Easy Keto Turkey Gravy

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This Keto Turkey Gravy has just three ingredients but it turns out incredibly silky with a ton of taste, and without any carbs.

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Pouring turkey gravy over turkey

Making keto turkey gravy from scratch is incredibly easy and way more flavorful than what you can make from a packet. With only 3 simple ingredients, you can make your own keto turkey gravy in a flash.

You can definitely use this recipe for the holidays with your turkey dinner, and I really doubt if anyone in the family would be able to tell it’s a low carb version. All your missing is the flour that typically thickens gravy. You’ll use xanthan gum instead, which actually makes it silkier and less clumpy. It has none of the uncooked flour taste that flour-based gravies have.

There are so many ways to use this delicious keto gravy besides just for the holidays. You can use it to flavor any meats, pour over keto turkey casserole, keto stuffing, or mashed cauliflower, or as a gravy for turkey meatballs.

Ingredients You Need

Ingredients for turkey gravy
  • Butter – Use salted butter to get the best flavor. The butter provides the gravy with a ton of flavor.
  • Turkey broth or pan drippings – Both of these work for making turkey gravy, but if you’re not cooking a whole turkey, you can just go with turkey or chicken broth. 
  • Salt & black or white pepper – These seasonings will bring out the flavors in the turkey broth. Season slowly so you don’t over do it with the salt.
  • Xanthan Gum – This is what helps thicken the gravy, but arrowroot powder can be used as a substitute.
  • Maggi liquid seasoning – If you like a darker more robust gravy, you can add this seasoning to give more umami and darken the gravy. Just add a little bit at a time to adjust to suit your taste.

How to Make Keto Turkey Gravy

Heat the butter in a pan over medium-high heat. When it’s melted, add the turkey broth. Whisk until the butter and broth is emulsified together. Season the gravy with salt and pepper to taste. If you want a darker, more robust gravy, season instead with Maggi liquid seasoning. It adds a ton of umami flavor.

Stirring ingredients together for turkey gravy in a pan

While the gravy is bubbling, sprinkle in the xanthan gum and whisk until it’s fully incorporated. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until the gravy has thickened to your liking. Remove from heat and serve right away.

Making turkey gravy in a pan

You might be tempted to add more xanthan gum because it’s not thickening up enough, but allow it to rest for a few minutes before you decide to add more. It can become overly gloopy if you add too much. And it will thicken up a bit as it rests.

Spooning turkey gravy from a bowl

Substitutions & Variations

  • Dairy-free: you can use vegan butter in this recipe, but lower the amount of salt used. Vegan butters tend to be higher in salt content than regular butter. 
  • Seasonings: Use the Maggi liquid seasoning, or mix in some onion powder or garlic powder to give the keto turkey gravy a bit more flavor. 
  • Broth: if you’re not a fan of turkey, feel free to use chicken broth or chicken pan drippings to make a chicken gravy. Bouillon cubes can also be used to make the gravy. But dissolve them in the right amount of hot water before adding it into the gravy.

Questions About the Recipe

Can I use other types of broth?

Yes! Any keto-friendly broth will work for this keto turkey gravy. We haven’t tried to make this recipe with other broths yet, but gravy is always delicious.

Can this gravy be made in advance?

Yes. This is a great recipe to make ahead of the holidays. The keto turkey gravy can be made up to 2 days ahead of time, and can be stored in the fridge. Reheat the gravy in a pan over low heat until it’s warmed through, then serve.

Can I freeze leftovers?

Surprisingly, yes! Once the gravy has cooled, pour it into an airtight container. It will last in the freezer for about a month.

Turkey gravy in a measuring cup

Additional Tips

  • If there are any lumps from the xanthan gum, an immersion blender will help remove them. Typically I’ll end up with one or two small lumps that I just remove with a spoon.
  • The gravy will continue to thicken as you allow it to simmer. Don’t add extra xanthan gum until you’ve allowed it to simmer for about 5-10 minutes, if it’s still too thin.
  • You can refrigerate the gravy until you’re ready to use it, then just reheat it in the pan or in the microwave before serving.
Turkey with gravy over it and green beans

What to Serve With This Dish?

These side dishes go well with this main dish and you can make them alongside, so they’re done at the same time.

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Keto turkey gravy in a measuring cup

Easy Keto Turkey Gravy

This Keto Turkey Gravy has just three ingredients but it turns out incredibly silky with a ton of taste, and without any carbs.
5 from 32 votes
Print Rate
Course: Sauce, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Butter, Turkey broth, Xanthan gum
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Servings: 1 cup
Calories: 117kcal
Author: Laura

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup turkey broth or pan drippings
  • 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Maggi liquid seasoning optional

Instructions

  • Heat the butter in a pan over medium-high heat. When melted, add the turkey broth. Whisk until smooth. Season with salt and pepper or Maggi liquid seasoning (optional).
  • Sprinkle in the xanthan gum and whisk until incorporated. Continue to simmer until the gravy has thickened to your liking. Remove from heat and serve right away.

Nutrition

Calories: 117kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 984mg | Potassium: 48mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 355IU | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 0.2mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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