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Keto Turkey Gravy

No self-respecting turkey would show up for a feast without gravy, and this keto Turkey Gravy is just what you need to keep things flavorful! It just takes a few ingredients to make this rich, velvety smooth, and delicious keto turkey gravy recipe that also happens to be a gluten-free turkey gravy.

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It all starts with pan drippings, so save those after you’ve roasted your bird. The rest is simple! Read more to find out how to make a low carb turkey gravy that everyone will adore!

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What You Need To Make Keto Turkey Gravy

Ingredients to Make This Turkey Gravy Recipe

What is Xanthan Gum? Is xanthan gum keto?

Yes, xanthan gum is totally keto, and it’s a natural product.

Xanthan gum is made in a lab from fermented sugar which is then dried and powdered. And, it’s been around since 1963 and you probably eat more of it than you might think!

You’ll find xanthan gum in many prepared foods – from salad dressings to soups and even baked goods – and it has been well-documented and is approved for consumption by the FDA.

More importantly, xanthan gum is a source of insoluble fiber, so it thickens products without adding any carbs.

Some people can’t handle xanthan gum, so start small. And be warned, this thickener is MIGHTY POWERFUL. Only add a small amount at a time, letting it sit and thicken for a few minutes. It’ll thicken as time passes so resist the urge to add more!

How To Make Keto Turkey Gravy Recipe

  1. Add the pan drippings to a saucepan and add the butter and chicken stock. Bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic powder and Worcestershire Sauce and simmer another minute.
  3. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Whisk in the xanthan gum, let sit until thickened, and serve!

Chef Jenn’s Tips

  • This is a basic keto gravy recipe that can be jazzed up by adding a touch of sage for a more savory gravy, a tbsp of bacon fat to add even more lusciousness, or a touch of red pepper flakes if you like it spicy.
  • Don’t like xanthan gum? You can use cornstarch to thicken this gravy, but you’ll have to add a few carbs per serving. Simply whisk 2 tbsp of cornstarch into 4 tbsp of water or chicken stock and mix well. Add to the gravy and boil to thicken.
  • Got lumps? Use an immersion blender to get rid of the lumps in your gravy.

What To Serve With Gluten-Free Keto Gravy

Of course you need to serve this luscious turkey gravy recipe with a turkey and all the fixings! It’s also great for leftovers, and you can smother a turkey chaffwich with the gravy, too! Don’t forget the cranberry sauce!

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Is Keto Turkey Gravy Freezer Friendly?

Yes! This gravy will freeze. Simply package it in freezer-friendly containers and freeze for up to three months.

Thaw it in the fridge or on the stovetop over very low heat and serve!

How to make keto turkey gravy?

Making keto turkey gravy is as simple as combining pan drippings with broth or water and then thickening it!

Is gravy allowed on keto?

If it fits your macros, absolutely! Some gravies are thickened with cornstarch or arrowroot powder which adds some carbs but not quite as much as a traditional gravy thickened with flour.

Is xanthan gum OK on keto?

Yes! It adds zero net carbs and is a natural product.

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Keto Turkey Gravy

Thick, robust, and with terrific flavor, this keto turkey gravy is all you need to make your holiday feast fabulous!
Course Sauces / Spices / Dressings
Cuisine American
Keyword gravy, keto gravy, thanksgiving gravy, turkey, turkey gravy
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 3 cups
Calories 47kcal
Author Chef Jenn



  • Whisk the butter, turkey drippings and chicken broth in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and simmer for about 5 minutes.
  • Add the garlic powder and Worcestershire sauce. Mix well to combine and simmer an additional minute.
  • Take the pot off the heat and whisk in the xanthan gum. Mix well to combine, then let rest for 3-4 minutes to allow it to thicken. Season with salt and pepper as needed. Serve and enjoy!


Do NOT add more xanthan gum unless you’ve let this gravy sit for at least 10 minutes before adding more. If you want a thicker gravy, add 1/8 tsp more xanthan gum and allow it to rest. Too much xanthan gum and your gravy will be slimy!


Serving: 0.25cup gravy | Calories: 47kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 53mg | Net Carbohydrates: 1g

A Note on Nutritional Information

Nutritional information for this recipe is provided as a courtesy and is calculated based on available online ingredient information. It is only an approximate value. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site cannot be guaranteed. Erythritol carbs (sugar substitutes) are not included in the carbohydrate counts as they have been shown not to impact blood sugar, and they have zero calories and zero carbs. Net carbs are the total carbs minus fiber.

Want even more keto deliciousness? How about a hot and hearty keto soup & chowder, a tasty casserole, or a fabulous dessert? This sausage dish is one of my all-time favorites, and for lunch, I’m loving this keto French dip chaffwhich!

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I’m a cookbook author (Keto Soup Cookbook and Keto Diabetic Cookbook and Meal Plan) as well as a retired chef, recipe developer, and writer of this blog (that’s a lot of hats!). I embarked on a journey to create foodie-worthy Keto-friendly meals that any home cook can be proud of! No matter if you’re low-carb, no-carb, dirty, or strict Keto, there are recipes in Keto Cooking Wins for you and your family. Read more...

7 thoughts on “Keto Turkey Gravy”

    • No pan drippings makes it a bit trickier and with chicken broth, you’re going to end up with more chicken gravy than turkey. What I’d do is sacrifice a wing – cut it off and simmer it in a small pot with water, some onion, celery, and a bay leaf. Add the turkey neck if you have one. This will give you good turkey flavored stock. If you’re just doing a breast, you can still make tasty gravy without the drippings – just watch cut back a bit on the xanthan gum until it’s thick and luscious. Hope that helps!

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