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No Drippings Gravy

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Learn how to make gravy from scratch without the bird! This No Drippings Gravy is made with chicken stock and butter and thickened with a quick roux. When you don’t feel like fussing with drippings, this gravy is the best!

no drippings gravy

I hate making gravy. There. I said it. I pride myself on making food from scratch but not gravy. Truthfully, I hate making gravy with drippings because it needs to be prepared right before serving, and that’s time I’d rather be spending with my guests. So I cheat sometimes. I may have previously put Boston Market gravy on the Thanksgiving table, and I may have doctored it up enough to call it my own. Not one person questioned it.

With this no drippings gravy recipe, I can make it in advance and not dread it one bit. No standing over the stove, getting grease all over and making a mess. Thickening chicken stock with a quick roux is all it takes to make no dripping gravy. I sometimes add a splash of brandy to deepen the flavor, and I always add fresh herbs.

What are drippings?

Drippings are the fatty liquid that drips off of chicken, turkey, or any meat and accumulates while cooking. It has a rich flavor and is used as the base in traditional gravy recipes. So how do we make gravy without it? Read on to find out!

ingredients for no dripping gravy

Ingredients //

  • Butter: Since this gravy is made without drippings, the butter takes its place as a rich, fatty gravy base and helps activate the roux.
  • Flour: acts as a roux and helps thicken the gravy.
  • Chicken Stock: I always keep chicken stock on hand to throw this gravy together when need be. You can also use turkey or beef stock here.
  • Salt & Pepper: to enhance all of the flavors.
  • Brandy (optional): You can add a splash of brandy at the end to glaze the pan and add a smoky flavor to your gravy.
  • Fresh Thyme: Fresh herbs add that comforting savory flavor and aroma of traditional holiday gravy. You can also use rosemary or parsley.

How to Make // The Steps

ingredients for no dripping gravy

Step 1: Make a roux. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the flour and whisk together for a minute until smooth.

Step 2: Whisk in stock. Whisk in the chicken stock and let the mixture begin to bubble. The roux will not thicken until the stock starts bubbling—Cook for another minute.

Step 3: Finish. Add the brandy and thyme and season with salt and pepper.

Step 4: Store. Pour gravy into a glass container and keep it in the fridge. When you’re ready to serve the gravy, simmer it over medium heat until smooth and warmed through.

What Goes with No Drippings Gravy //

You can make this gravy with chicken, turkey, or beef stock with equally great results. This method is super convenient when you need gravy quickly. It goes great with so many things. For instance:

Don’t forget about potatoes. This gravy goes great with mashed potatoes and is perfect for dipping fries into.

ingredients for no dripping gravy in a pot

Tips & Tricks //

  • The secret to no dripping gravy is the roux, so be careful not to burn it. Once it starts to bubble and turn golden brown, it’s ready.
  • Using a whisk is essential. Otherwise, you may end up with lumpy gravy.
  • Once it’s finished, give your gravy a quick taste and adjust the seasonings if you need to.
ingredients for no dripping gravy whisked in a pot

Why is No Drippings Gravy So Good?

  • Quick, easy and less messy than gravy made with drippings.
  • It can be made in advance, and it tastes as good as new when reheated.
  • The ingredients are simple and you may already have them on hand.
  • This gravy is an excellent addition to holiday spreads and whenever you’re in a pinch for gravy.
ingredients for no dripping gravy in a pot

FAQ //

How can I make my gravy thicker?

Adding a roux to your gravy made from flour is a great way to achieve the correct consistency. Making a slurry from cornstarch and water is another option.

What do I do if my gravy is too thick?

This is an easy fix. If your gravy is too thick, return it to the heat and reheat it while slowly adding in more water or stock. Taste and adjust the seasons.

no drippings gravy over turkey with green peas

How to Store and Reheat //

Storing: What I love the most about making gravy with no drippings is I can make it DAYS in advance. You can make this gravy 2 to 3 days in advance, store it in the fridge and reheat it before serving. It will be as good as new!

Reheating: All you need to do is heat the gravy over medium heat while whisking until it’s warmed through. If it’s too thick, add a splash of water or more stock.

Make-Ahead and Freezer Options //

Freezing: This gravy also freezes well. Let it cool completely to room temperature, and then freeze in airtight containers for 2 to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge before reheating.

no drippings gravy over turkey with green peas

More Holiday Staples Recipes //

Cornbread, Sausage and Pecan Stuffing

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potato Casserole

Brined Turkey Breast

no drippings gravy over turkey with green peas

No Drippings Gravy

No Drippings Gravy – Sometimes you want gravy, but don’t want to deal with having to make proper gravy. This does the job.
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Course Appetizers & Snacks
Cuisine American


  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • salt
  • ground pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons brandy optional
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh thyme parlsey is great also


  • Melt the butter in a medium saucepan. Add the flour.
  • Whisk together the butter and flour and cook for a minute over medium heat until it is smooth.
  • Whisk in the chicken stock. Let the mixture come to a bubble. The roux will not thicken until it comes to a bubble. Cook for another minute or so after it comes to a bubble.
  • Add the brandy and thyme.
  • Season well with salt and pepper. Put this in a container and keep in the fridge. When you are ready to serve it, simmer it in a saucepan until it is heated through.
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Tuesday 6th of March 2018

[…] as you possibly can before your Thanksgiving meal.  Mashed potatoes were one of those things like gravy, that I was making right before everyone sat down to dinner.  By that time, I was over it.  I had […]

Abel Rodriguez

Thursday 26th of November 2015

Can u use other drinks or no drinks for the recipe,and can you add other Herbs than Thyme?


Friday 27th of November 2015

You can use whatever you want. And any herb you like.


Tuesday 25th of December 2012

Thank you very much for this have just saved my Christmas dinner! Love your blog!


Saturday 29th of December 2012

Glad to help! Merry Christmas!


Tuesday 20th of November 2012

Hello, I don't cook much and for this T-giving dinner I signed up for mashed potatoes and gravy! I did not know it needed turkey drippings!!!, I'm not making a turkey?? I'm so glad I found your site. :). I'm curious about using the brandy, kids will be eating this too, is this adults only gravy??

Nathan Beach

Thursday 22nd of November 2012

I'm in the exact same situation. This gravy turned out great. Thanks!


Tuesday 20th of November 2012

No, it cooks out.


Wednesday 14th of November 2012

Can u tell me know how much this yields?? I have to make 20 cups, for our Military Base...

Thank you, Annette


Sunday 18th of November 2012

About 3 cups, since there are 3 cups of stock in it.