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This Easy 5-Minute Gravy Recipe is perfect for turkey, chicken, or beef! It’s so flavorful and it’s foolproof too and perfect for any meal. You’re going to be so happy when you see how easy it is to make gravy.

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Table of Contents
  1. Easy Gravy Recipe in 5 minutes!
  2. What you need to make homemade gravy
  3. How To Make Gravy From Scratch
  4. Gravy Recipe Tips
  5. Easy Gravy Recipe Recipe

Easy Gravy Recipe in 5 minutes!

Gravy has always been sort of an enigma to me. I’ve never known the exact ratios of liquid and thickener or whether to use cornstarch or flour, stock or water…and end up just winging it and hoping for the best.

I’ve come to realize as I’ve gotten older that gravy is the star of the meal. My husband could drink gravy, he loves it so much, and he drowns everything in it, so it’s important that it not only tastes good but is the perfect consistency.

I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect turkey gravy recipe for Thanksgiving, but also for a delicious all-purpose gravy that I can make for beef or chicken, or to dip French fries in (try it, you’ll never use ketchup again).

Why you’ll love this recipe

THIS is the perfect recipe for all of those things; it’s the magical combination of liquid and fat and thickener that tastes so good and is perfect poured on everything. You can use this recipe for turkey gravy, roasted chicken or make it brown gravy for beef. It’s even a good gravy recipe without drippings! Basically it’s the PERFECT gravy recipe and it takes only 5 minutes to make!

Ingredients in gravy

What you need to make homemade gravy

  • Butter: I love butter in gravy – it makes it so thick and rich. It’s best to use unsalted butter and then add salt to taste because you never know how much salt is really in stock or bouillon and you don’t want your gravy recipe to be too salty.
  • Flour: Use all-purpose flour for this. The butter and flour mixture cooks and makes a roux which thickens the gravy to the perfect thickness.
  • Chicken Stock or broth: Use your favorite brand – but use a good one. I prefer using low sodium stock. You can also use drippings from your roast or turkey.
  • Bouillon: I use this to add extra flavor when I’m just using stock or broth. If I’m using the drippings I don’t usually add this because turkey or beef drippings have tons of extra flavor.
  • Spices: Use your favorites, but I love adding herbs and onion powder.
4 images showing a pot on a stove showing the steps for making gravy

How To Make Gravy From Scratch

  1. Heat the stock and bouillon cubes (if using) in the microwave until hot and the bouillon has dissolved. Meanwhile, melt butter in a saucepan. Add the flour and spices.
  2. Cook the flour and whisk until a rue has formed about a minute.
  3. Slowly add the hot stock to the butter mixture, whisking to combine. Add spices.
  4. Cook until boiling and thick, stirring often.
Turkey with gravy on a white platter

Gravy Recipe Tips

  • This gravy recipe calls for stock so make sure to use one that is high quality. The more flavor the better!
  • If you are making a turkey or chicken with drippings, strain it, remove the fat, and measure it with the stock to add tons of extra flavor.
  • If you’re using stock and not drippings don’t skip the bouillon. But if you’re using drippings you can reduce them or omit them.
  • It’s best to use unsalted butter, just because stock, drippings, and bouillon often have lots of salt. Taste your end product to see if it needs extra salt or pepper.
  • It really only takes 5 minutes. Don’t walk away from the stove; this gravy thickens fast!

FAQs

How do you thicken gravy?

This gravy recipe is thickened with flour – the butter and flour make a rue that thickens the stock.

Can you make gravy gluten free?

You’d have to use cornstarch to thicken the gravy. Bring the stock to a boil in a saucepan and use 2 tablespoons of cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon cold water. Stir the cornstarch slurry into the boiling stock until it thickens.

How to store leftover gravy?

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will gel; heat to thin and add additional stock or water if you want it thinner.

This Easy 5-Minute Gravy Recipe is perfect for turkey, chicken, or beef! It's so flavorful and it's foolproof too and perfect for a any meal.

Easy Gravy Recipe

4.15 from 306 votes
This Easy All Purpose 5-Minute Gravy recipe is perfect for turkey, chicken, or beef. Use this method to make the most flavorful gravy ever!
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Yield 2 cups
Serving Size 1 serving

Ingredients
 

  • 2 cups (474ml) chicken, beef, vegetable, or turkey stock
  • 2 beef or chicken bouillon cubes
  • 4 tablespoons (57g) unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup (31g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon dried sage
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Combine the stock and the bouillon cubes in a microwave safe bowl or measuring cup. Heat for 1 minutes and stir. Repeat until bouillon is dissolved.
  • Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the flour, onion powder, thyme, sage, and rosemary and cook for 1 minute to cook the flour. Slowly whisk in the stock until smooth and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook, whisking, until smooth and thick, about 1 minute. Add salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat and serve immediately.

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Recipe Notes

  • If you have pan drippings, use those then add stock to make 2 cups.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 80kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 238mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Author Dorothy Kern
Keyword gravy

Not only am I excited to share this recipe with you because it tastes so good, but also because it comes from a new cookbook I’m very excited about. The Simple Kitchen by Donna and Chad Elick is full of quick and easy recipes for every day. Donna and Chad are the founders of The Slow Roasted Italian and are friends of mine. Their recipes are always delicious! I’ve made several of the recipes in their book and love every single one.

This is now my go-to gravy recipe. It’s so flavorful and easy that I plan to make it all the time!

If you love gravy, you need to try it on Southwestern Crusted Roast Beef or this Oven Roasted Chicken with Lemon Rosemary Butter.

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Last Updated on February 23, 2021

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157 Comments

  1. This has become my go-to gravy recipe! My gravy before always tasted ok, but I had a hard time getting my proportions right. I’ve already shared this among family.

  2. Fail safe! Used fresh, homemade chicken feet stock and cornstarch (GF) and my gravy turned out perfectly! I’ve bookmarked and favorited your recipe, thank you Dorothy.

  3. Loved this recipe! I used to buy mix packages but my husband has a dairy intolerance and most mixed contain modified milk ingredients. I haven’t been able to find a foolproof recipe until now, this was a hit! It came together quickly and had nice flavour. I cut back the onion powder to 1/4tsp for personal preference. Can’t wait to make again, thanks for the recipe!

  4. Oh my goodness! I feel like my whole life I was forced into thinking the only good gravy was made from old oil! Thank you for saving my life lol. This was the easiest, tastiest recipe ever! I halved everything & it still made more than enough for our dinner! Didn’t even need to add salt or pepper. Thank you do much for this recipe!!

  5. This is the best gravy recipe ever!!! I have literally never been able to make gravy, and now I can make it perfectly every single time!! It is also the most flavorful gravy I have ever had. Years ago we switched over to other types of potatoes that didn’t require gravy because no one could make it, we didn’t really like it when people who could make it were still around, and we don’t like the stuff in the jars. I stumbled across this recipe and I couldn’t believe it would only take 5 minutes. I had all the ingredients so I decided to try it. Holy Moly!! It really was only 5 minutes. It came together perfectly, and people LOVE it! Now I need to make a double batch every time. Thank you for teaching this 43 year old how to make gravy. You are awesome!

  6. Thank you for sharing this recipe! I always struggle to make gravy and this was delicious and will be my go to recipe.