Gluten-Free Gravy – Downshiftology

This gluten-free gravy is ultra smooth and oh, so flavorful. Trust me when I say that it’s the best turkey gravy and no one will even notice it’s gluten-free. So don’t toss away the pan drippings after roasting your Thanksgiving turkey – use them in this luscious sauce!

Turkey gravy in a white gravy boat.

Aside from cranberry sauce, gravy is a Thanksgiving essential that ties everything together. It brings the turkey to life, makes mashed potatoes extra creamy, and adds a rich touch to roasted vegetables.

But for those who need to eat gluten-free during the holidays – you’re in for a treat. This turkey gravy is so easy to make and is just as good as any other gravy made from scratch.

Gluten-Free Gravy Ingredients

  • Turkey Drippings: The ultra flavorful drippings add layers of flavor to this recipe. If you don’t have turkey drippings, just use turkey broth! You could also use chicken drippings and chicken broth. 
  • Arrowroot Powder: Replaces wheat flour as a thickener.
  • Butter or Ghee: Add that buttery richness to the gravy, but if you’re dairy-free you can use water. No problem!
  • Salt & Pepper: Just a pinch is all you need.
Ingredients for gluten-free turkey gravy on a counter.

How To Make The Best Gluten-Free Gravy

Once you try this gravy, you won’t believe that it’s gluten-free, paleo, and Whole30 friendly. It’s just as rich, layered, and flavorful as any classic recipe.

First, strain the drippings. When the turkey is done roasting, strain the pan drippings through a fine mesh sieve into a large measuring cup. Use a spatula to to scrape off any remaining bits as well for extra flavoring.

Turkey drippings being drained into a measuring cup for gravy.

Second, skim the fat. As the drippings sit, the fat will separate and rise to the top. Once it does, skim off most of the fat and keep the broth below. Then pour everything into a pot and bring it to a boil.

Turkey broth being poured into a pot for turkey gravy.

Third, create a slurry. Whisk together the melted butter and arrowroot powder in a small bowl. If you’re dairy-free, you can use water here.

A slurry being mixed for a turkey gravy

Lastly, stir in the slurry. Once the broth boils, turn the heat off and slowly whisk in the slurry until it starts to thicken. Then, season with salt and pepper. The gravy will continue to thicken as it cools.

Whisking turkey gravy in a pot.

A Few Questions Answered

  • What if I’m not roasting a turkey? You can use turkey broth instead.
  • Can I make chicken gravy instead of turkey gravy? Absolutely! If you’re making a roast chicken, you can use the drippings from that. Or you can use chicken broth as well.
  • What if my gravy isn’t thickening up? You can add a little more arrowroot powder mixed with an equal amount of liquid (butter or water). But just be careful, as it can quickly go from watery to gel-like.
  • What other flours can you use? You can also use tapioca flour or cornstarch as a thickener.

Make This Gluten-Free Gravy Ahead Of Time

If you’re looking to save yourself from a kitchen frenzy on Thanksgiving day – make this one day in advance. But instead of using turkey drippings, you’ll use turkey broth. Then, on Thanksgiving day (if you’ve made a turkey), you can add in a little bit of your turkey drippings for added flavor.

Storing And Reheating

Having leftover gravy is almost like liquid gold. But the downside is that it doesn’t last too long in the fridge. Here’s a tip below to get around that.

  • To store: Pour the gravy into an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 2 days.
  • To Freeze: If you’re looking to keep this for longer, it will keep in the freezer for 4 months. You can store it in freezer safe containers, bags, or ice cube trays.
  • To reheat: Pour the gravy into a small pot then turn the heat to a low. Stir the gravy as it reheats so that it’s evenly cooked. You can also microwave it until warmed through.
Pouring the gluten-free gravy over a plate of turkey and vegetables.

Ways To Use Leftover Gravy

Hosting Thanksgiving can always be a bit nerve wracking. But as long as you plan ahead, figure out what dishes you’re making, and what ingredients you’ll need, it’ll be a breeze. Here’s a few easy Thanksgiving side dishes to add to your menu this season.

Gluten-Free Gravy Recipe Video

While this recipe is easy to make, it always helps to watch a quick video. Click play below!

If you’ve recently made this gluten-free gravy recipe, let me know how it turned out in a comment below! Your reviews greatly help this community. 

Gluten-free turkey gravy in a white gravy boat.

Gluten-Free Gravy

This gluten-free gravy is ultra smooth and flavorful. Trust me when I say that it’s the best turkey gravy and no one will even notice it’s gluten-free.

  • If using all broth and no drippings (which contain more fat), I’d recommend starting with less arrowroot powder, as it can turn gel-like quickly. 
  • Need a new gravy boat? This is the gravy boat that I’m using.

Calories: 28kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 2mg, Sodium: 230mg, Potassium: 62mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 2mg, Iron: 1mg

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Recipe originally posted November 2020, but updated to include new information.

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