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Gravy pouring on to slices of turkey on a red plate

Pressure Cooker Giblet Gravy

  • Author: Mike Vrobel
  • 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.


  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Category: Pressure Cooker
  • Cuisine: American