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Low-Fat Turkey Gravy

Last updated: November 13, 2023

Gravy is a beloved accompaniment to any Thanksgiving feast. While delicious, gravy can also be high in fat. Here, we give you two options for reducing the fat content. You can make your own stock using a strainer to remove the fat from the turkey drippings. You can also use a store-bought unsalted turkey or chicken stock. Either way, you’ll end up with a light and flavorful sauce that’s worthy of any plate of turkey or helping of mashed potatoes.


10 Min


5 Min






  • 4 cups (32 fluid ounces) unsalted turkey stock (store bought or homemade), divided
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 cup (8 fluid ounces) skim milk (or non-dairy milk)
  • ¼ cup cornstarch


  1. After you roast your turkey, place the roasting pan on the stovetop over medium heat. Add 2 cups of turkey stock to the pan and stir about 5 minutes or until drippings and browned bits from bottom dissolve.
  2. Place a strainer over a fat separator cup. Pour pan drippings through the strainer. Add enough stock to the drippings to make 4 cups total.
  3. Pour the stock into a saucepan and place the saucepan over medium heat and bring to a simmer. Add sage and thyme. Continue to simmer until the stock is reduced by one-fourth and about 3 cups of stock remain.
  4. Pour milk into a small bowl. Add cornstarch and stir to mix evenly.
  5. Gradually pour milk mixture into the simmering stock, stirring slowly.
  6. Bring sauce to a boil and continue to stir until stock thickens and has a nice shine, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  7. Pour gravy into a warmed gravy boat and stir.

Helpful Hints

  • Drippings from a roasted turkey and vegetables form the base of this gravy. You may also simply use ready-made stock.
  • If you don’t have a fat separator cup, you can remove fat from drippings by adding several ice cubes to the liquid and placing it in the freezer for 10 minutes. Remove hardened fat with a spoon and continue with step 3 of the recipe instructions.
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