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Giblet Gravy Recipe

This delicious scratch Southern style Giblet Gravy recipe is perfect for serving during the holiday season and for Sunday Suppers. Try this or this Brown Gravy for your holiday spread to go along with your turkey and dressing.

A thick gravy in a gravy boat ready to serve

Giblet gravy is a fave of my family’s during the holiday season. My auntie Rose is a huge fan and can’t have her turkey and dressing without it. I’m so excited to share this recipe that can be a perfect compliment to your holiday meal and is filled with tons of flavor.

Giblet gravy poured over stuffing to eat

What Is Giblet Gravy?

Giblet gravy is a traditional Southern recipe made with giblets. Giblets are the livers, gizzards, hearts and necks of a chicken, turkey or any other fowl. They can usually be chewy in texture so it is important that the cooking of it is slow and braised to create a wonderful gravy.

While traditional gravy is usually made with roast turkey or chicken, the giblet gravy is prepared with the giblets creating a more intense flavor.

Eggs, veggies, giblets and cream and flour to make a gravy recipe

Giblet Gravy Ingredients

Here are the major ingredients that you need:

  • Broth or Stock – You can either use this from your turkey that you are creating for the holidays or you can purchase store bought to cut down on the time and add more flavor in other ways since it tends to be a bit blander.
  • Evaporated Milk- This is a bit lighter than using a half and half or heavy cream but it is still very rich.
  • Flour – An all purpose flour will help to thicken the gravy texture.
  • Gizzards – You can grab these in the poultry section of your grocery store.
  • Celery, Onion and Garlic – These flavor components will really enrich this gravy.

How to Make Giblet Gravy

Flour and fat whisked together
  • To Begin– We first add the broth, milk and flour to a skillet and cook over medium heat. Whisking will ensure that you have a smooth base for this gravy. We also want to cook out that flour flavor.
Giblets being added to a gravy mixture
  • Add Gizzards – This is when we add in the gizzards along with the celery, onion, garlic, eggs and pepper.
A delicious giblet gravy in a large pot after cooking
  • Simmer – We simmer reducing the heat allowing the gravy to thicken and reach a wonderful consistency.
  • Season – this is when you adjust based on your preference.

How to Serve

Serve this with Thanksgiving turkey, cornbread dressing, or this slow cooker turkey.

Storage and Reheating

You can add any leftover gravy to an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 5 days.

You can also freeze gravy for about 2-3 months however there will be slight separation.

In order to rewarm anything leftover, add to a pot over low heat and add any additional broth to thin as necessary. Continue to whisk to recreate that smooth texture again.

A thick gravy in a gravy boat ready to serve
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Giblet Gravy Recipe

This delicious scratch Southern style Giblet Gravy recipe is perfect for serving during the holiday season and for Sunday Suppers.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 24 minutes
Servings 6 cups
Author Jocelyn Delk Adams of Grandbaby Cakes


  • 3 1/2 cups broth
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped cooked gizzards
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped yellow onion
  • 1 1/2 tsp finely chopped garlic
  • 3 hard boiled eggs peeled and finely chopped
  • salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste


  • Over medium heat in a large skillet, whisk broth, evaporated milk, and flour until smooth. Continue whisking until it bubbles and the flour taste disappears, about 4 minutes.
  • Add gizzards, celery, onion, garlic, eggs, and ½ teaspoon pepper; mix well.
  • Return to a simmer, then reduce heat to low. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it reaches medium gravy consistency. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Remove from heat, cover, and set aside until serving.


Leftover gravy will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Recipe Rating

Faye Hill

Thursday 23rd of November 2023

Couldn’t find my old reliable recipe, but this was almost exact. Thank you! Happy Thanksgiving!

Brandi Crawford

Monday 4th of December 2023

So glad you enjoyed it!


Saturday 1st of October 2022

I make it at holiday meals all the time, my northern Italian grandmothers recipe!

Jocelyn Delk Adams

Saturday 1st of October 2022

That's fantastic.