Instant Pot Turkey Gravy. How to make a delicious homemade turkey gravy in the instant pot. This gravy is delicious, healthy, and full of flavour. Even better this turkey gravy is 100% free of stock cubes, gravy granules and cornflour.
Instant Pot Turkey Gravy
As a kid you were always taught that to make turkey gravy, meant that you stocked up on Bisto gravy granules. You would buy them in bulk before Christmas and then mix the granules with boiling water and you had gravy.
I never really considered making turkey gravy any other way until I started following the Paleo diet back in 2015.
I learnt that you could make gravy that tasted a million times better using turkey giblets, turkey neck or the turkey carcass.
A couple of years later, I started experimenting with hidden vegetables in homemade gravy.
My hubby who was a chef when I met him, was a total gravy granules addict and is now impressed with how I thicken gravy and make gravy from scratch in just a couple of minutes.
How a small amount of prep or using the other ingredients you have already prepped, can be mixed to make the most delicious homemade turkey gravy.
After trying out this turkey gravy recipe you will be able to use this method to make many different gravy flavours and wonder why you didn’t do it from scratch years ago.
Turkey Giblets In The Instant Pot
When I make a turkey gravy it is all about reserving the turkey giblets and turkey neck for the gravy flavour.
What I will do is grab a few vegetables and load them into the instant pot with the giblets and the neck.
I prefer to use diced carrot and some diced celery and onion. But don’t feel like you must use those. Go with whatever you have sat in your vegetable box in the fridge.
For example, last time I made instant pot turkey gravy I was out of celery and used carrots, onions, garlic, and rutabaga.
Or to free yourself of space in the kitchen you can load everything ready into the instant pot and place the inner pot in the fridge and make your gravy later.
Instant Pot Make Ahead Turkey Gravy
Or instead of placing the inner pot into the fridge for later you can do make ahead turkey gravy.
When it is Thanksgiving or Christmas and we are having a roast turkey, I will make the turkey gravy first.
As the hubby is loading his roast turkey into the oven, I am loading the turkey gravy ingredients into the instant pot.
It has a cook time of 45 minutes because you want the neck and the giblets to be tender and for all the good flavour to have fallen off them and into the instant pot inner pot.
Once you have made the turkey gravy you can store it in freezer containers for spare gravy for the freezer, you can load what you are eating today into a small pot and then reheat the gravy just before serving your roast turkey.
How Do You Make The Best Turkey Gravy?
You cook it in the instant pot of course!!! And here is exactly how we make our turkey gravy in the instant pot in the Milner kitchen.
- Load vegetables into the instant pot.
- Add turkey giblets and turkey neck.
- Pour in water/stock/broth.
- Place the lid on the pressure cooker and cook for 45 minutes.
- Drain the bones + blend + serve.
There is a little more to it than that, but those are the simple basics!
How Do You Add Flavour To Turkey Gravy?
If you use turkey stock or turkey bone broth in your instant pot, then you should have enough flavour, without having to do anything extra.
However, if you don’t have any you might be using water and it might not be as flavoursome as you would like.
In this case, I recommend adding in turkey breast when you go to blend your turkey gravy. This will give it a stronger turkey flavour and really makes it taste better. Even when I am using turkey stock, I still add in a little extra turkey.
You can also blend the turkey gravy, taste it and if it is not flavoursome enough add in extra seasoning. Such as thyme, salt, pepper, and sage.
How Do I Thicken Gravy In My Instant Pot?
The easiest and fastest way to thicken gravy in the instant pot is to add mashed potatoes. Potatoes are a fantastic thickener and gluten free too if you want to avoid corn flour.
Plus, if you are like our family, chances are you are eating mashed potatoes with your roast turkey and gravy. All you need to do is grab a scoop of mashed potatoes that you have already made and blend it with your gravy.
I even have a blog post dedicated to not just gravy but how to thicken stews, soups and sauces.
Instant Pot Turkey Stock For Gravy
I recommend using instant pot turkey stock for gravy. Or if you don’t have turkey stock to go with chicken stock. In my freezer you will always find a HUGE amount of little pots of stock that I have saved up ready for family meals.
I just took a look now and I have ham stock, pork stock, sausage stock, chicken stock, turkey stock and lamb stock. No, I am not kidding I really do have sausage stock!
I recommend that before you blend the stock to make turkey gravy that you reserve some stock into small containers and save this for when you next cook turkey or chicken. It makes such a difference to flavour and it is such a waste to bin it.
Here is our turkey gravy reserves:
Though you are probably wondering why I use these silver foil containers. Well there is a method behind my madness.
I use them because they easily peel off when frozen and you can load them into the instant pot as huge frozen stock cubes. Like you see below:
More Instant Pot Gravy Ideas
The story of our instant pot gravy doesn’t end there, and it is not exclusive to turkey either.
What I love to do is add some extra potatoes and carrots to the instant pot when I am cooking a meat roast.
Knowing that because the cook time is long, that the carrots and potatoes (or whatever veggies I use) will turn to mush.
That mush can be mixed with the meat stock and blended to make a yummy hidden veggies gravy. Ideal if your kids are refusing to eat the celery or carrots that you wanted to feed them.
Here are a few examples of how this method is used:
- Instant Pot Frozen Roast Beef + Gravy
- Instant Pot Frozen Turkey Breast
- Instant Pot Chuck Roast
- Instant Pot Frozen Pot Roast
- Instant Pot Beef Tongue
- Instant Pot Lamb Shank
Instant Pot Turkey Gravy
- Load everything together into the instant pot inner pot. Place the lid on the instant pot, set the valve to sealing and cook for 45 minutes on manual/pressure cook. When the instant pot beeps, allow 10 minutes of natural pressure release and then manually release pressure.
- Drain into a big sieve as this will quickly remove the big bones from everything else. Then the liquid you have left use a small mesh strainer to get rid of any tiny bones that are still amongst your liquid. Pick out the carrots and add the carrots to the liquid. Remove the meat from the turkey neck and add this in.
- Using your preferred blender, blend the carrots and the stock until smooth. If it this not thick enough add in mashed potatoes. Though note, if using potatoes, it will have more of a healthy white sauce look, compared to with carrots which will look more natural.
- Load into your gravy boat and serve. Or keep in the fridge for later if making ahead.
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