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Pressure Cooker Turkey Giblet Gravy

Gravy pouring on to slices of turkey on a red plate
Pressure Cooker Giblet Gravy

Pressure cooker giblet gravy solves Thanksgiving problems.

First: The Thanksgiving Time Crunch. Thanksgiving dinner is a logistical problem. Instead of a party of eight to ten people, I’m cooking for twenty to thirty. There is only so much space in the oven, so many burners available, and the clock is always ticking. Giblet gravy can be made days ahead, using the bits of turkey that are stuffed in the cavity. One less thing to worry about on T-Day.

Second: My two favorite Thanksgiving dishes are grilled turkey and mashed potatoes smothered in gravy. Grilled turkey and pan drippings don’t go together; if I based my gravy on pan drippings alone, I might have a gravy-less Thanksgiving. That would be a disaster.
* I’ve lost pan drippings to charcoal ash, burning from the high heat of the grill, and flimsy aluminum foil pans I use under my turkey. Also, I’m addicted to drip pan sweet potatoes, and they soak up all the drippings. This recipe is my workaround for those missing drippings.

Why use the pressure cooker to make giblet gravy? It’s not absolutely necessary, but I like the results; the PC seems to extract more flavor from the giblets. Also, it is fast – I can make gravy in an hour, end-to-end, with half that being hands-off time. Quick, delicious, make-ahead, using the bag of turkey pieces that I used to pull out of the cavity and throw away. What more could I want from a recipe?
*If you don’t have a PC, you should still make giblet gravy. Check the notes section for instructions using standard cookware.

Recipe: Pressure Cooker Giblet Gravy

Inspired By: Giblet Pan Gravy, Cook’s Illustrated [November/December 2000]

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Gravy pouring on to slices of turkey on a red plate

Pressure Cooker Giblet Gravy

  • Author: Mike Vrobel
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x


Pressure Cooker Giblet Gravy – make your turkey stock and gravy with help from an Instant Pot or pressure cooker.


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • Turkey neck, heart, gizzard, butt (Do not use the liver!)
  • 1 medium onion, quartered
  • 1/2 cup dry vermouth or dry white wine
  • 1 quart water (or turkey or chicken broth)
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • Salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste


  1. Brown the turkey and aromatics: Heat the vegetable oil in the pressure cooker pot over medium-high heat until shimmering; add turkey pieces and onion and cook until browned, about 3 minutes. Flip and brown the other side, another 3 minutes. Add the vermouth and bring to a boil, then scrape any browned bits from the bottom of the pot. Add the water, thyme and bay leaf.
  2. Pressure cook the broth: Lock the lid on the pressure cooker, bring to high pressure, and cook at high pressure for 30 minutes for a Stovetop PC or 36 minutes for an Electric PC. Let the pressure come down naturally, about 20 minutes. Strain the broth, reserving the turkey heart and gizzard. Once they have cooled enough to handle, remove the gristle from the gizzard and dice the heart and gizzard.
  3. Make the roux: Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the flour. Cook the flour, whisking constantly, until the flour is the color of peanut butter, about 3 minutes.
  4. Make the gravy: Slowly pour in the strained broth while whisking vigorously. Increase heat to medium-high, bring to a boil, then decrease the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened and reduced by a third, about 20 minutes. Stir in the diced heart and gizzard. Add salt and pepper to taste; the gravy will need both.
  5. If making ahead: For make ahead gravy, let it cool to room temperature, then refrigerate in a sealed container for up to 4 days.
  6. Serve: When it’s time to use the gravy, boil for 1 minute. Stir in pan drippings from the turkey (if you have them) and serve.


  • No pressure cooker? No worries: Use a regular saucepan. Increase the vermouth/white wine to 1 cup, and the water to 6 cups. In step 2, instead of pressure cooking, bring the pot to a boil , decrease to a simmer, then simmer the broth for an hour and a half. Continue with the straining step
  • Giblet Gravy is three (or four) basic techniques strung together. First, make a stock using the giblets, neck, turkey butt, and some aromatics and herbs. Second, make a light brown roux to thicken the stock into gravy. Third, Season to taste – more on that in a minute. The final, optional step is deglazing the pan drippings and adding them to the gravy.
  • “Add salt and pepper to taste” is not optional. You need to add salt to the gravy, or it will taste bland and thin. Add salt and keep tasting; the change will surprise you. Once you have added enough salt, the gravy will taste sweet and gain a lot of body. I added about 2 teaspoons of Kosher salt and 1/2 teaspoon of fresh ground pepper.
  • I use two pots for this recipe because my pressure cooker is too large to make the roux. If you own a 4 quart or smaller pressure cooker, this can be a one-pot recipe, making cleanup easier. (Wipe the pot out with a damp paper towel before starting the roux.) On the other hand, using a second pot lets me make the roux while the broth is cooking in the pressure cooker. This cuts a few minutes from the total cooking time. Also, I like to make roux in a saucier style pot, with rounded sides – there is less chance of the flour burning in a corner.
  • Turkey butt isn’t really the turkey’s butt. It’s the turkey tail, the thing the tail feathers are attached to. It’s also called the pope’s nose; the scientific name is the pygostyle. I still call it the butt. Why? So I can say: “Guess what? Turkey butt!” I may get old, but I’m not maturing.


  • Category: Pressure Cooker
  • Cuisine: American
Know Your Giblets

Brown the turkey and aromatics:

Pressure cook the broth:

Make the roux:

Make the gravy:

What do you think? Questions? Other ideas? Leave them in the comments section below.

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Pressure Cooker Turkey Stock Revisited
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Hi! I’m Mike Vrobel. I’m a dad and an enthusiastic home cook; an indie cookbook author and food blogger with a day job, a patient spouse, and three kids who would rather have hamburgers for dinner.


  1. This was excellent. You weren’t kidding when you said salt and pepper wasn’t optional. My Mom tasted it before adding and just responded “the taste is off.” Then after adding the salt and pepper it went to “Wow, this is good!”

    Adding the turkey drippings when reheating gave it an incredible flavor, by far the best turkey gravy any of us have had.

  2. 35 is good for Electric; I only use roasted bones when I roasted the bird. Roasting gives you better browning than sautéing the bones in the pan, but takes a lot longer, which negates the time savings in this recipe.

  3. Chris Lukowski says

    It’s that time of year again! Two additional questions: 1) If I use an electric PC what’s the cooking time? 35 min instead of 30? 2) Have you ever roasted the bones/meat or veg before making stock? I’ve seen this here and there but wonder how it would impact collagen extraction. I don’t have any homemade stock right now and will be starting with either water or Swanson low-sodium chicken broth (or perhaps their new boxed stock).

  4. Doctsmith says

    Made this today with the cranberry stuffing, dry brine rotisserie turkey, along with bunch of stuff my wife made. Everyone loved it. I think I was the only that didn’t care for the cranberry stuffing. Probably just because that’s not how my mom made it. It wasn’t bad…. just rather have Mommies! I bet they would have ben really similar if I just left out the apples and cranberries. Had my laptop open to your site yesterday and today getting everything ready. I really appreciate your recipes and incite. Merry Christmas friend I haven’t met!

  5. James says

    I added a cayenne pepper from my garden and after I pressured cooked it with store bought chicken broth.I deboned the neck and kept all the meat and onions.(took out the bay leaf and what was left of the thyme. I put the rest into my Vitamix and added butter and the flour seasoned with salt and pepper. It came out fantastic and everyone wanted my recipe. Thanks for this

  6. paizley says

    Turkey butt = “part that went over the fence last”. Old description. 20s euphemism. 🙂
    I love pressure cooking! Made pork gravy from the drippings and liquid after I cooked a pork belly on the rack in the PC. Even chopped up some of the pork and pork fat, added some onion, cooked a little more and made a nice chunky gravy, good enough to eat on some biscuits or pasta!

  7. The best way I can describe it is the flavor gets toastier. Which makes sense, I guess, since you’re toasting the flour in oil. I guess I’m used to the taste of roux, because I think of it as an essential part of the flavor of gravy. But it does get more turkey flavor from the browned fond on the bottom of the pan, if you can add it.

  8. Does the roux’s flavor mellow out as it gets browner? I found the gravy (sans drippings) tastes very much like the blonde roux smells. It’s a tad overpowering, but perhaps that’s true with all “incomplete” gravies that haven’t been infused with drippings.

  9. I think dark brown flecks are to be expected. Black flecks are a problem.
    And…it’s OK that you didn’t get to full peanut butter color on the roux; even a white roux, cooked just until the butter and flour are combined, works in gravy.

  10. Happy to report that the gravy came out great, especially once I added in the full cup of pan drippings I got from our 18lb bird. I have a question about the roux though. I was using my All-Clad saucier on medium low (granted it was on the power burner) and about 3 minutes into it I started getting dark brown flecks in the roux despite constant whisking. I chickened out and stopped short of achieving “peanut butter brown” for fear of burning the roux. Was this a sign of too much heat or are those dark flecks to be expected?

  11. Thanks! Quick question about pan drippings. I’m roasting my bird in the oven and will add the droppings to the gravy after it’s done. Is it still ok to line the roasting pan with veggies & water to prevent the drippings from burning if I’m using homemade chicken stock as gravy base? Don’t want to “over-vegetable” the gravy, if that’s even possible.

  12. I’m always leery of suggesting serving amounts – I’m good for a cup of gravy all on my own, minimum. But this did make close to a quart of gravy, which was enough for about ten of us that night.

    And I recommend homemade stock, of course!

  13. Hi Mike,

    Two questions. First, what is the yield of this recipe? Looks like it ends up being just shy of 3 cups after reduction. How many people would that be ideal for? Also, you said you can use either water or homemade chicken broth. Do you have a preference?

  14. @Laura @ hip pressure cooking:

    Liver has a very strong flavor – it can overwhelm the flavor of the gravy, and make it, well, “livery”.

    I saute the liver in a little olive oil and eat it as a snack while I’m making the gravy.

    • Agree, including the liver with other giblets when creating the turkey broth can make the gravy “livery.” However, I cook the liver separately in a little broth with a bit of onion. I then discard the broth the liver was cooked in but cut up the liver to add to the gravy with the rest of the giblets. That’s a nice addition to the gravy without giving it a “livery” flavor.

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