Make homemade turkey gravy using stock in just a few minutes in your Instant Pot. No turkey drippings are needed to make this easy and delicious homemade gravy.
It happens almost every Thanksgiving. At some point during dinner, we run out of gravy for the turkey. You’d think that after over a decade of cooking Thanksgiving dinner, this wouldn’t happen anymore. The first batch of gravy is usually a traditional homemade gravy made on the stove top. But when you’re rushing around trying to feed a lot of hungry people, the Instant pot is a great option for making homemade gravy.
Instant Pot Homemade Turkey Gravy Recipe
Turn your Instant Pot on saute mode. The saute function is one of the best ways your Instant Pot is great for making on pot dishes. Use it to cook, brown, heat ingredients without using your stove top. For the gravy, you’ll use it to make a basic roux which will thicken the gravy.
Once the Instant Pot says HOT, add butter and flour to the inner pot. Stir them together to combine. If you like thicker gravy, you can use an additional tablespoon of flour.
Keep stirring or whisking the butter and flour mixture and let it cook for 2-3 minutes. This will help get the flour flavor out and add a nice deep flavor to the stock. Just keep stirring so it does not burn. After cooking for a few minutes, add in the fresh herbs.
Thanksgiving is one of those times of the year when it’s great to use fresh herbs to flavor stuffing, turkeys or gravy. But if you forgot to get the fresh herbs, feel free to use dried herbs. Use 1/2 teaspoon or so of the rosemary and thyme. You can also use more if you prefer.
Next, slowly add the turkey stock to the pot, whisking continuously. Add it in one cup at a time and whisk thoroughly before adding the next cup of stock. This will help avoid lumps in the gravy. It should be smooth. Turn saute mode off.
Turkey stock or broth is going to provide the best turkey flavor for this gravy. If you can’t find turkey stock at the store, you can make homemade turkey stock using this chicken stock recipe but use a turkey carcass instead of chicken.
Don’t want to cook an entire turkey to make stock? Cook up a turkey breast with this Instant Pot Turkey Breast Recipe and use the bone to make stock.
Once all the stock is added, close the instant pot lid and turn pressure valve to seal. Cook on manual high pressure for 4 minutes. Remember that it will take some time for the pot to reach pressure. So if you are timing this to be ready right when dinner is being served, give yourself 20 minutes.
When the gravy is finished cooking, use a quick pressure release and carefully open the top away from you to avoid the hot steam. Use a wooden spoon to stir the gravy. If the gravy isn’t quite as thick as you’d like turn on the saute mode and cook for 1-2 minutes more.
- 4 cups turkey or chicken stock
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 3 sprigs fresh thyme
- 1 sprig rosemary
- If using fresh stock, strain before using.
- Turn the Instant Pot on saute mode and add butter and flour to the inner pot. (For a thicker gravy, use an additional tablespoon of flour).
- Stir to combine well. Add in the fresh herbs. Pour in the turkey stock and stir until smooth. Turn saute mode off.
- Close the instant pot lid and turn pressure valve to seal. Cook on manual high pressure for 4 minutes.
- Allow for a quick pressure release and then stir gravy.
- For additional thickening, turn back on to saute mode and cook for 1-2 minutes