How to Make Perfect Pan Gravy

Learn foolproof tips to make perfect pan gravy for your next family meal.

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Making Perfect Pan Gravy

Want perfect pan gravy alongside your roasted meat? No bland, lumpy mess here — these tips will help you get rich, smooth gravy every time.

Drain Pan Drippings

Remove the roasted meat from the pan and let it rest. Pour the pan drippings into a measuring cup or degreasing cup. This is pure, concentrated flavor — don't waste it!

Skim Fat From Drippings

You want a gravy that's rich, not fatty. Get rid of the excess fat by spooning it off the top.

Make a Roux in the Roasting Pan

Place the roasting pan over two burners on the stovetop. Melt 2 tablespoons butter or 2 tablespoons of the fat you spooned from the drippings. Add 2 tablespoons of flour to the pan. Cook, stirring constantly, until light brown and fragrant. This is called a roux, and it will thicken your gravy.

Add the Reserved Pan Drippings

Add the pan drippings and stir with a wooden spoon, scraping the flavorful brown bits off the bottom of the pan. This is called deglazing.

Whisk in Chicken Broth

Gradually whisk in hot chicken broth, a half cup at a time. Hot broth plus whisking makes for smoother gravy. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat slightly and simmer until gravy thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon, about two to three minutes.

Add Flavoring and Aromatics

Add flavorings, such as fresh herbs like rosemary and thyme or a splash of brandy, just before you remove from the heat. Taste, then season with salt and pepper as needed.

Strain Your Gravy

Set a strainer over a large measuring cup. Pour the gravy into the strainer and use a wooden spoon to push the gravy through. This will catch any pesky bits of flour, herbs or meat.

Perfect Pan Gravy

Pour the gravy into a serving vessel, slice the meat and enjoy restaurant-quality gravy.