When the turkey is ready and the family is hungry, the last thing you want is a longer wait while you prepare the gravy. At just 10 minutes from start to finish, this Quick Turkey Gravy with Cornstarch is not only easy, but also THE best and most creamy, savory turkey gravy!
Easy Turkey Gravy Recipe
I grew up making gravy for my family’s weekly Sunday dinner. As a kid, I took this responsibility very seriously! Every Sunday, my mom would make Slow Cooker Roast Beef, Potatoes, and Carrots. I would make the gravy from all the remaining drippings and juices. It was the final step before dinner was ready to be served and felt a sense of pride once completing.
Easy Homemade Turkey Gravy Ingredients
Turkey gravy can be made with just a few simple ingredients.
- Fresh Turkey Broth or Stock
- Salt and Pepper (to taste)
How to make Turkey Gravy from Broth
Whether you’re making beef gravy or turkey gravy, it’s the same, simple process. Gravy is relatively simple, however it can also quickly become lumpy or too thick. The trick is to bring the liquid to a rolling boil and start stirring with a whisk prior to pouring the cornstarch mixture. I pour the cornstarch mixture directly over where I’m stirring with my whisk. Also, I watch the texture closely. Once I start noticing any thickening, I stop pouring my cornstarch mixture BUT continue consistently stirring. After about 10 seconds, you’ll be able to determine whether or not you need to add additional cornstarch mixture.
If you’re making the gravy from my Smoked Whole Turkey Recipe, the juices and broth will already be full of flavor. However, if you test taste your gravy and feel it still needs more flavor, I would try adding salt and pepper 1/4 tsp at a time. You should quickly reach the flavor you’re looking for.
How to make Turkey Gravy ahead of time
While you can certainly wait until the turkey is done and use fresh turkey broth or stock to make gravy, there’s no need to wait. Simply use pre-made or store-bought turkey broth or turkey stock and make the gravy while the turkey is cooking. Then, when the turkey is done, freeze the drippings to use in future dishes or gravy.
How to thicken Turkey Gravy
For a thicker gravy, combine an additional 3 Tablespoons of Cornstarch with 2 Tablespoons of Water in a separate small bowl. All of the mixture may not be needed so slowly add it to the gravy a little at a time, stirring thoroughly after each addition until the desired thickness is reached. If you end up with lumps, simply strain the gravy prior to serving.
Happy Thanksgiving and Turkey Gravy making!
Easy Turkey Gravy with Cornstarch
- 4 cups fresh turkey broth or stock
- 3 Tablespoons cornstarch
- 2 Tablespoons water
- Salt and Pepper (to taste)
- In a medium sized saucepan, bring turkey broth to rolling boil.
- Meanwhile, in a small glass, combine the cornstarch and water. Stir well until mixture is smooth.
- While broth is boiling and constantly stirring with a whisk, slowly pour in cornstarch mixture. Continue to stir as the gravy begins to thicken. Remove from heat once desired thickness is reached.
- For a thicker gravy, repeat step #2 with cornstarch and water. You most likely will not need the entire mixture so add the additional cornstarch mixture very slowly. If you end up with lumps, simply strain the gravy prior to serving.
- Season with additional salt and pepper to taste.