To make gravy with pan drippings, you simply need to whisk flour into the drippings. Then slowly whisk in the broth to ensure there are no clumps. Reduce the heat and let is simmer until it thickens slightly. It will only take about 15 minutes and you are on your way to making delicious, creamy gravy fit for any Sunday dinner or Holiday meal.

A classic gravy recipes that requires only three ingredients. Use this technique to make turkey gravy, chicken gravy or beef gravy. 

How to make gravy with flour and milk:

When I originally posted this recipe in November of 2009, I used half broth and half milk. It makes a rich creamy gravy. If you are looking for a creamy version, simply use 1 cup of broth and 1 cup of milk. You will want to stir the broth into the drippings first. Then take 1 tablespoon of the hot liquid and whisk it into the milk. That will temper the milk so that it doesn’t curdle when you add it to the hot liquid.

A classic gravy recipes that requires only three ingredients. Use this technique to make turkey gravy, chicken gravy or beef gravy. 

Tip for making gravy:

Gravy is one of those things that I get a lot of questions about. The easiest way to remember for me is, if I want 1 cup, I use 1 tablespoon of pan drippings, 1 tablespoon of flour and 1 cup of liquid. Most of the time I want to make 2 cups  so I simply double the ingredients. I will use 2 tablespoons pan drippings, 2 tablespoons flour and 2 cups of liquid. 3 cups is 3 tablespoons pan drippings, 3 tablespoons flour and 3 cups liquid and so on and so forth. It turns out for me every time and I can increase or decrease as I need to!

A classic gravy recipes that requires only three ingredients. Use this technique to make turkey gravy, chicken gravy or beef gravy. 

How do you make gravy without drippings:

Hands down, pan drippings will give you the most flavor without having to add too much seasoning. However, in a pinch, you could simply use oil instead. You may need to add a bit more salt and peppers as well as some paprika for color. But it will be good too. I mean, after all, it’s gravy.

How do you make gravy without flour:

You can substitute cornstarch for the flour. You will want to use half of the amount of cornstarch. This recipe calls for 2 tablespoons of flour, so you’ll use 1 tablespoon of cornstarch.

This gravy recipe is FULL PROOF! 3 ingredients, easy to make and perfect for the holidays! #gravy #thanksgiving #christmas

Note: This post was originally written in 2009. Updated with new photos and recipe 2018.

Gravy – A Foolproof Recipe Recipe

Serves 4 Prep Time: Cook Time:
5 based on 12 reviews


  • 2 tablespoons reserved pan drippings from roast chicken, beef, or turkey
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 cups chicken broth, turkey broth or beef broth
  • fresh cracked pepper and kosher salt



Reserve the 2 tablespoons of pan drippings in your roasting pan. Place roasting pan on the stove. Heat pan drippings over medium heat. Sprinkle flour over the top and whisk until smooth, cook 1 -2 minutes. Be sure to scrape up any of the brown bits on the bottom of the pan.


Slowly whisk in chicken broth. Reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until thickened, whisking occasionally. Gravy should coat the back of a spoon. Season to taste with salt and pepper.




Nutrition facts not guaranteed! Enjoy!

Nutrition information

Calories: 41 , Total Fat: 0.9g , Saturated Fat: 0.3g , Cholesterol: 3mg , Sodium: 424mg , Carbohydrates: 3.5g , Fiber: 0.1g , Sugar: 0.4g , Protein: 4.1g

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    November 19, 2018 at 9:45 am

    I LOVE how easy this gravy is! Perfect for gravy novice cooks like me, can’t wait to try it!

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    Claire | The Simple, Sweet Life
    November 18, 2018 at 10:15 pm

    I love that you talk about how to make gravy both with pan drippings and without. Great, detailed instructions!

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    November 18, 2018 at 7:49 pm

    I’ve never made gravy at home, because I never think it turns out right. But these are some very helpful tips…I’ll have to try it out!

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    November 18, 2018 at 7:46 pm

    As a kid, I never liked gravy. It was because I had never had it done correctly. Now, I enjoy any opportunity to make it. I don’t usually think to add milk for a creamy version though, so I love the tip on tempering the milk first! I would have just poured it in!

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    November 18, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    I love gravy, and I love that this is only a few ingredients!

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    Sam | Ahead of Thyme
    November 18, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    Yum! This gravy looks so thick and creamy. Sounds perfect for Thanksgiving dinner!

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    November 18, 2018 at 2:39 am

    there is no milk mentioned in ingredients yet in step 2 you say to whisk in stock and milk….am I missing something?

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      November 18, 2018 at 12:34 pm

      Oh thank you for catching that Cindy! When I originally posted this, I did a creamy version which simply uses half milk/half broth. I will fix it now :)

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    November 17, 2018 at 8:14 pm

    Gravy is one of the best parts of Thanksgiving. Thanks for sharing your tips!

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    November 17, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    I need help with gravy! Thanks for sharing your helpful tips just in time for Thanksgiving!

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    November 15, 2018 at 8:26 am

    I love making gravy and my kids love gravy. This sounds so wonderful. Perfect addition to a Thanksgiving dinner table. Sounds so yum.

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    November 15, 2018 at 6:14 am

    Love this idea! It sounds great year around and not just for Thanksgiving. Pinning this recipe for later.

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    November 15, 2018 at 3:55 am

    I could eat that gravy alone with a spoon! But I’ll wait for mashed potatoes and turkey ;) Looks divine!

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    November 14, 2018 at 8:32 am

    I sincerely believe that if you don’t have gravy for your potatoes or turkey… you don’t have a complete meal. This is just about the same as my mom’s recipe for gravy and it is delicious!

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    Chrissie Baker
    November 13, 2018 at 10:23 am

    I want to try to cook your recipe for Thanksgiving! I LOVE homemade gravy. Great recipe! I think this will be one of my favorites. Looks incredible!

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    November 13, 2018 at 6:04 am

    This will be great to have on hand for Thanksgiving!

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    November 13, 2018 at 6:03 am

    This is in our future! So easy and so delicious!

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    Katerina @ diethood .com
    November 13, 2018 at 2:22 am

    This is fantastic!! Homemade gravy is the best!!

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    jessica | novice chef
    November 12, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    homemade gravy is without a doubt one of my favorite things about thanksgiving!

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    November 24, 2009 at 7:51 am

    I’m glad I remembered to come back for the gravy recipe! I’m totally excited to use your recipes this Thanksgiving :)

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      November 25, 2009 at 10:23 am

      Thanks Susan! I hope you enjoy them and Happy Thanksgiving!!

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    November 21, 2009 at 9:45 am

    Thank you Karly!

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    November 17, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Looks delish!

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    November 17, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    Thanks Memoria!
    Jackie- That sounds lovely!
    Thanks Jenn! On Thanksgiving, I do pour gravy on just about everything ;-)

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    November 17, 2009 at 11:50 am

    I love the picture.. makes me want to pour gravy on just about everything!!

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    Jackie at
    November 17, 2009 at 1:30 am

    Love it, absolutely love gravy. Just made a vegetarian version today for hubby. :P

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    November 16, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    This is exactly how I like my gravy. The photo looks great.

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